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jimmylvo at 2014/10/28  21:40:00  

With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced widgets for Notification Center. And what a fantastic idea. It basically kills the dashboard, which was pretty much useless. Personally, before Yosemite, I was using the dashboard only to track packages via Deliveries. But now, Deliveries is available on the Mac App Store and guess what? It comes with a widget.

Now all you have to do is wait for developers to update their apps to include widgets or wait for new apps to come out. One of the apps that takes advantage of Yosemite’s NC, is iStat Mini It costs $1.99 and everybody is going nuts over it. Personally, I think it’s just hype. Basically the app, it’s a stripped down version of iStat Menu and places a widget in NC that shows you CPU, memory, and disk usage. And that’s it.

Well how about doing that for free? May not be as pretty as iStat Mini but… basically you can create and add any widget you can think of in NC this way.

Jump over the break to check out how to do it…


First of all, if you don’t use dashboard ( don’t see why would you ) just disable it. To do that go to System Preferences > Mission Control and turn it off

Now let’s meet “Today Scripts” a nice little app created by 5HT-2a. So what exactly is Today Scripts? A widget that allows you to customize a list of shell scripts which run when you open Notification Center, then print out the result of the script, as well as an indication of success or failure.

Basically if you can use it in Terminal.app you can create a widget out of it.

Sounds fun? It is! The only problem with Today Scripts is that it is still in development. There are some bugs ( listed below ) and it’s not polished.

Let’s see how to use Today Scripts….

1. Download Today Scripts and place it somewhere on your Mac – for example /Applications/

2. Open the app ( nothing will happen ). NOTE: OS X might not let you open the app because it’s not from “a trusted source” In that case, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General  and follow the instructions below



3. Launch Notification Center, and at the bottom you will notice that it says “1 New”. Click on that

4. From the list of available widgets, drag-and-drop “Scripts” in the Notification Center

5. Now here’s where the fun begins. Adding widgets. I’ll use CPU Usage as an example. Next to “Scripts” click on the information icon


6. Adding the widget. All you have to do is give it a name ( CPU Usage ) and paste in the code ( in this case this script uses /bin/bash as its interpreter )

ps xro %cpu=,comm= | while read cpu comm; ((i++<5)); do echo $cpu% $(basename “$comm”); done

7. Click “Add Script”. And you’re done. Now how easy was that?


Other useful scripts that you can add:
Display the top five processes by RAM usage:

ps xmo rss=,pmem=,comm= | while read rss pmem comm; ((i++<5)); do echo “$[rss/1024]M ($pmem%) $(basename “$comm”)”; done

Temperature readings (requires Temperature Monitor 4.98)

/Applications/TemperatureMonitor.app/Contents/MacOS/tempmonitor -a -l -f | while read reading; do
set — $reading;


sensor=”$(echo “${sensor:0:32}” | tr ‘[:lower:]‘ ‘[:upper:]‘)”;
while ((i++ < short)); do sensor=”$sensor “; done;

echo “$sensor”$’ \e[35m'”${temperature}°F”$’\e[0m';


See the usage of all your storage volumes:

df -Hl | { read keys; keys=”${keys%% on}”; while read ${keys//%}; do echo “`basename “$Mounted”` – $Used/$Size ($Capacity)”; done }

Test if a server is online:

ping -c1 -t1 example.com > >(read; read stats; echo “$stats”) 2>&-;

Display your uptime:


Check your battery status:

pmset -g batt | { read; read n status; echo “$status”; }

Quote of the day

curl –silent www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html | egrep ‘(span class=\”bqQuoteLink\”)|(div class=\”bq-aut\”)’ | sed -n ‘1p; 2p; ‘ | sed -e ‘s/<[^>]*>//g’


Known Bugs

1. Cannot properly handle interactive programs. When specifying an interactive shell such as Bash, take care not leave the script box blank.
2/ For the same reason, cannot appropriately handle scripts which take an inordinate amount of time to complete. These issues will be fixed in the next release.

If you run into trouble, paste the following line into Terminal to reset the widget, then restart your computer:

rm -R ~/Library/{Group\ ,}Containers/org.samroth.*

Also keep an eye on this reddit thread to see when the app will be updated.

