Improve your posture with Nekoze

Everyday, many of us spend hours sitting on a chair staring at a screen, be it at work or at home. The average Briton now spends more than 20 hours a day sitting down. In fact, spending more than 6 hours a day sitting can increase your risk of heart attack by more than 50%.

Now I could list a bunch of statistics from surveys and experiments that may or may not be soundly executed, or scare you with how bad sitting posture can misallign bones and cause serious muscle ache, but I’m not going to do that. Why? Because I’m not a f*cking doctor and don’t know enough about the subject to question those claims, that’s why (and for those who do know what about the topic, please share your insights in the comments).

Regardless, evidence for good posture leading to a healthier lifestyle does exist, so for those of you who want to better themselves, you should get ergonomic chairs, or a standing desk perhaps. If you can’t afford that, you may as well give Nekoze a shot (it’s free!).

Nekoze

Nekoze is a lightweight menubar item of a f*cking cat, which may suck if you hate cats. Otherwise, you’re in luck, because you now have a cat that will piss you off everytime you f*ck up and start slouching, which is good.

By identifying a straight posture when setting up, Nekoze uses your webcam to monitor your posture. If you start to slouch, it will meow at you. What a nightmare. You want this cat to stop meowing at you, right? So sit the f*ck up and it will. What a great cat. Keep on slouching, and it will show an on-screen alert of it being pissed off at you.

Now for those of you who are thinking, this is bullsh*t, I don’t want a cat telling me what to do – too bad, suck it up, it’s for your own good. If you insist on being a wimp about it, you can adjust the settings of how harsh it is on you, and how often it gets pissy.

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You can also disable the sound if you have coworkers frowning at you every time your computer meows. Not such a bad cat after all.

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Download Nekoze for free here.

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Remove Dock Delay

For those of you with the auto-hide feature enabled for their dock, here’s a tip found via AddictiveTips, that allows you to remove the delay time.

Just copy this code into terminal and hit enter

defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0

killall Dock

and there you have it, 0 delay time for dock pop-up when you mouse over at the bottom of your screen!

To revert back to the previous setting, just enter this code into terminal and hit enter again

defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay

killall Dock

Desktop Notifications for Facebook

Desktop Notifications is an experimental tool built by a Facebook engineer. It provides a discrete menubar icon that turns blue when you have a new notification, and allows you to see your past notifications, inbox, as well as providing direct links to updating your status, and reaching your news feed and profile.

The application integrates with Growl, allowing small notification bubbles to pop up when activity you’ve chosen to be notified for has occurred on your Facebook. Clean and lightweight, this application is handy if you want to always know what’s going on with your Facebook, not so much if you can’t afford to waste time on social networking.

Download Desktop Notifications here.

How To: Survive Using Your Keyboard Only

How to survive using your keyboard only; here are some shortcuts.

Users with MacBooks need to include the function (fn) key in commands involving F#-keys.

ctrl + F2

opens access to your menu bar, which is navigated with arrows, enter, or letters (for a shortcut, type the first letter of the menu item you want to access.

ctrl + F3

opens up access to your dock, which can be navigated in the same way as the menu bar.

NOTE: If those actions are not working, then press

ctrl + F1

to activate/deactivate the commands.

Don’t forget the simple shortcuts too, like

Command + Shift + A

which opens your applications folder (only works when on Finder; Safari for instance, gives you autofill preferences…)

Other shortcuts you must know are:

Empty trash: Command + Shift + Delete
Quit application: Command + Q
Close current window: Command + W

UPDATE: oli4 reminded me with his comment; to see a directory of shortcuts, go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts

UPDATE #2: Learned a new shortcut! When on Safari, select a word and press

ctrl + Command + D

and you will get a quick definition show up as a tool tip window.

Feel free to share your tips and shortcuts in the comments below!

Or you can just forget about memorizing altogether.

How to: Restore windows and tabs on Safari

One of the great things about other web browsers, such as Firefox and Camino, is that they have many functions that Safari does not have. I’m sorry, I meant, did not have. With Safari 3, many new functions have been introduced, one of which is provided by browsers like the previously mentioned.

All performance enhancements aside, one of the key new features implemented in Safari 3 is restoring one’s last workplace. All you need to do is go to the history tab in the menu bar, and click on Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

Simple as that! The nice thing about it, you don’t always have a window popping up to ask you if you want to restore or not, like Camino, instead, you just use that menu tool when you need it.

