Mac Hacks: Tips & Tools for unlocking the power of OS X

By Chris Seibold

Want to take genuine keep watch over of your Mac? The hacks during this booklet assist you dig less than the outside to tweak method personal tastes, mount drives and units, and usually do issues along with your procedure that Apple doesn’t anticipate you to do. With a bit attempt, you can also make your Mac and its functions practice precisely the manner you will want them to.

There are greater than 50 hacks during this publication that help you fine-tune the interface, paintings with multimedia, manage your community, improve protection, and practice a couple of methods with Unix.

  • Go past personal tastes: swap the best way OS X Mountain Lion behaves
  • Customize your adventure via taming browsers and making apps complete screen
  • Get details added correct in your computer, and automate mundane tasks
  • Use the command line and set up a number of Unix apps to unencumber your Mac’s Unix power
  • Increase protection, computer screen community site visitors, and stay anonymous
  • Play Wii video games and host a Minecraft server in your Mac
  • Modify your WiFi, stream iTunes, and checklist television shows
  • Turn your MacBook right into a capsule and provides it a customized dye job

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Txt bankruptcy 7: LOCK DOWN THAT MAC 181 Figure 7-10. Even highlight won’t comprehend. the place testfile. txt is any dossier you will want hidden. To make the dossier seen back, within the Terminal, style: setfile -a v testfile. txt That’s correct: the single distinction is whether or not the v is capitalized or lowercase V, however it makes the entire distinction. you could open an invisible dossier, yet you’ll have to use Terminal to take action simply because it’s powerful challenging to click on whatever represented by means of 0 pixels. try out: open testfile. txt This command doesn’t simply paintings for person records, it really works for folders (directories) as well—with one very important distinction: with person documents, you'll want to toggle their visibility, yet use this trick on a folder and you may shop obvious goods contained in the invisible folder and people records stay invisible to every body else. To get on the documents in an invisible folder, within the finder, decide on Go→“Go to Folder. ” regrettably, focus will nonetheless index the contents of the invisible folder and that, evidently, won’t do. Exclude the hidden folder from highlight by means of beginning Spotlight’s personal tastes (System Preferences→Spotlight). click on the privateness tab after which upload the folder you will have hidden to the checklist of areas you don’t wish highlight to look (Figure 7-11). easily click on the + signal less than the record after which navigate to the listing you must preserve below the radar. 182 MAC HACKS Figure 7-11. maintaining highlight from looking out particular destinations is an important step while hiding documents. considering the fact that it’s a listing, you could toss any documents you will want into the hidden folder with out switching the documents’ visibility with Terminal. The records won’t be noticeable simply because they’re in an invisible folder, yet they’re technically nonetheless obvious since you haven’t replaced their visibility environment. complicated? certain. If it is helping, you could reflect on it as type of like Harry Potter’s cloak: Harry isn’t truly invisible, so if you’re with him lower than the cloak you'll find him, yet not anyone outdoor the cloak can see him. (The Invisible girl, nevertheless, she’s simply undeniable invisible. ) To entry the documents within the Finder, press ShiftCommand-G or select Go→“Go to Folder. ” sort within the route to your folder (such as ~/ worlddomplan1), and you’ll have the capacity to browse the records on your favourite GUI demeanour. How difficult will those records be to discover? utilizing both procedure (hiding person records or a complete folder) will defeat a focus seek, yet issues may perhaps get dicey if the folder or documents get too huge. You don’t need to positioned the documents or folder in a selected spot, yet anyplace you place them, their measurement would be the giveaway and other people could become aware of that in the event that they kind the disk via dossier measurement. nobody is ever going to note a number of kilobytes being taken up by means of a small listing, but when you’re slapping Blu-ray rips of Honey Boo Boo right into a bankruptcy 7: LOCK DOWN THAT MAC 183 hidden folder, that might most probably be stumbled on if anyone is making an attempt to avoid wasting force house. Hiding documents in a Disk photograph probably a extra stylish method to disguise records at the fly is with an encrypted disk picture.

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