Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

For many environments, securing OS X is basically trying to make the computer act more like an iOS device. Some of the easier tasks involve disabling access to certain apps, sandboxing and controlling access to certain features. One of the steps en route to building an iOS-esque environment in OS X is to disable that Go to Folder… option. To do so, set the ProhibitGoToFolder key as true in defaults write ProhibitGoToFolder -bool true Then reboot, or kill the Finder: killall Finder To undo, set the ProhibitGoToFolder as false: defaults write ProhibitGoToFolder -bool false

November 11th, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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When I’m writing, I like to listen to music in the background. When writing, I also like to have everything minimized so I can quickly grab a screenshot of the desktop where needed. This means that when I run into a track that doesn’t work with whatever I’m writing that I would need to unminimize iTunes, click the next button and then re-minimize iTunes. Awhile back I found a better way but can’t remember where for attribution. So, part of my default user template and imaging framework now includes setting the iTunes Dock icon to show the track that I’m playing so I can easily go to the next song, filing away the current song to remove from whatever playlist at a later date in case I’ve forgotten who the artist was. By default the iTunes Dock icon doesn’t show the current playing track. To tell it to: defaults write itunes-notifications -bool TRUE Then killall Dock: killall Dock Now when you click on iTunes in the dock and hold the mouse down, you’ll see the following: If you later decide you don’t like this: defaults write itunes-notifications -bool FALSE And then killall Dock: killall Dock

July 29th, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X

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One of my little irritations about OS X just got easier. When I’m using Mail and I copy and email address and paste it somewhere, it has the name of the contact bracing the email address wrapped with a <>. This is a royal pain. I am pretty sure that every single flippin’ time I’ve removed the cruft around the email address. While digging around in I noticed a key for AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard that was set to True. Holy crap. Change to False and this minor irritation is gone. Viola, OS X is now even better: defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool FALSE To set it back: defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool TRUE I’m sure others have uncovered this before me (mostly because I googled it after I found it). So nothing really new here, but pretty sure that one will save me at least 3 minutes per year. Yay for me.

July 19th, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X

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You click on an icon in the dock that brings up a grid of the items in the list and then you click on one of the items in that list. But I like the way the rest of the dock operates, where I know what I’m moused over (is moused the verb of mousy?). And I sometimes click on the wrong one, which is why it’s nice to highlight one. To do so, run this command:
defaults write mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean yes
And then:
killall Dock
To go back to the way things were before:
defaults write mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean no
And then:
killall Dock

February 3rd, 2010

Posted In: Mac OS X

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