How to hide mounted volumes from your desktop and the Finder

By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 2, 2016

We’ve already covered how to completely prevent partitions from mounting under macOS but, as one iDB reader pointed out, sometimes you want a partition mounted and ready to use but still want the benefit of it not cluttering up your desktop and the Finder sidebar.

The example our reader enquired about was Time Machine, and that really is a perfect case in point. Many people want their Time Machine partition constantly mounted and backing up throughout the day but don’t need it to be visible at all. Finder’s preferences allow for hiding all volumes from the desktop but offer no control on a volume-by-volume basis, and though drives can be manually removed from the Finder window sidebar, this is an inelegant extra step and the drives still show elsewhere.

Luckily, there is a way to leave specific volumes mounted whilst hiding them from both the desktop and the entirety of the Finder in one fell swoop.

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How to extend Quick Look preview functionality on your Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Nov 29, 2016

If you’re not familiar with the Quick Look feature on macOS, try selecting a picture, folder, or text document on your computer and pressing the space bar. The rich preview that pops up is Quick Look working its magic. Apple introduced Quick Look in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and it has since gained support for many more file types natively, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite documents.

I use it daily and it has become an automatic part of my workflow, a natural response to wanting to inspect a file without waiting for a program to launch and without leaving off what I’m doing.

However, the problem that Quick Look faces is support. It requires a plugin for each file type it can preview, and out-of-the-box only a handful are supplied. More obscure file types are neglected, and display only a blank pane with the file icon, name, size, and date modified. In this guide, I will detail how to add plugins to Quick Look for a richer and more useful preview experience.

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How to prevent partitions from mounting when you boot up, log in, or connect drives to your Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Nov 24, 2016

With the exception of partitions in unreadable formats and certain hidden partitions such as EFI and Recovery HD, the default behaviour of macOS is to mount all partitions of a drive on boot-up, login, or on connecting an external drive.

Whilst this behaviour is useful for the novice or for those connecting a single USB stick to copy some files, it can become unwieldy and even annoying if you have many multi-partitioned drives attached to your Mac.

For example, my desktop Hackintosh has three internal drives, each with at least two partitions, and one of these drives is not even needed when booted under macOS – it is for Windows 10 and Linux. Add to this a couple of external hard drives with partitions for storage, OS installers and Time Machine backups for other computers, and your desktop and Finder sidebar can begin to look a real mess. It also takes time for the drives to mount on every boot and unmount on sleep or shutdown.

This guide will detail how to ensure only the drives of your choosing mount automatically, leaving the rest unmounted within macOS. Read More

 

Force quit not working on your Mac? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 11, 2016

When an app is dragging its feet on your Mac, you can force quit the app and try opening it again and usually this clears the problem. On the other hand, there can sometimes be circumstances where even trying to force quit an app doesn’t seem to work. Bummer, right?

If you’re having trouble trying to force quit an app on your Mac, we’ve got some ideas you can try to kill that app and re-launch it. Read More

 

How to stop the new MacBook Pro from automatically turning on when the lid is open

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2016

Aside from the marquee Touch Bar feature and other hardware advances, the new MacBook Pro introduces a tweaked boot process where the machine automatically starts up when you open its lid or connect it to power. To avoid forcing users to listen to the startup chime every time they open the lid, Apple’s also decided to disable the boot chime on the new notebook by default (you can easily re-enable it).

But what about the mentioned auto-boot features? Unfortunately, Apple does not provide user-facing switches in System Preferences to control the new boot on power and boot on lid capability. With a little help from Terminal and smart folks over at Pingie, you can manually stop the late-2016 MacBook Pro from automatically powering on when you lift the lid or connect it to a power adapter or an external display. Read More

 

How to bring back the classic boot chime on the new MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2016

The new MacBook Pro has ditched the iconic boot chime that’s been a signature part of the Mac startup process over the last 17 years. Pingie discovered that the sound is not gone entirely. Apple’s just disabled it and it’s possible to bring it back should you want. In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to re-enable the boot chime on your late-2016 MacBook Pro with a simple Terminal command. Read More

 

How to disable the startup tone on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 12, 2016

Whenever you turn on your Mac, you typically hear a startup tone just before your computer boots up. The tone is there to let you know your computer has passed a pre-boot test and its hardware is working properly.

Some people, however, prefer to boot up their computers in silence. If you’re one of those people, we’ll show you in this tutorial how you can disable the start-up tone on your Mac. Read More

 

How to show email attachments as icons in the Mail app on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 5, 2016

If you send or receive emails on your Mac, then you might run into an attachment on occasion. For some file types, OS X displays the attachment inline with text, but in the case of high-resolution images, this can sometimes impact email readability.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to display attachments in the Mail app on your Mac as icons. Read More

 

Hacker demos Flying JB, an iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak of little interest

By Sébastien Page on Jun 12, 2016

Chinese hacker Min Zheng has showed a demo of Flying JB earlier today, a jailbreak for 32-bit devices running iOS 9.2.1 or lower. The video demo shows off an iPhone 5c going through the jailbreak process as well as Mobile Terminal running on the device once jailbroken.

