OS X Kill Finder or Dock

When you are getting the spinning beachball on Mac OS X System Applications/Tools, like the Finder when trying to connector to a failed network share. Your solution is the always winning Terminal. Start Terminal through menu or spotlight, and try the following commands.

The Finder crashed:

killall -KILL Finder

The Dock crashed:

killall -KILL Dock

Spaces crashed:
killall -KILL Dock

The Menubar crashed/refuses to be clickable:
killall -KILL SystemUIServer

The services should automatically restart after they have been killed. If they dont, you might have to reboot your computer. If this option is not available through menus, get back to Terminal and give the following command:
sudo shutdown -r now – provide your Admin password and your machine should be restarting).

Enable Text Selection in Quick Look / Preview

If you want to select text from files opened with Quick Look and Preview

Open Terminal and paste the following commands

And then

If you want to reverse the changes

And repeat the Finder restart

Run SoftwareUpdate from command line – OSX

I suddenly found the need for running the SoftwareUpdate application on my Mac via SSH.

Some time on Google and i found this to be a plain simple task
Open “terminal” (or if you connect remotely through SSH)

Command below will show you the triggers

To download and install updates, run

That should run your update and install all downloaded packages.

MacBook Pro – Bluetooth not available

I just experienced that a recent update from Apple rendered my bluetooth functionality completely dead. The status bar icon was greyed out with a horizontal lightning bolt looking icon crossed through it.

After some time on Google, i find i am not the only one :)
Solutions listed below worked like a charm..

Try resetting the SMC and the PRAM:


Another solution for a Intel based Macbook Pro..
1. shut down the computer.
2. remove power cord.
3. press the power button for 5 sec.
4. connect the power cord.

Worked excellent

Backspace error in SSH sessions – acts as Delete key

In OSX 10.6.xx (Snow Leopard) users who use the Terminal application to SSH into remote servers might experience that the backspace key works as the delete key in some applications (VI, Nano, Pico etc) I have not heard of this happening in any other OS or application, so an easy way to fix this in Terminal configuration on your Mac.

Go to Terminal preferences, select the Advanced tab, and check “Delete sends Ctrl-H”. That’s all it takes to get the “delete” key to work correctly in all applications used in your SSH sessions.