May 06









This tutorial will show you how to customize your Mac OS X Dock. You will learn how to change your Dock from 3D to 2D. You will also learn how to add empty spaces to your Dock and how to increase the actual size of your Dock past the default size allowed by System Preferences. Just follow the simple steps below and in no time you will be able to customize your Mac Dock as well:

CHANGE YOUR DOCK FROM 3D to 2D

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to change the Dock from 3D to 2D: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
NOTE: To change the Dock from 2D back to 3D: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

 

INCREASE THE SIZE OF YOUR DOCK ABOVE THE SYSTEM PREFERENCES MAXIMUM ALLOWED

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to increase the Dock size: defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 256
NOTE: To decrease the Dock size back to the normal range just click on the apple in the mac menu bar and then on “System Preferences” -> “Dock” and use the slider.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

 

INCREASE THE MAGNIFICATION OF YOUR DOCK ICONS ABOVE THE SYSTEM PREFERENCES MAXIMUM ALLOWED

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to increase the Dock size: defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int 512
NOTE: To decrease the Dock Icon Magnification size back to the normal range just click on the apple in the mac menu bar and then on “System Preferences” -> “Dock” and use the slider.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

ADD EMPTY SPACES TO YOUR DOCK

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to add an empty space to the Dock: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{ “tile-type” = “spacer-tile”; }’
NOTE: To delete the empty space holder in the Dock just click on the empty space and pull it up off the Dock and it will be trashed.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

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Mar 14








This tutorial will show you how to easily install the flash plugin for Ubuntu 10.10, 10.04, 9.10, and 9.04:

1.) Open up a command line “Terminal” and type in the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sevenmachines/flash;sudo apt-get update;sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

2.) Press return.

3.) After the commands finish running, you should have the latest version of flash running on your Ubuntu box.

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Mar 14








This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPad on Mac OS X in less than 10 minutes. Just follow the steps below:

1.) Download the following software to your “~/Downloads” directory:

RedSn0w

iPad ipsw

2.) Click your cursor on the Desktop to bring up the “Finder” menu, and go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.

3.) Type the following commands into “Terminal“: mkdir ~/Desktop/redsn0w;mv ~/Downloads/redsn0w.zip ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;mv ~/Downloads/iPad1,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;cd ~/Desktop/redsn0w;unzip redsn0w.zip

4.) Now using “Finder“, open up the ~/Desktop/redsn0w directory and double-click on the redsn0w.app application.

5.) Once you have opened the redsn0w.app application, you should now see the redsn0w 0.9.6b4! application window. From here you will need to click on Browse and select the file ~/Desktop/redsn0w/iPad1,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw and hit next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) You should now see the following screen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Now you will need to select “Install Cydia” and hit next and follow the on-screen instructions. Also once this process has finished you will need to perform steps 5 through 6 again and when you get to step 7, select “Just boot tethered right now“. Again, you will need to follow the on-screen instructions and this time your iPad will be booted up in tethered mode and you will have access to cydia and your iPad will have been successfully jailbroken.

###VERY IMPORTANT### Every time you need to reboot or boot up your iPad, you will need to peform step 7 and use redsn0w.app to “Just boot tethered mode“. Your iPad will be able to go to sleep or be re-sprung without having to be booted up using redsn0w.app, but every time you need to perform a hard reboot of the device, you will need to use redsn0w.app to boot it up.###VERY IMPORTANT###

###DISCLAIMER: I have tested this procedure with iPad running iOS 4.2.1 only. I have done this several times and I have never run into any problems and I have never bricked an iPad. However, if you use this tutorial, you are using it at your own risk. ###DISCLAIMER###

Mar 11








This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 4 on Mac OS X in less than 10 minutes. Just follow the steps below:

1.) Download the following software to your “~/Downloads” directory:

RedSn0w

iPhone 4 ipsw

2.) Click your cursor on the Desktop to bring up the “Finder” menu, and go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.

