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*=type "killall Dock" without quotes after command


1*. defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES

Changes stacks gradient

2. sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwind ow LoginwindowText "Your Message"

Login Message

3*. defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

Disables Dashboard

4. defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

Tells you where you are in finder


Have the computer speak to you

6*. defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES

Shows hidden applications in Dock

7*. defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string start

Pin dock to the side

8. telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Star Wars

9. ssh –l 22 student@ip address

open pictures

say “….”

Computer on a Network

10*. Killall Dock, don’t execute, open another application, shift minimize, execute killall Dock

Freeze a minimizing application

11. defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int 512

Increase Dock magnification size

12. emacs, esc+x, type snake, tetris, etc.


13. defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

Drag Widget to Dock

14. Banner Example

Huge Example

15. osascript -e 'set volume <0-7>'

Manually turn volume up or down

16. netstat –n

Hack IP address through ichat

17*. defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{ "tile-type" = "spacer-tile"; }'

Space in Dock

18. sudo shutdown –h now

Shutdown computer through ssh

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