Hide/Unhide Spotlight Search From The Menubar In OS X

We have thoroughly discussed the power and potential of Spotlight search, since it has been a mainstay of OS X since OS X Tiger (10.4) released in April of 2005. It gives you the power to smart-search through archives, files, folders, even the web from one convenient location; you can even run calculations, look up translations and just about everything under the sun and then some. However, if you have found an alternative to spotlight search or just plain don't like it, you can disable it through a bit of Terminal trickery. Though we must strongly advise against disabling it before fully appreciating what it can truly do; it might just become your best friend. However, if you have made up your mind, here is how you can remove Spotlight search from OS X.

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Remove Duplicates From “Open With” Option In Right-Click Context Menu [OS X]

Contrary to beliefs held by most Mac enthusiasts, Macs are not the infallible powerhouses, though nowhere near as fallible as the Monkey Wrench that are Windows's Bugs. Fortunately, the underlying UNIX architecture allows you to reinforce your Mac however you want to, as evidenced by another UNIX incarnation, Ubuntu. There was a problem with OS X 10.7 and 10.8 that allowed duplicate entries on a Mac's "Open With" menu - accessible with a right-click/ ctrl + click - that has made its way into Mavericks (10.9). It does not sound like a pressing concern, we admit, but it does fall under the category of items that can create problems at the wrong time. Let us take a look at how to address this issue. Read More

Hide/Unhide Desktop Icons On OS X With Terminal Command

I usually keep critical files on my desktop, as many of us do, because it reminds me of what work I need to finish as soon as I boot my system up. However,  I would take all my files and either put them on my desktop or create a random folder and drag it away from view when I wanted some clean space for taking a screenshot. It was an inelegant solution, but I didn't know that I had a problem on my hands. Along comes a solution for a problem I didn't know I had. Sure there are auto organization tools like Hazel or hotkey solutions like Clean Slate but you have to admit, nothing beats the comfort of the terminal; bringing the entire process down to a single line of code. Read More

15 Great Mac OS X Terminal Commands That You Might Not Know

The DOS prompt is the last remnant of the primordial era of computing, existing mostly for nostalgia’s sake. Unless you have been computing since the 90’s (or earlier) you have almost no reason to understand the Command Prompt, because why would anyone? It is a dreary spectacle. I like beginning my posts with a little Windows bashing; it helps illustrate how OS X's Terminal is still relevant and grows in power with each iteration. We have already discussed how you can disable the dashboard and notification center and how to remove drop shadows from screenshots, but that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you learn how to wield this power, you can unlock abilities you didn't know existed. Read More

Run Terminal Commands With A Single Tap On Android Using QuickTerminal

Being Linux-based, Android comes equipped with the power of Linux utilities under the hood, though that part of the OS is abstracted from the regular users and all Android apps are java-based, running on the Dalvik virtual machine of the OS. That said, rooted users can enjoy the privilege of using their Android device like a Linux machine, complete with the ability to run shell commands via any terminal app or ADB. Though in this era of GUI, not all users are comfortable with the idea of using a terminal. If you belong to that category of users but need to use some terminal command as a part of some guide or hack and don’t want to install a full-blown terminal emulator or ADB for the purpose, you now have an easy solution in QuickTerminal for Android. It lets you enter a command to quickly execute it as a regular user or root (superuser) and in addition, offers some quick pre-made commands, allows you to add your own commands for quickly executing later, and even run commands in batch using shell script files. Read More

Nucleus Adds A Menu Bar With A Quick Dropdown Terminal To Windows

Nucleus is a desktop application that brings a universal menu bar to Windows. Although, still in active development and available as an alpha release, Nucleus carries a host of features from the menu bars of some popular operating systems like Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux, successfully bringing them to Windows. If you haven't worked on such an OS before, the menu bar, unlike the Taskbar in Windows, displays a horizontal bar at the top of the screen, from where you can perform different system-related tasks. Read More

How To Create A Split Zipped Archive From Mac OS X Terminal

OS X comes with the aptly named Archive Utility that can be used to extract contents of compressed zip files, or create zipped archives of your own from your files and folders via the options provided in the right-click context menu. With no UI to speak of, the app works in the background and is fairly basic. What the default utility can’t do is create an archive of a folder that’s split into smaller zip files that can later be extracted as a whole into a single folder. There are several third-party apps available that allow you to do this but if you just want to quickly do it without using a third-party app, and don't mind typing in a command for the purpose, you can easily do so from Terminal. In what follows, we are going to show you how to use a Terminal command to easily create split zip archives of the contents of any folder. Read More

AppKiller: Kill Mac Apps, Processes & Send BSD Signals From Menu Bar

Advanced Mac users often make changes to the OS via Terminal commands. For some of the simpler options, there are apps available that allow novice users (ones who don’t venture to Terminal) to make these same changes through a graphical UI. For advanced users though, the Terminal really is one of the preferred places to go when a system tweak is to be applied. AppKiller is a free Mac app that has been designed for both novice and advanced users. The name is slightly misleading though, since it doesn’t just kill apps, but also system processes, and provides an easy way to quit/restart the Finder, AirPrintDaemons, AirPort Utility etc. AppKiller executes commands in one of two ways; either by a click, or via Control + Click symbol. For each executable function, you can set one default action from the app’s preferences. It includes a number of BSD signals that you can send to an active app or process. The app’s response will of course depend on how it’s written and how it treats the BSD signal. Read More

Have Mac Terminal Audibly Announce The Completion Of A Command [Tip]

