Archive for March, 2010

Quick Tip : X-Ray Finder

I just finished listening to The MacCast Ep. 295, and Adam had this great tip for QuickLook on Snow Leopard. So, credit where it’s due, thanks Adam!

Anyway, this will require you to do a little bit of Terminal work, but it should not pose a problem to power users. If you want to try this but would prefer a GUI, head over to the BlackTree for a prefPane that can do this and loads of other cool stuff.

What does this tip do? You presumably know that you can hit space when in the Finder and bring up QuickLook to have a look at PDF’s, Word documents etc. without having to open an actual program. Well, when you do this with folders you just get a boring picture of a folder and some info about it. Wouldn’t it be cool to sort of see what’s inside? Well, that’s what this hack does! It gives an animated view of the content flowing by in sort of a Front Row style. It looks very cool, and could be useful at times.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Bring up the Terminal
  2. Type defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableXRayFolders 1
  3. Hit Enter
  4. Restart the Finder (Hold down Command+Alt and click the Finder icon in the Dock, choose Restart Finder)
  5. You’re done!

Now, choose a folder, hit Space, and voilà!

See you soon!

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Frustrationbook

A Facebook, again and again we complain about your services. Is it because we hate you? No, not really. But often times you seem to have your head in the sand when it comes to human emotions. I don’t know it this is because of Zuckerberg or what; but you know, hire a shrink or something, it’s really not that hard!

My beef this time is the suggested friend thing that pops up on the right. That you can’t really know if I actually know that person or not, fair enough. That would be an eerie creepiness we so far only ascribe Google. But, and this is my point, why, oh why, do you have to suggest people I obviously do NOT want to be friends with?

For example I have in the past couple of weeks been asked if I wanted to be friends with my EX-mother-in-law and my ex-wife’s new guy. Granted, I realize that not everyone have a divorce as infected as I did, but you know, having them NOT show up will not harm anyone. If they show up, they can cause all sorts of emotional distress that benefits no one.

The thing is, even though I’m not an actual programmer, I know enough to say that this would not be a hard thing to add to your code. You have our collective histories! Just do if-statements on our relationship-statuses and relationship-histories if nothing else. It’s all there! You have the info! Use it for good for once!

Please Facebook, just because you may have Asberger’s and don’t care about human emotions and social intrigue, doesn’t mean your users are the same.