If you use Windows and Mac OS X on laptops you will know the feeling… When having worked some time on your Mac and then use the Windows machine it can drive you mad that the touchpad in Windows works differently than on your Mac.
The Windows philosophy is that the two finger gesture moves the scroll bars, so if you move your finger down the page scrolls down, too. On a Mac (or on touch devices) you move your fingers to move the content of the page, not the scrollbars. This is kind of intuitive, if you are used to it.
I cannot say which way is “better”, but I would like to use only one way on every computer. Because I spend more time using my Mac’s touchpad I decided to change my Bootcamp Windows behavior and invert two finger scrolling.
If you are interested too, you can find the best tip that I found here: http://www.howtogeek.com/57542/how-to-get-the-worst-os-x-lion-feature-in-windows-reverse-scrolling/
The title of this post is brilliant, and what they suggest to invert two finger scrolling works just fine!
Coming from Windows and Linux before, I can never get used to the way Finder sorts items. Especially that folders are not shown at top of the list and that there is no permanent reachable address bar to type in a path, is something I don’t like personally.
Currently I am testing muCommander (http://www.mucommander.com/) as an Finder alternative, which reminds me of Total Commander under Windows. It is free of charge, licensed under GPL 3.0. In addition to everything Finder can do, you can connect FTP, HDFS, HTTP, NFS, S3, SFTP. It is a cross platform application, what is a main advantage for me, because I can get used to it way better now, using it on my Linux and Windows machines as well.
Your files are displayed in two columns showing you exactly what you need to know: filename, size, date and access rights. You can define if you want to open the last visited folder or a user defined folder when you start the application. You can control everything in the application by keyboard. For everything a short key is configured and can be customized as you like.
As it comes out muCommander as finder alternative seems ideal for me. I am confident that it will be very useful and will keep you posted if something new arrives.
KeepassX for Mac OS X has only been published in its alpha version 2.0-alpha4. For its main purpose the tool absolutely suffices. Only one little thing nerves quite much. There are some password fields that do not let you paste passwords from your clipboard. Normally you can use autotype for them, but this feature has not been released for Mac OS X yet.
So there is only one last option: Typewriting the password by making it visible in KeepassX 2.0. Now but here is the catch: KeepassX uses the font “Lucida Grande UI” for its fields, which is a beautiful font but has one main disantvantage. There is simply no way to distinguish between capital i and lower case L.
So… one afternoon I spent some time on changing the font of the password fields to Courier New. If you are interested you can download this version here:
This version has been compiled for 64 bit Mac OS X architecture. If this does not fit your needs you can check out this version from my GitHub repository and compile it yourself: