OS X Mavericks Tools and Utlities

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OS X can be really great simply taken out the Mac of the box and used. We are sure that you are eager to start working on it. After all a OS X is one of the best that you can have for your entire computer needs. But as you know with OS X, there is always more and this means you have the choice of adding on more with a few choice downloads. These will make your Mac experience even better:

Here are twenty of them for you to look through and get an idea about:

1.1Password

This one manages the storing and retrieving of online passwords.

2. SyncMate Expert

This helps keep all your gizmos and computers synchronized with each other.

3. The Unarchiver

This one works with most types of files that have been compressedz.

4. Little Snitch

Can help you administer and control connectivity for all your apps.

5. Caffeine

This one prevents your computer from going to sleep automatically by pulling up the screensaver.

6. AppCleaner

This one absolutely removes system files and preference files during the process of removing applications.

7. OnyX

This one lets you fine tune and refine the unseen strictures of the OSX.

8. Burn

This is one is a free and improved solution to Mac OS X’s built in DVD feature for recording.

9.Carbon Copy Cloner

This one can simply make and establish backup bootable images in case of any crashes for your hard drive.

10.Keyboard Cleaner

This one is a compact and useful app that can for the time being deactivate the mouse and keyboard while you clean them.

11. Better Touch Tool

This one can add gestures that can be configured on to your Magic TrackPad and Magic Mouse.

12. Secrets

Like the name suggests this one is a database that contains all the concealed settings for OS X.

13. Lab Tick

This one lets you manipulate the amount of brightness on backlit keyboard of  Macbook Pro.

14. Hazel

You can make rules and regulations for your folders so that they are automatically organized and even tasks can be run automatically.

15. Monolingual

This one eliminates and does away with languages that are redundant from apps so that space can be conserved.

16. Drop Copy

This is the simplest method of transmitting files over on your Internet network.

17. RPN Scientific

This one provides a very easy to operate scientific calculator on your computer.

18. AppFress

This one simply keeps all your apps updated on your computer.

19. iXPaste

This one takes the duplicate and paste to entirely a new level.

20. Geektool

This one allows you to showcase many types of information on your computer desktop in a visually pleasing way.

21. Growl:

This one provides you with ideal warnings for any events that may occur on your system.

22. iPartition:

Simply make and organizes partitions on your computer.

23. CleanMyMac

This one keeps you computer working in perfect shape with a demo version that cleans out 500 MB.

24. Daisy Disk

This one keeps tabs on the usage of your hard disk and allows you to plan by making space when needed.

25. SideKick

This one allows your Mac to automatically do certain things at varied places.

With these in your arsenal you will find that the fun you have with working on your Mac is multiplied several times over. As we said earlier that these are some of the utilities that you can add on to your Mac, once you know what these can do to make your Mac better you can look up the others.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple TV on Linux

IPhone on Linux

IPhone on LinuxMany people have claimed that the only thing keeping them attached to Windows is iTunes, so this is for all those people. While researching the steps for jail-breaking an iOS device I stumbled upon what is the equivalent to iTunes for a Linux system. The software seems pretty solid and it runs well from my own trials, although I don’t own an iPhone. The project has been around since 2007 and has turned into a pretty solid piece of software. Go here to download the software and learn more about the project. The setup may seem somewhat intimidating upon first glance, but see page (http://www.libimobiledevice.org) will see that there is not that complicated.

Apple OS X Lion bug that exposes passwords

A security blunder in the most recent version of Mac OS X – 10.7.3 – apparently turns on a system-wide debut log file that contains the login passwords of every user who has logged in since the update was applied.

According to Sophos’ Naked Security blog it appears that a debug option was accidentally left enabled in FileVault, resulting in the user’s password being saved in plain text in a log file accessible outside of the encrypted area.

“Anyone with access to the disk can read the file containing the password and use it to log into the encrypted area of the disk, rendering the encryption pointless and permitting access to potentially sensitive documents,” explains Chester Wisniewski.

“This could occur through theft, physical access, or a piece of malware that knows where to look.

“To my knowledge, this only applies to users of Snow Leopard who used the FileVault encryption option for their home directories. It does not impact users of FileVault2 who have turned on Apple’s full disk encryption, nor does it impact users who did not upgrade from Snow Leopard,” Wisniewski said.

Wisniewski says the best course of action is to implement a full disk encryption solution.

“Additionally, vulnerable users who do not encrypt their Time Machine backups risk replicating this log file to their backups, which could mean long-term storage of their unencrypted password.”

Most common failure point in data protection

Wisniewski says this proves a very important point when it comes to encryption. While choosing a secure algorithm is important, it’s rarely the most important factor. How products store, manage and secure keys and passwords is the most common failure point in assuring data protection.

“This incident demonstrates the importance of implementation over technical arguments like key strength and password complexity. That Apple promises AES encryption doesn’t mean anything if it chooses to store your password in an accessible log file.

