Archive for March 2007

A Guide for switching to a Mac

March 29, 2007

Just switching to a Mac? Just follow the below link to a great article from Lifehacker. Items that are covered include Keyboard symbols, Keyboard shortcuts, Login items, Installing apps, and Hard Drive structure.

Lifehacker Website
Lifehacker Website

Make Everything “UNO”form.

March 26, 2007

One thing that is missing from OS X is an easy way to change the general looks of applications. Windows offers a built-in theme switcher; you can change the looks of your programs with the clicks of a mouse. In OS X there is a Appearance System Preference, but when you make a change there the results are not universeral. There is a Free program that can help change the way programs look, it is called UNO.

UNO is a theme that brings the sunken unified toolbar/titlebar look & feel to every single window on your system (cocoa or carbon, metal or aqua and already unified windows as well). On an higher level, UNO’s main goal is to enhance aqua interface consistence, by making all elements look&feel “as one”. UNO is aimed to those who want a clean and un-osbstructive interface while keeping the best of Aqua.

UNO Website
UNO Website

Top Ten Switcher Tips from iLifeZone

March 25, 2007

iLifeZone producer Vince Ferrari passed on his top 10 tips for switchers to go along with their last iLifeZone episode…

1. Copying a folder over a folder with the same name does not add to the copied over folder like it does in Windows. It replaces it. BE CAREFUL. You’re better off copying the contents of the folder instead.

2. Cmd-Tab switches windows just like Alt Tab in Windows. On the Mac, you can also move the mouse over the application’s icon to switch to it. Finally, you can also press Cmd+` to move to different windows within the same app. Of course, if you press F9, that’s when the fun really starts!

3. You can reposition your “desktops” with the display system preference including which screen the Menu bar appears on. This is particularly handy for when you have a bigger monitor next to a smaller monitor (think no more bumping into the “wall” when you reach the edge of the bigger screen).

4. On a Mac laptop, there is no DELETE key like there is on the PC (to delete the characters to the right of the cursor). Just press FN+Delete and it’ll do the same thing. If you hold down the option key, it’ll remove a word at a time.

5. File types are not determined by their extensions. On the Mac, you can change extensions forever, but the file will still be a JPG and will most likely open in Preview or Photoshop, depending on which you use.

6. Function keys don’t work the same as they do in Windows. On a Mac laptop, for example, the function keys control brightness, etc. To make them act like Function keys, go into the Keyboard and Mouse preference pane in System Preferences and make the change there.

7. By default, Apple disables tabbing through controls on web pages or in dialogs. In the Keyboard preferences pane, enable ALL CONTROLS. Now you can tab over to checkboxes, and hit the space bar to enable them. There are plenty of more useful things this does.

8. There is no more CTRL+ALT+DELETE. You can still Force Quit an application by pressing Option+CMD+Esc and ending it in the dialog that appears.

9. Along the same lines as above, if you’d like to see running processes, go to Utilities -> Activity Monitor. You’ll be able to see every process running and terminate each one there.

10. Right clicking… On the Mac, the Mighty Mouse out of the box is not enabled for right clicking. In the System Preferences, under Keyboard and Mouse, click Secondary Click for the right button. Now you can right click. On a Mac laptop, you can also enable two finger clicking so that when you put two fingers on the pad and click, it’ll be a right click. On laptops or desktops, you can always hold down the CTRL key and click to simulate a right click even if you’re one of those old guys that still have a one button “Pro” mouse!

Get in the Zone with iLifeZone

March 25, 2007

iLifeZone is both a blog and a podcast. It is a special place where you can learn how to get the most out of your investment in your Mac hardware and software. Their blog is updated several times each week, and their podcast on the 1st, 10th and 20th of each month.

You don’t need a iPod to listen their podcast, just a copy of iTunes. Just click on the subscribe link on their webpage and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Everytime you start iTunes, their newest podcast will downloaded automatically. You can then listen to their podcast whenever you get a chance.

iLifeZone Website
iLifeZone Website

Go to Mac School

March 21, 2007

The best way to get the most from your Mac is to learn all you can about your Mac. Besides free software, which is always a nice thing, well done free Mac advice also helps makes using a Mac more enjoyable. One site that offers well done free advice is Macinstruct.

Macinstruct is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching people how to use their Macs. Since 1999, they’ve provided free tutorials to people around the world. Run completely by volunteers, they’ve expanded their offerings to include columns, online courses, and a video podcast.

Macinstruct website
Macinstruct Website

One Media Player to Rule Them All

March 20, 2007

Even after adding all the codecs you can find to Quicktime, there still might be some media files you still have trouble playing on your Mac. It is always a good idea to have a backup media player. VLC media player is a FREE media player that can also stream media to other computers.

VLC media player is a free cross-platform media player. It supports a large number of multimedia formats, without the need for additional codecs. It can also be used as a streaming server, with extended features (video on demand, on the fly transcoding, …)

VideoLAN Website
VideoLAN Website

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

March 20, 2007

Overall OS X is a very stable operating system. You can add new programs that increase your Macs usefulness and not have any problems. Once in a great while though, somethings just don’t mix. The bad thing about this though is it might not all be related to the latest program you just installed. It takes some detective work and luck to figure out where the problem comes from. A tool that can help deduce where your problem results from is called Diablotin.

Diablotin is a Preference pane which allows you to manage items which have been added to Mac OS X in the Library folders. Diablotin lets you disable and enable various system add-ons: contextual menu items, fonts, Internet plug-ins, iTunes plug-ins, menu extras, System Preferences panes, QuickTime plug-ins, screen savers, sounds, and StartupItems. If you’re an user with administrative privileges, you can enable/disable these items.

Diablotin website
Diablotin Website