Category: "Mac stuff"

Parallels Desktop 7 with Retina resolution - FAIL! (Screenshots)

Parallels at 2880x1800 with mac set to Best for Retina display resolution
Parallels at 2880x1800 with mac set to Best for Retina display resolution - Click to the the actual screenshot

Parallels has recently announced in a video that their virtualization solution Parallels Desktop for Mac now “takes full advantage of the Retina Display on a Mac".

That sounds awesome, but it’s not true. It’s actually pretty much a lie! :( – You can take some advantage of the Retina display, but definitely not full advantage.

All you can do is set Windows to believe it is running with a 2880 x 1800 pixels display. And that is indeed the physical pixel resolution of a Macbook Pro Retina display…

But, in NO CIRCUMSTANCE can you actually map each pixel from the 2880 x 1800 virtual machine to a physical pixel of the actual screen.

What you get instead, is blurry scaling all the waty down!

On the first screenshot below (click to zoom) you will see how 2880 x 1800 is scaled down (and BLURRED down) to 1440 x 900 if you keep you Mac runnign with the default setting of “Best for retian display".

On the second screenshot below you will se how 2880 x 1800 is scaled down (and still blurred down) to 1920 x 1200 if you change your mac display settings to the highest scaled resolution. This solution makes your windows look a tiny little bit better but it also makes your mac apps look less sharp (because they are now scaled too! Remember, you are no longer running in “Best for Retina display” mode!)

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Mac OS X Lion: How to clean up the 'Open With' menu

When you right-click (or control-click) on a file in the Mac OS X Finder, you get a contextual menu with a nice “Open With” option, which lets you open the selected file with any Application that you desire to.

That is pretty nice until that menu gets all clogged up with all sorts of old/broken apps that you don’t use any more.

Due to some caching mechanism, it seems that this menu never cleans itself up :/

So here is how to reset it:

  1. Open a Terminal window (by running the “Terminal” Application)
  2. Copy/paste the following command: (all on one line)


    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
  3. Click on the Finder icon and relaunch the Finder (or log out and log in again)

Your ‘Open width” menu will now be all clean… and will start to fill up again as you run/install apps that register themselves there…

How to remove constantly launching services on Mac OS X

Even after you uninstall it, some Mac OS X software just won’t quit nagging you or notifying you of updates or at the very least polluting the Console Messages like this:


19/08/11 00:16:46[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus[14428]) posix_spawn("/Library/Application Support/Carbonite/", ...): No such file or directory
19/08/11 00:16:46[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus[14428]) Exited with exit code: 1
19/08/11 00:16:46[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
19/08/11 00:16:56[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus[14437]) posix_spawn("/Library/Application Support/Carbonite/", ...): No such file or directory
19/08/11 00:16:56[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus[14437]) Exited with exit code: 1
19/08/11 00:16:56[689]    (com.carbonite.carbonitestatus) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

Well here’s how you kill those constantly launching things!

Open a Terminal window and enter launchctl list to see a list of all launching services. Once you know what you want to kill, use launchctl remove.

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How to quickly resize pictures on Mac OS X

How to quickly resize pictures on Mac OS X

Oftentimes you want to email some pictures or upload them to a website but your image files are actually too large. Sometimes waaaay too large with those modern 10 megapixel cameras!

I have put together a small Automator App that makes it as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Drag & Drop your original pictures onto the “Resize” icon
  2. Choose a destination size
  3. Collect resized pictures on your Desktop

Here’s a quick feature list:

  • Resize a picture just by dropping it onto the “Resize” icon
  • Resize multiple pictures at a time
  • Choose the pixel size you want for resized pictures (percentage also available)
  • Drag & Drop directly out of iPhoto if needed
  • Collect resized pictures directly on your Desktop (Originals are left untouched)

Just download the file below, unzip it and put the “Resize Pictures FP” icon on your desktop, your Applications folder, your Dock or wherever is convenient for you.

Then, whenever you want to resize pictures, just select them and drag & drop them onto that icon. The script will ask you for a pixel size to resize to (the default is 1024 pixels) and it will save the resized files on your desktop.

You can even drag, drop and resize multiple photos at a time!

Simple & effective ;)


Upgrading all Macs to SSD

Upgrading all Macs to SSD

I recently ordered an SSD drive from OWC and proceeded to replace the stock drive on my good old MacBook Pro (one of the first unibody series).

The process was actually easier than I originally thought: just connect the new drive using an universal drive adapter and clone the internal drive using SuperDuper!. Then open the back cover and swap out the drives. Done! (Btw: OWC are doing a great job with their instruction videos that show you that, yes, you can actually do it yourself in no time! ;))

Reboot: the mac feels like it’s at least 3 or 4 times faster. Especially from Login to Desktop where it’s possible to start working instantaneously, compared to the painful wait in front of a half frozen screen I had before.

It’s like a new mac for a fraction of the price of an actual new one! And I now actually like using that laptop again ;)

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