Read Quora Forums First Answer Without An Account

Some sites like Quora prompt for you to sign in before reading the first answer.  These posts appear in Google searches.  Rather than signing up for an account, you can use AdBlock plus to read the post. Continue reading “Read Quora Forums First Answer Without An Account”

OS X Yosemite and osascript: Enabling Access to Assistive Devices

I love automating things, so I also wrote a command line utility that you can use to add items into the accessibility database (located at /Library/Application Support/com.apple.TCC/tcc.db ). Continue reading “OS X Yosemite and osascript: Enabling Access to Assistive Devices”

OS X: Instant Alpha Using Preview

Use Preview’s Instant Alpha feature to erase backgrounds in images or make certain parts transparent.

Start with a base image.  In this example, I use a picture of the Minneapolis skyline and will try to remove the fog/clouds on top of the building.

Open your image in Preview.  Click the Edit button and then the Instant Alpha button. Continue reading “OS X: Instant Alpha Using Preview”

OS X: Sign PDF Documents Using Your Real Signature Using Preview

You can add your signature to PDFs using your Mac.  Sign official documents using your own hand-written signautre.  Sign business letters, tax forms, or any other document requiring your signature.

I rarely have access to a fax machine and have found that most places will accept my documents when signed using this method. Continue reading “OS X: Sign PDF Documents Using Your Real Signature Using Preview”

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”

Xiki Shell Offers the Best GUI Features in the CLI

If you use the command-line often, you will probably love Xsh, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter.  OS X already does a decent job giving the best of both the GUI and the CLI, but the Xiki Shell is in a class all of its own.

I had to watch the Kickstarter video a couple of time because of all the features available.  But it definitely makes bash seem outdated. Continue reading “Xiki Shell Offers the Best GUI Features in the CLI”

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”