Hack The Date Created and Date Modified Time Stamps in Any File (Mac OSX)

I recently learned a new Unix command which allows one to spoof the time stamp on any file. This instructional is designed for Mac OS X users, but will work for all *nix OS’s.

Note: All file names are cAse sensitiVe.

1. Pick a file of your choice (one with a simple name is easiest to play around with for the first time you try this. Access the current “created” and “last modified” values by right-clicking it and selecting “get info”.

2. Open up the “terminal” and navigate to the directory in which your file is located.
For those not acquainted with unix:

ls -a displays the contents of the directory you’re in,
pwd displays the path of the directory you’re in,
cd .. goes down a directory  and
cd directoryname opens a directory inside the current directory with the name “directoryname”
Additional instructions can be found here.

3. Now that you’re in the directory that your file is in, type in touch -t MMDDhhmm filename.ext
Replace the MMDDhhmm with the month, day, hour and minute of the creation date. So for my file phone.m4a, typing touch -t 01010000 phone.m4a will reset both the date modified and the date created to New Year’s (January the first at 00:00).

4. Now, repeat the process, with a more recent date to change the “date modified” without affecting “date created”. In my case, touch -t 04010000 phone.m4a changes the modified time stamp to April 1st at 00:00.

Explanation: In unix, only the last accessed and last modified dates are stored (not the created), so in order to manipulate the creation date, the date modified is rewinded the first time, which, in turn, pushes back the creation date. Setting a more recent date the second time only affects the date modified.

Note 1: To set a full date (including the year and second), use the format: within the touch command.

Note 2: Rather than navigating to a directory, the full path can be used right in the touch command. I included the navigation for the sake of ease-of-explanation.

Happy spoofing!

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Keywurl For Safari 5 (Download)

Note: This doesn’t work for the new Safari 6 on OSX Lion.

Search Google and Wikipedia Right from the Safari address bar.

Just like in Chrome and Firefox (if not better).

Most Leopard and Snow Leopard users get all excited about Keywurl, only to discover that it doesn’t actually work in the latest versions of Safari 5.

Download this hacked version below, unpack it and install the package.
Once you restart Safari you’ll be able to set your search engines.

*Whimper* but it’s still not working!

Manual Hack:
➥ Download Keywurl from the official website.
➥ Quit Safari
➥ Navigate to “/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins”
➥ Right click on “keywurl.bundle” to “show package contents”
➥ Open “info.plist” in textedit
➥ Edit the line under “MaxBundleVersion”, changing the string to something like 6999.99 (allowing compatibility of future versions), save.
➥ Open Safari

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