Disable App Nap in Mavericks

Mavericks can power down apps when you they’re not in use. For most apps this isn’t a big deal; however, from time to time you may encounter an app that you don’t want to nap when you aren’t using it. To do so, lick on the app and then do a Get Info with the app highlighted. From here, youll see a checkbox for Prevent App Nap. Check that and the app won’t nap! Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 7.20.32 PMThis setting is kept in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist. There is a LSAppNapIsDisabled array. If you create a key with the domain from the app (e.g. net.sourceforge.audacity) and add the signature then you will have disabled App Nap for the app programmatically as well. You can also disable using the NSAppSleepDisabled key against the domain of the app, as follows assuming audacity as well (a bit easier but the same basic result): defaults write net.sourceforge.audacity NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES

RDP from the Command Line

Let’s face it, connecting to Windows Servers is a must for many of us. And some of us want to do so programatically. I did look at populating the CoRD database in a previous article. But now, luckily CoRD has recently introduced a command line interface for managing just these types of connections on the fly as well. And, it is very straight forward. There are two ways to call CoRD from the command line. The first is similar to how we handled VNC in an earlier article. Simply leverage the open command and call the URL with a rdp in the beginning. For example, if you want to open a connection to a server called windows.krypted.com you would use the following command: open rdp://windows.krypted.com As with VNC you can also inject he user name and the password as well. To do so insert the username after the rdp:// and with an @ before the domain or IP. And to inject the password follow the username with a : and then the password followed by the @. For example, if our username were daneel and our password were seldon then the command would be: open rdp://daneel:seldon@windows.krypted.com There are other options as well, which you can find at the CoRD Wiki. You can also connect by calling the CoRD command, which is located in the /Applications/CoRD.app/Contents/MacOS directory. The CoRD command then has the following options: host – define the IP address or host name of the computer you are connecting to port – if a custom port (not 3389) is used then use that to connect to the computer u – define a username p – define a password d – Windows domain name a – set screen depth to 8, 16, 24 or 32 width – set the width of the resultant window height – set the height of the resultant window So if you would like to connect to windows.krypted.com with the same user and password as before, but now with a custom port of 3390 you would use the following command: /Applications/CoRD.app/Contents/MacOS/CoRD -host windows.krypted.com -port 3390 -u daneel -p seldon I guess next I’m going to have to build a Dashboard widget to fire up a connection on the fly… 😉

318 Open Sources mergeSafBookmarks

Originally Posted to the 318 TechJournal:
318 has open sourced our mergeSafBookmarks python script. This tool can read in a pair of property lists and merge them into a single resultant bookmarks file for Safari. This takes a lot of the work out of pushing bookmarks to existing users as part of your deployment. You can find it here:
http://mergebookmarks.sourceforge.net Note: The script also looks at existing bookmarks and doesn’t merge in duplicates.