It’s always been a pain to manually eject disks one by one before removing a MacBook from a dock. Here’s a way to use AppleScript to automate the process in just a few minutes.
When developing web pages, I use my Mac’s built-in Apache or MAMP.app. Viewing the page means using an address such as http://localhost/mypage.html. I decided to make my life a little easier by writing an AppleScript that looks at the open tabs in Chrome and Safari then replaces “localhost” (or custom domain) with my current IP address. Saving this as a service enables me to go to Chrome > Services to run the script.
iTunes vexes me. For better or for worse, we’re an Apple household and own an Apple TV, so I’m kind of stuck with iTunes for managing my media files.
My wife and I have also purchased a significant amount of DVDs over the years, which I ripped to iTunes using the trusty old Handbrake (love you, Handbrake!). These DVDs include a lot of TV shows, such as Doctor Who and Magnum PI.
My workflow has always been: rip via Handbrake, then import into iTunes by dragging the m4v files onto the iTunes window. By default, the TV shows don’t have any metadata (no proper titles, descriptions, episode numbers, or artwork), and iTunes automatically files them under Movies. This means they’ll show up in Apple TV with no description, no preview picture (such as DVD box art), and no sequence information.
A script for automatically changing a Mac’s desktop background based on the time of day.
Comparing my recent experience with Lion Server to my experience with Snow Leopard Server.
50GB+ iTunes library. Multiple Macs. How can you share the iTunes library between Macs?
The transition is almost complete: I have ditched my Windows-based PC for a MacBook Pro.
A computer is born, and another computer dies (“I’m not quite dead!” he says in his best Eric Idle imitation).
(Mac) Hi, I’m a Mac.
(PC) And I’m a PC.