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Use Siri to find movies with two specific actors Apps

Sure, IMDb’s advanced search tools can you help find occasions when two disparate actors appeared in the same film. But navigating IMDb when you want to play offshoots of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is no fun. If you have a Siri-capable iOS device within reach, you can find movie star overlap using only your voice.

Give Siri an instruction like, “Show me movies with Jason Biggs and Woody Allen,” and the virtual assistant should suggest Anything Else a moment later. And in cases of overlap—“What movies have both Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry”—Siri provides a list of all the matching films. (In that case, it’s both Rugrats in Paris and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.)

Tap on a matching movie to see more information about the film.

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Adjust All My Files criteria from the Finder Apps

We’ve previously shared a Terminal-based approach for customizing the behavior of All My Files in the Finder. But in Mountain Lion, customizing All My Files’s search criteria—or the criteria of any other similar Finder sidebar entry, is deliciously simple:

Simply right-click (or Control-click, or two-finger click with a trackpad) on the sidebar entry, and choose Show Search Criteria. You’ll see the Smart Search characteristics that power the entry in question, and you can tweak and re-save the search factors you prefer.

Full disclosure: You can’t save over the existing All My Files saved search with this approach; you’re really just saving a new search instead. But it’s quick, painless, and non-destructive.

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No Hints till Monday Apps
It's the Fourth of July everywhere, and that means it's Independence Day in the U.S. We'll have new hints on Monday.

And of course, as always, we'd love your hint submissions! Send them in, and we'll make you famous. At least here at Mac OS X Hints!
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Animate still photos in the Finder Apps
Suppose you have a folder full of photos taken in rapid succession. These might be images from an MRI or ultrasound, or simply a sequence of shots snapped at a celebration of some sort. Either way, you've ended up with a series of photos that would likely look good animated—but they're all simply stills.

There's an easy way to put those photos in motion. Single-click on the first one in your folder, and then press the Spacebar to bring up the Quick Look preview of your image. Now, simply hold the down arrow. The Finder selection will cycle through all the photos in your folder, and the Quick Look preview will instantly update in real time.

If your folder contains photos that work as a flip book, you can see the animation right there in the Finder using this method.
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Create an unread badge for a Feedbin Fluid app Apps
Now that Google Reader is dead, it's time to find a replacement news-reading solution. If you, like me, land on Feedbin as your answer, you might not be happy with any of the current Mac apps that can connect to the service. And thus you might—again, like me—choose to set up a single-site browser for Feedbin using Fluid.

In general, Fluid and Feedbin get along fine. I tweaked settings to that I could open any URL within my Feedbin Fluid app, so that I could more easily open links to whatever sites I stumble across using the service. But I missed my "unread articles" badge, which NetNewsWire had long sported in my Dock.

Getting a similar badge back isn't too tough. Launch your Feedbin-specific Fluid app. Then, go to Window -> Userscripts, and the top, default Userscript in the left pane will be for Google Reader. Underneath the Patterns pane at the top right, click on the plus (+) button, and add a new pattern: *feedbin.me*. The same JavaScript already present for figuring out the unread feed count from Google Reader (which uses a regular expression to parse the number from the title tag) will work for Feedbin as well.

Of course, to make the whole thing work, you'll need to enable putting that unread count in the page title, which is a setting available on the Feedbin website's Settings screen.
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Avoid triggering Hot Corners accidentally Apps
The truth is, our old friend Rob Griffiths posted a version of this hint years ago. But that one was enough incarnations of OS X ago that we felt it's worth a refresh.

Many of us use Hot Corners (accessed from System Preferences -> Mission Control or System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Savers) to trigger various actions. On my Mac, slamming the mouse to the bottom right corner reveals the desktop; the bottom left corner triggers Mission Control. You can also use the corners to trigger things like Notification Center, Launchpad, starting a screen saver, or putting your display to sleep.

