Tag: Mac

Play Button iTunes Patch now supports OS X Mountain Lion

Thanks to user48986 at AskDifferent I was able to update Play Button iTunes Patch to support OS X Mountain Lion. Head over to the project page for the updated download.

Play Button iTunes Patch updated

My original patch possibly worked only with OS X 10.6.5. Last night I figured out a better way to apply the patch without relying on a pre-supplied diff. What this means is that starting with version 0.7 the patch should work with pretty much all versions.

If you are interested, check it out on the project page.

New Patch: Play Button iTunes Patch

I just published a new patch for OS X, below is a description of the patch. Check it out.

This is a patch for removing the default OS X behavior of always starting iTunes when the play button on the keyboard is pressed. This feature can be useful for a lot of users, but it can also be annoying if you are using VLC or other similar programs that support the media keys.

The Patch script will patch the Remote Control Daemon to prevent it from starting iTunes whenever you press the play button on the keyboard or an external remote control. This will only prevent iTunes from starting, all other functions (like play/pause while iTunes is running) will continue to work as before.

Lastly, this program will backup the original file in case if you would like to restore the original functionality.

For more information please visit the Play Button iTunes Patch page.

Thank you, come again


About two months ago a friend insisted that I should seriously think about switching to a Mac. OS X is especially of interest to me because I have been into Linux for a few years now, mostly using it as a learning platform, and, given the Unix core, OS X becomes a very nice alternative. There are several things that have kept me from moving to Linux, including (please read the complete post before adding comments) the hit-or-miss upgrades, missing or little support of some hardware, not so great support for Windows based applications (like I said, read the whole post first :)), and the fact that my main jobs have revolved around Windows development. Mac, on the other hand, overcomes many of these issues (VMWare Fusion looks awesome).

With my recent involvement in web development, starting out with Ruby on Rails and then settling on django, I have realized that I now have many more choices of operating systems than I did before. This is especially true since my editor of choice is vim, which is supported on most of the platforms, and I generally do most of my development on a server running ArchLinux. So, here are my thoughts after two months of honest exploration, even going to the extreme of asking a friend running Hackintosh to lend me his computer (in exchange for the tablet :)).

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