MacMost Now 613: Fun With the Terminal

There are some odd and unusual things on your Mac that you can do with the Terminal. You can create banners, use your screen saver as your desktop background, look at interesting, daily calendars, and play hidden games.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 613: Fun With the Terminal”

    Dr. Mikey
    8 years ago

    Great stuff as always, Gary! Is there a way to import those calendars into iCal?

      8 years ago

      No, I don’t believe so. But maybe someone has made the particular one you want into iCal format — I’d search for it online.

    Dr. Mikey
    8 years ago

    Wow, thanks for the quick reply! Makes one wonder why some of those things are there if they can only be found by geniuses (like Gary!) using the Terminal…

    i.p.freeley
    8 years ago

    Wow Gary that was great!
    So cool. I always learn neat and useful things from you.
    Keep up the super tips!

    cathy
    8 years ago

    A fun one (if you’re in the right frame of mind) is “say [fill in blank]”.

    Lance R
    8 years ago

    Gary,

    This is definitely one of the most, if not the geekiest video you have published. While I enjoyed it, I couldn’t help but chuckle that what you are talking about, the behind the scenes stuff in the unix backbone of the Mac OS. I’m surprised you didn’t start talking about the cron and other unix services.

    The beauty of the mac is the lack of need to go the backdoor route to solve issues. This was a fun look at the insides of my mac. Thanks for going where most people will not, unless forced to.

    Bob Sander-Cederlof
    8 years ago

    When I type python -m SimpleHttpServer in the terminal, the response is
    /usr/bin/python: No module named SimpleHttpServer
    (I am running Snow Leopard, 10.6.8)

      8 years ago

      The command is:
      python -m SimpleHTTPServer
      (letter case is important)

        Bob Sander-Cederlof
        8 years ago

        Thanks Gary!
        (I had copied it from your video transcript, there it had Http.)

    Bob Sander-Cederlof
    8 years ago

    But “python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000” works.
    Apparently I need to type the port number as part of the command to make it work.

      Bob Sander-Cederlof
      8 years ago

      As Gary pointed out, letter case is important. I don’t need the 8000, because that is the default. But I do need SimpleHTTPServer rather than SimpleHttpServer

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