Category: OS X

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: What Has Changed?

by saurav August 13, 2012

We are almost three weeks into the era of Mountain Lion, so it is a good time to talk about the new cat and what changes it has brought about for us. Which of the 200+ features that Apple talked about are actually useful? What has been made easier? Or which software no longer works? […]

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Mac Care and Maintenence [Wiki]

by Kelle May 30, 2012

In the spirit of the end of the semester, spring cleaning, and the beginning of summer: Why is it that our computers get so slow and clunky after only a year or so of use?  I’ve made new Mac Care and Maintenance wiki page to compile resources to help prevent and alleviate this seemingly ubiquitous […]

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What Operating Systems Do AstroBetter Readers Use?

by Jane December 28, 2011

Following our post on how Hubble users’ operating system choices have evolved with time… Here’s a summary of the operating systems used to access AstroBetter since May 2011: Grabbed from Google Analytics. Our readers are considerably Mackier and less Linuxy than I would have thought. Comments? And Kelle points out the small-but-growing fraction of y’all that […]

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What operating systems do astronomers use?

by Jane December 20, 2011

Previously on AstroBetter, we’ve discussed what operating systems are used in our profession, in particular relative numbers of OS X (Mac) versus Linux users. While it’s good for us at AstroBetter to know our readership, we can use Google Analytics for that. It’s more important for the astronomical community to know the broader landscape, so […]

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OS X Lion Install

by Jessica Lu July 26, 2011

Mac OS X Lion has been released and can be downloaded and installed on existing Snow Leopard machines. I have a Mac laptop for communication, travel, etc. and a Mac desktop which is my primary data reduction/analysis machine. I have chosen to upgrade my laptop immediately and test some of the software I use everyday […]

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How to delete entire words and lines in OS X

by Kelle May 24, 2011

I’m a big keyboard shortcut kinda gal. In both X11 and Aqua apps like Mailplane, TextMate, and Firefox, I regularly use: ctrl-k to “kill” an entire line ctrl-y to “yank” it back ctrl-a to move to the beginning of a line ctrl-e to move to the end of a line. I’ve been in the market […]

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iTerm2: The successor to the terminal on OSX

by Eli April 27, 2011

In the Linux environment we have the terminal program that comes packed with loads of features. For example, if you were in /home/name/to/directory and created a tab, that new tab would be in the same directory. Most Linux users would say “so what?” OSX’s terminal does not have that capability and can be quite tedious […]

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What Changes with XCode 4 Not Being Free Anymore?

by saurav March 10, 2011

Marcos talked about the Mac App Store and the advantages it brings to Mac users.  While I was (and am) excited about the App Store and the numerous applications I now have easy access to, my one big fear is coming true: previously-free applications now need to be paid for. With the App Store handling […]

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OS 10.7 (Lion) Will Bring Version Control, Application Resume, and More

by saurav February 25, 2011

Apple just seeded the developer’s preview for Mac OS 10.7 Lion and released more details about what Lion is going to bring. As OS 10.6 Snow Leopard was more of a cosmetic improvement, it has been a while since we got a “new” OS. Here are five reasons why I am really excited about OS […]

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An easy way to encrypt sensitive folders

by Jane February 22, 2011

Many of our laptops containing sensitive information — proprietary proposals, student grades, a secret plan to take over the world through speckle interferometry.  We all know the security risk of stolen laptops and thumb drives.  But many of us don’t want to encrypt our entire home directory. Here’s an easy way to encrypt just the […]

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