Sometimes, the Dock seems like the most static item on your Desktop. But, you can input a few Terminal commands to give it a little more function, rather than just leaving it to stare at you from the bottom of the screen. Read on to find out how.
Imagine every feature you could ever want from an iPod dock. Go on, make a list. Ours includes AirPlay, solid sound quality, an iPod charging dock, and a reasonable price tag. This is good news for the iW1, which includes all these features and a boatload of others we didn’t even know we wanted.
It’s been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them.
Wow-Keys didn’t need to be flawless for us to love it. The potential for awesomeness was huge: a computer keyboard that charges our phones and lets us switch between typing and texting is enough to get us seriously excited. So we were willing to forgive a few faults for that kind of functionality…just not this many.
You can easily utilize apps like TinkerTool and MacPilot to customize your Dock, or you can be a real superstar and use a couple of Terminal tricks. There are a ton of Dock tricks you can do, but here are four that are practical and easy to do. Follow along to learn how to pin your dock to one size, get super enlarged icons, turn your 3D Dock into a 2D Dock and disable Dashboard -- once a for all!
Window management can be a hassle when dealing with certain applications on the Mac. When you’re not using a particular window you only have two options: Hide the application or minimize the window. Minimizing the window to the Dock is a great option, but then those windows end up producing a little clutter. Fortunately, Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes the ability to minimize windows to their appropriate Dock icons, though this feature is turned off by default.
If the various applications Apple built into Mac OS X are the spokes of the big wheel that makes up our computers, then the System Preferences window would have to be the hub that connects them. But how much do you really know about what goes on in that window?
Many of us don’t give the Mac OS X Dock a second thought beyond clicking icons to open our most frequently used applications or accessing the Trash to retrieve a file we decided to keep -- which is too bad, because the Dock holds a number of hidden features to make you more productive.
We’re big fans of companies actually giving their products names instead of alphanumeric gibberish—have you ever gone into a store and asked a salesperson for “the new WTF7331-74X?” Exactly. But, when you name your product the SuperHero, you’re putting yourself in the same league (Justice League?) as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and, to a lesser extent, Aquaman. It’s fitting, then, that the Iomega SuperHero is positioned to save the day if tragedy ever strikes your precious iPhone…but like all superheroes, it must struggle with its own weaknesses.