Growl notifications are perhaps the best, and arguably the most popular, desktop notification system for OS X Lion. Many app developers integrate support for these notifications in their apps, and OS X Mountain Lion now supports a similar feature. As far as notifications for apps are concerned, Growl handles them well. If, however, you need a notification system for Terminal, one that would tell you when a command has successfully completed, you can add one of your own. Unlike Growl notifications, these are audio alerts that announce when a command has been executed, and make use of the text-to-speech (TTS) utility in Mac. The process requires you to add an additional command and the text that should be announced, at the end of the command you are running. How? Read past the break. Read More

Maintain Your To Do List In Ubuntu Terminal With Devtodo

devtodo is a program aimed to help developers manager their to do lists from the Ubuntu Terminal. It maintains a list of items that are yet to be completed, allowing programmers to track outstanding bugs or items by adding them to a to do list. You can prioritize items according to importance (e.g., low, medium, high etc), and display them in a hierarchy within the Terminal window. With the use of some small shell scripts (scripts.* in the doc directory of the source distribution), Devtodo can also display the outstanding items in a directory as you make changes to it. For example, if you use the cd command into the source directory for todo itself, you can see a list of outstanding items (if any). Read More

AnyConnect Allows Multiple FTP/SSH/Terminal Connections In Mixed Mode

AnyConnect is an FTP client that provides a simple mechanism for connecting to an FTP, FTPS, SSH and Telnet/Terminal client. It supports connectivity with multiple simultaneous sessions, and provides the utility of connecting to an FTP and terminal connection at the same time. While not as feature rich as Filezilla, however, it provides a simple interface to connect with single or multiple remote server simultaneously. Read More

Run Terminal Commands Over Files In Current Directory With DTerm [Mac]

Many users don’t like launching Mac OS X Terminal just to run some commands because it often disrupts the workflow. One workaround is to keep Mac OS X Terminal always open to quickly run commands on currently used files and folders. DTerm is a small application that provides a better solution. It adds context-sensitive command line bar which is accessible through user-defined hotkey combination. With DTerm, you no longer need to navigate to current working directory in order to run certain commands over applications, files or other items in current directory. DTerm automatically sets itself to working directory, which saves the time involved in manually navigating to current location in Terminal. Moreover, it comes packed with some useful features, like, sending the selected files to command line, copying the command results, browsing through your command history and results. Read More

TotalTerminal Replaces Visor In Mac; System-Wide Terminal With Hotkey

Many Mac proficient users like to use Terminal utilities like, Click2Shell, cdto, etc., to quickly launch Terminal for performing numerous system tasks. Both mentioned tools open current location in Mac Terminal from Finder toolbar, preventing users from manually navigating to current location in Terminal. If you’re looking for a more convenient way to launch Mac Terminal window, try out TotalTerminal. It’s an Terminal.app plugin which provides a persistent Terminal Visor window. Although it isn’t meant to open current Finder folder in Terminal, you can quickly slide down Terminal from system menu bar by using default hotkey combination Ctrl + ~ to instantly start running required system commands. When this hotkey combination is re-triggered, it will hide the Terminal. Read More

cdto Opens Current Finder Location In Mac Terminal

A while back we reviewed a tiny application for Mac, called, Click2Shell, which lets you open current Finder window in Mac Terminal. It supports numerous other shells, including, Tenex C Shell, TCL shell, etc while you can use it with widely used Mac terminal emulators, including, iTerm and xTerm. cdto provides the similar functionality but with small yet useful variations. The application claims to handle special characters in file/folder paths, such as, apostrophes and other Unicode characters while supporting both Terminal emulators iTerm and X11. The application can save you the trouble of manually editing the folder/file path in Mac Terminal before you execute commands over it. Read More

CLI Companion Is A GUI Based Terminal For Beginners

Ubuntu newbies always find the Terminal to be the most puzzling part of the operating system. It can be quite hard to remember even basic commands and to understand the concept of adding PPAs for downloading application packages. Although, there are many Terminal alternatives like Guake, but they do not provide help for new users and merely add some tabs and interfaces changes which only add convenience for the Pro users. CLI Companion is a GUI alternative for the Ubuntu Terminal which displays Terminal commands in a list and allows running them in one click. Previously performed commands are also stored in a searchable list and tab support adds the utility of performing multiple Terminal tasks conveniently. Read More

Guake Is A Tabbed Terminal Emulator With Hotkey Support

Guake is a drop-down Terminal for Linux operating systems, with multi-tab and hotkey support. It has repositories available for Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and ArchLinux. The initial display is a transparent background, however, you can add colors of your choice to change the look of the text and Terminal background. Guake is not just an elegant Terminal emulator, but it also adds the convenience of using hotkeys and tabs to help perform numerous Terminal tasks. Read More

Quickly Open Mac Terminal Window To Current Folder Using Click2Shell

Click2Shell is a small application that lets you quickly open the folder in Terminal without using any special scripts for that matter. The application was originally written to save users the frustration they go through while opening multiple Finder windows in Mac Terminal for performing different tasks. Since the inception stages, Click2Shell has come a long way and the latest version - 1.2 is no longer dependent on BASH. It now supports tcsh(Tenex C Shell), tclsh (TCL Shell) and numerous other shells. Furthermore, it is also compatible with Mac Terminal emulators, including iTerm, iTerm2 and xTerm. Read More

Changing Terminal Colors In Ubuntu Linux

Linux/Unix based system's real power lies in their terminal. If you have to work in the Ubuntu's terminal and you are not comfortable with it's default color, you can change it easily. Both background color and text color can be changed. Read More