But anyone who uses Hot Corners (which OS X refers to interchangeably as Active Screen Corners) triggers those mouse-controlled shortcuts accidentally sometimes. The solution is this: When you're choosing a Hot Corner setting from one of the drop-down menus, hold down your preferred modifier key or keys. You'll see the options change from, say, Mission Control to Option Mission Control" instead.

From then on, your corner will only work when you're also holding down the modifier key(s) you specified. Now, trips to the Apple menu won't trigger your Hot Corner shortcut—unless you're pressing your selected modifier key, too.
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Hide apps on the Apple TV Apps
As the Apple TV gains new apps, some users may find that the device's home screen is getting a bit cluttered. For example, I don't care to watch sports on my Apple TV, and it'd be nice if I didn't have to see those apps.

David Chartier, writing on Finer Things in Tech, has pointed out an easy way to clean up excess apps. Go to Settings > General > Parental Controls, turn on Parental Controls if it's not already activated (you'll be asked to enter a 4-digit PIN), then scroll down and click on the apps you want to hide to toggle their visibility.

David also points out, in his article, how to move apps around on the Apple TV's home screen. We posted a hint about this last year.
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How to repair damaged disks that crash Disk Utility and DiskWarrior Apps
Some damaged disks do not show up with Disk Utility and DiskWarrior, and may hang and crash such repair utilities. Yet, there is a trick to repair such broken disks using Disk Arbitrator.

1. Open Disk Arbitrator and select "Activated - Block mounts." This prevents the damaged disk from crashing the repair utilities and allows such disks to be displayed by these utilities.

2. Connect the damaged disk.

3. Open Disk Utility or DiskWarrior. The damaged disk should show now and it should not crash the repair utility.

4. Deactivate Disk Arbitrator (uncheck the Activated box). This allows the repair utility to handle the damaged disk properly (mounting it once repaired).

5. Run Disk Utility or DiskWarrior.

Then, the utility should repair the disk, or at least, mount a Preview disk (DiskWarrior), allowing you to inspect and even copy or backup some files or the full disk, reformat it and restore it.

[kirkmc adds: Well, I guess I'm fortunate that I can't test this. If anyone has any severely damaged hard disks around, and wants to try, feel free to post in the comments whether or not this works.]
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Another Dropbox permissions errors problem, and fix Apps
Some time ago, I posted a hint about fixing Dropbox Permissions Denied errors. This fix works in many cases, but I came across another, similar issue this weekend which Dropbox couldn't fix.

In addition to using Dropbox to sync files across two Macs, and access them from iOS devices, I back up my home folder (with the exception of my media files). I have a selected of folders in my home folder that back up: these include my Documents folder and others, and only parts of my Library folder. I back these up because of settings that would be useful to have in case of local data loss.

Recently, I found that there were some files that couldn't sync. The Dropbox menu showed a Permissions Denied error, so I tried the solution in the above-mentioned hint; it didn't work. Not only were these files not syncing, but Dropbox was in an endless loop trying to sync them.

After much searching, I finally found the culprits. I use Acorn for image editing, and this app creates a folder in ~/Library/Application Support with a number of files. in the ~/Library/Application Support/Acorn/Acorn Actions folder are several aliases to iPhoto, Mail and Preview. It turned out that these were not syncing, because Dropbox follows aliases to copy the original files. Apparently the apps were getting sent to Dropbox, and the permissions issues were caused by this.

The moral of the story, then, is to look for any app aliases that may be getting synced. But it's also worth noting that Dropbox doesn't sync aliases, but rather their targets, and this could also lead to issues in the amount of space you use in your Dropbox folder.
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Access old Dropbox menu with Option-click Apps
You can access the older version of the Dropbox menu by Option-clicking the Dropbox icon in the menu bar. This saves you an extra click, because with the newer version, you have click on the gear icon on the lower-right corner of the new menu to access the same information.

[kirkmc adds: I do find myself accessing that information at times, and it's nice to know that there's a one-click way of doing it.]
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