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5icons1There’s a SpringBoard tweak you can install via Cydia that lets you place up to five icons on the Dock. “Fits even more stuff right down there”, so says its description. :-) Personally, I prefer to keep just 4 icons on my Dock. It’s less crampy. This tweak, however, still comes in handy in another way. With just 4 docked icons, I’ve a spare slot to temporarily move in another app, which I can then quickly switch to another page before moving the app out to its final destination. It’s a done deal! The app has been moved to a far away page very quickly. Without this tweak, I had to swap one of four docked icons out first, then sneak in the app, switch pages, sneak the app out, switch back to the original page, and swap the icon back in. It’s been a drag.

You can find “Five Icon Dock” in Cydia’s “Tweaks” section.

I restore my iPod touch very often. That’s primarily because I love to fiddle inside it and often mess it up. I dare to do that because I know this little toy simply won’t break. I read people “bricking” their iPod touch and wonder if they know what they are talking about. They simply don’t know how to break out of the mess they created and restore the device.

In any case, one thing I hate doing is to painfully re-arranged apps after restoration. My iPod touch is filled to the brim with App Store and Third-party apps, so re-arranging them is really tough.

Today I look into this matter. Sheesh. The solution is so simple! The iPod touch keeps track of an app’s Springboard location in the “~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist” file. Just back up this file and restore it afterwards! It’s as simple as that! :P

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Veency is a dream come true for me. I’ve always wished I could get in and control my iPod touch on my Mac!

Unfortunately, the current beta release (0.9.2591-1) doesn’t work with Leopard’s build-in Screen Sharing. What a bummer! Fortunately the author, Jay Freeman (aka “saurik”) is aware of this issue and, I’m sure he’s working hard to resolve it.

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Amule has no build-in support for Growl Notifications. Fortunately, the good people at Growl has provided a command-line tool to post Growl notifications that we can use in Amule’s Events. Here’s how to set it up:

PART A. INSTALL GROWLNOTIFY, THE COMMAND-LINE TOOL

  1. Download the latest Growl, and mount the dmg. Look for the “growlnotify” folder, which is inside the “Extras” folder.
  2. Launch your Terminal.app (it’s in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder.)
  3. Type “cd ” (without quotes and include a space character after cd) but do not hit the Return key.
  4. Drag and drop the mentioned “growlnotify” folder into your Terminal.app. Your Terminal command should then look like this.
  5. Hit Return.
  6. Drag and drop “install.sh” from the “growlnotify” folder into your Terminal. Your Terminal command should look like this. Hit Return to start installation. Enter your admin password when prompted.
  7. Done.
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    You can verify proper installation by issuing the terminal command “growlnotify -h”. If you see a Help screen, installation is perfect.

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