Tag Archive for ‘macOS’

Folderify, Generate Pixel-Perfect macOS Folder Icons in the Native Style ➝

You install it using Homebrew, point Folderify at an image file using a simple Terminal command, and it spits out a macOS-style folder icon with that image on it.

I can’t believe I didn’t know this existed.

➝ Source: github.com

Ive Drives, Vol. 3 ➝

Louie Mantia:

It’s been 15 years since the original and 12 years since the sequelVolume 3 contains a staggering 125 hard drive icons, comprising of 25 metal colors (most—if not all—of Apple’s modern product colors), with 5 varieties of each.

I’ll be using these to replace the icons I’m using for the drives connected to my home server.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

➝ Source: lmnt.me

Apple Is Destroying the Mac by Trying to Make It Safer ➝

Joe Rosensteel:

I was warned that the application was downloaded from the internet (I downloaded) and asked “Are you sure you want to open it?” because I had double-clicked on it to open it. Both of those things were definitely true, so what does the little gray text mean? Oh, it wants to tell me the time it was downloaded by Safari, which I guess I could put in my personal journal, but most importantly that Apple checked it for malicious software and none was detected.

Are you sure you wanted to do the thing that you told the computer to do even though it’s safe?!

macOS feels more restrictive and more annoying to use with each release. Despite having the best hardware in the industry, the operating system is starting to push me toward alternatives.

Outside of my day job, I spend more time in Linux than I do in macOS. And that’s a radical change that occurred just within the past year.

➝ Source: joe-steel.com

Apple Services Except iCloud to Stop Working on Some Older Software Versions ➝

I wonder if this will mean I’ll no longer be able to download content from iTunes on my old Mac Mini running Sierra. Which is currently the easiest way to legally obtain movies and TV shows for my Plex library after running it through some DRM-removal software.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

TopNotch for macOS ➝

It’s from the makers of CleanShot and simply turns your menubar black to hide the notch on your MacBook. I had been using Boring Old Menu Bar for this, but TopNotch is free and the menu bar icon doesn’t just randomly disappear on me like Boring Old Menu bar’s did.

(Via Chai.)

➝ Source: topnotch.app

Boot Camp’s Influence on Buying Decisions ➝

Matt Birchler, on the idea of no longer recommending Macs because you can’t install Windows on Apple Silicon:

Ah yes, the large group of people who buy a Mac, decide they don’t actually like macOS, and then install Windows instead of getting a new laptop. There are literally dozens of them!

I don’t think it’s particularly common for people to actually buy a Mac, decide they dislike macOS, and then install Windows. But I never would have purchased my first Mac in 2006 if that wasn’t possible. In the sixteen years since then, I’ve never installed Windows using Boot Camp, but I think it’s silly to dismiss the notion entirely.

Imagine you’re someone who has been using Windows for your entire life. Aside from your smartphone and maybe a tablet, it’s the only operating system you’ve ever used. Now imagine giving that person two options — a Mac that uses an Intel chip and a Mac that uses Apple Silicon. Even with the increased performance of Apple Silicon, I’m sure there are plenty of people that would be hesitant to choose that model simply because there’s no option to go back to Windows if they find themselves disliking macOS.

Again, I’m sure it’s incredibly rare for that to actually happen, but when it comes to purchasing decisions, I can completely see that being a factor because I’ve experienced it personally.

On a related note, some of you may remember that I upgraded my home server last year — opting for a 2018 Intel-based Mac Mini rather than an M1 Mac Mini. There were a number of reasons I made that decision, but among them was the reassurance that I’ll be able to use the Mac Mini for many years to come — even if Apple drops support for it, I know I’ll be able to install Linux. If I got an M1 Mac Mini though, the jury’s still out as to whether Linux will ever fully support the hardware.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

The Linux Desktop Is Hard to Love ➝

Bradley Taunt:

I want to love the “Linux Desktop”. I really do. But I’ve come to the realization that what I love is the idea of the Linux Desktop. The community. The security and core focus on open source. The customizable environments. Tweaking as much or as little of the operating system as I please!

I just can’t stick with it. I always end up back on macOS. And I’m starting to understand why.

I spent a lot of time nodding while reading this one. Desktop Linux is great and I use it regularly, but macOS is where I feel most comfortable.

➝ Source: tdarb.org

On macOS 13 Ventura Compatibility ➝

Karen Haslam, writing for MacWorld:

There will no doubt be a few Mac users who are disappointed by that list. Many of the Macs that are not supported by Ventura were still being sold by Apple until quite recently. The 2014 Mac mini was sold until 2018, the ‘trash can’ Mac Pro until 2019, and the 2017 MacBook Air was sold until July 2019. We had thought that Apple wouldn’t remove those Macs from the supported list, since people might have purchased the model such a short time ago.

Bear in mind, however, that these ‘unlucky’ Macs can stay on (or upgrade to) macOS Monterey, and will still be officially supported by Apple for at least two more years. They might not be able to use the latest features, but they’ll keep getting security patches and other ongoing support.

I don’t own any Macs that Apple is dropping support for in this round, but this is still a disappointment. Not being able to update to the latest operating system after, in some cases, just a few years of ownership is lame. Apple should be better than this.

(Via Rob Fahrni.)

➝ Source: macworld.com