Snow Leopard

Apple’s re-vamping of Leopard, slimming down and streamlining the OS for intel-only architectures.


Desired Effect What To Do
Fix hostname in terminal prompt due to DHCP funkiness scutil --set HostName "what-i-am-supposed-to-see"
Disable spindump and crash reports sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
Set address copy mode in Mail to the original behavior defaults write AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool NO
Sort windows in Expose Use Cmd+1 for sorting by app name and Cmd+2 for sorting by title
Enable text replacements everywhere
defaults write -g WebAutomaticTextReplacementEnabled -bool true
defaults write -g WebAutomaticDashSubstitutionEnabled -bool true
defaults write -g WebContinuousSpellCheckingEnabled -bool true
Enable Quicklook and icon preview of folder contents defaults write QLEnableXRayFolders 1
Disable Spaces animation defaults write workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES && killall Dock
Keep reattempting connection to wireless network
sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/\
Versions/Current/Resources/airport prefs joinmode=automatic \


Date Link Notes
Oct 22 Revealing Mac OS X’s Hidden Single-Application Mode May be useful for setting up kid’s accounts some day.
Sep 1 Mac OS X v10.6: Printer and scanner software KB article listing supported devices
Source Based Routing Quietly Finds Its Way Into Snow Leopard Now this is important.
Sep 4 Days after Snow Leopard release, 10.6.1 already in the works That was quick…
Aug 31 Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review 23 pages long, epic in scope and thorough in both background and coverage, but boils down to “it’s improved, but you won’t notice it unless you look at the details. Upgrade.” Does a very good job of explaining filesystem compression via HFS attributes.
Aug 29 Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (part 2) Good overview of the good bits, and great criticism of the niggles.
Aug 28 Mac OSX Automation: Services Best overview yet of the changes in system services.
Mac OS X v10.6: About incompatible software Interesting, but not really unexpected.
Aug 27 Snow Leopard Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List Sure to be ephemeral, but interesting to peruse nonetheless.
Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Review Walt Mossberg kicks the tires, and makes the first mention I’ve seen of the screen recording features.
Snow Leopard Review Macworld’s piece, with a few nice tidbits on Exchange support.
Aug 26 A Leap Forward With Snow Leopard Pogue takes a snipe at the idiots who call this a “service pack”, and makes the point most people would rather avoid – very few updates or new releases in the industry are actually faster.