Posts in the Mac OS X category

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Re-opening Full-Screen Applications in OS X Lion. Hit or Miss?

Re-opening Full-Screen Applications in OS X Lion. Hit or Miss?

A much touted feature of OS X Lion is the ability to use some applications in full-screen mode.

It’s easy enough to make an already open application full-screen, but with the initial public 10.7.0 release of Lion I’ve had limited success re-opening applications full-screen.

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Syncing OS X Address Books and iCal Calendars across Multiple Macs using Dropbox

Syncing OS X Address Books and iCal Calendars across Multiple Macs using Dropbox

With Apple’s recent announcement regarding iCloud at this year’s WWDC it is perhaps worth remembering that until that service is released this autumn it’s possible to sync your Address Book and Calendars between your Macs using another free service: Dropbox.

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File and Folder Paths in OS X Terminal

File and Folder Paths in OS X Terminal

The OS X Terminal can be a daunting and unforgiving place for the novice as well as those more familiar with its idiosyncrasies.

Even supposedly simple tasks like navigating the directory structure can prove bewildering to the inexperienced Terminal user.

Described here then are a few ways to enter file and folder paths in Terminal.

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Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Update Woes

Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Update Woes

In the many years I’ve been using Macs I can’t remember an Apple software update ever adversely affecting one of the many I’ve owned. That is until the recent 10.6.3 update.

Being a bit of a software-update junkie I installed the standalone 10.6.3 update on my late-2007 24″ iMac within hours of its release.

Perhaps I should have heeded the calls of those more level-headed users and waited.

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Setting Dimensions of OS X Finder Windows

Setting Dimensions of OS X Finder Windows

One small annoyance I have with the OS X Finder is its apparent inability to let me set a default Finder window size.

However many times I resize Finder windows with the mouse they will eventually be reset to some arbitrary dimensions.

If like me you find this aspect of the Finder’s behaviour particularly irksome, this AppleScript might be the answer to your concerns.

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Starting XAMPP’s Apache Server at System Startup on Mac OS X

Starting XAMPP’s Apache Server at System Startup on Mac OS X

An important feature of MAMP is an option to have the Apache and MySQL servers started as the application opens. Include MAMP as a Login Item and the MAMP servers are up-and-running after login.

XAMPP has no such option. Including XAMPP as a Login Item merely opens the XAMPP Control.app and the servers have to be started manually.

The answer is to a use a daemon.

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