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Show username/password fields when “Other…” user doesn’t show on login window

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Ever tried to log into a Mac and the login window only shows a list of users and not the “Other…” option to switch to the username/password fields?  You know the username and password of a user that can log in (via bound directory services or something) but can ‘t get to the field to enter them?

Here’s how:

  1. Press an arrow key to move the selection rectangle around a user that shows.
  2. Press Option(Alt)+Return.
  3. Username/password fields will magically appear.


Categories: Apple, Mac OS X

Symbolic Link Service

August 5, 2010 3 comments

Script CreamAutomator sorts services.

One of the things that makes me have to fire up the Terminal for in Mac OS X is to create symbolic links. In Snow Leopard though, it is possible to use Automator to create a Service so I can create the links using a contextual menu in the Finder.

Feel free to download the Automator service here.  Once downloaded, open it in Automator, then “Save as” to save it in your Services folder (which is in your home folder Library/Services).

Kicker bundle removed in Leopard

October 30, 2009 1 comment

AppleEasy system notification gets kicked

Whilst researching a possible notification system for Eject Disks to intercept and replace system eject actions it turns out that the general system events notification system Kicker.bundle was removed from Leopard! A replacement system called crankd is being developed, but frankly due to the complete lack of documentation I gave up!

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October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

AppleI’ll come back later then shall I?


I was hoping to do a search now-ish, not in two hundred and thirty-two years.  Actually, I think I’d like a new computer before then too!

Categories: Mac OS X, Thoughts

Snow Leopard guts

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

AppleSnow Leopard’s internal bits and bobs

Another release of Mac OS X, another excellent, in-depth review by John Siracusa over at Ars Technica.  I got hooked on his reviews after I stumbled on the review of Tiger, and all the under-the-hood goodies he reveals.

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Eject Disks in Snow Leopard

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Apple LogoQuit that application fool!

It seems that Apple are taking notice of utilities like Eject Disks and building notice of what is preventing a disk being ejected into Snow Leopard (see Eject icon More Reliable Disk Eject at the bottom of the Snow Leopard refinements page).

As a result I will probably not be updating Eject Disks with feature updates once Snow Leopard is released, although bug fixes will still be released of course.

Update: I will most probably be investigating tying Eject Disks in with the system eject function using kicker.xml and configd, so development may continue of Leopard to try and make it similar to Snow Leopard.

Mac OS X Uninstaller

October 30, 2007 Leave a comment

Having just read John Siracusa’s excellent (as always) review of Leopard, I got thinking about one gaping hole in Mac OS X. An uninstall application/framework.

Apple’s Installer application and underlying framework is right up there, it’s easy to use, easy to create installer packages (and metapackages) for, easy to use and parse via the command line. But where is it’s uninstalling counterpart?

Apple have always emphasized single shot uninstallations, as in, you delete the .app package for an application and it’s done. Simple. Unfortunately applications are not just the contents of the .app package. They create preferences files in the Users or System Library folders, amongst other things. Especially with the new application signing feature of Leopard, would it be that hard for Apple to keep track of files created by a specific application using the fsevents framework that keeps track of all filesystem changes (as leveraged by Spotlight and Time Machine). Then when an applications is deleted, the system could offer to clean up other files that had been created by the application.

Of course, this could probably be accomplished without either application signing or fsevents as long as applications stick to naming conventions so associated files can be found. But using these advanced frameworks could lead to a scenario where you delete an application, and Mac OS X pops up and asks you if you’d like to remove preferences files, widgets, preference panes and even documents created with the application!