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This instructable will show you some fun and helpful things to do with your macs Terminal application.

Terminal can be accesed by going to Applications>Utilities>Terminal

Step 1: Star Wars

Open Terminal, Copy and paste this in (telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl) and press enter.

Hold enter to fast forward

Enjoy Starwars text edition

Step 2: Speaking Terminal

Open Terminal

Type in (say [fill text here] ) and press enter:

E.G. - say Hello my name is mac

Type "say -f /path/to/file.txt" to make your mac read a certain text file

If you do further research you can set up pranks using this.

Step 3: Games

Open Terminal --->
Type "emacs" --->

Press Escape ---->

Press X ----->

Type in the name of the game you want to play --->

Press enter and the game immediately starts.

List Of Common Games:

tetris, pong, snake, solitaire, gomoku, 5x5, dunnet, landmark, doctor

You can find more by typing in terminal --> ls /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/ play

Other:
animate -- animates text in fun phrases dissociate -- mix up the current text doctor -- diagnose any problem landmark -- a neural-network robot life -- pattern generator based on the "game of life" algorithm morse -- convert the text to morse code spook -- output random spy terms yow -- returns the same line every time, used to output more. zone -- text in the emacs buffer will slowly disintegrate and fall downwards

Step 4: Dock Magnification

Have magnification on in dock preferences >

Type this in terminal "defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int 512; killall Dock" >

Press enter - Dont go bigger than 512 >

To go back to default, move the slider in dock preferences

Step 5: Details and Other Things

Type "uptime" in terminal to display how long your mac has been on

Type "sudo shutdown -r now" to restart your mac

Type "sudo shutdown -h now" to shut down your mac

Type "sudo shutdown -r +60" where +60 is a time delay, to shut down your mac after a certain time

Type "caffeinate -u -t 600" to stop your computer from falling asleep for a certain time (600 seconds this would be)

Type "banner [Text]

Make Your mac Sing > type [sudo osascript -e 'say "Dum dee dum dee dum dum dum dee dee dee lah lah lo fa lah lah lah lah lah lah fa lah dee doo dee doo" using "Cellos"']
It may ask you to type your password

Pressing Ctrl + C will stop the current operation.

<p>Thanks, I did not know most of this stuff!</p>

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