It would be great if you could be alerted in Notification Center when your Automator workflow is done. Here is an Automator action I created for displaying notification center alerts. It can be set to display a title, subtitle, and message. See the website linked above for screenshots.
If you are using Mountain Lion, you've probably seen the banner style notifications and wondered how to get them away quickly. Yet there is no close button.
The solution is simple: If you use a trackpad, use two fingers to swipe them away to the right; on the Magic Mouse, it's one finger swipe to the right. Of course, hover over it with the cursor and then swipe.
[kirkmc adds: Well, I wasn't sure whether to post this. The banners go away on their own after five seconds, so you'd need to be mighty impatient to want to go to the trouble of manually removing them. But there may be cases where you do want to do this. I'll let you discuss this in the comments below.]
Mountain Lion's new Share menu is handy, but not smart enough not to propose you services you haven’t signed for in the “Mail, Contacts & Calendar” Preferences pane. Here’s a way to remove from it the items you don’t use.
Copy the file /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ShareKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources/SHKServicesOrder.plist to a folder where you have write permissions. Duplicate it and keep a copy of the original in case you want to revert to the standard Share menu, as we’ll have to overwrite the system version.
Open the file with any text editor and erase the lines corresponding to services you don’t use. I’ve erased Twitter, Facebook, and all the video services. Save the file and copy it back to the folder mentioned above. When asked if you want to overwrite the file, click on Yes and enter an admin password. You may have to log out and back in for the changes to take effect.
[kirkmc adds: Note that this change may not survive a system update. I agree that this should be user-configurable, and basing it on accounts defined in the Mail, Contacts & Calendar preference pane - whose more appropriate name would be Accounts - would make sense. It would also be great if there were a way to add accounts that aren't hard-coded into the system. Could this be a challenge to hinters to try and figure out how to do that?]
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As mentioned in this hint, Mountain Lion removed the setting in the Sharing preference pane to turn Web Sharing on and off, even though Apache Web Server is still installed by default. That hint also mentions a third-party preference pane that you can install to toggle Web Sharing in Mountain Lion.
Here's another solution in the form of an AppleScript. If you copy the script to a .scpt file in ~/Library/Scripts, you can conveniently toggle Web Sharing by selecting the script in the Scripts menu.
Here's the AppleScript:
The script uses the free Terminal-Notifier app by Eloy Durán, if installed, to notify you that Apache Web Server has been started or stopped. If you have the app installed somewhere other than /Applications, be sure to edit the app's path in the script.
Note that the state of Web Sharing is persistent across reboots, whether you use this method to control it or the aforementioned preference pane.
If you use Growl, you might find it a bit overkill to have some notifications come through Growl and others to Notification Center. Mountain Growl pipes notifications from Growl to Notification Center, but there is one caveat: all these notifications will have the Growl icon, and not the icon of the application that sent the notification.
This is just a stop-gap, as Growl 2, to be released soon, will support Notification Center directly, but in the meantime, you might find this a useful solution to group all notifications in one place.
If you like getting those little Notification Center alerts when things happen, here's a way to get even more. iTunification gets information from iTunes when tracks change, and funnels this into Notification Center, so you can get a banner to see what the next track is.
This certainly isn't new, as GrowlTunes has been able to do this for a while (if you use Growl), and I get notifications from CoverSutra, an iTunes controller. On top of that, I'd be willing to bet pretty much anything that the next major update to iTunes has Notification Center support. But in the meantime, if you want simple banners to tell you what's playing, this is a good solution, and it's free.
Set Software Update check frequency in Mountain Lion
Aug 27, '12 07:30:00AM • Contributed by: earthsaver
Mountain Lion removed the ability to set the frequency of checks for software updates. The default frequency was always a week and it remains so.
To change the frequency, open com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist, found in /Library/Preferences, and change the ScheduleFrequency key from 7 to the number of days you prefer.
I prefer to be notified of updates daily, if available, so I changed the frequency to 1.
[kirkmc adds: Note that you'll need admin privileges to edit this file. You can do so with a text editor, or with Xcode, which presents a graphical interface for .plist files. ]
I noticed that my iChat-related AppleScripts had stopped working after the 10.8 upgrade. Apparently, Messages no longer answers to the name iChat; you have to edit your scripts to call "Messages" instead, like this:
tell application "Messages" to set status message to "On Mountain Lion"I'm pretty sure the beta didn't break backwards compatibility like that, and I really can't think of a good reason for it.
[kirkmc adds: It's true that the name of an application like this changes it should probably still respond to the old name. So scripters beware. It's worth noting that both Contacts and Messages do respond to their old names if you search for them in Spotlight, though Calendar does not.]
The Click to Tweet button in Notification Center is just crying out for a way to activate it without taking your hands off your keyboard. Over at StackExchange, user Ewwis posted the following AppleScript. Save this and launch it with, say, LaunchBar or another launcher. It displays a dialog where you can post your tweet, then, when you click on OK, displays Notification Center and sends your tweet.
Choose number of days displayed in week view in Calendar
Aug 20, '12 07:30:00AM • Contributed by: Anonymous
In previous versions of OS X, you could access a secret Debug menu in iCal - now Calendar - offering many interesting options. Apple removed any way to activate this menu in Mountain Lion, but you can still access some options. I like to have two weeks displayed in week view in Calendar. To do so, quit Calendar and open Terminal, then type:
defaults write com.apple.iCal CalUIDebugDefaultDaysInWeekView XXreplacing XX with the number of days in the week. You can even use very large values, such as 90, to display 3 months in a week view, though each day will be very small.
To go back with the 7-days-a-week view, simply type:
defaults write com.apple.iCal CalUIDebugDefaultDaysInWeekView 7and relaunch Calendar.
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