Monthly Archives: November 2010

Quick Screenshot in OS X

A very quick screenshot is taken and saved to your Desktop by the following keyboard shortcut:


Sleep/Wake Events in OS X


In case you wish for certain events to take place on sleep or wake of you Mac, the software sleepwatcher is your friend. You can install it from Macports with the following line:

sudo port install sleepwatcher

To launch it on system startup, do this:

sudo port load sleepwatcher

If e.g. you want to show a login window on wakeup, create an executable file called ~/.sleep with the following contents:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/ -suspend

Update on 10/10/2015:
The latter doesn't work anymore. You'd need your own binary accessing the locking feature of Apple's Keychain. The source code is like this:

\#import <objc/runtime.h>
\#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

int main () {
    NSBundle *bundle = [NSBundle bundleWithPath:@"/Applications/Utilities/Keychain"];

    Class principalClass = [bundle principalClass];

    id instance = [[principalClass alloc] init];

    [instance performSelector:@selector(_lockScreenMenuHit:) withObject:nil];

    return 0;

Save this as =lockscreen-main.m= and compile it with

clang -framework Foundation lockscreen-main.m -o lockscreen

Disable Apple Ping

With iTunes 10 Apple introduced a new annoyance: Ping. It's a new music-centric social network, for which at least I don't have a use for. Therefore, the following line helped me disabling it:

defaults write hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE
defaults write disablePingSidebar 1