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Add a Recent or Favorites Folder to Your Dock Using the macOS Terminal

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Type the query add recents dock terminal into any Internet search engine and most – if not all – relevant entries on the first results page will give the following code or a slight variation of it:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{"tile-data" = {"list-type" = 1;}; "tile-type" = "recents-tile";}'; killall Dock

 

 

Most of these articles are from 2015 or earlier and the Mac OS has changed a lot since, but the code still appears to do exactly as advertised.

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Secure Erasing A Mac Fusion Drive

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Before selling my late 2015 27″ iMac Retina 5K I wanted to secure erase its 1TB Fusion Drive consisting of a 24GB SSD and 1TB HDD. Secure erasing an HDD is simple enough using the Security Options in Disk Utility, but for Fusion Drives and SSDs this option is not available. To secure erase the iMac’s HDD I first needed to break the Fusion Drive into its constituent parts using Terminal.

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File and Folder Paths in macOS Terminal

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On the few occasions I use Terminal in OS X the biggest problem I seem to have is being able to navigate the directory hierarchy and access files or folders. After struggling with getting the correct file/folder path I’m usually greeted with No such file or directory reminding me that Terminal doesn’t like spaces in file/folder paths.

With that in mind here are a few ways to enter file/folder paths in Terminal.

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Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Update Woes

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In the 10 or so 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

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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 windows with the mouse, the Finder will eventually reset them to some arbitrary dimensions.

If, like me, you find this aspect of the Finder’s behaviour particularly irksome then try this AppleScript.

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