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  • 10.8: Open a specific browser based on the URL

    27 August 2014, 10:00 am

    Usually I want to open Gmail in Chrome and URLs pointing to my development server in Firefox. For everything else I use Safari.…
  • Setting Up an iOS 7 On-Demand VPN

    20 August 2014, 10:00 am

    I'm writing a detailed set of instructions for getting VPN 'on-demand' working with iOS 7.…
  • Mousecape – Customize Cursors on OS X

    22 July 2014, 10:00 am

    Mousecape is a new open source Mac App which is available on GitHub to finally allow you to create and use your own mouse cursors, or 'capes' as the app calls them.…
  • Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging

    18 July 2014, 10:00 am

    Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions,…
  • 10.9: Update OS without creating a user on a new Mac

    14 July 2014, 10:00 am

    This is my take/an update on las_vegas' hint I found here awhile back for running OS updates without creating a user on a Mac. It is applicable to any system 10.5 and up.…
  • Name Faces in iPhoto efficiently

    10 July 2014, 10:00 am

    I've become somewhat obsessed with the faces feature in iPhoto. Currently, I have about 7000 unidentified faces in my library. I knock out a few hundred here and there. It's oddly satisfying, but I go to a lot of large events - events where a lot of people…
  • 10.9: Terminal text shortcuts still work in Safari

    27 June 2014, 10:00 am

    I should have stumbled on this one years ago but I have just realised typing in Safari's address bar and unconsciously doing Ctrl+a to go to the start of my query, that it works.…
  • Automatically restart Logmein Hamachi

    24 June 2014, 10:00 am

    If you are having trouble with Logmein Hamachi starting up correctly, the following script will check to see if the connection is up. If it is, it will attempt to restart and then send you an email when it's done.…
  • Placeholder info for AppleTV in Profile Manager

    20 June 2014, 10:00 am

    While importing a placeholder for some iPads into Profile Manager I was peeking through profilemanager.log, when I found this gem.…
  • 10.9: Convert gitolite managed git repositories to Xcode Server

    17 June 2014, 10:00 am

    So you finally want to take the plunge and convert from gitolite managed repositories and Jenkins to doing everything with Mavericks' Xcode Server? It turns out it's actually not that hard.…
  • Bypass Chromes SSL/certificate blockades

    13 June 2014, 10:00 am

    There's something with Chrome (and Firefox as well) that has driven me crazy for some years: when browsing the web via a proxy server while at work I can't access some pages via the HTTPS-protocol.…
  • We're back

    11 June 2014, 10:00 am

    As I'm sure most of you have noticed, MacOSXHints was not in action since mid-May. There was an issue with the site software, but I'm really happy to say that is now fixed, and I look forward to resuming publication of new hints. This is especially pleasing as…
  • iOS: Maps wrong destination Work-around

    11 June 2014, 10:00 am

    It just so happens that the building where I work has no street address, as it is part of a university campus. When I asked Siri where I was, it gave me an address, which I put as my work address in my contact card. However, whenever I asked Siri to give me…
  • Creating custom shortcuts with apostrophes

    12 May 2014, 10:00 am

    I'm running OS X localized in French and recently started using custom keyboard shortcuts extensively. But I've come across a few menu items for which I could not create a shortcut. I realized that all these items contained apostrophes. Not the same apostrophe…
  • 10.9: Disable App Nap System Wide

    9 May 2014, 10:00 am

    The Finder/Get Info checkmark for preventing App Nap sometimes disappears, seemingly at random. Maybe the app updates itself, or just writes something to the application directory and the checkmark is gone. The next day your overnight render is at 10%. So in…
  • 10.9: Assigning Tags by keyboard shortcut in Finder

    5 May 2014, 10:00 am

    I'm not sure if this has been covered sufficiently already, but I've heard lamentations by various writers about the lack of a keyboard shortcut to bring up the file-tagging popup in the Finder. While none is provided by default, one can easily be set up.…
  • Creating a kill switch for the OSX VPN client

    30 April 2014, 10:00 am

    I live in China so I have to use VPN all the time if I want any kind of stable connection to sites in the west. Unfortunately the VPN will at times randomly disconnect and then all traffic will immediately start going over chinese Internet again. While this is…
  • Automator Service to toggle the alias bit

    29 April 2014, 10:00 am

    Aliases in OS X are identified to the system by an attribute referred to as the alias bit. This hint provides a very simple way to be able to toggle the alias bit of selected files within the Finder.…
  • Add Multiple URLs to a Calendar Event

    25 April 2014, 10:00 am

    I frequently want to add multiple URLs to Calendar events. Of course, you can put them in the Notes section, but given that there's a URL field, it seems a little kludgey. This solution is kludgey too, but perhaps a bit less so.…
  • Create a Fusion Drive with a Recovery Partition

    23 April 2014, 10:00 am

    There are many step-by-step guides on the internet that explain how to add an SSD to an existing Mac, and create a 'Fusion Drive' that has the speed of an SSD, but also the capacity of a Hard Drive. All these guides fall short in one way that was important to…

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