“Let’s hope Apple is able to fix this problem quickly. However, the possibility that the plain text password has been backed up and the difficulty of ensuring both copies and the original plain text password are securely erased means retrieval could still be possible even after the fix is applied.

“Once Apple users receive and apply the fix, they would be well advised to consider this password compromised, change it and ensure it is not used on any other systems,” Wisniewski said.

Converting Books for the Kindle in Mac & Apple

Amazon doesn’t go out of there way to make it clear how to use non-Amazon sources (we wouldn’t expect any less really, they have a business model to support and encourage).

It’s really easy with the use of a free and open-source application called Calibre. Calibre can easily convert many, many, document formats into Kindle friendly formats (such as ePUB, LIT, LRF, and more to the MOBI format used by the Kindle).

Think of Calibre as a media manager for your books (much like iTunes is common and popular media manager for music).

You can download Calibre here: Download Calibre

One of the new fea­tures of Mac OS X Lion is Lion Recov­ery

Which includes all the tools you need to rein­stall, restore or repair your Lion instal­la­tion on your Mac.

Check this page: Apple’s sup­port page for Lion Recovery

One item of note is how to rein­stall your iLife appli­ca­tions after a restore of Lion. You can just down­load them from the Mac App Store if Lion came pre-​​installed on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. After instal­la­tion, start from Lion.
  2. Double-​​click the App Store icon in the dock.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click Pur­chases.
  5. If you haven’t pre­vi­ously accepted your bun­dled iLife appli­ca­tions within the Mac App Store, you should see your iLife appli­ca­tions appear in the Accept por­tion of the screen. Click Accept.
  6. You may be asked for your Apple ID and pass­word once again. Your iLife appli­ca­tions now move to the Pur­chased sec­tion. These appli­ca­tions are part of the soft­ware that came with your Lion based com­puter. Your account will not be charged for them. Click Install to com­pete instal­la­tion of your applications.

Slick. No more wor­ry­ing about where your iLife disc is in some drawer you haven’t cleaned out in years.

Untethered Jailbreak official iOS4.3.1 available for iPhone and iPad

Finally available the famous Jailbreak iOS4.3.1 expected by all, the Dev-team is not ruling the Jailbreak appeared a little less than 4 hours, at the moment is a safe Untethered Jailbreak, and everything working smoothly, the only warning follow is.

If you’re using legal Iphone 4 operator can use the device without problems and use the jailbreak, if you are a user who needs to release the iPhone and the baseband, you can expect the application to use Windows or Mac where if you can achieve with the Custom firmware and the new PwnageTool.

In summary we have:

  • Compatible with iPhone 4, 3G, iPod Touch 3G, 4G, 1 in iOS iPad 4.3.1.
  • We need to have iTunes update, version 10.2
  • Have the downloaded file from device specific iOS4.3.1 – GetIOS
  • Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 (Mac, Windows)

The steps are:

USB Connect device, open Redsn0w, choose the 4.3.1 firmware downloaded earlier, follow the steps on screen and ready.

Applies only to legal Iphone operator, for users who want free or can not raise the baseband using PwnageTool 4.3 for Mac

Fixed bugs in iTunes on the MacBook Air with Snow Leopard 10.6.7

Apple MacBook Air 13
Apple MacBook Air 13
Apple MacBook Air 13

Users, friends, the MacBook Air 13 “(late 2010) were reporting problems with iTunes, which completely froze the computer.

Because of this, Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13 “MacBook Air (Late 2010). It is a small software update less than 500kb, which specifically corrects the error that had the MacBook Air on Mac OS X 10.6.7. In principle, the update does not fix anything else, and users say it works.

See fix in :

Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13″ MacBook Air (Late 2010)

 

MKVtools, free video converter for Mac OS X

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mkvtools

The need for an application for converting video files is increasing due to the possibilities and convenience that devices like iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad offer.

MKVtools is a free utility to convert a variety of popular formats like mkv or other like avi, mp4, ogm, …

Operation, as in most of these applications is not complicated. At the beginning we’ll just look around a little every one of the sections and options to see what it offers. Anyway we can also make use of presets to simplify things can select the output device (iPod, iPhone, iPad, PS3, XBOX or DVD DivX)

MKVtools in its latest version only works on Intel machines with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. If you have a PowerPC machine yet and want to use it you will have to rely on previous versions. I recommend you give it a try, is an interesting application, free and very useful options such as removing subtitles for further editing.

More | MKVtools

 

How to Clear DNS Cache in Mac

DNS request are usually cache, that’s good as it speeds up the lookups within the same host but sometimes we will want to clear the cache so it don’t hold the values that are no longer valid. To do that in Mac (OS Tiger and below) we used the following command:

lookupd -flushcache

However a Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard user will tell you this command did not work on their terminal. In Leopard a new command has been used to replace flushcache, so to clear DNS cache in Leopard, just type this in your Terminal and hit enter.

dscacheutil -flushcache