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Mountain Lion on an older Mac

MLpostfactor

If you’re still stuck on Lion because your Mac isn’t compatible with Mountain Lion you might want to take a look at this project where people have created an app called MLPostFactor. It allows you to install Mountain Lion on pretty much any Mac that can run Lion. It’s still beta software and you have to know what you’re doing (which goes for most things in life) but it looks good, might have to give it a try on our old white iMac.

One emulator to rule them all

OpenEmu

Coming soon, looks sweet. Multiple emulators in one and a nice interface to manage the games.
For the brave or the impatient you can grab the OpenEmu source on github and compile it yourself.

How to clear iTunes of all unused iOS apps

iTunes app cleaning

With so many apps you can try and discard on your iPhone or iPad you can get a huge library of them in iTunes as iTunes doesn’t delete them and keeps updating them even, and it’s a pain in the rear to have to manually go through them all to see which ones you use and which ones you don’t.

  1. Get rid of all the iOS apps in iTunes;
  2. Go to the app section in iTunes, select all, delete.

  3. Clear out any extra apps you may have;
  4. Quit iTunes and check the Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Mobile Applications folder for any remnants.

  5. Re-import the apps from your iOS device(s);
  6. Start iTunes again and File>Devices>Transfer Purchases from (the name of your iOS device), repeat for any iOS device you have.

And of course make sure to make a backup beforehand in case anything does go wrong.

Spam training in Mountain Lion Server

spamtrainer

For some reason Spamassassin in Mountain Lion Server isn’t set up for scheduled spam/ham training, even though the hooks are there for it.
So you can a) configure that correctly and schedule it yourself or b) go for Spamtrainer, which works a lot smoother, automagically finds your spam and ham boxes and has enough options to run it as you please.
I really love the -i option which asks you a bunch of questions on how and when you want to run the training and then sets the schedule up for you.

100 best Mac apps of 2012

<a href="http://www.addictivetips Visit This Link.com/mac-os/100-best-mac-apps-of-year-2012/”>Best Mac Apps of 2012

A nice roundup of the 100 best Mac apps of 2012, according to Addictive Tips. I’m not sure if they’re the best, but it certainly is a nice list of apps released over the year, with some nice finds in there.

USB drive disconnect when the Mac goes to sleep

Jettison Mac

If you bought a nice USB hard drive for your Mac but it gets disconnected every time your Mac goes to sleep, and it won’t reconnect upon wake, there’s a simple solution for that. I had the same problem with my 2TB Samsung drive and found this neat little program on the App Store called Jettison, which for €1.79 will automatically dismount any drives (and network connection, mounted disks and what not if you so desire) AND remount them again when the computer wakes up. Originally intended for people with portable Macs who quickly need to pack up and go it also works perfectly for people with stubborn USB drives. The app itself is small and unobtrusive, it just adds a little icon to your menubar (and even that can be disabled) and does its work in the background.
Jettison is available through the App Store or directly from the developer’s site.

Hmm, and a little update the next day: while Jettison is perfectly capable of remounting the drive after the Mac’s gone to sleep for a bit, it seems incapable of waking the drive up after a longer nap of a few hours. :/

Make animated gifs loop on the Mac

gimp animated gif
If you want to make some animated gifs on the Mac and want to make them loop there are a few program you can come across while searching the web. However GIFfun and GIFsicle didn’t work for me and several other suggestions are outdated and no longer work under Mountain Lion.
Gimp for Mac did the trick for me, it lets you set the loop and compile your own animated gifs from individual frames if you so like.

Gimp for Mac

Easy Remote Desktop

Easy Remote DesktopI needed an easy way to control my Mini from my iMac, and Easy Remote Desktop is as easy as it gets.
– Buy Easy Remote Desktop for €0.89,
– on the computer you wish to control enable Remote Management in the Sharing pane of the System Preferences,
– launch Easy Remote Desktop,
– enter the ip or network name of the computer you want to control and away you go.
Unobtrusive, reliable, small footprint and cheap.

Small tip; if like me you go full screen and don’t know how to get out of it again; double click on the menu bar at the top of the computer you’re controlling.

VLC Mac anime player settings

For some reason lots of anime these days comes with the primary audio set to english, with a secondary japanese audio track. For people like me who think that’s blasphemy it means having to switch audio tracks and enable subtitles on every episode we watch. This can get annoying after a while.
In VLC this is easy to remedy.
Go to Preferences > Audio and put this is in the ‘Preferred Audio language’ field:
JP,Japanese,Jap,392,any
This will automagically select the japanese audio track in anything you want to watch and fall back to ‘any’ if it can’t find any tracks matching JP, Japanese, Jap or 392.
Then go to the Subtitles & OSD tab and enter ‘any’ in ‘Preferred Subtitle Language’.
This will turn on and display any subtitles found in the show you’re trying to watch. Of course this could be narrowed down more specifically to certain languages but it works for me.

 

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.