Colin Harrington

Tag: OSX

OSX Mouse Acceleration

by on Jul.06, 2010, under General

Mouse on Fire

I dual-boot OSX and Ubuntu, but primarily live, work and play in Ubuntu.  The only reasons that I boot up into OSX these days are to sync an iPhone, or more recently play some Steam Games (Go Steam for Releasing an OSX Client!  A Linux client shouldn’t be too far behind right?).  Windows is now relinquished to a VM for IE testing & other software that is stuck on that platform.

I’ve always been bothered by mice in OSX, they never felt good and didn’t handle as I had expected.  This is especially important when doing some intricate work with Photoshop, or in a computer game.  I don’t have much time to play games on the computer, but I’ve been able to get a few hours in recently and really noticed that the mouse acceleration was unusable/unreliable for fast-paced action…

A little googling turned up the “Mouse Acceleration Preference Pane” for Mac OSX by Christian Zuckschwerdt.

I downloaded version 1.1 and then had this preference pane is my System PreferencesSystem Preferences Icon:
System Preferences

Which then lets me configure the acceleration for both the mouse and trackpad.
Mouse Acceleration Pref Pane

Even better, I could turn off acceleration all-together!

Enable at LoginFrom Christian Zuckschwerdt’s site:

Extented mouse settings

“The Mouse Acceleration PrefPane is a GUI and startup item to Richard Bentley’s MouseFix.  You can set up extended speed parameters and acceleration curves for your mouse.”

Good work Christian!

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Restarting MySQL from the Command Line :: Russell to the Rescue

by on Aug.21, 2008, under General

I’m trying to restart MySQL from the command line in Mac OSX.  The GUI tool in the Preference Pane wouldn’t work for me, so its time to go back to the Command Line roots.  I knew that there was a way to restart MySQL from the commandline, but I was looking in all of the wrong places, (no /etc/init.d/ or others).  I fired off a few quick Web Searches with Google and found many hints.

Most of the articles I found online were not very helpful.  They all contained information that didn’t work for me and OSX 10.5.3 with MySQL 5.0.51a MySQL Community Server (GPL). Maybe Mysql changed their installer recently, maybe its a Mac Update thing, but the I ended up finding the solution in a comment of this article.  A comment by someone named Russell proved to be very helpful.

Basically it came down to knowing where to find these commands:

Start – sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start
Stop – sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop

Thanks Russell – You rock!!


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