Change the Default Play Button on a Mac to Support 3rd-Party Apps

Apple’s restrictions over defaults are typically a good thing. They help prevent users from accidentally being misled by something malicious or an attack. However, when someone wants to intentionally change the default to something, say, the default music player, Apple’s controls don’t make it very easy to do. I searched and searched for a way to easily allow the play button on my third-party keyboard (I use the Microsoft 4000 ergonomic keyboard) to control Amazon Prime Music. Or Spotify, but really just any music app that isn’t iTunes. I finally discovered Magic Keys which did the trick. Well, mostly does …

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Free up some storage on your Mac with Monolingual

Getting close to running out of space on your mac? Chances are there are lots and lots of language files cluttering up your computer and using up valuable storage space. Side stage left, enter Monolingual. This nifty (and FREE) app scours through your computer to remove any language files you don’t want. By default, it selects all except English. You can obviously uncheck any that you want to keep, but this nifty little app does a great job to clean up un-wanted and never-to-be-used language files. Enjoy!

How to setup an SSH tunnel to browse the web securely

I often have the need to encrypt my traffic when using a public Internet wifi, like at a university or a coffee shop. After scouring the web, I tried a few different tunnels, but this one really worked. This tutorial is aimed at people using OS X on a Mac, but could easily work for any other operating system. ssh -D 8080 -f -C -q -N username@serverIP If you have a non-standard SSH port, just add -p to the end of the command. First, I setup this command as a /usr/bin command so I don’t have to remember it. sudo …

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