Tag Archive: Terminal


Convert an Audio File into an Android or iPhone Ringtone from Terminal

Ever wanted to create an iPhone or Android ringtone from an existing audio file, but wanted to complete the process entirely from the command line? You’re in luck, because OS X has a little audio conversion tool that can turn any existing audio track into an Android or iPhone compatible ringtone in seconds. We’ll break … Read More

Make It Snow On Your Mac With This Bit Of Terminal Magic [OS X Tips]

As you can see, it’s snowing in the Terminal. This bit of fun is seriously easy to make happen, and it looks super cool when you maximize the Terminal window to full screen. Here’s how to make it snow on… Read more ›     

Let it Snow in the Terminal of Mac OS X with This Command

Make it Snow in the Terminal with a command

Tis the season for some winter fun and holiday magic… in your OS X Terminal with some digital snow fall! This nifty not-so-little ruby command string will make it snow in the command line of your Mac, there isn’t much to get it snowing beyond a simple copy and paste, but for best results be sure to be using a white-on-black Terminal theme like  [Read More…]

Let it Snow in the Terminal of Mac OS X with This Command

Make it Snow in the Terminal with a command

Tis the season for some winter fun and holiday magic… in your OS X Terminal with some digital snow fall! This nifty not-so-little ruby command string will make it snow in the command line of your Mac, there isn’t much to get it snowing beyond a simple copy and paste, but for best results be sure to be using a white-on-black Terminal theme like  [Read More…]

Get a Fully Functioning Terminal in Google Chrome Developer Tools

Just about every web developer or designer is familiar with Google Chrome’s Developer Tools, which allows for easy browser based debugging, tweaking, and adjusting of web pages and web applications. Those who live in web browsers and text editors know just how useful DevTools is, and with the help of a third party Chrome extension you can make Chrome an even better development tool by adding a Terminal to the existing array of developer tools. Yes, a terminal like Terminal.app,  [Read More…]

Get a Fully Functioning Terminal in Google Chrome Developer Tools

Just about every web developer or designer is familiar with Google Chrome’s Developer Tools, which allows for easy browser based debugging, tweaking, and adjusting of web pages and web applications. Those who live in web browsers and text editors know just how useful DevTools is, and with the help of a third party Chrome extension you can make Chrome an even better development tool by adding a Terminal to the existing array of developer tools. Yes, a terminal like Terminal.app,  [Read More…]

Turn the Terminal into a Matrix-Style Scrolling Screen of Binary or Gibberish

The command line is usually thought of as serious and we usually only cover useful terminal tricks that are fairly advanced, but not everything in the Terminal has to be useful. To prove that, we have two command strings that when pasted into the OS X Terminal, do nothing but scroll screenfuls of random text or binary, making your terminal window look a bit like the computer screens in the 1999 movie The Matrix.

Scrolling binary terminal window[Read More…]

Rickroll the Terminal with curl

Ever wished you could find a new creative way to rickroll your particularly tech savvy friends? Just about nobody is fooled by the random YouTube links anymore, and URL shorteners alone aren’t always enough, but now you can bring the persistently annoying rickrolling to the Terminal of OS X and Linux by running a simple fairly innocuous looking command. What happens when you or the suspect runs it? You’ll get a full ASCII rendition of the infamous Rick Astley video  [Read More…]

Make Terminal Prettier And More Functional With Themes [OS X Tips]

Oooh, pretty.

Oooh, pretty.

The default black type on white screen window that comes as default in OS X Terminal is functional, but it’s really not that fun to use. Adding in color and some contrast is a good way to keep your aesthetic sense engaged, as well as make Terminal a bit more useful. In fact, there are many other themes built right in that do just that, and several you can  [Read More…]

Mastering Terminal To Hack Your Mac [Feature]

Finder-Terminal

Terminal app can be daunting at first, but it’s really the best way to hack into your Mac’s configurations and preferences to customize things to work for you rather than against you. With the right Terminal commands, you can tweak the Finder, mess with the user interface, build a more private and secure Mac, and even enable features that aren’t officially supported on older Macs.

Here are a few of the better  [Read More…]