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What's in Your Dock?

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I bet you’re either running Mac OS X or some kind of dock software on Microsoft Windows (RocketDock or ObjectDock). Either way, I’ve received a few emails from y’all asking what I have in my dock. I hate to disappoint, but there’s not much in it.

In my dock, you’ll find a few things. Mine is kept at the bottom of the screen and hidden automatically. I have the Mac Finder, the Mail icon, iCal, my downloads folder and Trash. That’s it. I don’t have a great amount of icons. I like things nice and neat.

I don’t really need icons in my dock. I can get to apps really quickly using Spotlight. Once in a while, I will use QuickSilver to launch something quickly using a keyboard shortcut. Obviously, if an app is running it will be in the dock until I’m finished with it.

If you prefer the look of Windows 7, you can run a beta of HyperDock on your Mac.

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iPad Keyboard Dock Review

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I am definitely enjoying my iPad, even though I’ve only had it for a few days now. The main problem I’m having, though, is trying to type on the device. When in Landscape mode, it’s seriously difficult to type with my thumbs (or even all ten digits!). In Portrait mode, it’s a little easier to use my thumbs. However, the virtual keyboard is so large that I can’t go very fast. To solve this problem, I bought myself the iPad Keyboard Dock from Apple.

This keyboard, by the way, is pretty much the same as the wireless keyboard that I use on my Mac Pro. I love that particular keyboard. It allows me to type faster than I ever have before… seriously! It really is excellent.

In the little bit of time I’ve used this keyboard dock for my iPad, I’ve been really happy with it. I can plug my audio speakers into the back of it if I wanted. I’d like to find a form-fitting protector for the back of the iPad so that it’s not so exposed when it’s sitting in the dock.

Using the keyboard is very simple. It has all of the normal keys you would expect. There is a search key and even a brightness key. I really appreciate that, so that I don’t have to migrate through the iPad itself to adjust the screen brightness. You’ll also find a button that will automatically open a photo slideshow. It can’t get any easier than that.

There’s a blank function key at the top. I’m not really sure what that’s for… perhaps to help me get past a bout of writer’s block? You can mute the iPad by touching the volume down control on the built-in iPod controls.

As I already said, I’m really happy with this keyboard dock. It looks good, it works well and it lets me type properly again.

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How to Unlock Secrets in OS X

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Steven has created an excellent screencast for all of you Mac users out there. I know – those of you on Windows are having a conniption right now. All I can say is that if you want to see more Windows screencasts, create them! I’ll gladly feature any that follow the few rules that I have. As for this particular video, though, Steven is going to show you how to use a free utility called Secrets in order to unlock some pretty cool added features in OS X.

Once you’ve installed Secrets, you’ll just need to head into your System Preferences. You’ll find Secrets located at the bottom, under the “Other” category. As soon as you open Secrets, you’ll find a ton of different things you can do to your OS X install. Don’t worry that you’ll mess something up. If you aren’t sure what a particular Secret may do, you can always click the “Revert” button to put things back the way you had them. You’ll also find buttons for more help and information, as well as to update the client with new Secrets.

There are Secrets that will help you customize your dock, your folders, your widgets, and more. One of Steven’s favorite Secrets is the one where you can turn all of your folders to X-ray view. What this will do is make your folders in OS X appear to be transparent, so that you can see what’s inside!

Thanks, Steven, for an excellent screencast! For anyone who is now installing and using Secrets, leave us a reply and let us know your favorite one!

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Customize Your OS X Dock

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Since we have several Mac people floating around our community, James created a screencast to show you different ways you can customize your Dock. While those of you who are experts may feel this is “dumb”, I ask you to remember when you first started using a Mac! It’s a completely different ballgame from what Windows is, right? Those people who are new to OS X may not have a clue as to how to do things like this. Tutorials like this will really help them! Thanks to James for creating an excellent screencast!

The first suggestion James has is to create a 2D Dock, instead of the standard 3D one. In order to do this, you want to head into your terminal and type in defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES;. After you press the enter key, you’ll need to then type in killall Dock. Now the 2D Dock will appear. This is more organized (and cleaner!) for you.

Next, James shows you how to show only those Apps that are active and available at the present time. To do this, you’ll want to bring up your terminal again, and type in defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool TRUE. After that, type in killall Dock. Now only your current Apps will show up in your Dock.

Now you can reset your Dock in case you don’t like your changes. Simply type in rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist. Press enter, and then type killall Dock. The Dock is now reset!

The next trick James has for you is to first go to the Leopard Docks website. You can choose from different downloads and Dock collections that they have. They download quickly. Click to open it once it’s downloaded. These will also let you add Dock spacers, as well as easily change your Dock around.

Excellent work, James! Thanks for the tips!

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OS X Dock in Windows

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – RudyPB wondered if I’ve ever used a Dock program for Windows, and what I think of them.

A Dock on a Mac is that little bar at the bottom of the screen on OS X. It shows you what programs are running, which windows you have open, and even has the little trash can on it. Some people hate it, while others love it. I feel it’s not as useful as the Windows Start Menu, and not quite as in depth as I’d like it to be.

Stardock is a program that allows you to replace or enhance your Windows Start Menu. It lets you organize your shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. Likewise, RocketDock does virtually the same thing. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization.

There are an unlimited number of cloned programs for Windows. While the Windows clones tend to be somewhat too complicated, some of the original Apple programs they are based on tend to be too simple. The key is to find what you are comfortable with by experimenting with programs.

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