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CSS tricks for custom bullets

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) give Web developers precise control over a page’s typography and layout. One secret weapon of CSS-based designs is the background property, which adds images and color to the background of any element on a Web page.

Take control of text

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.

Mac OS X Hints

Rob Griffiths shows you how to cycle your dekstop images, use a keyboard shortcut to activate the desktop from any Finder window, and animate Keynote slides with Quartz Composer.

Sampling shell script's superpowers

If you’re tired of typing command after command in Terminal, to it might be time to give shell scripts a try.

Whip up a widget

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.

10 AppleScripts for iTunes

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.

The Linux iPod

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.

AppleScript downloads

Download Adam Goldstein’s AppleScripts.

3 cool AppleScripts

Geek factor

Mac 911

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.

Type Less in Terminal

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.

Find anything with grep

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.

Grep Beyond the Terminal

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.