Make “top” command work with GeekTool on Snow Leopard

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Apple changed the usage of the “top” command in Terminal, so my output of processes ordered by CPU usage got broken in GeekTool. (more…)

Flash DVD Drive in an iMac

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I have an older Intel iMac at home, which is mainly used for browsing, chatting and movie viewing. Watching DVDs from different regions, I was forced to switch the region a couple of times, but alwas was careful to keep the last switch to make sure it ended up in my own region. But when I wanted to make the final switch, I was met with an unexplainalbe error code. I tried everything, but the issue couldn’t be fixed – even the local Mac store said there was no fix, and the guarantee wouldn’t cover either. So I left it that way for maybe a year and a half.

For some reason I gave it a new try recently. To my surprise I succeeded. I finally found a firmware patch for the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857D Drive. Now my drive is region-free. (more…)

Simulate a slow internet connection

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

As a web designer with a broadband internet connection it is easy to forget bandwidth limitations. At times it can be a good exercise to see how our sites perform with a slow internet connection. Here is how to limit your bandwith temporarily on OS X. (more…)

Every pixel counts

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

When designing web pages on my Mac, I am often in need of a magnifying glass to see every single pixel in detail. Solution? Meet Pixie.