Below are some things I’ve written personally and professionally. I’ve found them useful, perhaps you will too!

octocatI also have various code snippets over at GitHub. You’re not going to find “the next big thing” there like other projects, but I’ve put together a small collection of scripts that I use in my daily life that I figure someone may find useful, or a piece of them useful, to adapt to their situations. Some are old, some I use every day, and some are not pretty at all – just enough to get from point A to B for a one time job.

KeychainResetKeychain Reset is a little app I wrote after some trouble with both changes to user’s passwords when LDAP is involved and also to fix a known problem with upgrading to Mavericks and Yosemite. It replicates the instructions in these two Apple knowledge base articles without having to delve into the Terminal. Just double-click, authenticate, and reboot. Be advised that your Keychain is completely reset – saved passwords for everything, including websites if you use Safari, are gone. This will work with Mac OS 10.8 and above.

  • 1.0 initial release.
  • 1.5 code rewrite, new icon.
  • 1.6 added Restart dialog box.
  • 1.6.1 fixed dialog box reporting success when Cancel was selected.
  • 1.6.2 file permissions tweaked.

Office CleanerOffice Cleaner will delete all Microsoft Office preference files, thus allowing clean defaults to be rebuilt from scratch when Office is relaunched. Along with this it will delete custom dictionaries and your entire Office profile so backup your local emails, addresses, calendars, dictionaries, etc. before running this! This is more appropriate for enterprise installs where data is synced and will be restored at the next connection. Use this if Office seems to be crashing for no reason as a troubleshooting step to eliminate corrupted preference and profile files. This should work for Office 2008 (untested), 2011, and 2016.

  • 1.0 initial release.

MacKeeperTerminatorMacKeeper Terminator attempts to remove all traces of this “Scareware” program from your computer. MacKeeper is one of those programs that claims to be able to speed up your Mac, keep it safe, and a host of other promises. The reality is that it causes system problems and solves very little all while trying to get you to buy questionable services. It is also known to be stubborn to get off of your computer once installed. This will work with Mac OS 10.8 and above.

  • 1.0 initial release.
  • 1.0.1 correct feedback when Canceling action.

resetdisplaypreferencesReset Display Preferences was created to fix a very peculiar issue we were seeing. Often, users of laptops, would have problems connecting to certain projectors. Options would be missing or display dialogs were stacked and couldn’t be brought forward. I found removing and resetting the local user display preferences would cure it. These were typically our users who would connect to a large variety of projectors. This automated the process of resetting those preferences for the user.

  • 1.0 initial release.


Screen Capture Options will change the default file format of screen captures to: GIF, TIFF, PDF, or back to the default PNG. It will also give you the option of saving Window Captures with or without the default shadow. Once set, use Apple’s Screen Capture keys to take a snap-shot of your screen, snippets of it, or windows. This will work with Mac OS 10.8 and above.

  • 1.0 initial release.

SpotlightResetSpotlight Reset is a straight-forward app I wrote to help users reset their Spotlight index easily. Sometimes, for whatever reason, Spotlight will stall and not index a user’s data leaving search results coming up empty or only showing partial results. When run, Spotlight will force-reset the index on the boot volume only. It currently does not support external volumes.

  • 1.0 initial release.
  • 1.0.1 correct feedback when Canceling action.

VerboseModeEnablerVerbose Mode Enabler is an app that enables (or disables) verbose mode on a Mac. Verbose mode replaces the Apple logo screen at boot with a live list of what your Mac is actually doing during startup. Aside from giving a lot more information than a progress bar, it can be useful is diagnosing startup issues. I leave mine in this mode all the time. As noted, the app lets you also disable Verbose Mode if you don’t like it. This will work with Mac OS 10.8 and above.

  • 1.0 initial release.
  • 1.2 new icon, better status feedback.
  • 1.2.1 correct feedback when Canceling action.

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