Tag Archives: OSX

How to engage Reader mode in Safari by default

Go to Safari -> Preferences -> Websites -> Reader,  select at bottom right When visiting other websites: On.

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How to disable Spaces

System Preferences > Mission Control: uncheck everything. Set shortcut for Mission Control to “-“. System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control: uncheck everything. In a Terminal.app window, enter: defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -boolean TRUE

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How to make gamed STFU

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.gamed.plist

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Wireless Apple keyboard and mouse grow much better batteries

The new Apple wireless (BT) mouse and keyboard have much longer battery life than their predecessors, making them much more useful. But gawd, are they expensive! Keyboard tip to self: I’ve grown so used to my switched modifier keys (caps lock … Continue reading

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Turn on Detect Displays with Option key

In System Preferences -> Displays, press Option to see the “Detect Displays” button if it is hiding.

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Apple broke f.lux

One of my all-time favourite apps is f.lux, which reduces the blue harshness of a Mac/iPad/iPhone screen at night by altering the color temperature of the screen. It has been consistently useful enough for me (and missed sorely when absent!) to … Continue reading

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Fixing El Capitan wifi issues

After installing El Capitan, I noticed somehow my wireless networking was broken, in the sense that (a) iTunes couldn’t reach any of my speakers plugged into Airport Expresses, (b) Airport Utility didn’t show any of my five wifi transmitters (a relatively new … Continue reading

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Removing LogMeIn detritus

I needed to remove LogMeIn detritus from Mum’s computer after their lowest level product went uberexpensive instead of free.  The following solution is reblogged from http://techenvy.com/hack/how-to-get-rid-of-logmein-on-your-mac-if-youve-deleted-the-app:- So here’s how to kill log me in completely and remove it from your Mac if … Continue reading

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Putting notification banners on screen for longer

Ever wanted to change how long notification banners stay on screen? The solution for OS X is here: http://www.defaults-write.com/notification-center-change-banners-display-time/#.UuF9Pf1EqKs By default all banners from the Notification Center stay 5 seconds on your screen. You can adjust how long Notification Center banners … Continue reading

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Reducing PDF file sizes in OS X

Reblogged with minor editing from http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20120629091437274 by zpjet:- I was never satisfied with results of Reduce File Size Quartz filter when trying to make some PDFs smaller before sending them by e-mail. It made them too small, and the graphics … Continue reading

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