ice floor is a graphical firewall configuration program for Mac OS X.
Search completely stopped working in Apple Address Book. Deleting the file (~/Library/Application\ Support/AddressBook/AddressBook-v22.abcddb) fixed the problem. Details and the source article follow:
- Quit all apps except Finder
- Open a Finder window and go to (home folder)/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/
- Drag AddressBook-v22.abcddb to the trash
- Launch Address Book
PureDarwin is Apple’s Darwin OS running without all of the OS X baggage.
The OS X Recovery Partition: What It Is, Why It’s There and How to Remove It provides some great info about and tips. Among them, how to enable the Disk Utility debug menu.
To remove passwords and keys from the keychain it seems like
$ security export -k login.keychain
would be the obvious way to go. Unfortunately, this usually gives the following error
$ security: SecKeychainItemExport: Passphrase is required for import/export.
Instead you can use the following command
$ security dump-keychain -d keychain
Update: The same limitations seen on the command line appear to be present in the GUI as well. The “File > Export Items…” menu is greyed out when selecting anything but public keys or certificates.
XML property list files. For when plain XML is too semantic and not nearly verbose enough.
Among the many “improvements” in Calendar.app that actually make it less usable the latest one to annoy me is its defocusing of fields.
When you switch to another app whatever field has focus in the popup editor loses its focus. Because no field has focus dropping an item, say an email from Mail.app, becomes impossible since there is no drop target.
Changing the keyboard layout on a Mac through AppleScript used to be a one liner in Mac OS 9. Now it’s an exercise in GUI scripting.
UPDATE: More good links regarding how to switch keyboard layouts programmatically in Mac OS X.