Google Contact Sync for Mac

Looks like Mac users who have the latest OS X 10.5.3 update and either an iPhone or iPod touch can now sync their contacts between Address Book and Gmail.

This sounds great, except for the fact that you must have an iPhone or iPod touch to do this. I agree with Daring Fireball, why is Apple and/or Google limiting this feature to computers that sync with iPhones and iPod touches?


Clear entire print queue in OS X with a Terminal command

If you need to clear your entire print queue in Mac OS X for whatever reason, there is a simple terminal command you can type to do the job.


  1. Launch Terminal
  2. Type cancel -a –
  3. Success!

All print jobs in the print queue should now be gone!

I have only tested this in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I assume it will work in 10.4 Tiger as well.


Daring Fireball on Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3

Daring Fireball makes some interesting points on Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3 on Macs.

I continue to struggle picking between the two browers. I love the integration Safari has with OS X (Keychain, Dictionary lookup, searching for bookmarks, etc.). Given that I will be getting an iPhone at the end of the year, this integration is important. Safari 3.1 continues to improve compatibility with web sites, almost to the point where I do not have to worry about it anymore.

Yet I keep getting drawn back to Firefox. I always have had a soft spot for Firefox, given that I was one of the first people to try it out back in the Phoenix nightly-build days. Extensions are important. Built-in support for web-based RSS readers is a big feature for me. The new awesome bar has really changed my perspective on bookmarks and I hope Safari adds something similar in the future. Firefox 3 is also very close to fitting in as a Mac application, it isn’t completely there, but is close.

I did resolve one Safari issue I have always had. Single-window support for tabs is now possible. That was a big issue for me that essentially erases Firefox’s advantage in tabbed browsing.


160GB free

For the first time since probably forever, I have significant free space on my MacBook’s hard drive.Thank you 250GB hard drive upgrade. Going from 80GB to 250GB is huge. 


Firefox 3 Beta 2 released

For the first time in history, I am actually enjoying using Firefox on Macs. Firefox 3 Beta 2 has been released and works fantastically on my Mac (as well as my Windows computer at work). In fact, for the first time in a long time, I think I officially will use Firefox as my web browser on Macs.

Mac fans, make sure you download the Proto theme (what will become the default Mac theme when Firefox 3 is finished). It makes Firefox fit in beautifully with OS X.

I am very impressed with the new bookmark system (Places) and just how solid this beta feels. Lots of little details appear to have been addressed.


Mac Tip – Grouping applications into stacks

One of the new features in OS X Leopard that has lots of potential is Stacks. Here is a neat way to create several stacks for various groups of applications.

  1. Create a folder named ‘Stacks’ in your home directory
  2. Create aliases for several applications you want to group and put it in a sub-folder within your ‘Stacks’ folder. For example, create aliases for all of the iLife apps and put them in an ‘iLife’ folder underneath the ‘Stacks’ folder you created.
  3. Simply drag the ‘iLife’ folder into your dock.
  4. Now you have a stack grouping all of your iLife apps together! You can then remove the individual dock icons for these apps, as they are no longer need. Instantly more dock space!
  5. You can then right-click the stack and set several options, including making the stack use grid mode (which I prefer over the fan).

You can easily create several stacks to organize your various applications, making them easy to find. For those of you who have dozens of applications you use regularly, this is really nice.