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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Anyone who said you had to deal with a boring still wallpaper on your Mac was crazy; well… kind of.
In this short and easy tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how that’s done. Read More
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.
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
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
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
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
Maintaining a clean workstation is perhaps one of the best ways to help with productivity and clear-thinking. Not only does this apply to one’s desk or office, but for those of us who work with computers, it extends to the Dock, folders, and desktop. Keeping things clean and orderly in OS X is vital for getting things done efficiently, and this Mac tip helps do exactly that.
When you take a screenshot on your Mac, OS X will by default name the file “Screen Shot Date Time” where “Date” and “Time” are the actual date and time when the screenshot was taken. This makes for long file names that aren’t necessarily helpful. If like me you want to have more control over that file name, then read on as I show you how to change the default name of screenshots on Mac. Read More
Since the realization that jailbroken devices can be permanently bricked, it’s a good opportunity to remind you to change your iPhone’s root password. Using a terminal emulator makes changing the password a piece of cake. Unfortunately, the most popular terminal emulator hasn’t been updated for iOS 8 or for newer devices like the iPhone 6.
Thankfully, there is a free alternative terminal emulator available in Cydia, and it’s actually a fork of Mobile Terminal. Entitled MTerminal, this lightweight Mobile Terminal alternative comes from developer lordscotland, and features iOS 8 support with optimization for big screen devices. Read More
One thing I’ve always liked about Macs is their secondary keys, where holding down a letter key will display variations of that letter, like holding down “u” to get “ü.” This comes in handy when spelling non-English words, but if that’s not something you ever do, Apple’s substitution of special characters for the traditional key repeats of Windows computers can be an unneeded – and perhaps unwanted – feature.
The good news is that there’s a simple way to take control and change the behavior of long key presses to accommodate your needs. This not only works with letters, but number keys as well. Read More
Anyone who has used a Mac for more than a minuscule amount of time has more than likely come across Quick Look, the pop-up window that is invoked with a press of the space bar when a file or folder is highlighted on the desktop or in Finder. Quick Look’s usefulness becomes evident when file names aren’t descriptive enough by allowing users to view the contents of many different types of files without having to open them in a full-fledged application like Pages for documents or Preview for images.
By default Quick Look can only display a static view of a file that only grants users a peek at the contents without any real function. Imagine, however, being able to copy a document’s text without having to open it in TextEdit or Pages. This is incredibly useful in a variety of situations, from dealing with templates to Word documents to code snippets, where having multiple applications and documents opened shouldn’t be necessary for copying from one location and pasting to another. The good news is that this functionality is completely possible and perfectly easy to enable. Read More