OSX Tweaks

Here's some essential OSX tweaks / applications that I can never remember and always have to go searching for, so I thought I'd drop them into the one place. I'll update this with more as I remember and find them.

A Quake style terminal - Visor:
http://visor.binaryage.com/
(And you'll need SIMBL for this one)

An open-source package manager (apt-get etc):
Fink

Finder to display full path in title:

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
killall Finder

Change Login screen background:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DesktopPicture "/Path/to/your/loginwindow.jpg"

Change Finder open to use the return key:
http://www.returnopen.com/

Monitoring system statistics application:
http://islayer.com/apps/istatmenus/

Essential toolbar calendar popup:
http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/magical

To stop Finder writing .DS_Store files on network volumes:
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

Quick look from the terminal add this line to .bashrc:
ql () { /usr/bin/qlmanage -p "$@" >& /dev/null & }

Search using Spotlight and show a "Quick Look" of matching files (again add this to .bashrc):
locateql ()
{
locatemd "$@" | enquote | xargs qlmanage -p >& /dev/null &
}

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Michael

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