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Turn off Parallels Promo Ads….

datePosted on 13:44, July 27th, 2012 by Many Ayromlou

This has been driving me mad ever since I started using Parallels Desktop for Mac. The damn promo screen that keeps popping up to sell me some crapware. Well here is a quick defaults command to turn it off

defaults write com.parallels.Parallels\ Desktop ProductPromo.ForcePromoOff -bool YES

Done…..Enjoy :-)

The “Bounce” command is really useful for those times when you’re receiving spam mail that gives you no recourse to opt-out. Usually Ads and announcements have a link to unsubscribe, but if they don’t I usually just “bounce” the mail back to the sender and that usually causes the sender to take me off their mailing list. As of the release of Lion, apple (for some reason) has decided to take that functionality and the associated button away from the Mail app. To be more precise, they’ve removed the icon and the menu option, but the function is still there, buried in the guts of mail. You can get it back by creating the following Automator Service script. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Automator application
  2. Create a new Service when prompted to “Choose a type for your document”
  3. In the right pane configure the service so that it has “No Input” for the “Service Receives” pull down and select “Mail” in the pull down next to it (see the screen shot below)
  4. In the Library select Mail and drag the action “Get Selected Mail Messages” into the workflow window (on the right)
  5. In the Library select Utilities and drag the action “Run AppleScript” (NOT the “Execute AppleScript”) into the workflow window below the “Get Selected Mail Messages” Action
  6. Copy the following code into the “Run AppleScript” Action window
    on run {input, parameters} 
         tell application "Mail" 
              repeat with eachMessage in input 
                   bounce eachMessage 
                   delete eachMessage 
              end repeat 
         end tell 
    end run 
  7. Your final screen should look like below
  8. Save the workflow with a name like “Bounce Message”. This will save the workflow in the Library folder under your home directory in a subfolder called Services (not that you need to worry about this).

Now assuming you have two email accounts setup in Mail, send a test email from one account to the other. Then in the receiving account check for the new mail, select it, go to the “Mail” menu, under “Services” and select “Bounce Message”. This should bounce your test message back to it’s original sender (your other account) and delete it from your inbox. If you want to get really fancy you can even assign a keyboard shortcut to the “Bounce Message” Service. If for some reason you need to get rid of it, just delete the file under your personal Library directory (in finder hold down option while going to the “Go” menu and select “Library”), under Services folder.

Using iCloud to sync files just like dropbox

datePosted on 13:41, November 2nd, 2011 by Many Ayromlou

If you didn’t know, iCloud has a really neat feature that allows it to act just like dropbox. If you activate the “Document & Data” synching option in the iCloud pref panel, it allows you to sync any file using iCloud. This is contrary to what Apple is selling the service as being just for “Custom” Apps that have the iCloud feature (i.e.: keynote, numbers, etc.).

So here is how you take advantage of this. Once you’ve turned on the feature in the preferences panel, you open up Finder. Hold down the “option/alt” key and from the finder menus choose “Go/Library“. This should land you in your not so secret Library directory. You need to hold down the option key to see this, since OSX Lion hides the users Library directory by default. Now in the Finder window find the “Mobile Documents” folder (and if you like) drag it to the favourites list in Finder (in the left pane). Done. Now whatever file you save into “Mobile Documents” folder from any application will “sync” with all the other mac’s you’ve setup with this feature. You can treat it like your “free” 5GB dropbox account.

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