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MacOS Mail Anti Inline Plugin • Clive Galeni's Blog
The plugin solves situations with awkwardly inlined images when sending images to anyone who is not using Mail App. If you want your images to appear as attachments to your recipients then this plugin is for you. It also prevents Mail auto-preview feature and display attachments as icons by default. It does something similar to what Attachment Tamer used to do.
apple  mail  macosx  macos  osx  sierra  attachements 
march 2017 by Aetles
Explaining Sierra’s Optimized Storage
For those struggling to free up space, particularly on a notebook Mac with relatively little internal flash storage, Optimized Storage sounded great, at least if you don’t mind paying for online storage in iCloud Drive. And while it could be a great boon for such people, it turns out to be a somewhat confusing collection of seemingly unrelated features, burdened by one of the stranger interfaces that Apple has produced in recent years.

Plus, although we haven’t had time to test all the possibilities, I recommend care when it comes to Optimized Storage in general, and extreme caution with one of its settings. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t enable all its features, but that you should understand the possible implications before doing so.
macos  macosx  osx  macossierra  apple  mac 
september 2016 by Aetles
Mac Kung Fu: The long, long list of Mac startup folders and files
The list is messy and is so extensive because of Apple’s 40-year Unix heritage, although Apple could reign-in much of this mess via the SIP tool introduced with El Capitan. Maybe they will in the next release of OS X.

Moving beyond Gordon’s analysis, two free apps can help begin to sort out the mess and discover what apps are attempting to run in the background of your Mac:

KnockKnock: Malware installs itself persistently, to ensure it is automatically executed each time a computer is restarted. KnockKnock uncovers persistently installed software in order to generically reveal such malware.
Etrecheck: EtreCheck is a free tool that explains what is going on inside your Macintosh. It consolidates information from over 50 different diagnostics tasks and displays it all on one concise report.
osx  macosx  mac 
may 2016 by Aetles
Gordon's Tech: The new and old and obsolete and confusing ways Mac OS X starts code running.
Windows added uninstallers at least 15 years ago. MacClassic OS didn’t need them, but Mac OS X sadly does. Indeed, it needs them more as MacOS gets more complex and less well documented:
macosx  apps  osx 
may 2016 by Aetles
Outsmarting the smart dash
All that to say, it’s unfortunate that you can’t separately turn on/off smart dashes and quotes in System Preferences. Fortunately, though, you still can through Terminal with:

defaults write 'Apple Global Domain' NSAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled 0
This command turns off smart dashes, allowing you to preserve --, etc. in any document, but it allows smart quotes to continue functioning. Interestingly, System Preferences will show the smart dashes and smart quotes box unchecked after this change even though smart quotes still work.
macosx  typography  osx  mac 
april 2016 by Aetles
Josh Anon – An Aperture User Tries Lightroom
Given the unfortunate news about Apple not actively developing Aperture anymore, I decided to try Lightroom while shooting in Svalbard. I’m trying to figure out if I should keep using Aperture for the immediate future and wait for Photos to be more fleshed out or to switch to Lightroom now and not have to migrate even more photos later (I have terabytes of digital photos from 12+ years of shooting digital cameras and scans of slides about 20 years ago managed in Aperture). The short answer is that I’m still unsure, I’m leaning towards sticking with Aperture, but some small changes to Lightroom (or lack of improvements to Photos) could make me change my mind.
aperture  lightroom  photography  macosx  apple 
august 2014 by Aetles
A Simple Tweak for Making 'git rebase' Safe on OS X
Since OS X 10.7 Lion and the introduction of the Auto-Save and Versions features (which automatically records the history of files), some Git commands like “rebase” might fail on Mac OS systems.

When performing a large rebase with several commits and many changed files, the rebase process can randomly abort, stating that there are uncommitted changes and rebase cannot continue. However, a “git status” does not report any changes.
When aborting the rebase process and re-running it, it will again randomly abort at any commit until (after several retries) it may or may not finally succeed.

