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Search the iTunes Store and Mac App Store from a browser Apps
Following yesterday's hint about dragging Mac App Store and iTunes Store icons to web browser for easier browsing, I realized that we don't have a hint about using Google to search for content in the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store. Since Apple provides all this content on the web, it's easy.

Search as follows: search_terms site:itunes.apple.com. For example, Einstein on the Beach site:itunes.apple.com. You'll get a number of hits, for the different countries where the iTunes Store or Mac App Store are available. If you want to limit the search to a specific country, you can do so like this: Einstein on the Beach site:itunes.apple.com/us/, where the two letters between the slashes are the code for the country where you're searching.

I have a LaunchBar search template set up as follows: http://www.google.com/search?q=*%20site:itunes.apple.com. You can do this in other programs as well.

Follow-up: I removed the link above; for some reason, it looks lIke I can't create a link to a Google search from here. I'll look into it.
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Create Outlook-like reminders for Mail with a keyboard shortcut Apps
I just read this hint, about creating Outlook-like reminders for Mail, and thought I would submit my variation on this that I created a few weeks ago. I liked the functionality of creating reminders from e-mail messages and having the link for the message in the reminder, but the requirement of dragging and dropping killed it for me.

So I created an Automator service and AppleScript that gives me the exact same result but with a keyboard shortcut so I never have to leave Mail.

Create a new Automator service.

Select "Service receives no input."

Add Get Selected Mail Items and select Messages in the drop down menu.

Add Run AppleScript and paste in the following script:

on run {input, parameters}
	
	tell application "Mail"
		set _sel to selection
		set _links to {}
		
		set the _message to item 1 ¬
			of the _sel
		set theSubject to subject of _message
		set message_id to the message id of the _message
	end tell
	
	set message_url to "message://%3c" & message_id & "%3e"
	set end of _links to message_url
	set the clipboard to (_links as string)
	
	set theBody to the clipboard
	
	tell application "Reminders"
		set theReminder to make new reminder with properties {name:theSubject, body:theBody, priority:1}
		
	end tell
	
	return input
end run
Save the service, add a shortcut, and you're done.

Here is my stackexchange post on the subject along with my solution . User Kevin Oneill provided an AppleScript that I haven't played with yet but he says it will add the body of the e-mail to the Reminder's entry which some people may prefer, since it would be viewable on an iOS device as well.
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Drag Mac App Store and iTunes Store icons to web browser for easier browsing Apps
Browsing the Mac App store and iTunes Store can be annoying if you're used to using tabs in your web browser. You can only view one page at a time in either store, so if you want to check out a number of items, say, after you've run a search, it's click, back-arrow, click, back-arrow…

The Finer Things in Tech web site notes a nice trick to make this easier that I hadn't thought of before. Just drag icons from the Mac App Store or iTunes Store to your web browser, or on your browser's icon in the Dock. You can see most of the same information in Safari as you can in these stores, as they are simply collections of HTML pages. If you want to view multiple items in your browser, open a new tab before dragging an icon; if not, it loads the most recently dragged icon in the frontmost tab, rather than in a new tab.
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Restore iOS device from backup with limited disk space iOS devices
iTunes stores iOS device backups in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup. Each folder within the Backup represents a different "backup" that will be presented as a possible restore source when restoring an iOS device.

In the process of restoring from a backup, iTunes migrates the data from one of those Backup folders into another, sibling folder, that will naturally end up being the same size.

Because you end up with two distinct backup folders, it follows that in order to restore an iOS device, you need to have at least as much free space on the device as the size of the backup subfolder. In my case it was more than 50 GB.

In order to restore my iPhone, I needed more than 50 GB free on the disk where iTunes finds my backups, so I copied the backups folder to another disk with lots of space, then made a symbolic link to it at the original location:
% cd ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync
% cp -r Backup /Volumes/BigDisk/Backup
% mv Backup Backup-original
% ln -s /Volumes/BigDisk/Backup ./
(Replace the volume and folder names by those on your hard disk.)

Now when I open iTunes I can restore from the backup and iTunes does all that work in /Volumes/BigDisk/Backup.

[kirkmc adds: This hint was sent to me by Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software. Dan's problem is interesting, and something that would prevent a restore if he didn't have a second disk and the knowledge to do the above. It's surprising that the restore process will actually fail in such cases. With lots of Macs having SSDs, excess storage space on the startup disk is now rare for many people.]
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Menu item to change display modes in Mountain Lion System 10.8
If you are missing the menu bar item that lets you change the display modes in Mountain Lion, there's an app for that.

