If you like me sometimes find yourself wandering down memory lane, remembering all the hours playing C64 and Amiga, SIDPLAY is the application for you. With a friendly iTunes (old) like layout, and the buildin funktion to download a collection of 43116 SID files, this will set you back a total of 80MBs.
Thats not much for about 3 month of continues music, oh and you can get it here totally free 🙂
Ever needed detailed information about your Wi-Fi connection? Which channel, band, or connection rate? Well as it turns out, even though there’s an app for that, it’s also build right in to OS X. All you need to do, is hold down the ALT key, while pressing the Wi-Fi icon, and BOOM! there’s you info.
It also shows the mac-adresse of the AP you are connected to. This can some in handy, if your are on a large network with many AP, broadcasting the same SSID.
RSSI is the value for signal strengh, and MCS index is a very advanced way of showing you, the current connection type to the Access Point. More info on this here.
Alot of people password protect their macs, and for good reason, however there is a buildin backdoor if you forget your password on a mac and its called Single User Mode. To get to single-user mode, hold down the command/cmd (cloverleaf) and “s” keys as the system begins to boot. This will drop you into a command line interface before the system has fully started up, giving you the chance to check/repair things before the normal OS X GUI environment starts up. What baffels me the most is, that it doesn’t requere a password.
Now your are free make the hack:
mount -uw /
This will make OS X believe, that the next time it boots it’s first boot, and let you create an administrative acount.
To prevent people from using this backdoor enable firmware password on your mac. This i done by booting into recovery mode, pressing CMD+R at startup and when started, click the Utilities menu and select “Frimware Password Utility”. This also prevents thieves from reinstalling your mac, if stolen, because they will have to type the password to boot into either OS X, recovery or Windows for that mather.
I know what your thinking, can’t this be done in system settings? Well yes and no, you can disable the bouncing icons at application launch, but every time a programs wants your attention, it’s icon starts bouncing. This can be a little annoying, and to disable bouncing icons all-together type the following in the terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE
This willl disable it, and restart the dock to apply the changes.
Yesterday I posted the ultimate upgrade if you wanted more storage and speed. But what if you just want storage space, and want to haul around USB sticks and have dem occupy your USB slots. The answer is simple, buy the Nifty MiniDrive.
The MiniDrive is the elegant solution to a stupid design choice by Apple. The SD card slot cannot contain the whole SD card and thereby the SD card will be damaged, if not removed from the SD slot before throwing your MacBook in your bag.
The Nifty MiniDrive is out of stock at the moment but an even cheaper alternative is available at Amazone.
Just wanted to share this very cool combo upgrade for the MacBook Pro Retina. Lots of people don’t want to buy the MacBook Retina because they think its storage i fixed for life. However that’s not the real truth, they just use a proprietor mSATA connector for the internal SSD.
So if your running low on storage on your Macbook Retina. OWC gives you a larger, faster SSD and gives you an external ssd case for your old sdd.