Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks

I'm a huge fan of Star Trek.  So much so that many of my blog posts are about doing nerdy Star Trek-related things with your computer.  Here are a few of my favorites. Turn Your Mac's Wallpaper Into An LCARS Terminal (Complete With Sound Effects) Download this System47 screensaver (which unfortunately requires the latest version of Flash) and then run this command: Create A Self-destruct Voice Command For Your Mac It's just for fun and won't actually overwrite Read more [...]

Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X

UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it.  I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended. There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a "native" feel, you can set up an OS X service to quickly merge selected PDFs simply by right-clicking them. Setting It Up First, open Terminal an enter this command to install the Python module that makes this Read more [...]

Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole

Sick of ads when trying to enjoy the Olympics?  Not me.  I have been blocking them since day one!

Pi-hole ad blocker works differently than others because it is a DNS-based ad blocker.  This means ads are blocked before they are downloaded so you can even block ads in apps (like the NBC olympic streaming app).

Check out the blog post on pi-hole.net for more information.

Batch Download All Of GarageBand’s Loops, Jingles, And Sound Effects

GarageBand has a lot of cool loops and sound effects.  If you are a systems administrator, you might be tasked with deploying these sounds and loops so you don't need to download it onto each computer when GarageBand opens up.  Or maybe you just want to have these effects for your own personal movies or songs. I made a simple script that will download all of this content in .pkg format and (optionally install it).  I keep it updated whenever they release new packs of loops. Read more [...]

FAA GPS Outages Are Actually A Conspiracy To Make An App Store Logo On The Ground

The featured image of this article is an aerial view of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (Wikipedia) with and overlay of the logo of the app store to prove this crazy theory. Apparently, the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day, but this photographic evidence suggest they are just drawing a big app store logo in the dirt.     Read more [...]