OSX, Software

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac.

EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output. EtreCheck does not need super-user privileges to run. It will also never ask for your password. It is signed with my Developer ID issued by Apple so it can be installed on systems protected by Apple’s Gatekeeper system.

EtreCheck version 2.1.2 (105)

Discovered by chance thanks to Tevac’s forum user Tsem, EtreCheck is the newest tool in my arsenal of resident sysadmin… check it out!

Where is your Dock


Pin your OS X Dock to the bottom right

… wherever you like! Shawn Blanc blogged on his own preferred place over the desktop to place the Dock, bottom right.

Personally I’m not sold on this, since I use my 2010’s hi-res MacBook Pro only in two ways: stand alone or in clamshell mode with a Dell U2713HM display. And in both I prefer my Dock to be placed on the left of the screen, with the auto-hide option enabled. So – as ever – YMMV


Kitabu, a free Mac OS X epub reader

OSX, Software

via → Kitabu on Sourceforge

It’s main features are:

  • Library management
  • Table of Contents
  • Additional options: Text Size, Color
  • Reader can choose how many columns they want in a book
  • Mouse & Trackpad gestures support
  • Multiselection in Library view
  • E-book library in two views
  • Book pane selection. Book can be displayed in one, two or three panes
  • Font and background selection
  • Plays audio & video
  • Fixed Layout
  • QuickLook plugin that previews ePub file metadata directly from the Finder

handyPrint v5 – share your Mac’s printers with your iDevices

OSX, Software

After fifteen years on the web I’m still very attached to the use of mailing list as a source of information and problem solving inspiration for specific topics. From a specific distro-oriented Linux mailing list to motorcycles ones. I follow a bunch of Apple products’ related mailing lists that – even if with a lower traffic than in the past – are always capable of making me discover new, interesting and extremely competent people, or some nifty tools like the one I’m going to show in this post: handyPrint.

handyPrint v5 is a 64 bit Mac OSX application that allow you to print from your iPods, iPads and iPhones on printers that do not support the AirPrint protocol.

This application is released as donationware, with a minimum of 5$. By the way the number and the kind of functionalities offered by the Pro version (which is enabled via a code that’s emailed to you after the donation) are significant only if your workflow is extremely automated. In all the other, more mundane, situations the basic version will be more than enough.

You can download handyPrint on its developer website: → Netputing | handyPrint v5.0.7.

P.S. = keep an eye wide open over the website banners. On my machine I see signs of Genieo