Tag Archives: Mac OS X

If you don’t know this, certainly you would miss a lot from Mac OS! Some PC switchers would complain the lack of functions from Mac OS right-click contextual menu. One historical reason is Apple mouse originally designed with one button. Unlikely Windows, application menu bar in Mac OS is not tied to application window but always on top of the screen. (It becomes complaint if it has no gesture, who cares right click anymore?!) Also, with shortcut keys and now multi-touch gestures, I seldom find myself need to right-click or look for something from contextual menu.

Well, if you still want to, in fact Mac OS gives us even more in flexibility. It comes from a great feature called “Services” which existed long time ago. It was not well recognized or used because it’s hidden in menu bar before.
From Lion, it’s well located in System Preferecens -> Keyboard Shortcut. It worths you to take a look and enable some of the stuffs that you would like.

I found 2 great services that improve my life!
– Convert selected text/file to traditional/simplified Chinese
– New Terminal at Folder

“Automator” is another secret weapon from Mac OS. You can add more automations by combining tasks or AppleScript. Convert the action into contextual menu that’s fun! 😀

May be it’s too late for me as a Java developer to realize this! There’s no more old JDK exist in Snow Leopard!
Well, actually it’s neither a problem for general user nor Apple. Just if you’re working on a project which is still compiled by the aging JDK1.5, that would be a concern…

It’s quite tricky that Snow Leopard set all old JDK as alias to 1.6…. That why I thought they still exist…

昨晚蘋果終於推出了Snow Leopard 10.6的第三個更新,足足相隔了五個月(這代表已經很穩定嗎?)。更新的內容不作多談,反正通常都感覺不到(其實過絕對是優點,你看Windows的Service Pack…)。不過安裝過後發現了一個對中文用家來說不得不提的驚喜,就是蘋果終於更改了10.6系統的預設中文字型-黑體的筆順!!回想起當初用10.6的時候看得很不順眼,幸好安裝了TCFail把預設的字體改回10.5的儷黑體,但因為儷黑筆劃比較粗壯,犧牲了閱讀性。現在這更正可謂兩者兼備,是中文用家的一大喜訊!



Unlike the just passed MacHeist nanoBundle, I feel the Macupdate bundle is more tempting (sorry, though it’s not like MacHeist for charity propose). Only Parallels 5 itself worths the money! As I remember Parallels upgrade needs this among already. An the other apps are more useful also. I like DVDMaster Pro, though I owned 5 already. Hydra is a very expensive tool if you wanna try HDR.

Btw, I found it has extra discount, buy 3 get 1 free!! Group with your Mac friends! 😉

We love and hate Flash. It could be funny for giving us games and a lot of multimedia effect in web pages. But sometimes web pages are using it too much! And it consumes too much computation power. I found ClickToFlash is a great tool for Safari (I guess Firefox would have similar plug-in). Now I can load and Flash brick I want selectively. It has whitelist that you can add your favourite sites without such checking again. Also you can select H.264 before loading video from like YouTube.

Adobe just published their Flash Player 10.1 pre-release. They claimed it support hardware graphic acceleration. However, as usual they may not port any improvement to Mac. They claimed it’s because Apple didn’t provide them API to make the improvement.
Anyway, I took the risk to try it. Amazingly, even my relatively old MacBook Pro can have 20% of CPU resource gain when playing Flash video.

Adobe Labs – Adobe Flash Player 10.1

Before installing, you should quit Safari. And I ran the uninstaller for Flash as well.

Flash Player 10.0

Flash Player 10.1 pre-release