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted – So, another How to!

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive

You will need:
-iPod
-iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPod to your Mac.

Step 2: Open up iTunes and click on your iPod. Tick the ‘enable hard drive’ box.

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Step 3: You’re done! Now you can drag anything to your iPod! Applications, files, anything! You can also do what I do, which is back up my computer to my iPod.

It’s very easy to back up all of your stuff onto the iPod, but many people waste away memory by copying all their music, videos and photos to their iPod, AGAIN! No reason to, people! First off, it’s already possible to retrieve your photos, there’s a folder named photos when you open up your iPod (assuming you are using a video/photo enabled iPod).

So now how do you retrieve music and videos? Considering these two are probably going to take the most space, we certainly don’t want to simply copy everything to a folder in your iPod. So use a program, like iPodDisk and you might want to read my post on how to do it.

For the rest of your applications and files which you want to back up, simply create a folder in your iPod (which should show up on your desktop) and drag and drop everything there. Voila!

How To: Change Icons – The easy way!

My How To: Change Icons guide is perhaps one of my most popular posts I’ve ever made. It shows you how to change icons manually. However, lots of people complained about how it was time consuming to change all of your icons, and people were getting pissy about how the only application which does it for you automatically is CandyBar, which you must buy.

While CandyBar is an excellent application, I have bumped into the freeware, almost equivalent version of CandyBar! Allow me to present to you LiteIcon! Almost has all the features CandyBar does. However, one fairly big thing which it lacks is the ability to change application icons (but you can go ahead and do that manually).

Get LiteIcon here.
Check out CandyBar
Check out the How To: Change Icons guide

How To: Personalize your Mac, Make it different, unique!

Today, you are going to learn how to make your Mac different, how to make it stand out, and give it a lil’ something that makes it you!

You want your Mac to be different from others, make it so that it catches other people’s eyes! With three simple steps, you can do just that!

1. Get Uno. Tired of the brushed metal look? Perhaps you want a cleaner, lighter interface? Well Uno is just the thing for you. This powerful interface tool allows you various options for changing brushed metal looks in exchange for different unified skins. Trust me, you want this.

2. Remove that butt-ugly dull gray piece of crap background of your dock. Get a nice, clear, and transparent dock instead! With ClearDock, you can also customize various dock factors, such as the arrows pointing to open applications! Here’s my dock :D

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3. Notice that my Finder icon was totally pimped out? Or that my trashcan was bleeding? This brings me to my next point: Icons. The best way to make your Mac unique is with icons. CandyBar is an application (demo) which allows you to easily change your Mac’s icons. However, for those who don’t want to pay for an application, you can change icons manually, just by reading my post on How To: Change Icons. You can change almost all your icons manually, however there are few icons such as the finder icon, or trashcan icon which can’t be changed manually.

Links:

Get Uno.
Get Clear Dock.
Get CandyBar.
Got to How To: Change Icons
Get the Monoliff icon set. <—-Really nifty icon set.

NEW VID! Many thanks to Travis Tucker!

How To: Change Icons

Surprisingly, lots of people don’t know how to change the icons of folders and documents, so I’ve decided to post a lil’ How To on changing icons :D

While there are various methods of doing so, I’ll be explaining changing the icon of an item by downloading folders with the icon attatched (so its actually a folder which your are downloading, not a .icon file.)

Step 1: Go and download some icon folders! Suggested place are at InterFACELIFT and http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/. One of my favorite icon sets is Monoliff from the Panic Blog.

Step 2: Take the folder or file that you want to change its icon, and click ‘Get Info’

Step 3: Then take the folder with the icon that you want to replace the original with, and also click ‘Get Info’.

Step 4: Select the icon you want to replace the original with, it should be highlighted blue when u click on it. Copy it, and then click on the icon that will be replaced (again, it should be highlighted blue) and then, paste it. Viola, complete!

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NOTE: Sorry, the image got cut off and I was too lazy to fix it. It says “Notice it’s highlighted.”

Now that wasn’t too hard was it? If you’re still having problems, leave a comment and I’ll try and clarify things.

UPDATE! Looks like there’s an easier way to change icons

You also might want to check out another how-to!
And check out the latest app review over here!

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