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Disabling OSX Yosemite annoyances / features I have no use of
# Tested on OSX Yosemite 10.10.4
# there is also an updated version (work in progress) for El Capitan here https://gist.github.com/guycalledseven/31ffe35eca056838b06b
# XXX TODO
# should I disable com.google.Keystone.Agent ??
# http://applehelpwriter.com/2014/07/13/how-to-remove-googles-secret-update-software-from-your-mac/
# Stop DS_Store file creation on network connections
# restart Finder afterwards
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
killall Finder
# Disable / Enable Dashboard
# Settings / Mission control / Dashboard (selector) - Off
# or
# completely disable:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES; killall Dock
# enable again:
#defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO; killall Dock
# remove adobe auto update helper (i only have acrobat installed, so running this on adobe cc instalation could damage it)
# not tested
cd /Library/LaunchDaemons
launchctl remove `basename com.adobe.ARM* .plist`
sudo rm com.adobe.ARM*
cd /Library/LaunchAgents
launchctl remove `basename com.adobe.ARM* .plist`
sudo rm com.adobe.ARM*
# disable sending of crash reports to Apple (SubmitDiagInfo)
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.SubmitDiagInfo.plist
# disable photolibraryd
# com.apple.photomoments.xpc tries to access the internet without any reason and authorisation
# photos.app stops working after this
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.photolibraryd
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.cloudphotosd
# after restart they show up here
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.photolibraryd.plist
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.cloudphotosd.plist
# disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd)
# FaceTime could complain
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.apsd.plist
# disable gamed
# make sure to log out from game center
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.gamed Disabled -bool true
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commented Aug 17, 2016

It seems now Adobe Updater is AAM instead of ARM:

user@MacBook-Pro:/Library/LaunchAgents$ ll |grep adobe
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 612B Apr 25 00:30 com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

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commented Nov 6, 2017

I only have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed and I have:

com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist
com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper.plist

I guess AAM is part of other Adobe Tools that need Adobe Updater.

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