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Do you need to find a quirky string in a huge source-code file and replace it with something else? You could use a command-line text editor, such as pico, nano, vi, or emacs. But if you want the power of full-featured text editing in a standard Mac app—and a free one, no less—then TextWrangler is it.
Sure, you can download a widget that finds the nearest Pizza Hut or that flips a virtual coin. But what if you simply want to keep track of the days until your next vacation? You don’t have to settle for downloaded widgets when it’s so easy to make your own.
If you’re tired of typing command after command in Terminal, to it might be time to give shell scripts a try.
AppleScripting is a powerful way to automate repetitive (and often tedious) tasks on the Mac. You don’t have to know how to write scripts in order to take advantage of them. There are tons of AppleScripts on the Web and quite a few of them are for iTunes. These 10 should get you started.
Imagine using your iPod and a regular old microphone to record studio-quality audio. Or sitting on a commuter train and playing Othello, Pong, Tetris, or Asteroids. All this and more is possible when you install Linux on your third-generation or earlier iPod.
Download Adam Goldstein’s AppleScripts.
Are you frustrated by Services that don’t serve, missing movies, a phoneless FileMaker, and Asian character anomalies? Take a deep breath, and read Christopher Breen’s monthly collection of troubleshooting tips.
Many people stay away from the command line because of the tedium of typing long commands. But you can save lots of time and type less by using the command history functions.
Grep is fast, powerful, and the workhouse of the command line. We’ll show you how to become a command-line wizard by using grep to quickly find text hidden in your files.
You don’t have to use the command line to take advantage of grep and regular expressions. Several text editors offer built-in find functions that harness the same regular expressions.
Open the Sound and Displays preference panes with your keyboard, make Terminal listings flow numerically, move files between volumes, use speech recognition without wasting screen space, take advantage of the Inspector window, and dig into OS X for hidden images and icons.
Find out how to use Exposé to work on a single window, modify tab behavior on Web forms in Mozilla and Firefox, use Terminal to test for corrupted preference files, disable certain iChat AV emoticons, and route Terminal Unix command output to TextEdit.