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Change the horrid blue Exposé outer-glow

If you don't the default blue outer-glow in Exposé you can easily hack to make it look more appealing.

Go to the folder System/Libary/CoreServices. Locate the Dock application. Ctrl-Click it and select Show Package Contents. Within that navigate to the Contents/Resources folder. Here you will find two png files: expose-window-selection-small.png and expose-window-selection-big.png You can overwrite these to create a new look.

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Filtering your Spotlight search with keywords

There are situations when you have too many results in your Spotlight search. You can filter them to exactly what you need by using one of these search expressions:

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Google Browser Size

Sorry to pitch another Google service, but this is a really useful tool. :) Google Browser Size shows you how much of your website people see without scrolling. This can be important to make sure important elements of your site, like navigation are visible to as many people as possible. Also it gives you a good idea about the number of people who will see your extra wide website layout in its entirety.

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Speed up your browsing by using Google's Public DNS

google dns on MacBy default most of us use our ISP's DNS to resolve web addresses into IP numbers. Google came up with a Public DNS system, which is is supposedly faster (and perhaps safer) than using the ISP's DNS. If you want to test it on your Mac it's really easy to set it up.

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1598 pencils

Professional Sharpening in Photoshop

Adapted from Photoshop CS4 After the Shoot (Wiley Publishing)
By Mark Fitzgerald
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS4

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Create designs with Context Free

Context Free is an application that creates geometric shapes using a programming language.

All the images created are vector images that can be exported as SVG. You can open the files in Illustrator or Photoshop and further modify them to include in your designs.

Typical uses would be patterns for backgrounds and geometric shapes for logos.

Here are few examples created with this application:

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Reveal Image Detail with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments in Photoshop

Adapted from Photoshop CS4 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book (Sybex)
By Ellen Anon and Josh Anon
Dateline: September 24, 2009
Version: Adobe Photoshop CS4

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Put your display to sleep at an instant

There are several reasons to put your display to sleep whenever possible:

  • Saves your display
  • Saves electricity
  • Saves power in a laptop battery
  • Saves private info on screen from preying eyes
  • Saves the whales

To put the display to sleep at an instant just press:

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Save your System Profiler info

system profiler

If you want to help a friend to fix a Mac or want to buy a used Apple machine you will need detailed and extensive information about the computer. The easiest and fastest way to create a document that can be emailed is to export a text document with all the details from System Profiler. Here are detailed instructions:

  1. Open Applications/Utilities/System Profiler application


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