Mountain Lion System Requirements

To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

               Your Mac needs:

  • OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
  • 2 GB or more of memory (RAM)
  • 8 GB or more of available hard disk space

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Can’t launch Freehand MX on Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Can’t launch Freehand MX on Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Install latest version of Freehand. Note that latest version probably is NOT the best version to work with. Adobe totally f*cked FreeHand. But, as they say, try to download the registration file from Adobe and install it into /HD/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/. Start Freehand and be happy. As in good old days…

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Useful Terminal commands, Part 1

At first, goes this:


takes your arguments and reads them aloud through the audio output device.

It’s very well made — see

Try it with texts  My name is Dr. Smith and I live on Smith Dr., The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert and Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.


Create an ISO image from a CD/DVD:

$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2s0 $ dd if=/dev/disk2s0 of=cdname.iso bs=32m


Use preview to access a man page:

$ man -t rsync | open -f -a /Applications/


$ srm 

Command line version for secure delete.


$ ifconfig en0 ether 00:00:00:00:00:00 

Changes (spoofs) MAC address until next reboot


Find MAC address of computer

$ ifconfig en0 | grep ether | sed s/://g | sed s/ether// 


OS X specific things:


uses the Spotlight search indexes from the commandline, so you can do full-text searches without using the Search pulldown.


How to enable TimeMachine to backup to a NAS:

$ defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 

Command to create sparsebundle and to copy over to NAS

sudo hdiutil create -nospotlight -library SPUD -size 160g -fs "Case-sensitive Journaled HFS+" -type SPARSEBUNDLE -volname "<VOLNAME>" ./<HOSTNAME>_<MAC_ADDRESS>.sparsebundle 

Works very well backing up to my NAS.

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10.7 Lion – iTunes pop-up notifications in the dock

This is interesting one…

There’s a hidden setting for the Dock that will show pop-up notifications of which iTunes track is playing, a little like Growl.

First, quit iTunes if it’s open, then open a Terminal window and type the following:

defaults write itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock

Then start iTunes and try playing a track. Neat, eh? The pop-up fades away after a few seconds. To add the iTunes icon to the pop-up window, type the following into a Terminal window:

defaults write notification-always-show-image -bool TRUE;killall Dock

To deactivate the pop-up at a later date, quit iTunes again, then open a Terminal window and type the following two lines:

defaults delete itunes-notifications
defaults delete notification-always-show-image;killall Dock

My theory is that these pop-ups hint at either a forthcoming notification system (maybe in OS X 10.8), or it’s a legacy of a notification system that Apple decided to abandon. But it’s easily to imagine a similar system working with Mail, showing notifications of incoming mail. In addition to the preference keys mentioned above, I found various other keys relating to the height and length of the pop-up bubble. Whoever designed this clearly intended it to be tweakable.

From Thomas Keir, author of book Mac Kung Fu
via  MacOSXHints

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BootCamping – Disabling Intel Turbo Boost

Intel Turbo Boost is a relatively new technology, which increases the speed of the Intel CPU on demand, but does it by overclocking it. Turbo boost is just a fancy name for dynamic overclocking and higher clock speeds are equal to more heat.
Here’s how to disable it:
Credits: Tautvidas Sipavičius blog


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Dual Boot lab – Tools available

Great overview of dual-boot lab tools

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Administrator Privileges on Windows

LabMonkeys – site to remember…

Lot of useful stuff. Now, check this:

Administrator Privileges on Windows

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