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Disable dock icon for java programs in Mac OSX (howto)

December 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

If you run a java program in OSX that uses the AWT library, by default the system shows a generic Java dock icon for it, even if the program does not have a GUI (e.g. it’s just using the library for image manipulation). To avoid showing the spurious dock icon, you have to set the [...]

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Service Scrubber, Safari and keychains

December 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I love Service Scrubber, which allows me to clean up the Services menu so that it’s actually useful. But I discovered that it does not interact well with the new code signing feature in Leopard, because it modifies Safari’s Info.plist file to disable services. Once this happens, the system will refuse Safari access to keychains [...]

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Real separators for the Mac OS X Leopard dock (howto)

November 21st, 2007 · 29 Comments

In examining the strings inside the Dock binary in Leopard, I found a way to add real separators to the dock, instead of adding dummy applications with empty or decorative icons, as commonly done.
This works only in Leopard (OSX 10.5):

Run the following commands from the Terminal:

defaults write persistent-apps -array-add ‘{ “tile-type” = “spacer-tile”; }’
killall [...]

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CopperExport 0.5.0 released

October 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Finally, CopperExport 0.5.0 is out! The big change in this release is compatibility with iPhoto 7, although there are some other minor changes, and the inclusion of server-side patches for newer versions of Coppermine. Get it now while it’s hot!

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CopperExport and iPhoto 7

August 13th, 2007 · 6 Comments

A few people have let me know that CopperExport does not work with iPhoto 7. As soon as I can get my hands on iLife’08, I will work on fixing the problem (unfortunately, I don’t have definite plans of ordering it at the moment, so it may take a bit).
On a related note, Apple has [...]

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Upgrading an old Mac

November 30th, 2006 · No Comments

My mom still uses an old Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One, with MacOS 8 installed on it. While it still suits her needs (email and web browsing) for the most part, I’ve been thinking of how to upgrade or replace it. Here are some links that I have found about the topic.

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How to fix Skype crash on Mac OSX

November 7th, 2006 · 7 Comments

I had been unsuccessful in running the latest version of Skype on my Mac – it would crash on startup. I finally found the solution in one of the comments on Skype’s entry: add to Application Enhancer’s “Master exclude” list. I did this, and now Skype works fine!

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mimiFoto is a neat little Mac application that lets you change the photos that appear in the iPhoto and Preview icons to any photo you want. Useless but extremely cute! (0)

Fixing a corrupt HFS+ filesystem in Linux (HOWTO)

June 4th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Some time ago I switched my server (a G4 Mac) from MacOSX to Gentoo Linux. In the process, the secondary internal disk (where I keep the mail storage, among other things) remained formatted as HFS+, because it made the transition easier. However, I kept having problems with it. For example, if the machine shut down [...]

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Apple Keynote Bloopers: a funny video recopilation of things that have gone wrong at Steve Jobs’ keynotes. (0)