Standalone mac battery charger

Got a spare mac battery? I've often wondered why up until now no-one's produced a standalone charger so that you can charge batteries without having to plug them into the mac. Fortunately Fastmac.com have produced a standalone charger that allows you to do just that. and it's compatible with…

Scrolling issue in Leopard cured with PRAM reset

Having got a shiny new MacBook Pro to work on at my new workplace I've had a couple of strange problems with Leopard. The main issue was that when scrolling the graphics was suffering what appeared to be a strange redraw problem when scrolling. After googling I found this post:…

mac tip: Lock screen and pause iTunes

In the past I've used a specific app that allowed configuration of a keystroke to lock my screen but in setting up a new machine I thought I really want to add the ability to pause iTunes as well as locking the screen. The locking part is caused by having…

Mac OSX tip: ls command color output

If you have OSX tiger simply grab the fileutils from fink with fink install fileutils Then add the following to your .profile: export LS_OPTIONS='--color=auto' eval "`/sw/bin/dircolors`" alias ls='ls $LS_OPTIONS' alias ll='ls $LS_OPTIONS -lah' alias l='ls $LS_OPTIONS -lA' In leopard…

Nokia Multimedia Transfer for Mac

This is totally awesome and far nicer than using bluetooth file transfer to put python files for pys60 onto your Nokia phone. Nokia Multimedia Transfer Works via bluetooth or the data cable and provides a drag and drop interface similar to finder.…

BASH: Open FileMerge from CLI

Here's a quick tip. If you want to open FileMerge (Apples graphical diff utility available in developer tools) from the CLI you can use the command opendiff e.g: opendiff file1 file2 This save lots of hassle when you are trying to resolve versioning conflicts, as I always find it…

Sneaky hfs_fsck post reboot

Just thought I'd mention this, unlike linux and windows if your mac crashes you aren't told that the filesystem integrity needs to be checked when you reboot. Now this is probably a good thing up to a point, as macs do a good job of hiding technical stuff from people…