If you ever want to create a Unix shell script that you can give to someone else so they can double-click it and run it through the Mac OS X Finder, all you have to do is (a) name the file with the ".command" extension and (b) make it executable. So, just name your Mac/Unix script like this:
Then make it executable, like this:
chmod +x ShowProcesses.command
You can also leave out the usual
#!/bin/sh part on the first line.
Mac .DS_Store files FAQ: What are these .DS_Store files on my Mac, and how can I get rid of them?
Those crazy Mac .DS_Store files (also referred to as "dsstore" files) finally got to me, so I did some research on where they come from, and how to get rid of them (or more accurately, how you can't get rid of them).
Here's what I've learned about Mac OS X .DS_Store files.
Mac backups and burn folders FAQ: How do I make Mac backups (CD/DVD backups) with Mac burn folders?
Wow, I've become a big fan of Mac OS X burn folders lately. Once I realized how much they simplify the process of making Mac backups I've been completely sold on them. Mac burn folders make the Mac backup process so easy I actually take the time to make them on a regular basis.
Mac CD/DVD backups - After the burn
When I came back from lunch I was very surprised that there was no "Success" dialog to show me that the Mac burn folder/backup process succeeded. However, I was returned to my original Mac burn folder, and there is a new disk icon named "My Data Files" on my desktop, as shown here:
Mac backups - Burning to CD or DVD
Now that I've told my Mac burn folder what files and folders I won't to burn to disk, the next step is to tell the burn folder to burn this data to my DVD. To do this I just click the Burn button on the Mac burn folder, and then my Mac prompts me to insert a disk, as shown in this figure:
Mac burn folders - Adding items to the burn folder
Mac Finder font size FAQ: How do I adjust the Mac Finder font size (also known as the Mac Finder folder font size)?
You can adjust the Mac Finder font size by right-clicking on an open area of a Mac Finder folder, then selecting the Show View Options menu item. From the dialog that is displayed you can adjust the Finder folder grid size, font size, and a couple of other things there, including:
While replying to a comment on an earlier Mac Finder new folder keystroke article, I found a bug in the Mac OS X Finder that I thought I'd mention here as well to make it easier for people to find. In short, the keystroke you can normally use to create a new Finder folder is:
[Shift] [Command] n
AppleScript “list” FAQ: Can you share some simple AppleScript list examples?
Sure. As I've been doing a lot of work with Mac speech recognition software lately I've been working a lot of with AppleScript lists. Let's take a look at some common AppleScript list examples (and programming needs).
How to create an AppleScript list
A simple AppleScript list can be created like this: