MacOS

It’s a Mac. Need I say more? ;)

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’s influence on our lives is all-encompassing. Profound. We are as aware of it as we are of the boundary between air and lungs, between water and gills.

Apple Color Picker Hex

Apple Color Picker Hex

Apparently there’s a downloadable addition to the Mac OS color picker that’ll let you work with colors in HEX (essential for web work), according to this article on the Mac OS color picker. Just installed it. You can grab hex colors after you sample using the magnifying glass, or type in hex and see the […]

Freedom: Shut off the internet for a time

Freedom: A little shareware app for Mac OS that will shut off your network (read: internet) access for any time between 5 minutes to 8 hours. And once it’s off, the only way to get internet access back again is to restart the computer. Have downloaded it and tried it (briefly) on the laptop and […]

Migrating Mail Rules to new computer

One last mail migration detail I’ll note here for the benefit of Google search and Mac OS Apple Mail users everywhere: Moving your Mail.app rules from an old computer to a new computer: On the old computer, locate the plist file for the old mail rules. You’ll find it here /MacintoshHD/Users/your_user_name/Library/Mail/MessageRules.plist Copy the file to […]

Out with the old, in with the new, except for email migration woes

Y2K+8 ends with a new computer. The last step in migrating from old to new is email. Which (surprise, surprise) is not going smoothly. Old computer: PowerMac G4 Dual 1.25GHz. MacOS 10.4.11 New computer: MacPro 2×2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon MacOS 10.5.6 Migration successes, noted. Or, how to use the MacOS Migration Assistant to successfully […]

(seemingly stupid little Mac tricks) OmniFocus and Perspectives

Omni Focus has a new, small demo online movie: Perspectives (direct movie link). Or: How to set up a bunch of custom views of your tasks. So I’ve made some of my own custom icons tojump right to Stuff I wanna see allda time. I’m sure this makes no sense whatsoever, unless you’ve a) got […]

Mac OS: Recapturing disk space

Or, how I freed up around 2GB of disk space yesterday. GrandPerspective is an app that helps you find “hidden” large files. I found a 750 MB “empty” (really!) disk image with it, and a bunch of stuff hidden in my mail libraries. HawkWings helps with the mail problems, here. Getting rid of attachments on […]

Firefox keyboard shortcuts

Cross-platform set of key commands — I’ve long since done command-1, command-2, etc to go to the first, second tabs (and so on), but didn’t know (or had forgotten) the command for next and previous tab: Ctrl-tab (next) ctrl-shift-tab (previous). On Safari, all you have are these commands (next, previous) — no direct to specific […]

Switched blog

David Alison blogs in detail about having switched from Windows to a Mac, with gory details about how it’s been. Hat tip to James Fallows, who’s in Beijing and therefore has been blogging the earthquake. This is for my bro (Daddy. Sit.) who got a Macbook and who, last week, said that he hasn’t yet […]