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Changing Icons in Mac OS X

September 28th, 2012
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One of the distinctive features of the Mac OS X is its simple interface. Users are able to interact with the system in a consistent way. However, one of the things that users may want to customize is how icons look like.

The standard icon set on Mac OS X is attractive, but we may want to diversify its looks by changing some of the icons. Unlike other environments, however, it is very easy to change the icons in Mac OS X.

The only thing you need to do is finding a set of icons and copy and past the icons in the location where the applications or folders are. Follow the single steps bellow:

(1) open the folder where the new icon is and click the icon to select it.
(2) Type Command-I to display the Info window.
(3) Select the icon on the top left of the Info window. Copy with Command-C.
(4) Select the Application or folder you want to change and select it.
(5) Type Command-I to display the Info window.
(6) Select the icon on the top left of the Info window. Paste with Command-P.

This will change the old icon to the new one. You may have to enter your password if the icon you want to change is restricted.

There are many places where you can find nice icons. Here is one of the sites you can use:

http://interfacelift.com/icons/downloads/date/any/index3.html

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Versions of Mac OS X

May 1st, 2009
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The MacOS X is the operating system used in all modern Macs. It was developed by Apple to respond to the growing gap between the capabilities of modern operating systems and the existing Mac OS 9. Previous versions of Mac OS were all based on the code developed in the 80s, when the Macintosh platform was still based on early microchips.

Mac OS X came as an evolution of a previous operating system, the NextStep. NextStep was created by a company founded by Steve Jobs, and its goal was to bring the power of UNIX systems to the desktop. Although the company succeeded in creating a new operating system, it failed commercially and was later sold to Apple.

Merging UNIX and Mac OS

After the return of Steve Jobs to the board of Apple, the Operating System used on the Next machines was modified to run the Macintosh software. It was really a difficult process where two separate traditions of software making, namely UNIX and Mac OS, had to converge in order to create something bigger.

The result of the merge between NextStep and MacOS was an operating system that had a proven design and a user friendly user interface. The Mac OS X was initially released as an optional operating system, while Mac OS 9 was still the official version.

Later on, Mac OS X was sold as the sole operating system, although Mac OS 9 was maintained for compatibility reasons. Even as late as 2005 I had the chance to run quite a few programs using the Mac OS 9 emulator in a PowerPC box.

The versions of Mac OS X are named after felines. The names of big cats used up to now are: Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, and Leopard. All thes versions introduced new features and enhancements, but the basic operating system, based on UNIX, has remained the same with only improvements and additions.

Conclusion

Mac OS X is the result of several iterations of software development. It follows the traditions of UNIX (through the NextStep operating system) and Mac OS, the original system used by the Macs. Mac OS X is rapidly evolving and new releases are frequently released by Apple. Nowadays, Mac OS X is used not only in desktops, but is also the operating system used in portable devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Making you old mac run a little faster

December 11th, 2007
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Macs are fantastic machines, but sometimes they also have their performance problems. I have my Mac running well for years, day and night, and it has been pretty capable to handle the load.

There are times, however, when you want to improve the performance of you system. If that is the case, it is interesting to check possible areas where you could get extra performance of your old Mac box.

I have a handy list of things to look for in my Mac from time to time. I run through this list to make sure that I get the best performance of my machine, and that Mac OS X keeps running fine. Here are some of my tips:

  • Take notice of the programs you are installing in the background. Mac OS X is highly reliable, but there are some programs that keep running in the background, and therefore take resources that should be made available to other programs. For example, I used to have small Java-based utilities installed. They can be very nice, but also take their toll from you processor. Nowadays, I prefer to remove any background program that is not doing anything used in my system.
  • Install latest updates. This is hard not to do, but am lazy enough to dismiss the Mac OS X update screen when it pops up. Of course, it will be there the next day, so it is better to do updates the first time they come.
  • Avoid multiple programs to do the same thing: I used to have multiple IM programs (now I mostly use Adium. Also, I used to have multiple browsers opened at the same time (Firefox, Safari, and Opera are my preferred). Now, I decided to use only Safari as my main browser. This both simplifies my life and uses less resources of my machine.

In summary, I am pretty happy with the speed and great performance of my Mac. However, I learned with time to make better use of the system resources, so I don’t have to wait more than I really want to. This way, I can also spend more time with the programs that I like, such as iTunes, iDVD

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New details on the iPhone appear on Apple webpage

June 21st, 2007
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Amid the large excitement about the launch of the iPhone next week, Apple is delievering a few more pieces of information on its web site.
The new information shows additional images of the cell phone, along with improved videos showing its functionality.
As was publicized yesterday, the iPhone will have direct access to iTube videos, which will make it even more attractive for web surfers that are used to view the newest videos on their computers.
There are still very few confirmed facts about the launch of the iPhone, except the release date. The media is busy trying to get additional information from Apple, and it will be interesting to watch what is gonna happen in the next few days.

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Youtube and iPhone: a great combination

June 20th, 2007
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The Youtube success has generated a lot of press in the last months. Nowadays, Youtube is a force in several areas of online collaboration, going from marketing campaigns to even politics.
Apple also wants to take part of the Youtube scene. First, they decided to integrate Youtube with the AppleTV, in a new try to conquer the living room.
The latest news on the attempt of integration with Youtube has been released this morning. Apple is saying that they will integrate Youtube with the iPhone.
This shows at least two things
Apple is in great relationship with Google. And this looks great for both companies, since they have offers that complement each other (despite the small areas in which they have overlapping strategies)
The Youtube phenomenon can probably move to the mobile phone, where it can get even more viral. The iPhone can well be the platform that will allow even more widespread distribution of small videos created by the Youtube users.
So this seems great for everyone involved, and probably users and investors will take notice.

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