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Tips how to make life just a little bit easier


SIDPLAYIf 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 ūüôā


Advanced Wi-Fi info

ImageEver 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.

The backdoor in OS X

Single User ModeAlot 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 /
rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone

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.

Disable bouncing dock icons

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 no-bouncing -bool TRUE
killall Dock

This willl disable it, and restart the dock to apply the changes.

Remote Messages 2

Remote Messages 2Have you ever thought to yourself, why does the message app in OS X (iMessage) not support writing SMS messages to the ones you know, who hasn’t got an iPhone. Well because its Apple, and Apple thinks it’s your mission in life to get everyone around you to get an iPhone.

Since thats an impossible task, thankfully some clever developers have found a way to solve this. It’s called Remote Messages, and version 2 with full iOS 6 support, have been available for some time now. The only drawback is that it requires a jailbroken iPhone, but that’s how you get all the cool tweaks for iOS anyways.

It works by starting a web service on your phone, on a port of your choosing. Then it’s just connecting to your phone, via its Wi-Fi IP address in a browser (your current IP is display in the settings menu for remote messages on your iPhone) and then your good to go. You could make this easier to remember, by reserving an IP in your DHCP service on your router. So it’s iMessage just better, and it works on all platforms.¬†With a price tag of 2.5$ on the Cydia store, what’s your excuse?

Cheap extra “internal” storage

ImageYesterday 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.

More storage, more speed, more possibilities


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.