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jimmylvo at 2014/10/22  21:55:00  

When first released in 1984, the Apple Macintosh shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That’s an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million – an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display.

Check out the original Macintosh display overlaid on a promotional image that Apple has been using to showcase the massive size of the new iMac’s display. Click the image to view at 100%.

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jimmylvo at 2014/10/22  19:52:00  

For those of you that were waiting on an iOS 8+ jailbreak, the Pangu Team released it today. That’s good news, but it is only available for Windows and comes without Cydia. The tool was meant for developers, granting SSH access. Here’s the even better news. Saurik released an updated version of Cydia that can be installed manually after you jailbreak your iOS device.


You will need:

How to install .deb:

1. Use FileZilla to SSH into your device ( username: root , password: alpine )

2. Copy the deb file into /tmp/

3. via Terminal or equivalent sudo root@your-device-ip > alpine >  dpkg -i /tmp/cydia_1.1.13_iphoneos-arm

This is all great news but, we would advise you to wait. First of all most cydia packages will not work with iOS 8+. Second of all, Pangu will be update to include Cydia anyway.

But just rest assured that a full jailbreak is on its way…

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jimmylvo at 2014/10/21  21:59:00  


Right on schedule. Apple released today, as promised, iOS 8.1 – the first major update to iOS 8. The new update brings bug fixes, speed improvements, UI changes, enables continuity features ( text message forwarding and instant hotspot ), opens access to Apple’s iCloud Photo Library beta.


In iOS 8.1 Apple brings back Cameral Roll replacing the “Recently Added” photo album.

There is a new “Enable Dictation toggle” in Settings > General > Keyboards. This allows you to toggle dictation for the Apple keyboards that you have enabled in the Settings.

iCloud Photo Library can now be enabled as a beta in Settings > Photos & Camera. The services automatically uploads and stores all your photos and videos on iCloud allowing you to view and edit them on any device.

iOS 8.1 enables the Text Messages Forwarding feature ( SMS Relay ). The feature, once enabled on an iPhone and other drives signed into the same iMessage account, allows you to send and receive SMS text messages on any devices. Wait, what? That means that you can reply to a traditional SMS text messages from your Mac or iPad using your iPhone as a relay hub.

Instant Hotspot allows you to weather your iOS devices without having to manually enabled Personal Hotspot first.

Apple Pay has also been enabled in iOS 8.1 allowing iPhone and iPad users to pay through their credit cards that are configured with Apple Pay and Passbook. Pretty much if you’re not in the US, you don’t even have to care about this feature, because it won’t work for you.

iBooks has a new icon.

iOS 8.1 can be downloaded and installed via OTA or via iTunes.

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jimmylvo at 2014/10/16  22:05:00  

Yes, Apple’s got a new iPad: the Apple Air 2. The Cupertino boys announced this morning the new iPad with a video showing a pencil being laser shaved down almost in half an guess what? It still can hide the new iPad Air 2. Looking from the right angle of course. But all jokes aside, the new iPad is really thin at only 6.1mm. Phil Schiller told the attendees it’s the world’s thinnest tablet and it’s “18% thinner than the first iPad Air.

But is it just a thinner version of the iPad Air? No, Apple also updated the A8 processor and M8 coprocessor which is 12x more powerful than the original iPad. The iPad Air 2 also got a brand new rear camera, an 8MP iSight camera ( f/2.4 aperture ) that is able to shoot 1080p videos, burst mode, panoramic shots and auto HDR. The display is “a new Retina display”, comes with Touch ID and support for Apple Pay.

The iPad Air 2 also comes with an improved front facing camera, now knows as “FaceTime HD camera”, with an all-new sensor and larger f/2.2 aperture.

The iPad Air 2 has WiFi standards (802.11a/c) and MIMO. The screen remains the same size at 9.7-inches and has an”optically-bonded display” (the same tech used in Microsoft’s Surface) — this means there’s no gap between the screen and the body. It also reduces glare (there’s an anti-reflective coating).

The iPad Air 2 comes in three flavors: silver, space grey and gold. It also comes in three prices: 16GB ($499), 64GB ($599) and 128GB ($699) — add $130 to any of those models for LTE instead of WiFi-only. Pre-orders apparently go live tomorrow, and they’ll “begin shipping by the end of next week.”

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