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. Continue reading “Celebrate 50 Years Of Star Trek With These Nerdy Computer Tricks”

Trigger Scripts Via Dropbox And Hazel

I haven’t found a great use for this yet, but you can have your Mac automatically run a script by simply creating a file/folder in your Dropbox.  To do this, you need to set up Hazel to watch your Dropbox folder for a certain file/folder, and if it appears, trigger a script.  You could also use folder actions, or launchd, but it will be much more challenging.

In the example below, I simply play a sound byte of the Borg claiming that resistance is futile. Continue reading “Trigger Scripts Via Dropbox And Hazel”

Give Your Office Door A Star Trek “Swoosh” Sound Effect

Feel like you are entering the bridge every time you come into your office by reproducing the Star Trek “swooshing” door sound.  This trick uses a Webcam that sense motion, which triggers a script that plays the sound file.  If you want something more professional looking, check out the Star Trek Door Panel on ThinkGeek. Continue reading “Give Your Office Door A Star Trek “Swoosh” Sound Effect”

Give Your Mac A Voice-activated Self Destruct Command (Just Like Star Trek)

OS X Yosemite has a new feature called Dictation Commands.  This allows you to press Function key twice, speak your command, and then have the computer do something for you.  While there are some useful built in ones, it is much more interesting to make your own.

In this example, I make a Star Trek-style auto-destruct mechanism, which will destroy all the data on my hard drive and make it crash (not really, but there are ways to do this). Continue reading “Give Your Mac A Voice-activated Self Destruct Command (Just Like Star Trek)”

How To Tell If Someone Is Spying On Your Computer Using GeekTool

[UPDATE]: An even better solution is the ScreenSharingMonitor, which provides a “native” feel thanks to the Notification Center messages. Continue reading “How To Tell If Someone Is Spying On Your Computer Using GeekTool”

OS X Mavericks: Change the Login Window Icon or Wallpaper

Replacing the default Apple Logo with your own is a great way to customize OS X.  This trick could also work with organizations looking to brand their Macs with their logo.

A while back, OS X Daily showed how to replace the grey-colored background with your own wallpaper.  Unfortunately, this also got rid of the Apple logo. Continue reading “OS X Mavericks: Change the Login Window Icon or Wallpaper”

Turn Your Mac into a Functional Star Trek LCARS Terminal

Now you can feel like an ensign on board the enterprise every time you use your computer.  Make your Mac display LCARS-style backgrounds that move and animate.  Even listen to the ambience of the subtle “blips and bleeps” of the computer.  Now close your eyes and pretend you are on the bridge… Continue reading “Turn Your Mac into a Functional Star Trek LCARS Terminal”