Category Archives: Mac

Navigating to the $HOME/Library folder in Lion

In Lion the Library folder in your $HOME folder is now hidden. You can unhide it fairly easy, but a far easier way of navigating to it is holding down the [OPTION] key and using the FINDER GO menu.

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Merging/concatenating PDFs under OS X

Open one PDF Open the Sidebar Drag the other PDF pages to the sidebar In the sidebar drag the other PDFs on top of the first PDF. ┬áNothing will appear to happen, but if you then save the first file, … Continue reading

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Update for Quicksilver

So after writing about Alfred the other week, there’s an update to Quicksilver! Download it here The changelog says increased performance. Nice to see an old dog keep getting updated!

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Alfred: A Quicksilver replacement?

Alfred is a new app launcher (and as with the best of those apps it is much more) for OS X. It’s currently in beta, that you can sign up for at their website. Ever since Raj pointed me to … Continue reading

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Startup items on OS X

For an unrelated reason I just checked the console on my Mac and found that an executable was being called every few mins, that did not exist. WTF! I used to have a 3G modem made by Huawei (T-Mobile). The … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Spotlight indices fixes mail.app search issues

Over the last few months searching in Mail.app has been problematic to say the least. I’ve been hoping that Snow Leopard would fix this, but it did not. In fact since upgrading to SL it has got worse, although this … Continue reading

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Google beta of Sync for mobile contacts & calendar is live

Google beta of Sync for mobile contacts & calendar is live: “That thudding sound you’re hearing is the head-to-keyboard collision of everyone who, for the purposes of wireless PIM sync to an iPhone, renewed a MobileMe subscription last week. Google … Continue reading

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Resizing a Time machine backup

As spotted on this blog here’s a way to increase the maximum size used by sparse bundle. I use Time Machine to backup to My Ready Nas. I found this thread and howto on the Infrant forums. It’s not supported … Continue reading

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Terminal Tip: Change Time Machine backup interval

Very useful. Although Time machine rocks, from a laptop it’s a bit annoying to be done every hour. Terminal Tip: Change Time Machine backup interval: “sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto StartInterval -int 1800” (Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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online storage

I’m a bit of a paranoid sort, and I really do backup even the most trivial of my data. I’ve been thinking of offline storage and a recent loss of my entire HOME directory (due to stupid human error, but … Continue reading

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