This can lead to a scenario where a commit is accidentally skipped by the developer if he’s not aware of the issue and continues the rebase. The problem has been tracked down to the revisiond daemon of the OS X Versions feature, which detects file changes and seems to somehow alter the file system info of the file, causing a rebase step to fail as it then detects changes.
git  macosx  osx  development 
november 2013 by Aetles
Mac — Finer Things in Tech
You can hold ⌥ (Option) to make windows resize symmetrically, from the center. It even works when resizing from any corner in Lion. Update: You can also hold ⇧ (Shift) to resize a window proportionally.

As far as I can tell this is brand new in Lion, the first version of OS X that allowed resizing windows from any side.
mac  macosx  osx  tips  lion  osxlion 
may 2012 by Aetles
20 Really Cool Alfred Extensions to Download | Mac.AppStorm
One of the first few apps I downloaded was the popular Alfred launcher. Being able to launch apps, open files, shutdown and restart my laptop with just a few taps on the keyboard intrigued me, so I decided to give it a shot. And hey, who can resist that adorable black bowler hat?
Months after, Alfred is now one of my favorite Mac apps and the most commonly used in a day. Moreover, there is this nifty upgrade called the Alfred Powerpack that contains features that enable me to do so much more with Alfred—features that will surely boost time efficiency and productivity better than ever before.
The Powerpack is definitely an upgrade many Alfred power users enjoy. In my case, my favorite Powerpack feature is the ability to extend Alfred, and it is in this post that I’ll explain briefly what extensions do as well as share a list of 20 really cool Alfred extensions you should download and try.
alfred  mac  macosx  productivity  osx 
january 2012 by Aetles
How to secure your e-mail under Mac OS X and iOS 5 with S/MIME
As one of the oldest applications of the Internet, e-mail has never been known for having top-notch security. This reputation isn't completely undeserved: even today, anyone who knows how to bring up the preferences of a mail program can send out messages with any "From:" address they please. Ironically, such forged messages may travel to and from mail servers over encrypted connections. This helps make sure that nosy types with big WiFi antennas don't get to see your mail or passwords, but it doesn't keep your mail safe from equally nosy mail server admins—or subpoenas by nosy governments.

But not all hope is lost for e-mail. Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) can secure your mail by encrypting a message at the source and only decrypting it once it's in the hands of the receiver. S/MIME also supports digital signatures, so you can know for sure who sent the message and that it wasn't changed in transit. (Big caveat: the nosy governments could still be in cahoots with the certificate authorities, so we make no promises there.)

In the past, we've written about GPGMail, a plug-in that lets Apple's use GNU GPG encryption. Unfortunately, GPG is a pretty unwieldy system and GPGMail could take a very long time to be updated for a new Mac OS X release. (There is currently a stable version available for Snow Leopard and an alpha version for Lion.)

The advantage of S/MIME is that it's built into Mail on the Mac and, as of last week, also in iOS. (I've only tried this using iOS 5 on an iPhone 4, but I assume things work much the same on iPads and iPod touches.) 
macosx  osx  smime  ios  iso5  mail  email 
october 2011 by Aetles
Brendan's blog » Top 10 DTrace scripts for Mac OS X
For people who try to ignore the slowdown, the question can become:

why is my MacBook fan so loud?

Standard performance analysis tools like Activity Monitor and top(1) (and any third-party tools based on the same foundation) can’t tell you some key information about activity on your system, such as how much CPU consumption is caused by short-lived processes, or which processes are causing disk I/O. DTrace, however, can see (just about) everything.

In this post, I’ll cover the top ten Mac OS X DTrace scripts that I use for figuring out why laptops are slow or why applications are misbehaving. Most of these scripts are already installed, a few are from the new DTrace book.
mac  macosx  osx 
october 2011 by Aetles
Using Alfred – 52 Tiger
Recently, Jason Rehmus asked me, “What does Alfred give above and beyond Spotlight?” I replied with a few highlights and promised a more comprehensive follow-up. At last, here it is.

