Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. It’s time to start posting to this thing. The theme might not be complete, there might be bugs, it’s probably not even very responsive at this point… but, what the hell? Making this public will be motivation to keep improving it, right? Right? 😉

So I find myself today with a new Apple MacBook Pro anxiously awaiting it’s configuration into a beauty of my very own. One of the very first tweeks I always implement when setting up a fresh OSX install is to realign the Dock to the bottom-right. Here’s what to run in the command line (by the way, there are GUI tools that include this setting as well):

defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string start
defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string end
killall Dock

Don’t fear, that Killall line just restarts the Dock for you.

It might seem like an odd and simple change… why would anyone want to do that? Well.. because I like the extra (albeit, minimal) screen real estate that it provides me, especially when working on my 11″ MacBook Air.

11" MBA Screen Shot

Check it out, you see that space that I now have to the left of the Dock? It’s PERFECT for watching logs and keeping tabs on chat, and other cool stuff like that. If I’d have kept the Dock centered, I’d probably only have room for a skinny little contact list, and that’s just not interesting.

Enjoy this tip, and good luck out there.