Fixing GrowlMail for Mail 4.2

Lately Apple has been revving the version number (and plugin compatibility UUID) of with every version of 10.6. This breaks bundles like GrowlMail even when they are still compatible. The easy fix (although not necessarily the best if it turns out an update is required!) is to run a few commands in Terminal to add the new UUIDs1 to the SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUID key in the Info.plist.

Speed up iPhoto ’09 by vacuuming its databases

My iPhoto ’08 used to start in seconds despite the 30,000+ photos I kept in it. But after I installed iLife ’09 and upgraded my iPhoto library, iPhoto ’09 would hang for several minutes with the dreaded beach ball on startup. Even worse, though was that opening any event would trigger another hang of a minute or more, as would viewing a photo full-screen. (Once these initial hangs were over and done with, the app would work normally.)

Inside the iPhoto Library Package, there are four SQLite databases (face_blob.db, face.db, iPhotoAux.db and iPhotoMain.db). I found that by vacuuming all four of these databases, I restored iPhoto ’09’s performance back to something on par with its predecessor.

Open Terminal and cd into your iPhoto Library (by default, cd “~/Pictures/iPhoto Library”). Once there, execute the following command:

for dbase in *.db; do sqlite3 $dbase "vacuum;"; done


disable/enable spotlight on mac

We’re big fans of Spotlight here at OS X Daily, but we realize it’s not everyones cup of tea. If you’re someone who dislikes Spotlight enough to want it disabled completely then this is the guide for you. What you’ll need is some basic knowledge of the command line and a command line text editor (we’ll use nano in this example, perhaps the easiest). Note that some other Mac OS X features and programs are based on Spotlight’s search abilities, therefore some applications could behave abnormally if you disable Spotlight, particularly in search functions.


Disabling Spotlight

  1. Launch Terminal and type the following: sudo nano /etc/hostconfig
  2. Navigate using the arrow keys down the following entry: SPOTLIGHT=-YES-
  4. Save /etc/hostconfig by hitting Control-O and the return key, next hit Control-X to exit the nano editor
  5. Next, you’ll want to disable the index by typing the following in the Terminal:
    mdutil -i off /
  6. And to erase the current Spotlight index, type: mdutil -E /
  7. That’s pretty much it, on your next reboot, Spotlight will be completely disabled.

Re-Enable Spotlight

  1. If you want to enable Spotlight again, follow the same steps as above, but change SPOTLIGHT=-NO- to SPOTLIGHT=-YES-
  2. and then type mdutil -i on / in the Terminal
  3. Reboot, and Spotlight is back as usual


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Macs do Windows too!

Run XP natively on a Intel based Macs.

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.