OS X: Time Machine preventive maintenance

TMDiskIt was one of those moment when many things went wrong and the only way out was to restore the entire Mac from the Time Machine backup. But, before starting the process, I ran a file system check and… surprise, the file system was broken and repairs were needed. Several hours later the file system was repaired, the install performed and the machine was up and running without any (visible) problems. But the lesson was learned: Time Machine is great, but disks need some attention.

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OS X: How to disable Acrobat as the Safari PDF viewer

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Soon after switching to Mac I discovered that one of the myths that I lived with for many years, i.e. that Adobe Acrobat Reader is mandatory in order to view PDF documents, is no longer true.

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Setting the PATH for graphical applications

Setting a custom PATH for all graphical applications is possible by adding a PATH entry in $HOME/.MacOSX/environment.plist. By default this file is not present and needs to be created.