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Archive for the 'Apple' Category

Full-Screen Games

I don't mind full-screen games. Sometimes I even play them. But today when I launched the free Holiday Express (courtesy of .Mac), it immediately zapped into full-screen mode. I immediately looked for options and the ability to turn off full-screen mode. It was there and I did, so all seemed well. Until the game crashed […]

10.3.6 and Photoshop

It may just be me, but it seems like ever since updating to 10.3.6 Photoshop's been having a fight with the shift key. The shift key no longer constrains proportions while dragging or draws perfect squares or circles. When I let go of the drag, the item snaps to the proportional size, but that's often […]

.plist Checker

This might come in handy if you suspect that one of your Prefs files is corrupt. sudo plutil -s ~/Library/Preferences/*.plist Thanks to José for reminding me of this! (Obvious changes will be needed if a) you don't need to be root, and b) you want to check subfolders, or a different folder, or whatever. Y'all […]

Lame Software

Two problems with this: No big, easy-to-find "Download" link. Step 1: Enable third-party menu extra "support" Y'know, because this would be soooo terrible as a faceless application with a menu. Talk about unnecessarily limiting your market (to those who want to "hack"). And into the trash it goes. Total time spent considering it as an […]

15% Discount on a Mac

Want a 15% discount on a Mac? Get in touch with me privately. This one's for people I can trust at least a little, so, apply only if you're in need and trustworthy, eh? And not a student. You guys get your own darn deals. 🙂

Adium’s Push/Pop

A feature I truly did not know existed, as explained by David Clark (edited a little): Your friend sends you a message (i.e. "How do you properly kill an NSTimer?") You start a long-ish reply (i.e. "You have to invali") They send you another message which requires a shorter response (i.e. "Is it cold there?") […]

Erroneous Click-Throughs

Sometimes, in Mac OS X, I click or double-click in a window only to see a window behind the front window come forward. Sometimes I haven't even moved the mouse, and when I hide the app that's sprung forward, I find my mouse pointer easily surrounded by 100 pixels in each direction by the other […]

Delicious Themes

If you would like to download 50 new themes for Delicious Library, head on over to If you would like a method of easily setting custom themes for your shelves or for your overall application, fire up your email and bitch at Because, after all, there's no real way to use themes except […]

QotD: True Cost of Mac OS X

Question: What's the true cost of Mac OS X to you? My Answer: Rosyna comes up with a number of about $300. I'd tend to agree, though I have added a few of my must-haves (none of which will be my own software. I'll go with MSRP, and not the prices I've paid for things, […]

Preview – Two Pages

It sure would be nice if Preview could be set to display facing pages. Or just two pages, side by side. I regularly zoom to 130% - that fits a full page, with the toolbar (icons + text) on the height of my 23" display, but it leaves plenty of room. Hitting page down every […]

SystemUIServer Lockups

SystemUIServer - which controls the top-right menu items (fast user switching, date and time, etc.) keeps locking up on me. I can't even kill -9 the PID. I looked around and some things pointed towards AirPort, but removing that menu item has not resolved the issue. I don't even care that it doesn't work very […]

Mac Geekery

codepoet is looking for a little help: what don't you know? Mac Geekery hit a standstill because I don't know what I know that you don't. That is, I have the time to write, and I know a good deal of topics, but to me they all seem trivial. Of course, most of what I […]

Delicious Doozies

Now it's just getting to be silly. We sincerely apologize, but we accidentally left some expiration code from our beta program in the final version of the application you bought, so it stopped working today. We feel horrible about letting you down; we were working night and day the last few days before release and […]

Need: iSight Attachment

Hey, anyone out there got the magnetic iSight attachment thing-a-ma-jig for metal displays? I need that little stand - and none of the others. The kit includes four multipurpose mounts: a magnetic mount for new Anodized Aluminum flat-panel displays, a flat-panel iMac mount, eMac and desktop mount, PowerBook and iBook mount, along with three FireWire […]

Delicious Library Thoughts

Delicious Library: I've finally managed to register it and I've played with it for, oh, five whole minutes now. If you want a big review that includes far too much opinion on how much Mac users care about packaging (we do, but I know that already), check out John Siracusa's review. And now, my initial […]