Changing windows minimize effects…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
There are actually a few tricks you may do with minimizing windows in OS X. In system preferences you can select either ‘genie’ or ’scale’ effect. But there is another one, called ’suck’. This one can’t be enabled via system preferences, but it can be via the terminal.So open your terminal and type the following line:defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect suckNow close the terminal, log out and log back in, and voila - your windows … errr… well … ’suck’.To return to ‘genie’ or ’scale’ simply go to the system preferences and select either, it will instantly change to the selected one.
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Creating a login hook…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
Did you know that you can have Mac OS X run a script whenever you log in to your computer? You can if you create a "login hook." A login hook tells Mac OS X to execute a certain script when a user logs in. Unlike Startup Items that open when a user logs in, a login hook is a script that executes as root. This advanced article shows you how to set up a login hook.With a login hook: * The script specified as a login hook must be executable. * The login hook will be run as root. * In the login hook script, the variable $1 returns the short name of the user who is logging in. * Other login actions wait until the hook has completely…
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Hide Accounts in the Login Window…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
In OS X it is easy to create as many user accounts as you need. It's definitely useful being able to have an account for each family member, or an account just for troubleshooting. However, this also leads to an extremely long list on the login window, and an annoying scroll bar down the side.If you are running Tiger, hiding user accounts that you rarely use is simple. Firstly, go to the Accounts pane in System Preferences, and find the "short name" of each user you want to hide. Once you have these, open up Terminal (Applications/Utilities) and enter the following:sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow HiddenUsersList -array-add shortname1 shortname2 shortname3Obviously shortname1, 2 and 3 will be replaced with the short names of the user accounts you wish to hide. You can…
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Get yourself a smart dock…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
By modifying this small setting, you can make the Dock show which applications are hidden by displaying them as a semi-transparent icon. To do this, open up the Terminal (Applications/Utilities) and type the following:defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool yesFor this change to take place, you have to relaunch the Dock, using Activity Monitor. Do this by loading up Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities) and typing dock into the search field. Quit the process named dock.To cancel this change, and return the icons to normal, repeat the above command in the terminal, but replace yes with no.
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Add Quit menu option to Finder…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
You can make Finder quit-able by issuing the following command in Terminal window:defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem 1You’ll need to option-click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon, and then relaunch the Finder to see your changes take effect. The new Finder process will have a Quit menu option which allows you to quit Finder whenever you don’t need it (this even saves a few Mb’s of RAM).
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Show hidden files in Mac OS X Finder…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
By default, Mac OS X’s Finder keeps system files – which generally start with a dot, like .bash_profile – out of your sight. But that makes editing one of these files extremely difficult if you, say, want to customize your Terminal prompt.Execute the following in terminal (to undo the change set TRUE to FALSE):defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUEYou’ll need to option-click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon, and then relaunch the Finder to see your changes take effect.
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Change the menubar clock format…

Macintosh, OSX
In a Terminal window, type:defaults write -g AppleICUTimeFormatStrings -dict-add 2 "MMMM d, y hh':'mm':'ss' 'a"Press Return and then type:killall SystemUIServerPress Return again and the menu bar will disappear -- click anywhere on the desktop to reload it, if necessary. Bingo...Long format clock.
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Tweak the Finder for a faster feel…

Macintosh, OSX, Tricks
The Finder uses visual feedback to let you know what it’s doing. For instance, when you double-click on a folder to open a new window, you get a subtle zoom-out effect. This helps you understand what your machine is doing, but they can also make a not-so-powerful machine feel slower than it is. With a little help from Terminal, you can disable some or all of the Finder’s animations.Launch Terminal and type the following command:defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool trueThis command disables the animations, but to see the changes, you need to restart the Finder. The safest way to do this—to log out and log back in—is also the most time-consuming. Instead, just hold down the option key and then click and hold on the Finder’s Dock icon. When the…
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