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Feb
6
comment How can I launch a GUI app in Applications folder from command line?
Related: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/4240
Sep
10
comment Why do I need to put sh before running .sh files?
@TJ, but you do need to worry about stuff like sl or lls or l... i.e., typos. Just leave . out of $PATH. Also, you may not (or should not) necessarily trust everyone on your system. For example, suppose there's some exploit that allows an attacker to drop an arbitrary file into some directory, but they need you to execute that file in order to escalate to a better exploit (e.g., collect data and phone home). Defense in depth!
Aug
27
comment Enable/disable Time Machine depending on network connection type
There's a race condition here: when you connect to WiFi you have a two-minute window in which TM might start before the script notices and turns it off.
Jun
18
comment Why does Office for Mac need Safari and Chrome closed for installation?
+1. It's incredibly annoying.
Apr
23
comment “@” symbol in password in applescript
Note that on most Unices, you don't want to put passwords in command lines because they can then be viewed with ps and the like.
Feb
5
comment How can I circumvent XProtect and re-enable Java Applets?
FWIW, you should then manually disable Java in all your browsers except one, which you use only for the VPN. The Java exploits are bad news; all you have do is show up at an infected site and your computer is pwned.
Nov
21
comment Why is Mountain Lion more security conscious?
If it's a bad question, close it. Don't change it to a completely different question -- that's disrespectful to the OP. If you want the new question asked, ask it yourself.
Oct
30
comment Dangers of limiting fan-speed
Is there any way you can alter your office environment? It sounds to me like if something like spinning up fans disturbs your office mates, then there must be a lot of other mundane things that would do the same, and you'd lose productivity avoiding those things.
Aug
8
comment How does Apple's Power Nap interact with File Vault?
Certainly it's different than sleep-to-disk, isn't it?
Jun
5
comment Lock keyboard in lion
Could you shield the trackpad, maybe with some MacGyver thing that has suction cups?
Apr
10
comment How to limit my Mac's exposure to malware?
@Daniel, I wonder if there's a way to rephrase that useful point yet avoid the "don't use your machine" canard.
Apr
3
comment Change Image Format of a Screenshot
Be aware that lossy formats like JPEG will introduce compression artifacts that make your screenshots look worse.
Mar
27
comment What exactly is a retina display?
It's marketing mumbo jumbo, nothing more.
Mar
14
comment Why won't closing the lid sleep my MacBook Pro with external monitor attached after upgrading to Lion?
@XAleX, here's another. It's a hassle to mess with two monitors — there's a big gap, the virtual alignment often doesn't really match the physical alignment, etc. So if one's external monitor is big enough, the small MacBook LCD adds no value. FWIW, I love the Lion behavior, and the Snow Lion behavior drove me bonkers.
Jan
27
comment Is it possible to display the current state of modifier keys?
It's the only keyboard I truly like, and they don't make them anymore, despite the website still being up. datadesktech.com/desktop_sb.html
Jan
27
comment Is it possible to display the current state of modifier keys?
So, it turns out that my keyboard is funky in a way which confuses Keyboard Layout (i.e., keys which are down when the keyboard gets weird aren't registered as down by KL even though they are active when typing). However, that seems too nit-picky to not accept the answer, and perhaps it will become more robust in the future. FWIW, I have a PS/2 keyboard running through a Belkin F5U119vE1 PS/2 -> USB adapter.
Nov
9
comment Decompressing .sit file
The last time I tried the official StuffIt it was spectacular bloatware. I'd avoid it if at all possible.
Nov
9
comment Where will the incident with the sudo command be reported to?
It's always irritated me to no end that sudo is so crabby in responding to almost always perfectly innocent errors.
Nov
9
comment What is the iPod touch's screen sensitive to?
Along those lines, water is conductive, which is why the screen can go loopy if you try it use it in the rain or if your hands are wet.
Nov
9
comment What is the iPod touch's screen sensitive to?
Not quite - you need a voltage difference to generate an electric field. Your finger doesn't have that, so it can't generate an electric field. Rather, the screen essentially contains an array of capacitors, and if your finger is near one of these capacitors, it changes that capacitor's capacitance. That change is what's detected.