Hide your Mac Desktop

If you’re anything like me, the crippling shame of your father’s disapproval has defined your entire life. As a result, you compensate by drinking more alcohol than is strictly healthy, and by posting vidcap tutorials to win the love and respect of your peers. As a result, you may find it useful to occasionally hide all the crap on your desktop before you begin.

Sure, you could shell out literally dozen of dollars to do it with deskshade, but wouldn’t you rather roll your own? I know I would! TO THE TERMINAL!

There is a simple terminal command that will kill all of your desktop icons. Check it:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder

BOOM! Just like that, all of your icons are gone. You’re back to that deep, deep emptiness that only comes from zen-like simplicity or chemical realignment of your brain functions. Once you’ve finished doing your business, you can reload the icons with the following command:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder

If you’re a code ninja, wipe that Cheetos™ dust off your fingers and drop this command into your .bash_profile list of shortcuts. Add the following lines, each on it’s own line, of course.

alias deskdown='defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder'

alias deskup='defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder'

Now you can hit all that icony goodness just by opening the terminal and typing "deskdown" and "deskup".

Enjoy. Give love in the comments.

WordPress HACKED! Everbody Panic!

Okay, yes, the title is absolutely link bait. I am the worst kind of internet ghetto barker, flashing neon and shouting lewd incitements to the passersby, hoping to lure them into hot sweaty posts of ill repute.

Yes, my wordpress installation was hacked. No, you shouldn’t panic. It was an old version of WordPress, 2.4, that I had installed on an unused domain for testing purposes. Somebody figured out how to hack the built-in file uploader included in WP, and they were using it to install folders on all the other domains on that same server. The folders they installed generated thousands of link-farm pages. Assholes.

So, I had to go into search and destroy mode. I needed to find every file on my site that had been modified after a certain date. To do that, I used the “find” command, with a few modifiers. Here’s the full command (type it, don’t copy it)

find . -name "*" -mtime -1 -print | grep -v cache | grep -v logs | grep -v cache

Here’s what it means

find . = “Find some files for me, starting right here in this directory.”

-name “*” = “I want you to find files where the name matches … um, everything (thus the wildcard).”

-mtime -1 = “Once you find those files, narrow it down to just the ones with a modification time of 1 day or sooner.” If you want to search further back, increase the number to however many days back you want to search.

-print = “When you get those files, print them on the screen.”

| grep -v logs = “Now just before you print those file names, filter out any that have the word “logs” in the name.”

| grep -v cache = “And finally, filter out any that have the word “cache” in the name.”

You can modify how far back you want to search, you can modify the names you want to exclude (logs and cache files will always have recent modification dates, so I exclude them from my results), tweak it until it works for you, and then go forth and destroy the intruding files.

Oh, also, GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! Whiskey and Cigarettes! Come on in, sir, experience the experience of an experienced lifetime!

iPhone 2.2 … really?

Scrolling through the server logs, I ran across this:

Apple iPhone OS v2.2.1 CoreMedia v1.0.0.5H11

Really? There are really people who just haven’t bothered to hit “update” on their phones yet? I guess I just don’t understand people who don’t install software updates. If only there were some way of punishing that habit, say with code that exploited the unpatched software they refused to update, and making it do bad things. That might be a way of correcting their bad habit!

Apple Mail, Gmail IMAP, play nicely!

Every so often, my blissful rage against linux is interrupted by some obnoxious hassle in my apple/google world. Mail connects via IMAP to gmail? Check! But what’s this? Mail automatically downloads all of my shitty spam from gmail? Cannot have! Do not want! Other syntax memes employed!

The solution is buried deep in google labs, and by deep, I mean one layer down. Here’s the fix:

  1. Cut a hole in a box
  2. Login to your gmail account, go to “settings” then “Labs”
  3. Under Labs, enable “Advanced IMAP Controls”
  4. Then, go to “Labels”. You’ll find a brand new check box next to each label, asking your permission to show that label when accounts sync by IMAP. Uncheck the spam box.
  5. Profit!

Ahhhhh, bliss. Now I can go back to loathing how Ubuntu renders on-screen fonts. Uggggggh.