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Essential Free Software for Mac OS X: My Personal Top 10 Indispensables (plus a few handy extras)

I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.

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Crazy!!!

I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs.  And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.

My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME. 

And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.  

There is NO payware or shareware included.

So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life.  These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading

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How to Lock and Unlock the Dock

Recently, I set up a Mac for my grandmother (yes, my grandmother, who is almost 90, has been gently coerced into using OS X and is doing better than a lot of much younger people I know). However, she had a few problems with what she called “programs disappearing from the side bit”. What was happening was that she was dragging icons out of the Dock by mistake, inevitably removing them from the Dock. So I locked the Dock to stop this happening.  And because it’s quite a handy thing to know, I thought I’d write a quick post about it.

The easiest way to do this is using the Terminal. For those who are unfamiliar with the Terminal there are really only 2 things I would mention about it.

1.) It is very powerful (it can destroy things if you are not careful) so make sure you are very clear about the commands you are using.

2.) It is very often the quickest and easiest way to execute a command cleanly.

So having said that, to work.

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To Lock the Dock:

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1.) Open Finder and go to Go > Utilities

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2.) From the Utilities list choose Terminal

3.) In the Terminal type (or just copy and paste):

defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool true

4.) Then restart the Dock with the new settings by typing:

killall Dock

The Dock is now locked.

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To Unlock the Dock

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You may find that from time to time you want to add/remove programs from the Dock. To do this simply repeat steps 1 and 2 above, then

3.) In the Terminal type the command above with “false” instead of “true”

defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool false

4.) Restart the Dock (as above) using:

killall Dock

Now the Dock is unlocked.

[NOTE: If this doesn’t work for you try logging out and logging in again as Admin.]

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A Few Tips for Setting up a Mac/OS X


So I’m finally getting used to using OS X after about a year.  I spent a lot of that time shouting at my Macbook Pro for not being able to do things I consider to be mandatory.  So to save others the hours of hassle and frustrated shrieking, I’m writing a series of (hopefully) useful posts to guide unwary travellers along the path of the Mac.

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Here’s a quick index:

1.) The Keyboard
2.) Configuring Right Click

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1.) The Keyboard

The main differences between a Windows keyboard and a Mac keyboard are, a.) ctrl is no longer a main player, and b.) there is no delete key.

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There are several symbols which are used to denote keys in OS X. The main ones are:

     Command (I think it used to be called the Apple Key)
     Alt/Option
     Ctrl

     Shift

   Caps

      Function

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a.) Using COMMAND (cmd)

When using OS X, Command is pretty much your new ctrl key.  For example:

copy = cmd+c

paste = cmd+v

And crucially,

for selecting separate multiple items.

cmd+click

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b.)  How to DELETE

Yes, probably obvious to most Mac users but I spent quite a long time feeling annoyed at the lack of this button.

delete = function (fn)+backspace

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2.) Trackpad: How to Change the Settings for Right Click

This is probably only useful to Macbook Pro users but this was another button I missed during my first few Mac using weeks.  Obviously you can use a mouse, but I can’t always be bothered to take one with me.  So Trackpad it is.  Using the Trackpad there are two substitutes for Right Click and you can choose the one you prefer by going to

Apple Mark > System Preferences > Trackpad

You have 2 options, you can either a.) choose to click with one finger in a specific location of the Trackpad or b.) tap with 2 fingers anywhere on the Trackpad.  Depends what you prefer.  I think it’s easier to take the second option as you can tap or click anywhere on the Trackpad.

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