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Adjust The Notification Centre Banner Time 0

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Adjust The Notification Centre Banner Time

I came across a rather interesting post today on the various newsgroups on the web, it was a discussion in changing the length of time in which a notification banner persists within the left hand side of the screen. These are the ones that appear when your get a new mail message, iTunes track, or a variety of other messages. With a nifty terminal trick you can change the length of time in which this message is displayed.

Check, Enable and Disable FileVault From Terminal 0

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Check, Enable and Disable FileVault From Terminal

FileVault is a built in application on your Mac that allows you to fully encrypt your hard disk. This is a great way of protecting the files against attack if someone steals your Mac or has access to the hard drive. Todays post is going to show you an alternate method of enabling, disabling and checking the status of FileVault from Terminal. If you are new to the Mac system I recommend you use the method within System Preferences > Security and Privacy. This tip is useful if you are remotely logged into a Mac through SSH or another method.

Add Half Stars To iTunes Ratings 0

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Add Half Stars To iTunes Ratings

This is a quick terminal tip for those using iTunes. Within iTunes you can normally give whole star ratings to music. This little tip will allow you to give half a star. So you can give 3 and half stars. If you hate a song that much you can also give it only half a star. It is a simple terminal trick which involves using Terminal to change a preference.

Helpful Terminal Commands For Working With Time Machine 0

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Helpful Terminal Commands For Working With Time Machine

There are a variety of commands within Terminal to access Time Machine. These Terminal commands are useful in starting and stopping time machine backups, and seeing when the latest backups occurred. They are a great way of accessing basic information from Time Machine, or executing a time machine backup. Last week I talked about starting and stopping local snap shots of Time Machine, this post is an extension of those previous commands.

Force Spotlight To Re-Index Your Mac In Terminal 0

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Force Spotlight To Re-Index Your Mac In Terminal

Spotlight is brilliant. It is one of the best pieces of software on your Mac. The spotlight index is a large collection of information a bout every file and folder on your Mac. It contains a wealth of information which allows your Mac to find the exact file you want, even when you don’t enter the most specific file term. The spotlight index, once in a blue moon, can get corrupted. It is worth re-building the index. I have discussed about this before using system preferences, however this tip is about using Terminal.

Find Out The Error Code Of Any Mac Error Message 0

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Find Out The Error Code Of Any Mac Error Message

Have you every wondered what error code -22 in Finder means, or error code -49 in iMovie. A lot of these are very simple and not at all helpful. Nothing is worst than an error message that simply says ‘Error!’. You might as well not have bothered telling me (this infuriates me at work). However, help is at hand. You can actually interpret the errors within Terminal. You can find out what the error code means. A way to determine what it means and how to solve it.

How To Batch Convert Movies For iPhone and iPad 0

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How To Batch Convert Movies For iPhone and iPad

I love watching movies and videos on my iPad. Its easy to sit on the Sofa an watch all of the home movies and other videos. The problem is iTunes, thus iPhones and iPads, only accepts mp4 videos with a specific codec. This means common formats such as .avi, .mkv, and many other video formats can’t be played on on your iOS device. There is a solution to this problem, we are going to convert the videos into a format that iTunes accepts, allowing us to play the videos on our favourite iOS device.

Save Terminal’s Text Output 0

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Save Terminal’s Text Output

When you use Terminal there may arise a situation where you want to save the text or output that you have generated. This can be useful as a backup or a method to record what you have been doing. For example, if you want to save the list of files within a folder, this text can be saved for future reference. There are two methods to save out Terminal output. The first is to use the built in menu bar command, the second is to use a Terminal command. Both have there advantages and disadvantages.

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