3.) Type the following commands into “Terminal“: mkdir ~/Desktop/redsn0w;mv ~/Downloads/redsn0w.zip ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;mv ~/Downloads/iPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw ~/Desktop/redsn0w/;cd ~/Desktop/redsn0w;unzip redsn0w.zip

4.) Now using “Finder“, open up the ~/Desktop/redsn0w directory and double-click on the redsn0w.app application.

5.) Once you have opened the redsn0w.app application, you should now see the redsn0w 0.9.6b4! application window. From here you will need to click on Browse and select the file ~/Desktop/redsn0w/iPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw and hit next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) You should now see the following screen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Now you will need to select “Install Cydia” and hit next and follow the on-screen instructions. Also once this process has finished you will need to perform steps 5 through 6 again and when you get to step 7, select “Just boot tethered right now“. Again, you will need to follow the on-screen instructions and this time your iPhone 4 will be booted up in tethered mode and you will have access to cydia and your iPhone 4 will have been successfully jailbroken.

###VERY IMPORTANT### Every time you need to reboot or boot up your iPhone 4, you will need to peform step 7 and use redsn0w.app to “Just boot tethered mode“. Your iPhone 4 will be able to go to sleep or be re-sprung without having to be booted up using redsn0w.app, but every time you need to perform a hard reboot of the device, you will need to use redsn0w.app to boot it up.###VERY IMPORTANT###

###DISCLAIMER: I have tested this procedure with iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 only. I have done this several times and I have never run into any problems and I have never bricked an iPhone. However, if you use this tutorial, you are using it at your own risk. ###DISCLAIMER###

Mar 11








Whether you’re a Unix or Linux guru or an IT Administrator or maybe even a software programmer, there are always going to be times when you would like to be able to access files and directories that are normally just plain out of reach on Mac OS X through the GUI. And for me, I have always wanted to be able to attach log files into my emails through apple mail. Mac OS X is one of the few Unix like systems that actually hides these hidden files and root directories. No more, we are now going to uncover everything that Apple has been hiding from you in Mac OS X. This is also very helpful if you need to restore hidden files using Time Machine backups. Just follow these simple steps and you to will be able to see everything through finder:

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring up the Finder menu, and go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) Once you have your Terminal up, type in the following command and press return: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
3.) Before you will be able to see the hidden files using the GUI, you will need to run the following command in Terminal to restart Finder: kill -hup `ps -ef | grep Finder | grep -v grep | awk ‘{print $2}’`

Listed below is a screenshot of Terminal running the previous commands:

Now that you can see all of your hidden files by using the GUI and Finder, you can now use Time Machine to restore hidden files.

If you decide you really don’t like being able to see all of Mac OS X’s hidden files or you have used this procedure just to restore hidden files using Time Machine, then you can follow the steps below to turn this feature off:

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring up the Finder menu, and go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) Once you have your Terminal up, type in the following command and press return: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
3.) Before the hidden files will become hidden again using the GUI, you will need to run the following command in Terminal to restart Finder: kill -HUP `ps -ef | grep Finder | grep -v grep | cut -d ” ” -f5`

Feb 18








So, you are wanting to setup your Windows boxes so that they automatically login to Windows when you boot them up. Although this is not the best thing to do for obvious security reasons, there are times that people need to setup Windows to automatically login. One specific example is the following, you work in a quality assurance department and you have several hundred Windows boxes ranging from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows Server versions and they are all running in a lab. It would take forever to login to each Windows computer or virtual machine. And it would save you valuable time, mouse movements, and keystrokes, if you could set them all up to automatically login for you. If for a reason similar to the one just mentioned or if you just don’t care about security and you want all of your Windows boxes to automatically login for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Just follow the directions below and you will be automatically logging into Windows machines in no time:

I have tested this method and it works on the following Windows operating systems:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

1.) Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “Notepad.exe” and type the following into your notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“AutoAdminLogon”=”1″
“DefaultUserName”=”username” ###NOTE: Where username is your Windows username you want to automatically login with.###
“DefaultPassword”=”password” ###NOTE: Where password is your Windows username’s password you want to automatically login with.###

2.) Now save this document as “AutoLogin.reg“.

3.) Now all that you need to do is to Double-Click the file “Autologin.reg” and answer yes to the prompts. Depending on what versions of Windows that you run this on, you should get a prompt similar to the following:

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

4.) Click the “Yes” button.

5.) You should then see “Are you sure you want to continue?

6.) Click the “Yes” button again.

7.) You should now see “The keys and values contained in C:\AutoLogin.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

8.) Reboot. When you Windows computer restarts, it should automatically login for you.

Jan 26








So, you want to be able to create your very own wifi hotspot that you can take anywhere on the go to power up all of your mobile devices like your iPad and notebook? Well, look no further, if you have an Android phone or a Samsung Galaxy S, then you have come to the right place. Just follow the steps below and you will be wifi tethering your devices to your phone in just a few minutes:

1.) You must first root your Android phone. If you are using a Samsung Galaxy S then you can follow the steps to one of my previous posts: How to root your Android 2.1 Samsung Captivate or Vibrant

2.) Once your phone has been rooted, open up the web browser on your phone and go to the following webpage: http://szym.net/apk/barnacle_latest.apk. This will download and install a program called Barnacle on your phone that allows you to create a wifi hotspot from your phone.

3.) Once Barnacle has been installed on your phone, go to -> Applications -> Barnacle Wifi Tether. Press the button on your phone to bring up the settings menu. Once in settings, you can configure all of the necessary settings for your wifi hotspot, the defaults will work just fine, but if you just leave the defaults with no changes, you won’t have any security on your wifi hotspot.

4.) When you have finished configuring your wifi hotspot settings, the only thing left to do is go back to the main screen in Barnacle Wifi Tether and click on “Start”.

5.) That’s it, enjoy surfing the Internet from your mobile devices using your brand new wifi hotspot on your phone.

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Dec 20








So, you have probably already changed your dns entry but you probably still have some Windows, Mac, or Linux boxes that are still resolving to an old dns entry. It’s no problem at all to update your boxes dns cache. The only thing that you need to do is to FLUSH your DNS CACHE. Just follow the steps below for your OS:

1.) Flush your dns cache for Windows:
a.) Simply go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “cmd” or “command” and type “ipconfig /flushdns“.
2.) Flush your dns cache for Mac:
a.) Click on your desktop with the mouse and you will open up the “Finder” menu. Then go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal” and type the following:
I.) For Snow Leopard and Leopard: “sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
II.) For Tiger: “lookupd -flushcache
3.) Flush your dns cache for Linux:
a.) Open up a command terminal or console and type “/etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart” as the root user or using sudo(if you have sudo setup for your user).

Sep 22

This post is very useful if you have ever needed to make a readonly mac .dmg file writable. Say for instance that you wanted to create a Mac OS X install disk, then mount it up writable, add something to it and then save it to be used to install OS X in say “VMware”. Listed below are the steps to make this happen:

From Terminal:
###This creates a writable dmg image###
hdiutil convert nameoffile.dmg -format UDRW -o nameoffile_writable.dmg

###This tells you the size of the image###
hdiutil resize -limits nameoffile_writable.dmg

###This resizes your dmg image so that you will have space to add stuff to it. Make sure you substitute the first number from the previous command and add to it sufficiently for the 9999etc. number###
hdiutil resize -sectors 999999 nameoffile_writable.dmg

###This mounts the new dmg writable image so that you can add stuff to it###
hdiutil attach nameoffile_writable.dmg






Sep 20

If you have ever run into the need to convert a mac .dmg file to an .iso file…..It is super easy.  If you have access to a mac computer you only need to type one command to make this conversion:

hdiutil convert /Users/username/Desktop/nameoffile.dmg -format UDTO -o /Users/username/Desktop/nameoffile.iso  - Type this into terminal and that’s it. In just a few minutes you have your dmg converted to windows iso format.







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