I’ve been using Alfred for many months. On the surface it’s an app launcher, and that’s how I use it most of the time. After assigning a hotkey combination (I chose Command-Space), its main window is only a tap away. From there, start typing the name of the app you’re after and hit Return to launch it. But that’s just the beginning. Here are some of the other useful tasks Alfred performs for me (note that some require the Powerpack, which is a separate purchase).
alfred  macosx  osx 
september 2011 by Aetles
Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions 30. What are Local Snapshots?
On Lion only, to make recent backups available to Time Machine users while travelling or otherwise away from their backups, Time Machine may make "Local Snapshots" hourly.
These snapshots are made only on portable Macs, and are kept on the Mac's internal HD (and on any other disks/partitions being backed-up) for a few days, space permitting.
backup  macosx  osx  timemachine  osxlion  lion 
september 2011 by Aetles
What I Learned at the Apple Store Today
Don’t buy Apple’s $69 OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive. The Apple Store webpage for the Lion USB Thumb Drive states: “When you install OS X Lion using the USB thumb drive, you will not be able to reinstall OS X Lion from Lion Recovery. You will need to use the USB thumb drive to reinstall OS X Lion.”

The reason for this limitation is that Recovery HD, before allowing you to reinstall Lion, checks with Apple’s servers to verify your computer’s eligibility. Unless you purchased Lion from the Mac App Store, the verification will fail.

What if you want both an Internet-free Install Lion thumb drive and the ability to use Recovery HD to reinstall Lion? Apple’s “official” solution is to purchase Lion from the Mac App Store ($29) and buy a Lion USB Thumb Drive. This will cost you $69 + $29 = $98.

But there is a far cheaper solution. Buy the Mac App Store version of Lion and make your own 5GB or larger USB Install Lion thumb drive, using a simple procedure detailed on numerous web pages (such as this Macworld article by Dan Frakes). Assuming your thumb drive costs $10, your final cost is $39 — saving you $59 over Apple’s official route.
mac  macosx  osx  osxlion  apple 
august 2011 by Aetles
Make Safari find substring matches by default | brunerd
Now by default in Safari 5.1, when you hit Command-F and type in a word, Safari will match words that “Start with” your search item, clicking the magnifying glass, presents you with the option to search for words that “Contain” your search phrase (this was the default search behaviour in Safari pre-5.1), and in fact clicking the magnifying glass used to step through matches. Who knew!? I’m a (Shift)/Command-G man myself.

Now how could we change this behaviour back for a few hundred users who are used to the way Safari has been functioning before Apple so elegantly altered it? Here we go!
safari  macosx  osx 
august 2011 by Aetles
Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion | Operating Systems | Macworld
While Time Machine gained a couple new features in Lion, I've just stumbled across one (so far as I know, undocumented) new piece of functionality in Apple's backup software that will have a lot of users cheering: You can now use a previous Time Machine disk with a new computer and inherit the entire backup history of the older machine. And it doesn't even require a flux capacitor.
timemachine  macosx  osxlion 
july 2011 by Aetles
Proudlove - Bl - How to boot from an encrypted external volume
I have recently been emaling Dave Nanian over at Shirt Pocket, who coded SuperDuper, one of the best Mac hard drive cloning apps out there. The reason why I was pestering Dave is because I wanted to find a way to encrypt the external drive that I was cloning too but still have it bootable in the event that my internal drive died.
mac  macosx  encryption  superduper 
july 2011 by Aetles
Alfred ProTips « Tech Blog /via Dirt Don
Thanks for the great scripts! I've been using your link shortening script for awhile and just thought of replacing {query} with $(pbpaste) since I usually copy and paste the URL in does force you to copy it first.
alfred  macosx  urlshortener 
june 2011 by Aetles
GitX (L)
This is my own version of GitX and it meets all my requirements on my day-to-day use of Git on MacOSX.
git  gitx  mac  macosx  from instapaper
february 2011 by Aetles
Add week numbers to iCal on Mac OS X « Marius van Witzenburg
To make Mac OS X show week numbers in iCal is actually not that difficult.
You simply need to add the week number to the full date notation and your done.
macosx  osx  mactips  ical  weeknumbers 
february 2011 by Aetles
Using Custom Searches - Alfred App Help
Custom searches allow you to setup search queries for sites you use regularly.

