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Lion Airdrop on unsupported wifi USB dongles

March 3, 2012 Leave a comment

To enable Airdrop on every wifi device, regardless of vendor or LAN interfaces:
Launch Terminal and paste in the following command.

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1
killall Finder

 

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Rsync + Automator for Mac

December 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Rsync + Automator = Sync data to NAS

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Affix your Dock elsewhere


Tired of your dock in the center of the bottom screen?

Why not change it to left or right of the bottom screen.

Copy paste the command below into terminal:

For left: defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string start

For right: defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string end

For middle: defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string middle

Remember to run the command killall Dock after each command.

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“Recent Items” as stack for Mac OS

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are a fan of “Recent Items” in the Mac OS, here is a good tip for you.

To place the “Recent Items” as a stack on your dock, simply copy and paste the below command into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ “tile-data” = { “list-type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”; }’

Next do a killall Dock command in the Terminal.

To remove the “Recent Items” stack, simply just drag it off your dock.

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2D flat Dock for Mac OS X

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

If you are sick of looking at the nice beautiful glass dock of your Mac OS, here is a command for you to change it to 2D flat dock:

Copy paste the command below into terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
killall Dock

To revert, copy paste the command:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO
killall Dock

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Hid your apps on Mac OS X

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Command to hid an apps: command + h

Once the app is hidden, you will not be able to tell it from the Dock like this:

A little command line from terminal will do the trick, copy paste the command below into the terminal:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES
killall Dock

Now, try hid your apps with the key command + h you should be able to spot which apps are hidden now from the Dock.

To revert, copy paste the command:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool NO
killall Dock

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Mac OS X Startup shortcut keys

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Hold the ‘x’ key during startup:
This will force the Mac to boot from OS X, no matter which disk is specified as the startup disk.

Hold the ‘c’ key during startup:
To boot from a bootable DVD or CD.

Hold the ‘n’ key during startup:
To boot from a network computer that has a NetBoot volume.

Hold the ‘t’ key during startup:
To boot in FireWire Target Disk Mode. This mode let’s you use any Mac with a FireWire port as the source for your bootup system.

Hold the ‘d’ key during startup:
If the Apple Hardware Test DVD is in the optical drive, the Apple Hardware Test will begin.

Hold the ‘option’ key during startup:
The OS X startup manager will appear, allowing you to select a disk to boot from.

Hold the ‘shift’ key during startup:
This will boot your Mac in Safe Mode. Safe Mode disables login items and non-essential kernel extensions from starting up.

Hold ‘Command’ + ‘v’ during startup:
The command key is the key with the cloverleaf symbol. This shortcut will boot your Mac in Verbose Mode, with descriptive text sent to the display during the startup process.

Hold ‘Command’ + ‘s’ during startup:
This shortcut will boot your Mac in Single-User Mode, a special mode used for troubleshooting and repairing complex hard drive issues.

Hold  down the mouse’s primary key during startup:
On a two or three button mouse, the primary key is usually the left button. This shortcut will eject a DVD or CD from the optical drive.

Hold ‘Command’ + ‘Option’ + ‘p’ + ‘r’ during startup:
This zaps the PRAM (Parameter RAM), an option that long-time Mac users will remember. Press and hold the key combination until you hear the second set of chimes. Zapping the PRAM returns it to it’s default configuration for display and video settings, time and date settings, speaker volume and DVD region settings.

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