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[via Apple - Pro - Tips ]:
The Apple Pro Tips are really good. I've learned a bunch of things that I never would have learned another way. This one is that if you hold the command key while copying to another volume, OS X will make the copy and then delete the original. I've been using Mac OS of one form or another since 1984, and I never knew about this one. Works in PathFinder, too.
As a followup to yesterday's post, here are two scripts for getting stuff from NetNewsWire to del.icio.us.
You will have to edit the scripts to point to your del.icio.us account.
Mark Lentczner left a really cool tip in the comments of my window hiding post:
Also note this nice trick: Once you have Exposéd the Application Windows, you can hit tab to cycle between applications -- they swap in, Exposéd - just mouse over the one you want and click. Boom - that app is in front, and that window is on top. For me, this works better than Exposé All Windows since I often have many applications and windows open and so doing them all makes them really too small.
Here are some handy tools for automating stuff on your Macintosh.
mmv is a really useful utility that I've used for a long time. On Debian there are packages for it, but there aren't fink packages or other prebuilt binaries for OS X. So yesterday I got fed up with not having
mmv on the Mac, so I went to the Debian package page for
and grabbed the sources for the Debian package (I had a devil of a time finding the sources elsewhere). After that it was
gcc -o mmv mmv.c
and I was in business.
Brent has released the latest public beta of NetNewsWire. I believe that in this version he's taken care of the last bugs that were annoying me in my daily work flow.
Remember, THIS IS BETA SOFTWARE. Before you download, backup your existing data files, and be aware that things may be unstable. I haven't found that to be the case, but you might have a problem, since there are some features that I don't use. Click here to go the the beta page.
For those of you that like iPulse, the latest version can put up a display in the menu bar (the leftmost stuff):
I didn't like MenuMeters because my menu bar is too full when I'm using the PowerBook display. This is the best of both worlds...
I'm a heavy user of OS X's Command Tab application switcher (a holdover from my Windows using years). I also use the Hide Application functionality that Tim Bray wrote about yesterday, which has been around from pre OS X days. But I didn't learn that that you could hide application from the application switcher until I read this week's Apple - Pro - Tip of the Week.
SubEthaEdit 2.1 is out. One undocumented feature is a command line tool to integrate a shell with the native app. The thing that isn't documented is the name of the command line tool. So here it is:
- AB-FOAF Export your address book to FOAF
- OnMyCommandCMshop Add more actions to your command (control-click) menu
- Adium The best (such as it is) multiprotocol IM client for the Mac. Jabber support is horrible
- Paparazzi A neat little utility for taking perfectly sized screenshots of web pages
- Download comment for Safari Store the url of a download in the Finder comments of the downloaded file
- Unicode Checker A useful tool for dealing with Unicode. Also makes itself available via the services menu
- Growl A system wide notification service with command line tools and Python bindings. Supported by Ecto, Adium.
- svnX A standalone installable subversion
- cscreen Set the screen resolution and refresh rate from the command line
- chatmaster Manage iChat and Adium archives
- AntiRSI A very nice app that forces you to take those RSI breaks
- Getting to hidden folders in open/save dialogs
- You need to know how to do this!
- Using iChat to send SMS's to a cell phone
- The advantage of doing this is that the SMS reply goes to the iChat window, not your e-mail mbox
- How to launch a GUI app as root
- If you must, you must
- Nicer separators for Safari Bookmarks
- I'm using Safari a bit more
- Rebuilding the Launch Services Database
- These sorts of hints remind me of Windows...
- How to solve Mail.app index problems Because Mail.app does hang/crash.
- Getting to the console from the login panel
- This is handy when troubleshooting your machine
- You can pipe the output of a shell command to "open -f" to get that output into TextEdit [via Macworld 10/2004 p. 87 ]
- Some of this type of stuff can be done with Quicksilver
- Docklet folders
- Put commonly used folders into the dock for easy access
- Turn on the Safari Debug Menu
- There are a few useful items in the Debug menu - like import/export of bookmarks
I'm feeling a little slow on the blogging front. I did discover the MacWorld blogs (via the download edition of MacWorld):
There's also the new MacGeekery, which looks quite techy (a good thing).
- Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.2 This application lets you remote control a Windows machine using the Microsoft RDP protocol. Now the only thing I can't do is pipe the video from my ATI AIW 8500DV onto the Mac, or I'd be set.
- natcheck A tool for checking the firewall that you are behind for suitability for P2P (really iChat) usage.
- Set iChat status Set your status according to your Physical Location
- A Groovy mode for SubEthaEdit 1
- Jet Clock Menu bar clock that shows the time in up to 3 other time zones
- iCalibrate Lets you customize the appearance of your iCalendar
- Fetch Art for iTunes
- LameBrain a LAME encoder
- iTunes-LAME a LAME encoder integrated with iTunes
- Ogg Drop Ogg Vorbis encoding