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My favorite thing in the world today is this command:
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE
This simple little command turns this:

into this:

After learning this, I finally stopped swearing at the gods of bad design decisions and proceeded to happily download papers and save them to where I wanted in a single step, just as nature intended.

While I'm at it, here some of my other favorite OS X modifications. Most of them are just little settings tweaks:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
# Show hidden files
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
# Screenshots to PNG
defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse TRUE
# Sloppy Focus in Terminal
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool TRUE
# Show POSIX path in title
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean TRUE; killall Dock
# Make Leopard dock non-hideous.

I also found this one today that sets your screensaver as your background. I tried it out, but it doesn't work as well as I'd like. For one, the clock stays sticky over all your windows, and the transparent menuar shows your old desktop. Still, it was kind of cute.:
Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &
I suppose I should get back to real work now.

Current Location: SSRC Lab
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I used to rock the background screensaver with my translucent terminals. Eyecandy FTW. Re: useful one-liner prefs changes: I'm too lazy to search for it, but there's something you can write to the NVRAM to make it show console output while it's booting, which has saved my bacon on at least one occasion.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Are you referring to nvram boot-args="-v"?

Hooray for turning Macs into BSD machines ;)
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Supposedly, there are no settings in OSX that can't be manipulated from the command prompt. None.

I don't guarantee that that's true, but I was told this.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Where do I find these? My mom would love to be able to sort her save-as dialog by file type and have folders sort separate from files.
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Date:April 23rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
This is a good place to start: http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/UserDefaults/UserDefaults.html

Also, there are a few useful lists of 'mac os x hacks' out there like this one: http://www.ss64.com/osx/defaults.html

For sorting folders seperate from files, all I can quickly find is this hack: http://fahmiesalleh.blogspot.com/2008/04/mac-os-x-finder-sort-folder-before-file.html

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Date:April 27th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
If you want a quick and dirty list, try: http://secrets.blacktree.com/
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