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8 Terminal lifehacks for OS X
Ged Carroll
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Productivity lifehacks
• Check the weather
Networking and internet
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• Ping a website
• Find ...

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150326 terminal lifehacks

  1. 1. 8 Terminal lifehacks for OS X Ged Carroll renaissancechambara.jp
  2. 2. In this presentation Productivity lifehacks • Check the weather Networking and internet lifehacks • Ping a website • Find the network address of every device on your network • Find out the details of a domain name System lifehacks • Change the screenshot format • Show hidden files in Finder • Show the folder path in Finder • Strip out unnecessary system animations
  3. 3. Productivity lifehacks
  4. 4. Check the weather This uses a little used Unix function called finger that was used to check if someone was logged into a machine. finger city@graph.no You get a metrogram which shows how the weather will change hour-by-hour over a 24-hour period
  5. 5. Networking and internet lifehacks
  6. 6. Ping a website The ping command can come in handy for a couple of circumstances. Firstly, checking if your ’net connection works by pinging a stalwart of the web like Yahoo! or the BBC. It can also be used as an initial diagnostic for a website ping yahoo.com (note: no http:// in this command) It will continue pinging the website until you press ‘ctrl’ + ‘c’ keys
  7. 7. Find the network address of every device on your network One of the best ways to secure your wireless network is to assign access only to particular devices, as well as password protection. Finding the network address of every device is a good first place to start in order to understand what is connected on your network first of all. arp –a Once you have this audit of devices you use the physical or MAC address (looks like 8f:de:cc:37:8a:10) to lock your device to the network. Anything you don’t recognise will need to get tracked down
  8. 8. Get the details of a domain name Understand where a website is hosted and contact details of the administrator of the site. whois renaissancechambara.jp There is additional information available on this record such as the age of the domain and renewal date
  9. 9. System lifehacks
  10. 10. Change the screenshot format The default file format for screen shots is PNG. I have found that PNGs don’t work well in some applications like PowerPoint when opened on a PC. Switching to JPEG means that you have something which works better write com.apple.screencapture type jpeg (all lower case) Dependent on your requirements you can change the format to: tiff pdf or back to png Once you restart your machine the change should take effect
  11. 11. Show hidden files in the Finder OS X Finder hides a number of files by default (primarily so that users don’t delete anything important). If you really know what you are doing… defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE You can go back to normal again by defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
  12. 12. Show the path view in Finder Get the path view of a given folder in the chrome of the Finder window. It makes the path glanceable rather than having to ctrl + click on the folder icon at the very top of the finder window defaults write com.apple.finder FXShowPosixPathInTitle –bool YES If you want to change back defaults write com.apple.finder FXShowPosixPathInTitle –bool NO
  13. 13. Strip out unnecessary system animations Dialogue boxes open with an animated effect, speeding up the opening time reduces the animation effect defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime 0.01 Disable automatic window animations defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled –bool NO If you want to switch window animations back on defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled –bool YES
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