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Tumbletip December 6, 2008

See the path to where you are in the Finder window’s title bar: defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES. Via TUAW

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Tumbletip November 19, 2008

A great iPhone tip from Bonaldi: Set Safari to about:blank and save as homescreen bookmark. No more waiting for it to gather its wits and reload some old fat tab.

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Tumbletip November 17, 2008

I use screen a lot, but always forget how to force it to detach a screen then reattach (when, say, I’ve moved from one computer to another without remembering to detach): screen -D -r [name of your screen]

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Tumbletip May 8, 2008

To get a grave accent on a Mac running OS X, press Option + `, then the letter you want to accentify. I’m hoping that by writing this here I’ll finally wodge the technique into my brain.

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Tumbletip April 24, 2008

Find out what you’ve been up to lately: history|awk '{print $2}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -rn|head

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Tumbletip February 28, 2008

You can burn a .iso image to a CD from the command line like so: hdiutil burn yourimage.iso. So much less faff than Disk Utility it’s unbelievable.

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Tumbletip February 18, 2008

In 10.5.2, you can fix the annoyingly app-centric way Spaces works:

defaults write workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool NO

From Mac OS X Hints.

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Tumbletip December 18, 2007

gilest explains how to stream the mighty Speechification weblog with Easy Listener. Brill.

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Tumbletip December 11, 2007

I e-mail scanned copies of my passport, drivers licence, tickets, travel insurance etc to a webmail and keep them there for the duration of any holiday–a good tip from Niel1952.


Tumbletip November 15, 2007

To see an email attachment in QuickView, er, quickly, just hit Command+Y.

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Tumbletip November 2, 2007

To get rid of the silly glass Dock in Leopard, do defaults write no-glass -boolean YES, then do killall Dock. (If you want it back, do the same again, but with NO instead of YES.)


Tumbletip February 6, 2007

Timed reminders in Quicksilver:

  1. Activate Quicksilver
  2. Enter text mode
  3. Type your reminder message
  4. Hit Tab
  5. Hit Ctrl+Enter
  6. Type delay
  7. Hit Tab
  8. Type a delay time, eg. 10m

Adapted form this post at Mac OSX Hints

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Tumbletip February 1, 2007

When enjoying the mysterious magic of Quicksilver, you don’t need to hit enter when launching an application: just keep holding down the key (or the last letter of the key combination) that you use to access it. Via the always-fabulous Hawk Wings


Tumbletip July 22, 2006

To control the menu bar with your keyboard, hit Command+F1 to turn on Full Keyboard Access, then use Command+F2 to highlight the menu bar. It only works on the left-hand side, so no access to your menu bar widgets, sadly.

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Tumbletip July 12, 2006

If you want OS X applications to check your spelling against a proper English dictionary, rather than an American English one: hit Command+Shift+: then select ‘British English’ in the ‘Dictionary’ dropdown menu. (Nota bene: you need to do this in every application in which you employ the spelling checker.) Thank you codeman38.

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Tumbletip May 15, 2006

If you suddenly realise that a tiny resistor for the circuit you’re about to put together has disappeared, it is definitely worth checking the turn-ups of your jeans.


Tumbletip May 2, 2006

Syncing of a sort for Google Calendar:

  1. Subscribe to the Google Calendar iCal feed with Apple iCalendar. This give you GC→Apple→Palm integration.
  2. When uploading Palm→Apple, send your new events to a calendar that’s published to a public webdav. Have GC subscribed to the locally published calendar. Palm→Apple→Net→GC.
  3. Use GC to ‘copy’ remotely published information to itself.

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Tumbletip April 30, 2006

What is on your USB memory stick? | Ask MetaFilter. Hogshead answers: First thing I do with a new USB stick (or Flash memory card of any kind) is rename the drive to my mobile phone number, and create a text file with my contact information called REWARD IF FOUND.TXT.

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Tumbletip January 24, 2006

In TextEdit, and other Cocoa apps, when editing a rich-text document, you can trigger a very basic outliner mode by hitting Option+Tab. Handy for taking notes with a bit of structure. (via Daring Fireball)

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Tumbletip December 20, 2005

Move windows in OS X without changing focus: hold down the Command key, then drag the titlebar of an unfocused window. (Nicked from Projectionist: A tumblelog)

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Tumbletip December 15, 2005

If you unmount your external hard drive from time to time, rather than unplugging it and plugging it in again, you can do something like this: when the drive is mounted, do disktool -l and make a note of the number of your drive (probably something like disk1s9), then, when you need to mount it again, just do disktool -m disk1s9. (Probably very obvious, but I didn’t know about disktool until just now…)

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Tumbletip December 4, 2005

sips is a handy image-manipulation command line thingy. For example, to rotate an image 90° clockwise, open up the Terminal and type sips -r 90 thenameofyourfile.jpg. Much quicker than opening up a proper graphics application (and much better than using Preview, which I tend to do, only to kick myself when I remember it alters the EXIF orientation tag for the file, not the file itself). Meta-tip for non command liners: type sips --help for, um, help using sips.

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Tumbletip November 2, 2005

A useful little habit: when writing, select all your text and copy it to the clipboard at frequent intervals, before you hit save (which if you’re as paranoid as I am, is every few lines). This gives you an easily accessible revision history, especially if you use a utility like Jumpcut, and lets you pause for a microsecond to gather your thoughts.

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