Posts tagged MAC

Apple – Mac – Lion – Mountain Lion – User Experience Tweaks


Add new spaces

Click the “Mission Control” icon (window with 3 smaller images), from dock. Then, hover mouse in upper right hand corner, after a few seconds a mini-desktop with a “+” (plus) sign will appear, click it, and a new space will be added. You can then use “ctrl + <--” or “ctrl + –>” to traverse across the spaces you created.

Rename your computer

Click “Apple Icon” -> System Preferences -> Sharing. You can then set the name of the computer, if you want to change how it will appear on the network, click the edit button. These two values can be different, but should effectively identify your computer.

Change Password

Click “Apple Icon” -> System Preferences -> Users and Groups. You can now change the password and “short name” of users.

Set middle mouse or mouse side buttons to open mission control

Click “Apple Icon” -> System Preferences -> Mouse. Select the dropdown box in the middle with the two lines pointing to the side buttons, then select “Mission Control”, if you wish to use middle mouse button, do the same but use the dropdown menu with the line leading to the middle mouse button.

Set ability to skip words via terminal

Open Terminal -> Preferences -> Keys. Within the Shortcut Keys view, double click “opt + <--“, then select “Send Escape Sequence” from dropdown menu, then enter “b” into the textfield. Do the same for the “opt + –>“, but this time enter “f” in the textfield.

iTerm2 – Reattach a Detached Window as a Tab to Another Window


I love iTerm2, much more than the default terminal that is shipped with the Mac OS, but I could never figure out how to reattach a detached window as tab to another window. After some futzing around, I finally figured it out.

Go to iTerm -> Preferences -> Appearance. Next de-select the “Hide tab bar when there is only one tab” checkbox. Now you can drag the detached window into the tab bar of the other window, and bam, it is now a tab of the window.

MAC Screenshots


Needed to screenshot an ERD for a recent project and found the following useful…

Entire Screen saved to desktop: cmd + shift +3

Selectable screen portion saved to desktop: cmd + shift + 4

HTTP Client for MAC


Referred by a friend, HTTP Client is an awesome app for web developers having to work with website headers and responses. On one of my projects I had to write a script to access a data provider’s database which is normally done so via browser, but because we wanted to schedule it to run everday at 2am, this would be impossible. So I ended up using Live HttpHeaders (firefox plugin) to learn what the data provider’s site was expecting so I could emulate request/responses correctly via CURL and PHP. Had I known about HTTP Client, I would much rather have used it, than the Firefox plugin.

Check out the HTTP Client website for info.

Setting up SSH on MAC

  1. Apple Logo
  2. System Preferences
  3. Sharing (under Internet and Network)
  4. Remote Login



A very easy to use app that installs Apache, MySQL, php on your mac so you can dev locally.

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