Tag Archive: Terminal


Mastering The Terminal To Use New Features On Unsupported Macs [OS X Tips]

Finder-Terminal

So far this week, we’ve spent time hacking our Macs via the Terminal, the best darn behind-the-scenes app you can find in Mac OS X. We’ve talked about tweaking the Finder, the user interface, security and privacy, and the Dashboard.

Today, let’s look at a few of the newer features of the OS X world, and how to make them work on older, unsupported Macs using some Terminal magic.

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Simple Tricks to Improve the Terminal Appearance in Mac OS X

The standard terminal appearance is just boring old black text on a white background. Apple included a few nice preset themes too, but to really make your terminals appearance stand out you’ll want to take the time to customize it yourself. While some of these tweaks are admittedly pure eye candy, others genuinely improve the command line experience and make using the terminal not only more attractive but easier to scan.

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Mastering Terminal To Hack Your Mac’s User Interface [OS X Tips]

Finder-Terminal

Yesterday, we spent some time with Terminal commands that tweak the Finder in different ways. Today, we’ll look at some commands you can issue in the Terminal to mess around with the user interface. Let’s get started.

Disable Window Animations Snappier on that older Mac, for sure.

Snappier on that older Mac, for sure.

Mountain Lion has a window animation that make things look  [Read More…]

Mastering Terminal To Hack Your Mac’s User Interface [OS X Tips]

Finder-Terminal

Yesterday, we spent some time with Terminal commands that tweak the Finder in different ways. Today, we’ll look at some commands you can issue in the Terminal to mess around with the user interface. Let’s get started.

Disable Window Animations Snappier on that older Mac, for sure.

Snappier on that older Mac, for sure.

Mountain Lion has a window animation that make things look  [Read More…]

Mastering Terminal To Hack The Finder [OS X Tips]

Finder-Terminal

The Terminal app is like a window into the inner workings of your Mac. It accesses the Unix core of your Apple computer directly and without any muss or fuss. It can feel pretty daunting at times, but it’s really the way to dig in and make your Mac work the way you want it to. The Finder can be hacked a bit using the Terminal, of course, so we figured we  [Read More…]

Use Option as Meta Key in Mac OS X Terminal

Meta key in Mac OS X Terminal

By turning Option into the Meta key, you will be able to use familiar meta commands to jump around and navigate text in places like Emacs or bash shell without twisting your fingers around to poke at Esc. This won’t be applicable or useful to everyone, but it’s one of those must-use tricks for frequent terminal users or for anyone coming to the Mac OS  [Read More…]

Set Three Separate Networking Names For Your Mac With Terminal [OS X Tips]

So, your Mac has a name, and it identifies itself as such when other computers connect to it via Apple file sharing, the command line (like when using Terminal), or via Bonjour or AirDrop. Typically, you can set this name in the Sharing Preferences panel in the System Preferences app. If you put your name into the setup wizard when you set up a new Mac, the networking name will default to  [Read More…]

List Your 15 Most Used Terminal Commands

Discovering most used Terminal commands with history

The history command is a useful way to find specific commands that have been used in the past, and it can also be used to discover what your personal most used commands are with the following command string:

history | awk ‘{a[$ 2]++}END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’ | sort -rn | head -15

The output strips any flags or parameters, providing only the root  [Read More…]

5 Stupid Terminal Tricks to Keep You Entertained

Stupid Terminal tricks

Bored? Launch Terminal and get ready for some completely stupid tricks to keep yourself entertained. You’ll be listening to Horse Ebooks blab away, watching Star Wars in ASCII, playing retro games, toasting your CPU cores with a repetitive phrase, and even talking to a virtual psychotherapist. The hidden joys of the command line are upon us:

1: Watch Star Wars in ASCII

Yes, really, you can watch the original Star  [Read More…]

How to Edit the Hosts File in Mac OS X with Terminal

Edit the Hosts file in Mac OS X using Terminal

The hosts file in Mac OS X is stored at /private/etc/hosts but can also be accessed at the more traditional location of /etc/hosts. If you’re looking to edit hosts, you’ll want to target the file located in /private/etc/ though.

We’ll walk through how to manually edit the hosts file in OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion with the command line using  [Read More…]