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”

Bash Script: Enable Access to Assistive Devices Programmatically in OS X Mavericks 10.9.x – Simulate Keystrokes

Using a bash script to enable access to assistive devices is possible in Mavericks (and also Yosemite) despite the move to a per-app database.  This is useful for entering keystrokes or clicking GUI buttons via a bash script. Continue reading “Bash Script: Enable Access to Assistive Devices Programmatically in OS X Mavericks 10.9.x – Simulate Keystrokes”

Save Installer From Mac App Store (Updates and New Apps)

If you are an OS X administrator and deploy apps or updates, having a .pkg format is very useful.  Wouldn’t it be nice to save the installer from the App Store?

By default, any new apps or updates magically appear in the /Applications  folder.  In the background, however, there is actually a .pkg being run by Installer.  There is an manual way to capture and save the .pkgs from the App Store, but I wanted to write  script that would do this automatically. Continue reading “Save Installer From Mac App Store (Updates and New Apps)”

OS X Users Folder On A Separate Partition Using bash Scripts and Casper Imaging

Keep user’s home folders separated from the system so a re-image will not destroy their data. Continue reading “OS X Users Folder On A Separate Partition Using bash Scripts and Casper Imaging”