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Hide Pivotalboost Dock Icon

I’m using Pivtaltracker at work. A great way to quickly view Pivotaltracker items is with the Mac app Pivotalbooster. Unfortunately Pivotalbooster uses a dock icon and a menu-bar icon. I prefer using the menu-bar icon. Because of the way OSX implements dock/menu-bar icons Pivotalbooster will steal focus from what ever I’m working on. A quick hack is to edit the info.plist file for the application and set LSUIElement to true. Dennis Best added the solution here.

Difference between Hammer Drill and Impact Driver

Sometimes I really do use this place as a scratch pad. This is one of those times. Plus, some pretty useful comments.

Find your UDID After Installing Beta Firmware

I recently had my iPhone replaced and forgot to register the new UDID. After updating the phone and before registering you won’t be able to get the UDID from the phone or iTunes. Instead, use the “System Information” application found in /Applications/Utilities. If the phone is plugged in to your Mac it should show up under the USB area. Good Luck!

Exchange 2003 with Apple Mail 5

Apple Mail ver. 5 doesn’t work with Exchange 2003. However, there’s a third-party solution that works pretty well. DavMail is a client that sits between Exchange and Mail. I’m a stickler for efficiency and I hate to waste CPU-cycles, but this worth taking a look at.

DavMail has some pretty handy set-up instructions so I won’t go in to that. One feature I immediately missed was the option of not having DavMail’s App icon in the dock. Here’s how to alleviate that problem.Fire up a terminal and run these commands:

  • cd /Applications/
  • cp Info-nodock.plist Info.plist

That’s it. The next time you start DavMail the only hint of it running will be in the menu bar.
Add DavMail to your start-up items to have it automatically start when OS X boots.

Sorting Full Screen Apps in OS X’s Mission Control

Trying to sort full-screen apps in Lion? Here’s how

  • System Preferences
  • Mission Control
  • Check “Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use

This allows you to organize your full-screen apps by alt-tabbing through them (yeah not the greatest).

I’m still trying to get used to the three-finger swipes and accidentally alt-tab once in a while. Alt-tabbing once I have my apps organized ruins everything. I’ve whipped up a automator app that simply toggles the preference for you. Toggle it to turn the preference on, sort your apps and toggle it again to turn the preference off.


I’d love to see what people do with it. Here’s the raw apple-script:
tell application "System Preferences"
set the current pane to pane id ""
end tell

tell application "System Events"
tell application process "System Preferences"
--get the name of every checkbox of group 2 of window "Mission Control"
click checkbox "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use" of group 2 of window "Mission Control"
end tell
end tell

tell application "System Preferences" to close every window

Here’s an updated Automator Service that doesn’t show the System Preferences pane when changing the Alt-Tab setting:

  • Start Automator
  • Choose “Service”
  • Select the “Run Shell Script” action

Copy and paste this into the workflow:
current_value=$(defaults read mru-spaces)
if [ $current_value = 1 ]
defaults write mru-spaces -bool No
/usr/local/bin/growlnotify -m "Automatically Rearrange is Turned Off"
defaults write mru-spaces -bool Yes
/usr/local/bin/growlnotify -m "Automatically Rearrange is Turned On"

killall Dock

Westell UltraLine Series3 Model 9100EM

So I just changed ISPs from Time Warner to Verizon and all I can say is “wow this router is a dog.” It’s probably the worst piece of junk I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen routers come from the Soviet Union with better software on them. The interface is a cludge, you’re constantly forced to click “yes I’m really sure I want to do xyz” constantly, and the clicky bits aren’t actually attached to anything!

If you’re like me and your banging your head against a wall trying to get port forwarding working… keep banging. I’ve managed to get port 22 to forward to a linux box but that’s about it.

Here’s a screen cast, and here’s a post about it.

Here’s a great post on bridging the Westell 9100EM
I’d love to hear if you’ve had more luck.

Backwoods Home Magazine

Backwoods Home Magazine is dedicated to the promotion of a more self-reliant living style. Everything from the ammo shortage to how to buy a used mobile home.

Full Screen Terminal Keyboard Command on a Mac

Purists wouldn’t call this full-screen but it’s close enough.

In System Preferences->Keyboard & Mouse->Keyboard Shortcuts
Use the plus sign (+) to create a new shortcut. Use the drop down, labeled Application, to assign our new shortcut to the Terminal.
Menu Title will be “Zoom” no quotes.
Use any keyboard shortcut you’d like, I prefer command+f.
Restart the terminal.

Another keyboard shortcut I use with the Terminal is Select Previous Tab command + left arrow, and Select Next Tab command + right arrow.

Install rar and unrar on a Mac OX 10.5+

A great tutorial can be found here.

Perl grabbing output from a shell command

$result = `ls -l $file 2>&1`;

Warning: fsockopen(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home/hermes/ on line 126

Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to udp:// (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known) in /home/hermes/ on line 126

Warning: stream_set_timeout() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/hermes/ on line 127