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Free MS Office alternative for Mac OS X

If you’ve just bought a Mac computer and you find yourself needing a document editor, spreadsheet and presentation software that is compatible with the MS Office software then you’re in luck. You can actually download, install and use on your Mac for free (as in free beer) an alternative to the expensive MS Office software.

It’s called LibreOffice. It offers the same document editing, spreadsheet, presentation and even drawing and database features you’d normally need. Besides being free, the good thing about it is that you can save files in MS Office formats to allow MS Office users to edit and read the files you created.

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Stop tar from copying Mac OS X resource fork files

Resource fork files on Mac OS X isn’t something new. It’s been there way back from the old Mac operating system versions. These are files that starts its name with a ‘._’ followed by the original name of the file. It becomes a nuisance dealing with them when you have to copy files from a Mac to some other operating system like Ubuntu or Windows.

The problem becomes particularly evident when you want to backup files using the tar program on Mac OS X and you find out that using the exclude option doesn’t want to follow your request to stop copying those resource fork files.

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The 8-hour battery is enough reason to buy a MacBook

I’ve always bought other notebook brands in the past. This year I’ve decided to get a MacBook Pro for one special reason — I want to create an iPhone app. That means I would need to use Mac OS X because developing an iPhone mobile app. The other reason is so that I could test the web sites I create on the Mac. But not everyone needs the reasons I just mentioned to buy a Macbook.

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Managing files with extended attributes on Mac OS X

I’ve recently learned something on the Mac OS X — Extended Attributes. It’s those files where you’d see the at-sign (@) at the end of file permissions when you do an ‘ls -l‘ command on a Mac OS X terminal. I encountered them when I was trying to modify the firmware on my Android based Samsung Spica mobile phone. When I started manipulating the firmware files I’ve downloaded, I noticed that I would have extra files while creating a tar file.

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New MacBook Pro with i5 and i7 Intel CPU

Apple has launched today its upgraded MacBook Pro line of notebooks. One thing I noticed, besides the new i5 and i7 Intel CPU’s are the better battery performance of the new MacBook Pros (MBP). The new MBP now boasts of up to 10 hours between battery recharge for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 8-9 hours for the 15-inch and 17-inch MBP. The previous MBP’s are rated only at 7 hours — which is already very good in my opinion. I’ve used other brands of notebooks and I can only get as much as 2 hours out of them.

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Moving to Mac OS X

I’ve been a long time Linux user. But recently I’ve started transitioning to the Mac OSX operating system mainly because I have to create mobile apps for the iPhone mobile platform. The move was actually smooth since Mac OSX is just another flavor of the Unix operating system. Most of the software I’ve been using on my Ubuntu computer actually runs on Mac OSX. I’ve decided to write a post about my fresh experiences as being a new Mac user.

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