The Launchpad in OS X is great not just for launching apps, but also for keeping them organized. The folders you create in Launchpad aren't real folders created in the Application folder, and that allows you to keep apps you frequently use grouped differently from the list of installed apps. The only problem with app icons in Launchpad is that you can only move them to a folder, and not hide them completely. This is pretty much like sweeping dirt under the rug; the app icons are still there, though hidden in a folder and just out of sight. The good thing is that you can remove app icons from Launchpad with a simple little script, and not worry about the app being deleted from your system.
A few days ago, we reviewed Mailstrom
, an amazing web service that helps you clean your messy inbox. It’s an amazing service that can help tame even the wildest inboxes and it’s worked great for us. Once your inbox is clean though, you might want to keep it clean. The simplest way to do that would be to read your email regularly, archive the messages you want to keep and delete the useless ones. Of course, if it were really that simple, we wouldn’t have messy inboxes to begin with. If you’re often unable to remove read messages or unimportant ones from your inbox, you can use the following Google Script to automate it for you.
Removing Modern UI apps in Windows 8 or RT doesn’t work like the traditional way of uninstalling them from Control Panel. Instead, you can remove a Windows Store app directly by right-clicking its tile on the Start Screen and selecting Uninstall from the app bar. This makes uninstallation process fairly simple and intuitive, as you can instantly remove the app without going through the conventional procedure for desktop apps. Though what if you want to remove multiple Modern UI apps at once? There is no default option to do that, since when you select multiple apps on the Start Screen, the Uninstall button simply vanishes from the app bar. Thankfully, there’s a user script named RemoveWindowsStoreApp
available at TechNet’s Script Center that makes the whole multi-app removal procedure a breeze, letting you get rid of all unwanted Modern UI apps from the Windows PowerShell. Read on to find how it works.
YouTube's new design overhaul looks pretty neat, but its left-alignment is going to overshadow most of its positive changes. If you want to fix the orientation of the design, try this user script to realign YouTube to the center
. If you've given up trying to like it altogether, try Unique Youtube Skin
. It’s a script that completely changes YouTube’s layout. The change only effects individual video pages and not the front page or channel pages. It replaces the player with a larger one that takes up the entire left side of the page and resizes itself when according to the size of the window. The comments appear on the right with suggested videos below them. The search bar is repositioned to the top right above the comments. Read More
Apps and tweaks for iTunes aren’t rare to come by. Most iTunes apps allow you to control Mac's native music player from the Menu bar, while other, more advanced ones, let you access your library and even create playlists. These apps exist because it’s often annoying to have to switch app windows to change which song is being played, and also because iTunes itself is pretty heavy on system resources. As far as tweaks for iTunes are concerned, they are mostly for hidden preferences, i.e., things iTunes can do, but in Apple’s wisdom, should not be done, or something like that. The iTunes defaults are set to disable these hidden preferences, and to get them to work, you normally have to poke around in Terminal. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences
is an excellent script for iTunes that is free to download and provides a GUI for managing some common hidden preferences, like enabling half-star ratings for songs, enabling Option+click for the mini player, globally setting the song/album view for all tabs, hide ‘Ping’ (which is now near extinction anyway), and more. The script does nothing more than modify existing options in iTunes, and doesn’t install additional apps.
Sometimes, the maximum netbook resolution can be inconvenient for the end user. This is particularly the case for people who suffer from a weak eye sight. Newrez
is a Nautilus-based script that enables enhancing the screen resolution of Linux computers by specifying a resolution higher than the available resolutions. For example, if your maximum resolution is 1024x600, then you can scale it up to 1280x800 or higher (depending on your eyesight). The good thing about Newrez is that it does not overclock the actual hardware of your laptop, and instead, it builds an image with a higher resolution, which is located in a buffer. This image is then scaled to fit your screen for better visibility. This means that you are not constrained to standard resolutions anymore.
