Write-Enable NTFS External Drives on Mac OSX

If you were experiencing issues while trying to copy files into your NTFS formatted External Drives from your Mac, you can install either of the following two popular software to do that.  They’re both Mac OSX Lion 10.7 compatible:

1) Paragon NTFS for Mac [ site ]
2) Tuxera NTFS for Mac [ site ]

There’s a Terminal Hack to enable individual drives so that you can copy files into NTFS, however, I found that sometimes it’s a hit and miss.  And having to restart your machine each time to see if the hack worked is a real pain in the ass.

Some of you might wonder why you’d even need an NTFS external drive…  two simple answers which I personally experienced are:

1) You are switching from Windows to Mac, hence all the external drives are already NTFS formatted.  And unfortunately, you do not have enough space elsewhere to backup all the data so that you can reformat the drive in FAT format.
2) You need to copy files that are greater than 4GB in size.  FAT format only allows you to save individual files that are less than or equal to 4GB.  So, you’d either need to manually split these files (which can be quite a hassle) or you’re simply forced to leave the large files in your local Mac HD.

iOS Update 4.3.4

Jailbreakers don’t need to update or wait for a jailbreak for iOS 4.3.4.  This update does not give you any new iOS features.  It only closes the exploit used in jailBreakMe 3.

Lion OS Terminal Hacks

Here are the 3 useful Terminal Hacks for Mac Lion OS.  For all the following terminal hacks, you can change “false” to “true” to reverse the effect:

1) Alternate Character when holding down a button: When you press and hold a button, a palette will show up that lets you choose an accented or alternate character. However, if you enable this feature, you can no longer press and hold keys to make something repeat… like “whaaaaaat!”

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

log out and log back in to see the change.

2) Windows Restoring: One of Lion’s new features will restore all the windows that were left open when you relaunch the app.  It’s very helpful for browsers for example, however, at times you are suddenly left to close all the windows that you didn’t even want to begin with.  This feature is handled per app basis.  Here are the terminal hacks for Preview and QuickTime:

defaults write com.apple.Preview NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

quit and restart the app to see the change.

3) Zoom effect on new windows:  If for whatever reason you don’t like the new Zoom Effect on Lion OS, you can turn it off:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false

If you want the list of Terminal Hacks for Snow Leopard that still works on Lion, you can visit my post here: Snow Leopard Terminal Hacks


How to install Installous on a Jailbroken iDevice

Please give respect to the developers who worked on the iOS applications/games and purchase the Apps.  Use of any pirated applications/games is illegal, so please purchase them from the AppStore.

For those who want to try installing Installous, here are the steps:

Once your iDevice (iPhone, iPod, iPad) is officially Jailbroken, you should see Cydia icon.

  1. Open Cydia
  2. Go to “Manage”… one of the five icon-options at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Go to “Sources”
  4. Go to “Edit” on the top right corner
  5. Go to “Add” on the top left corner (this will appear when “Edit” is clicked)
  6. Type in “http://cydia.hackulo.us” without the quotes
  7. Click “Add Source”
  8. Click “OK” when asked so it can retrieve the data from the newly added Source

If you did everything correctly up to this point, then you can go to “Search” icon on the bottom right, and then type in “Installous”.  Click on the App “Installous 4″… and then click the “Install” button on the top right.  Voila~  You now have Installous installed on your iDevice.

Must Have Cydia Apps for iPhone/iPad

Must have Cydia Apps for your jailbroken iDevices (not in any particular order):

  1. Infinidock
  2. Infinifolders
  3. Infiniboard
  4. SBSettings
  5. 5-Row Keyboard iOS4 (not working on iPad2 yet)
  6. RemoveBackground
  7. LastApp
  8. OpenNotifier

Mind you that some of these are already implemented on the new iOS 5.  However, it will be a while until it gets released… and more importantly, it will be a while until a new jailbreak for iOS 5 comes out!

Jailbreak for all iOS devices including iPad 2

Jailbreakme 3 is out and live.  This is a web-based Jailbreak for all your iOS devices, including iPad2. This means you won’t need to attach a USB cable to your computer, but rather just visit jailbreakme.com on your Safari (on your iDevice) to initiate the process.  I’ve personally tested it on an iPad2 running iOS 4.3.3, and it took no time at all.

Jailbreaking is simple and legal… however, it will void your warranty from Apple if you ever do need to take it in for support and they see that your iDevice has been jailbroken.  So, if you’re planning to do it, please know what you’re doing and the consequences that may follow.

Snow Leopard Terminal Hacks

My favorite/must-have Terminal Hacks for Snow Leopard… which is still working on my Lion OS, thankfully!

1) Show the stacks highlight during mouseovers
When navigating a Grid stack using the keyboard, the selected item is highlighted. Using the Terminal commands below, the highlight also appears when you mouseover an item in the stack.

defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean YES
killall Dock

2) Suck effect (hidden from users) – when minimizing windows

defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string suck

Scale effect: 
defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string scale

Genie effect (Mac OS X Default): 
defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string genie

Do one of the above and then of course do “killall Dock” afterwards.

3) New list Stack with larger icons

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES
killall Dock

4) Safari’s Debug mode: this will add a new menu item called “Develop” for Safari.  Which has lot of development features such as changing user agent, and debug javascript… to mention couple.

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu YES

5) Enable Quit In Finder: This is a very useful command for anyone who does a lot of fiddling and needs to quit Finder.

defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool YES
killall Finder

6) Disables the unexpectedly quit dialog that normally appears when an application crashes. Replace “none” with “prompt” to enable again.

defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType none

If you want the list of new Terminal Hacks for Lion OS you can visit my post here: Lion OS Terminal Hacks