Hacking Mac OS X Tiger: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations (ExtremeTech)

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This serious, but fun, down-and-dirty book will let you make Tiger purr, ensuring that your Mac?s appearance, speed, usability, and security settings are what you want. Author Scott Knaster:

  • Shows you how to speed it up, lock it down, or pull back the curtains.
  • Dives into default system settings, unlocks hidden gems, and includes original Mac OS X programs with full source listings and explanations.
  • Shows heavyweight hackers the tricks and modes of OS X booting, tweaks for login screens, and how to customize or even kill the Dock.
  • Offers the inside scoop on Dashboard and Spotlight, including two sample widgets and one Spotlight importer, all with fully annotated source listings.
  • Demonstrates how to install and use Unix and X11 applications, take advantage of command line tools, and create system services and active Dock badges.

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Hack your perfect Mac

Got a little maverick in you? Sure you do. That's why you chose a Mac in the first place. And now there's OS X Tiger, just begging you to get in there and create your dream machine. Here are serious hacks you won't find anywhere else—ways to change the boot screen, unlock hidden Finder settings, enhance speed and performance, and really customize your Mac. Make your backups and start making tracks!

There's something for everyone—basic user, advanced tinkerer, or serious programmer

Part I—Tips

  • Clone dashboard widgets
  • Dicker with the Dock
  • Outsmart iTunes playlists

Part II—Mods

  • Tweak application bundles
  • Create Automator workflows
  • Customize iChat

Part III—Hacks

  • Badger your Dock
  • Build a widget
  • Go commando

About the Author:

Scott Knaster is a legendary Mac hacker and coauthor of Mac Toys, also published by Wiley. His book How To Write Macintosh Software was required reading for Mac programmers for more than a decade. After Macs, Scott's next great love is Mad magazine.

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