A screenwriter or script-writer, is a person who develops scripts for a movie, a TV series or any other media feature which is needed to be based around a story. He has to research his material, write dialogues for different characters and submit the script in a proper format. Trelby
is a feature-rich screenwriting application that is designed in a way to make the screen writing process simple and less time consuming for you. It hosts a script editor, multiple views, its own name database containing more than 200,000 names from various countries and origins. It features a report generator that lets you create reports according to scene, location, character and dialogues, a compare tool to point out differences in two versions of the same script, and a lot of other useful utilities to support the screen-writing process. The application allows you to switch between full screen and windowed mode, enabling you to write according to your preference. Read on to find out more about Trelby.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to not just delete confidential files permanently, but to shred them to avoid file recovery. While there are many file shredding applications for Windows (such as Moo0 File Shredder
and Universal Shredder
), there is a shortage of reliable file shredding methods in Linux. Shred File Script
is a Linux script, which allows shredding files in Ubuntu via right-click context menu.
If you are using the Gnome 3 shell in Ubuntu 11.10, then there are a few components that you will definitely require installing, including Compiz Config Settings Manager, Gnome Tweak Tool
and some beautiful themes like Faenza icons and Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme. Recently, a script has been released that installs CCSM, the Faenza icons, London Smoke gnome-shell, Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme, XScreenSaver, GNOME tweak tool all-in-one, and removes the white dots from the Unity login screen.
There are numerous ways of forcefully quitting an application in Ubuntu, including using the system monitor. Back in the day, we had an app-indicator applet which allowed performing this task with ease. With the advent of Ubuntu 11.10, this applet no longer works. Furthermore, Gnome 3 has modified the way applications are forcefully exited. Recently, a third-party developer has released a script to integrate Force Quit
functionality to the Unity Launcher.
Users dealing with thousands of Windows batch scripts often find it challenging to search the required one from a huge script library. One solution is to create shortcuts of most frequently used scripts on the desktop to run them in CLI environment, but you’d be better off using Tray Script
to keep all scripts at your fingertips. It’s a small application to create, manage, and access batch scripts from Windows system tray. Moreover, its script creator offers one-click options to insert system and user tokens, and date and time stamps. You just have to select the script-specific parameters which you wish to include and it will automatically insert them in your script. The Run Script option is also provided to verify whether your script functions or not. Furthermore, it allows user to keep console window open after the script ends to view the operations it performed, echo each listed command (by default it’s set to OFF), and suppress console window.
If you want your favorite application to start up automatically when your windows 7 login, then there is a small trick for it. We will demonstrate how you can set some applications to run during startup.
Facebook is a social network to connect with friends, family, and co-workers. It was not build to connect with hundreds of junk 3rd party applications. My main homepage feed, at the moment of writing, is half full of useless application messages which has made it quite difficult to check friends’ real activities. To make the matters worse, there is no way in facebook to permanently remove application messages from appearing in the main feed.
Facebook Purity is a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox that automatically removes all junk 3rd party quizzes and application messages from the main feed. It would however keep all messages from original facebook apps, such as status updates, wall posts, links, notes, photos, etc behind.
Picasa is one of the most popular places to store images online but there are few limitations when it comes to sharing photos. One such annoying feature is that while embedding the image, you can only choose between one of the four sizes: Thumbnail(144px), Small(288px), Medium(400px), or Large(800px). Bloggers and Webmasters prefer different sizes when embedding an image, one of the most common size being 512px.
Get Picasaweb Image URL is a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox that adds 19 more sizes to the list(making a total of 23 sizes), from 32px to 1600px, thus enabling webmasters to use Picasa as a destination for sharing their photos more easily.
Are you annoyed by the text ads in Gmail? GMail Without Ads is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox browser that removes the ads from Gmail completely. By installing this script, the advertisement from the right sidebar will vanish and the message box will be automatically extended, giving you more width and visibility. In other words, it completely removes the right sidebar.
Do you want to get rid of all the advertisements on Facebook? Although the number of ads shown in Facebook are far less when compared with MySpace, but if you still want to remove them, the process is pretty straightforward.
Do you frequently use MySpace and are brainsick of all the advertisements in there? I personally hate all those flashy ads on MySpace due to two reasons, first I never click on such ads, secondly they take a lot more time to load. Removing ads from MySpace needs only two simple steps.