Lingon now on the Mac App store

If you’re a user of Lingon to generate your launchd plist files you can now find it on the Mac App store (US$4.99), where presumably it’s now being more regularly maintained than it has been recently (it was crashing for me…)

Alternatively there’s now a web based “OS X launchd property list generator”

iTunes 9.1 supports books

In line with the imminent arrival of iPads in the sweaty hands of their anxious new owners, Apple has released version 9.1 of iTunes, which offers support for Books. Audio books are apparently classed as books. Not sure how it works for those of us outside the reach of the iBooks store either.

Download iTunes 9.1 here.

via Macintouch

Checking for idleness from the commandline

I was looking for some way to tell if a remote machine was idle from the commandline and I stumbled across this snippet on Mac OS X Hints.

ioreg -c IOHIDSystem | awk ‘/HIDIdleTime/ {print $NF/1000000000; exit}’

returns a time in seconds and fractions thereof, ie 4.00711

Free sound ripping on your Mac

If you want to record sound that’s coming out your Mac’s speakers (audio channel), but are too cheap to shell out for a copy of Ambrosia’s Audio Hijack Pro or WireTap Studio, you can try installing the free SoundFlower, setting it as the audio destination in your Sound System Preferences pane, then recording from it using the free Audacity.

dscacheutil is command of the day

Having recently changed ISP, my command of the day is

dscacheutil -flushcache

which flushes your machine’s DNS cache to allow you to access your named sites via their new IP addresses once you’ve changed them in the DNS thus making the locally cached IP addresses stale.

HFSDebug 4.0 released

The ultimate Mac OS X hacker, Amit Singh (last I heard, snapped up by Google) has released a new version of his HFSDebug tool (that’s a commandline tool folks :).
The new version has more features to do with hard links and hard link chains, new filters, component-wise path lookup from scratch, and is now Snow Leopard compatible (even if it is still only a PPC binary running under Rosetta 🙂
via MWJ