Find out the search URL on the site of your choice, then replace the query with {query} in curly brackets. Use the test search to ensure your search works as expected then click Save to add your new query.

Ready to create your own custom searches? These custom search examples will show you just how much you can do with custom searches!
alfred  macosx 
february 2011 by Aetles
The best Mac and iOS apps I used in 2010
Following up on my article about the best Mac apps I used in 2010, here are some of the best hybrid "Mac and iOS apps" I used in 2010. This wasn't an attempt to come up with a specific number, just the results of some careful reflection.

You may wonder why some apps appear on this list instead of the Mac list. For example, Dropbox has an iOS app, why not add it here? Because my primary use of Dropbox is on the Mac. Yes I use it with iOS, but it's usually through another app that is syncing back to my Mac. On the other hand, using OmniFocus for iPad (our review) led to me using OmniFocus for Mac more, so I put OmniFocus on this list.

All that is to say, these are my distinctions, and you are free to disagree with them.
mac  macosx  iphone  apps 
december 2010 by Aetles
Open Location in SAME WINDOW with Safari -
i need an applescript for opening a specific url in my current browsing window without using tabs... i don't know why you can't open links from external applications in the same window as a given option..?
macosx  applescript 
november 2010 by Aetles
rdar://7505826: WindowServer freezes when switching users via ARD
While switching to login window via fast user switching over an ARD session on a headless server, WindowServer becomes unresponsive and requires a restart.

Steps to Reproduce

1. Enable fast user switching
2. Log in over ARD
3. Switch to other user's session or to login window

Expected Results

ARD client shows other user's session or login window

Actual Results

ARD shows a blank black screen (or none at all), WindowServer is unresponsive. After connecting a monitor it sows a solid blue background.
november 2010 by Aetles
Change the default location for screenshots - Mac OS X Hints
To change the default location for screen captures so they get saved in a specific location instead of cluttering the desktop, you need to use the defaults command in the Terminal to change the path.
macosx  screencapture 
november 2010 by Aetles
Online Backup for Mac | Arq | Haystack Software
Backup You Can Count On
Arq backs up the critical files on your Mac to the Internet.

Your backups are stored at Amazon S3 ("Simple Storage Service"), the gold standard of reliable online storage in the industry, backed by, a large stable company.

Backups of your Mac are complete and accurate, including all "metadata" -- something that many other online backup offerings can't claim (see results).
backup  mac  macosx 
october 2010 by Aetles
Tunneling afp over ssh
You're at home, and you want to mount a disk from a Mac at work onto your Mac at home, but work has a firewall. Your attempts to use the afp file serving protocol are thwarted because the afp port (548) is blocked.
ssh  tunnel  afp  macosx 
october 2010 by Aetles
Apple - Support - Discussions - Font rendering in OS X ...
Yes, the deault value for the setting you set with the above terminal command is permanent in the sense that it will remain there until you change it.

If you want to restore the value to previous setting, then do the

defaults -currentHost read -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing

This will either read and display the previous value, or issue a message that the setting has no value at all (which is the case for me).

If the setting didn't have a value, and you want to restore it, then you simply delete the value

defaults -currentHost delete -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing

or if you got the previous value, then restore it

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int x

where x is the value that you got before you changed it.
macosx  antialiasing 
october 2010 by Aetles
Poor font rendering in Snow Leopard with NEC display - Mac Forums
You were probably using subpixel antialiasing (LCD font smoothing) in Leopard. The problem is Snow Leopard removed the font smoothing options and replaced it with a single "Use LCD font smoothing when available" option, which doesn't do anything with most third-party LCD monitors. The old options are still there internally, but it's hidden.

