Add Show / Hide Hidden Files Menu in OS X

Finder View of Hidden Files

If you’re like me you work with those (dot) folders and files quite often, but don’t really enjoy the clutter. Plus, you’re probably going to mess with them in Terminal most of the time.

We can use Automator (an app build into your Mac) to create a new Service and add Run Shell Script with the following code (make sure and save it) that will add a Menu item to the application’s menu (right next to the Apple logo). Just navigate to Services sub-menu.

Automator Setup

Where it's located when you save...

You can also add a quick Keyboard Shortcut to it by going to your Keyboard Preferences > Shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcut

How to Open iTerm/Terminal in Finder’s Current Folder (Mavericks)

How to open a folder in iTerm

It’s pretty simple, right? This works for most things by the way, I use this to open a folder in Sublime Text as a project as well. It does require iTerm (replacement for default Terminal), and that, of course, it be in your dock.

I took a bite…

Apple Macbook Pro

Last week I broke a trend I never thought I would break. I had been using Ubuntu on my trusty HP G42 laptop for almost three years…and then I got a Mac. Last weekend was full of adventures trying to find a new laptop (was looking for an Ultrabook) for Ubuntu to live on. I bought and returned a Samsung Series 5 (I did know about the brick bug, but it was wireless that failed) and an Asus Vivobook S400 which also failed in the same area. I love Ubuntu, but I wanted a new laptop worse, one I could afford, and one I could get my hands on that weekend. I’m never too sure about ordering a laptop online. I have to meld with it, touch it, feel it. I had my mind on an Dell XPS 13″, but anything less than the developer edition wasn’t going to do.

After all my frustration with matching up hardware and software, I had my eyes on this Macbook Pro when I paid a visit to the local Apple Store. I had a desktop Mac once, and I always remember it being one of the most creative times of my life…and I bought it. I felt I would install Ubuntu on the hardware if I didn’t like using Mac OS X, but as of now I’m pretty happy with the old friend.

These are a few pluses I’ve found so far:

  • I could run the Canary version of Chrome
  • MacPorts has been sufficient enough to get open software to run on the Unix base
  • I’m back to XAMPP and I forgot how easy it was
  • Beautiful UI

But, other than that it’s basically been all about using OS X until I want to put Ubuntu on it, or need to, and so far I haven’t. But, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of just up and leaving the Linux/Ubuntu community.