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    Feb 01, 2011
    Getting Ready to buy a new MBP 13"
    Hi all. I've been a tech for many years and the last 2-4 have been primarily in System administration (Specifically Unix/Linux). For the last three I've been patiently waiting for my Windows Laptop to die so I could replace it with a new Mac. I want it because I get the advantages of running a BSD based OS and I can still get support and quality software. One of the questions I had is are there any groups/communities of Mac "hackers" (I mean hackers in the traditional sense not the medias skewed definition). I don't relish the idea of everything being a complete black-box all the time (I know this is against the typical Mac philosophy). I want things to just work which is part of the reason I'm switching but when things do go south (e.g.) kernel panics etc I like to fix things myself. Input?

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    EvenStranger's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 09, 2010
    Currently 13" Late 2010 MBA, 4GB/128GB; Early 2011 13" MBP, dual core i7 2.7ghz, 4gb ram, 500gb hd
    Probably my favorite site for "hacks" or little known features is MacOSXHints. Otherwise, I'd hop on Sourceforge and check out the Fink project, lots of commonly used *nix utilities that can be compiled and run on the Mac. The nice thing about the Fink project is that everything is installed in a /sw directory, and the /sw is added to your path, so you can type in the commands simply, but if you ever want to remove it all, just delete one directory.

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    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2011
    Thanks much!

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    IvanLasston's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 26, 2010
    Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
    1.8 GHz i7 MBA 11" OSX 10.8.2
    Community type stuff
    I like Fink as mentioned
    Fink - Home

    But I've been using Macports for FOSS of late.
    The MacPorts Project -- Home

    I like iclarified for tutorials (includling jailbreaking)
    iClarified - Tutorials

    Programming help
    Cocoa Dev Central
    Mac OS X Reference Library

    Some useful stuff
    For trackpad/magic mouse additions I like better touch tool.
    Great Tools For Your Mac By Andreas Hegenberg BetterTouchTool, BetterSnapTool & SecondBar

    getting to a shell easier
    Download ShellHere 1.0.5 Free - Open a new Terminal window from Finder - Softpedia

    hack your desktop with geektool
    15 GeekTool desktop inspirations for the weekend

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