Section: Mac OS

Resizing a VirtualBox Windows hard drive on a Mac

Distilled info from this OSX Daily article: “How to Resize a VirtualBox VDI or VHD File on Mac OS X” .

Safer auto login on Mac OS

Mac OS lets you auto log in and set startup items – a nice saving of five minutes every morning… but then your Mac will be logged in and open for all to use until you get to it. To… Continue Reading →

PC friendly Mac OS zip compression via the Terminal

If you work with systems that can’t ignore Mac OS File System meta data…

Got an “Error establishing a database connection” in Mac OS X 10.6?

At some point in the last month (been on holiday mostly) an Apple system update caused MySQL to stop running – all local development sites using MySQL would give the dreaded “Error establishing a database connection” error message. And phpMyAdmin… Continue Reading →

Safari: how to restore all windows from last session using Time Machine

It’s really very simple – everything you need is in ~/Libaray/Safari/LastSession.plist just quit Safari and restore that file from when it was good and you’re done. What’s this about? Well I tend to use open Safari windows/tabs to help keep… Continue Reading →

Quick and dirty DVD editing in iMovie

Got your own content want to re-edit quick-like using iMovie. Use MPEG Streamclip to export to MPEG-4. Import into iMovie. Edit. If you’ve got a bunch of VOB files on a DVD of non-copy protected stuff (home movie telecine etc)… Continue Reading →

Font management on Mac OS X by Linotype

Thanks to guns for for making me aware of FontExplorer in the comment on this thread on how to organize fonts using Font Book over at Mac OS X Hints. FontExplorer looks great; the price certainly is. Must give it a good look when I get… Continue Reading →

In-cell editing in MS Excel for Mac

Gold old Mac OS X Hints. I’ve looked for this shortcut several times over the last fifteen years across versions – never found it. Not online or in the Help files. Here it is: Control-U. GRRRREAT!

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