Display Menu is free from the Mac App Store, and it seems to work. I really don't understand why Apple removed the menu bar item in the first place...
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New Poll: Will You Buy an iPhone 5? Site News
Now that Apple has presented the iPhone 5, will you buy one? It's an evolution, not a revolution, and many people won't see the need to upgrade. In addition, lots of iPhone owners get subsidized phones and are stuck with contracts. What about you? Vote in the iPhone 5 poll.
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Put a digital clock in a corner of the screen with GeekTool Apps
Since Lion, I love using my always-open apps (Chrome and iTunes) in full-screen mode, but I want to know what time is it without using the mouse or keyboard. I figured out a way to do it using a widget with GeekTool.

Making the widget
Open the application and drag a new Shell element onto the desktop. Edit it in the Properties window in this way:
In the Command section, insert date + followed without spaces by one of these commands:
%R or %H:%M to have a 24h clock;
%l:%M to have a 12h clock (put " "%p after your text if you want to show am/pm).
After that, check Keep on Top and set 1 (or less frequent value) in the Refresh every X s text field.
Now you can customize all the other properties as you want, like font, color and background; I like to use it in Lucida Grande 14 pt (the same as the system digital clock in the menu bar).

Download the widget
If you want, you can download my Geeklet by right-clicking on this text and selecting "Save link as...". It has enabled a white shadow that makes it visible over dark pages without having to set a opaque light background.

[kirkmc adds: Back in the day, I used GeekTool a lot. I didn't know it was on the Mac App Store, so if only for that, it's worth looking at. It's come a long way since I last used it, with some really interesting possibilities and much easier configuration.]
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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only iOS devices
Sometimes you want to be alerted when you have new e-mail, but you don't want an audible alert. Here's how you can do it.

If you take a silent audio file, when you install it as a new silent ring tone and set it for the New Mail alert, your phone will vibrate only. Since the iPhone lowers any audio currently playing, you want to make this as short as possible (.1 sec), so the audio dip will be at a minimum.

[kirkmc adds: It so happens that I have a bunch of silent MP3 files on my website, in an article about adding silence to iTunes playlists. I added a .1 second file, as well as a .1 second ringtone to the zip archive.

I set up the ringtone on my iPhone, but I wasn't able to test if it works or not. I happen to be part of the 1%; that is, the 1% of people whose iCloud e-mail has been down for more than 24 hours, and none of my other accounts work with push e-email.]
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See Cover Flow framerate System
I stumbled on this useless but curious "defaults write" trick for the Finder that displays the frame rate when you flip through files in Cover Flow. I've only tested it in Mountain Lion.

The following will show the cover flow frame rate (as frames per second) within the Finder alongside each filename when flipping through files. On my system I get around 58 FPS consistently; try and beat that! I'm interested to see how retina MacBook Pros do, and, as such, this could be a useful if non-scientific benchmarking trick:

defaults write com.apple.finder IKImageFlowShowFrameRate 1;killall Finder

To get rid of it:

defaults delete com.apple.finder IKImageFlowShowFrameRate;killall Finder

[kirkmc adds: I, too, get 58 fps on my Mac mini, the same on my retina MacBook Pro. (Actually, it looks like it peaks at 58.87.) This suggests that there's something in the system that is limiting it, or that it simply can't go any faster.

I'll agree with the terms "useless but curious," but I'm sure someone will find something interesting to do with it.]
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Create Outlook-like reminders for Mail System 10.8
I wanted Mail to remind me to follow up on a given e-mail, as Outlook does. I realized that Reminders and Mail can do just that.

If you want to set a reminder to follow up on an e-mail, just open Reminders, and without even switching back to Mail, drag the e-mail you want to be reminded about to Reminders. It will create a new task with a link to your specific e-mail. You may add an alert, and you will never forget to follow up on an email again.

[kirkmc adds: This isn't very different from this hint, but it puts it in a different context. I hadn't used Outlook in ages, but its Follow Up menu item (in a contextual menu when you right-click on an e-mail) is very practical.

I'm still amazed that there is no direct link between Mail, Reminders and Calendar. This hint seems a good way to connect them, though it requires several steps. In Outlook, you have a number of default follow up times, whereas here you need to set the date and/or time of the reminder manually. Note to automator experts: I tried to create a workflow that would do this, but it wouldn't let me set a time. Feel free to try and build something useful.]
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