What may sound like exciting news at first is actually nothing to call home about as the limitations and actual usage potential of Flying JB are extremely limited. Read More

 

New Mac extension simplifies opening and switching Terminal to the current folder

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

A new OS X extension from Hasbrang Productions, the prominent jailbreak community development team, makes it easy to open and switch a new Terminal window to the current working directory, right from the Finder’s contextual menu.

Available at no charge on the Mac App Store, the aptly named TermHere installs itself as a Finder file extension, readily accessible from the right-click menu. It works as advertised and is pretty convenient, more so if you use Terminal frequently. Read More

 

10 fun and useful Terminal commands for OS X

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 28, 2016

Terminal is a powerful tool that comes with OS X. It allows you to input commands and get output from your operating system.

Although Terminal, which is a command line interface (CLI), is powerful and often times even more powerful than a graphical user interface (GUI), it’s often under-used because either people don’t take the time to learn commands, or they are too afraid to dabble in commands because one typo and you could mess something in your system up.

Fortunately, not all commands are scary. In this piece, we’ll show you ten commands you can perform with Terminal that could be of use to you now, or in the future. Read More

 

How to fix Ethernet problems after a recent Mac security update

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 27, 2016

As my colleague Christian reported on Saturday, some Mac models have been plagued by non-working Ethernet ports after installing a new security update outed by Apple. Although a lot of modern Macs don’t even have an Ethernet port, many models still carry it and many people still love using a wired internet connection because it’s faster, more reliable, and more secure than a wireless network.

The security update, known as “031-51913 Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data 3.28.1,” reportedly blacklists the Broadcom BCM5701 driver used by the Ethernet port that comes standard on many Mac machines.

Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for anyone experiencing issues with their Ethernet ports after installing this security update. Apple has issued a support document on Sunday that notes how to fix the problem. In this tutorial, we’ll go over the steps to fix the problem yourself.

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How to customize the look of Terminal

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 27, 2016

Many people use Terminal on their Mac to carry out the commands they want to use to make changes on their system, and by default it’s a plain white interface with black text. Because this is simply boring, we’re going to show you in this tutorial how you can colorize the Terminal window to look exactly how you want it to. Read More

 

How to view and clear the command history of the Terminal app

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 26, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to see a running history of all the Terminal commands you’ve used on your Mac, or that you suspect another user of your Mac has used, there is a simple command you can run.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can view your Terminal command history, as well as clear your command history from being seen by unwanted eyes. Read More

 

Set your Mac screensaver as the wallpaper with this Terminal command

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 25, 2016

Anyone who said you had to deal with a boring still wallpaper on your Mac was crazy; well… kind of.

Using just your Terminal app that comes pre-installed in OS X and a special command, it’s possible to set your favorite Mac screensaver as your wallpaper for a temporary period of time.

In this short and easy tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how that’s done. Read More

 

Make your Mac speak with this simple Terminal command

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2016

It’s possible to force your Mac to say anything you want with a simple command line from the Termimal app. Not only does this allow for some good old-fashioned fun, but it can even come in handy depending on the situation.

In this short tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to make your Mac say whatever you want it to with the Terminal app that comes preinstalled on every installation of OS X. Read More

 

How to change how frequently your Mac checks for software updates

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 23, 2016

Apple used to let you configure the frequency at which your Mac would check for updates via the System Preferences app, but recent OS X releases have done away with that. Instead, your Mac automatically looks for software updates, whether they’re for OS X or your Mac App Store apps, on a weekly basis.

If you’re interested in changing how often your Mac checks for software updates, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to change the frequency that your Mac looks for software updates and notifies you of them so you can more easily stay up to date with the latest bug fixes, security improvements, and new features among other things. Read More

 

Why and how to stress test your Mac fans and CPU

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 21, 2016

As rare as it may be, your processor or CPU cooling fans can fail, and there is a really easy way to test your Mac’s hardware with the Terminal app that comes with OS X to ensure everything is working right.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to stress test your Mac using Terminal so you can ensure all your processor’s cores are working up to snuff and that your cooling fans aren’t grinding or failing to cool your Mac how they should. Read More

 

Two ways to quickly keep your Mac from sleeping, dimming, or showing a screensaver

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 17, 2016

When you’re away from your Mac for extended periods of time, depending on the settings you’ve set, it’s going to do one of four things: 1) fall asleep, 2) dim the display, 3) show a screensaver, or 4) do nothing at all.

If you like it when your Mac falls asleep when it’s convenient, and not when it’s not convenient, then chances are you don’t have your Mac set to never fall asleep, but rather you live with annoyingly having to tap a key or touch the track pad to wake it up when it idles for too long.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you two easy ways to temporarily keep your Mac from falling asleep, dimming the display, or showing a screensaver for as long as you it need to. Read More

 

Mobile Terminal now works on jailbroken iOS 9 devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2015

Good news for all of you Mobile Terminal fans, or for anyone interested in easily changing their jailbroken iOS device’s root password. Saurik just pushed an update for PAM Modules on Cydia, which was a prerequisite for terminal access.

All you need to do is go out to Cydia and update to PAM Modules 36.1. Cydia should automatically prompt you for the update, since this package is installed by default. Once you update, you can download Mobile Terminal, or any terminal emulator on Cydia that you prefer. Read More

 
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