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Mac Essentials : VirtualBox

VirtualBox
VirtualBox

VirtualBox, as the name suggests is a powerful virtualisation tool which in lay man’s term means installing the second OS within your existing OS. VirtualBox is a feature rich tool that can not only be used by  home users but can be easily and deployed in an enterprise setup. VirtualBox is very light in weight and is available for all platforms which include Mac, Windows, Linux and of course Solaris.

One would find it difficult to understand the reason why VirtualBox is included in the Mac Essentials list. The main reason on including VirtualBox in this list is because of the fact that many a times you come across an application that requires a specific OS to run it on. This is especially true and critical when this software is deployed by the company you are working for and wants you to use it to carry out certain tasks. On the other hand, if you are a developer, VirtualBox is a must have, purely for the reason that you can test your application that you’ve created on all OS on the same machine rather than owning one machine per OS. This makes life much easier for you to operate from any location of your choice instead of being confined to one location that has all facility.

VirtualBox is a Sun Microsystem product and that is why it is freely available as an open source software under the GNU General public license. You can install a large number of guest OS on VirtualBox on any of the platforms mentioned above. The guest OS include Windows (NT 4.0, XP, 2000, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS 3.x, Linux (2.4 & 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris,  OS/2 and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is constantly upgraded by the developers and there are new features that are constantly added to the software. VirtualBox does not support resource intensive 3D games yet, but for normal usage like office, internet etc it is more than sufficient. With recent upgrade of VirtualBox to 4.0 it has now included the support for modern operating systems (64 bit OS) which runs as smooth as it would on a dedicated hardware.

VirtualBox is available for free at link below

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VirtualBox on Mac

 

Set Scroll behaviour similar to Mac OS X Lion on Snow Leapord

Scroll Reverser for Snow Leapord
Scroll Reverser

If you are someone still on Snow Leapord who is pondering a move to Lion or someone who has more than one Mac and still have Snow Leapord running on some of your Macs then you may want to install this tool “Scroll Reverser” that will help you set scroll behaviour similar to that of Mac OS X Lion. This tool helps Snow Leapord users to start using and learning the new scroll behaviour and for people with Macs on different versions of Mac OS to unify the scroll behaviour across all Mac machines.

When you install and run Scroll Reverser it’ll add an additional item to your menu bar on the top which will allow you to choose the preferred scroll behaviour. Select “reverse scrolling” from the menu and you’re all done. This will also reverse the horizontal scroll to make it similar to that of Mac OS X Lion.

Having upgraded to Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) I realise that one of the biggest change that initially bothers you and takes some time to get used to is the reverse scroll behaviour that Apple has enabled as default in the new operating system. Like everything else, you get used to it after a couple of days of usage.

You can set scrolling gesture back to what it used to be in Snow Leapord through the preference menu. Personally, I recommend not to reverse the default that comes with Mac OS X Lion but to try and get used to the change. Though it takes some time to get used to, it probably would be worth in the long run. Apple is trying to unify the operating systems (iOS and Mac) and this change is a result of the unification. There is a strong probability that there would be only one OS running on both the desktops and tablets. Even if it doesn’t, Apple is trying to bring in a similar usage experience on both devices so that new users can easily adapt to the OS and easily switch between Apple devices owned by them. It is likely that future changes will be in line with new scroll behaviour and eventually one will have to adapt to the change. It is better to start now then to leave it for later.

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How to reverse default scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion

A lot of users seem to be annoyed by the scroll behaviour on Mac OS X Lion. There are complaints about it not being intuitive and difficult to adapt. The scroll behaviour in Mac OS X Lion which is termed by Apple as “natural scroll” can be easily reversed and set to what it was in Snow Leapord.

Follow steps below based on whether you have a Magic Mouse or a Magic Trackpad.

For Magic Mouse

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Mouse under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating”

 

For Magic Trackpad

1) Go to System Preference

2) Select Trackpad under Hardware in System Preference

3) Uncheck  “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement.” (in Old Macs)

OR

Under Scroll & Zoom;  Uncheck “Scroll direction: natural” (In New Macs)

 

 

Mac Essentials: NameChanger

NameChanger
NameChanger

NameChanger, as the name suggests is a simple to use tool to change names of multiple files at the same time. You must have come across many situations when you have a list of files on your Mac machine and wish that they were all named in a particualar format or that they all had the same name with a sequential numbering. NameChanger is a handy tool that helps you do exactly that.

It gives you different options by which you can change names of files. The interface is very simple to use. You can drag and drop files that you need to change names and watch the changes take place as you type them. It also contains Image browser for visual re-arrangement of photos, quicklook and an ability to save the rename for a later use.

It offers a variety of ways by which you can modify names which includes wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence, date, replace by occurrence etc. It is possible to write a script on Mac to be able to do the same thing for you. But como’n, how many of us can actually do that? and moreover, how many of us actually want to do it that way?

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