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How To: OS X Selective Desktop Lock Hotkey

November 12th, 2008 1 comment

yay security!UPDATE: 10.6 users should follow the guide here. 10.5 or below users can follow the guide below.

Despite all the compliments I pile on Mac OS X here, it is missing one feature that can be found on every version of Windows since Windows 2000: A keyboard hot key that locks the desktop regardless of the screen saver’s normal security setting.

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NicePlayer Finally Updated

June 11th, 2008 No comments

There there blog, I know I’ve neglected you.  I’ve been super busy and … yes, yes ok I know excuses won’t cut it here.  You’re pissed.  I’m sorry.

Here is a peace offering instead:  My favorite (and default) video player for OS X, NicePlayer, has finally been updated in the form of a preview build.  This preview includes the return of remote control support, something which has been broken since 10.5 originally came out. Yes, that is quite a long time now and yes, I did wonder up until the moment I found this preview build if the application was dead in the water.


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A Better VLC Icon

January 6th, 2008 No comments

Having tried a lot of the alternative video players available for OS X 10.5 right now, VLC has become my favorite choice.

This mostly has to due with flexibility and the fact that it supports the Apple remote. Up until now I defaulted to NicePlayer (which also supports the remote but only under 10.4).

The only problem with VLC is the application icon which is about as smooth as a car wreck in the dock. MacRabbit has a very nice replacement icon set which also supports file types.

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Leopard Stuff

November 24th, 2007 1 comment

A collection of tips and other goodies I’ve read recently about OS X 10.5 Leopard:

The 512×512 icon support gives an already polished operating system an even cleaner look. Try looking at your applications using Quick Look and you’ll see what I mean. Apple even hid a few things in their default icon set, like the Font Book icon (letters are A F K) and a letter written in the TextEdit icon (good overview w/pics here).

You can find all of the default icons for 10.5 at /System » Library » CoreServices » CoreTypes.bundle (right-click and open package contents) » Contents » Resources. (via

is my personal favorite 😉

Stacks is a cool feature and is actually somewhat useful, but Apple should take note of these sweet overlays.

If you have the developer tools installed you will find two extra screen savers located at /Developer/Examples/Quartz Composer/Compositions/Screen Savers. Copy the two files to /Library/Screen Savers or ~/Library/Screen Savers. The Security screen saver is fun and is actually motion activated.

Photobooth can now make animated GIFs
. Handy for buddy icons.

Drives/devices mounted remotely seem to show up in the Shared section of the finder sidebar instead of the Devices section like in 10.4. Until I realized this I was only able to open them using Quicksilver. Turns out you can drag them in the sidebar from Shared to Devices, and the move is even permanent after the drive is removed and then remounted.

Quick Look is pure awesomeness in a bottle.

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OS X Stuff

October 26th, 2007 No comments


The best bittorrent client I’ve found for OS X (and I tried all of them).

My favorite video watching app.

Little Snitch
Advanced firewall I’ve read good things about. Current beta is free.

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OS X Tidbits

October 23rd, 2007 No comments

Missile Command Widget

Screen saver based on the liquidmac app.

Enabling HD Trailers in Front Row
(make sure Front Row has been opened at least once before running the command)

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Lifehacker Love

October 4th, 2007 1 comment

Lifehacker sent out a call for submissions for an OS X menu bar show-and-tell feature about a week ago. I snapped a quick screenshot and sent mine in. Today I was happy to see they picked it up and put it on their site:

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X-Chat Aqua

February 20th, 2007 2 comments

After a difficult search X-Chat Aqua has won the coveted (in my mind, anyway) default IRC client spot on my MacBook.

Irssi is still my tool of choice but sometimes a GUI-based IRC client is helpful.

In the end Growl support and a complete set of independent network connection preferences (yay SOCKS proxies!) won me over.

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Dark Side of the Dashboard Moon

December 20th, 2006 No comments

Dark Dashboard MoonI’ve had my Macbook for six months now, and I just now noticed this cool little feature in OS X’s Dashboard. The weather widget shows all kinds of weather conditions (a couple weeks ago it impressed me with little freezing rain balls bouncing off it) and at night it switches to show cloud conditions with the moon. It wasn’t until just now that I noticed it tracks the exact phase of the moon too.

I opened up dashboard for the first time tonight and this is what I saw. Sure enough we are having a clear night and a new moon, meaning no moon visible at all.

Pretty nifty.

Click the thumbnail for the full version.

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