Open and type this in: defaults -currentHost write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 1

Then log out and log back in (or reboot). That will set the font smoothing to what used to be the "Light" option. "Medium" would be 2 instead of 1, but I think "Light" is better.
snowleopard  macosx  antialiasing 
october 2010 by Aetles
Freeverse: Mac: Games & Apps: Think
Look around your screen right now. It’s okay, we’ll wait.

At this very moment, applications are fighting for your attention. Between chat windows, Finder windows, Web browser windows, and everything else, it’s amazing any of us can concentrate at all. As it has become easier to multitask, we’ve become more likely to have two dozen windows on the screen at any given moment. Innovations like Expose makes finding what you want in the sea of visual stimuli easier, but they’ve done little to remove those distractions.

Focusing takes concentration, and concentration takes energy. You can only concentrate on so much at a time, and you can’t create more energy. What we need to do is change how we work.

Let’s limit our attention to one application—any application—at any time. Let’s make it easy to change focus when we have to. Let’s allow ourselves to bring other apps up quickly if we need them, but put them out of sight again just as quickly.

Let’s rediscover how to focus, and get back to thinking.
macosx  mac 
october 2010 by Aetles
Isolator is a small menu bar application that helps you concentrate. When you're working on a document, and don't want to be distracted, turn on Isolator. It will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.
october 2010 by Aetles
Cordless Dog: Stay
What is Stay?

If you’re fastidious about keeping your windows tidy, Stay is for you. Stay ensures that your windows are always where you want them to be, even as you connect and disconnect displays.
august 2010 by Aetles
Aphög · Listig kryptering av alla mail i OsX
ag läste lite på nätet och upptäckte en typ av skivavbildsfiler som finns i OsX 10.5 som skapar ett filsystem i en katalog med “band” om 8Mb var. När en fil i skivavbilden ändrats är det bara det band som filen ligger i som ändras och det gör att det funkar fint med backup. Med vanliga filsystem i filer så ändras ju hela filen så att backupen måste innehålla hela filsystemet vid varje backuptillfälle.

Bundlen ser ut som en fil i findern

Hursomhelst, så här gjorde jag. Först skapade jag med Skivverktyget en “sparse bundle” (som var översatt till “glest paketerad skivavbild”) krypterad med 256 bitar. Bundlen placerade jag i ~/Secure.sparsebundle jag gav den dessutom volymnamnet Secure.
När Sedan såg jag till att var nedstängt. Skivverktyget hade redan automatmonterat det krypterade filsystemet, annars hade jag kunnat dubbelklicka på det för att montera det. Monteringspunkten är /Volumes/Secure. Jag flyttade helt sonika mails datakatalog från ~/Library/Mail till /Volumes/Secure/Library/Mail och sedan skapade jag en symlänk från den nya platsen till ~/Library/Mail
may 2010 by Aetles
How to Move the Home Folder in OS X – and Why ~ Chris Pirillo
Someone, who can be identified as Darwin9 in the chat room, sent me a “How to Move the Home Folder in OS X Leopard.” I hadn’t done it yet, but it’s something that I was hoping to do for my next installation.
may 2010 by Aetles
Open a folder in the Finder from the Terminal at Mac Singularity
Here’s a simple but nifty trick. Say you’re navigating around in the Terminal and you would like to see the present working directory in the Finder? Just type

% open .
and the Finder will open up the folder you’re in. This works in both xterms and the Apple Terminal.
macosx  finder  terminal 
february 2010 by Aetles
Troy's blog » Blog Archive » Building wget in Snow Leopard
I like Snow Leopard, it’s a nifty OS, but occasionally something will baffle me. This evening it was the exclusion of wget from the command line tools.

Clearly this sucks and living without wget is not an option. Thankfully wget is free software so it’s easy to grab the source and build it yourself.
macosx  wget 
february 2010 by Aetles

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