I recently did a full restore of my my Mac from Time Machine, Apple’s built-in backup utility for OS 10.5 (Leopard). I had to undertake this radical step because Boot Camp refused to create a Windows partition, complaining about “unmovable[…]Read more
A few years back i bought a HP 1020 LaserJet printer; I’d just gotten one at work and found it worked great with my Mac. When I saw one on sale at Staples, I lept at the chance to get[…]Read more
One of my goals this fall has been to get my calendars under control, and to do a better job of keeping track of what I’m doing (and where I’m supposed to be doing it). Somedays that works better than[…]Read more
I spend a lot of time on the Mac — at work, at home, when I’m dreaming. These are the hacks that I use almost every day to get the most out of my computers.
Zoom in on anything
For a zoomed in view of anything on your computer, hold the CTRL key and then brush upwards on your trackpad with two fingers. To zoom out, hold the CTRL key and brush downwards with two fingers.
Get Google Talk working with iChat
There is no Google Talk client for the Mac, but you can access its instant messaging capabilities by setting up Jabber in iChat. This will not support voice chat, but it works just fine for text. Learn how to set up Jabber via this Google help page.
Fast launch applicatons from the dock
Sometimes you want to quickly browse your full list of applications without delving into the Finder and clicking on the “Applicatons” folder (or following a shortcut from the Desktop).
A hack I learned by visiting the Apple Store was to drop a shortcut to my Applications folder. Under 10.4 Tiger, you could then right-click on the folder and see a full list of all your apps. Then select the one you want, and it launches.Read more
November is coming. And that means so is National Novel Writing Month. In years past, I’ve watched and read as my friends fought their way through it, some succeeding, some failing, all glorious in the pursuit. I’ve sat, thought, considered[…]Read more
My new MacBook Pro arrived Friday, and the first thing I did (after basking in the beauty that is a new Mac) was to start loading my “must have” applications on it it. Of these, the Quicksilver fast app launcher[…]Read more
Steve Eley of Escape Pod lays down his Ten Laws of Twitter. #1 is probably the best: RESPECT. Every message consumes people’s time. Don’t twitter what you wouldn’t be happy to spend 10 seconds of your own life reading. But[…]Read more
I love it when a geeky plan comes together. A few weeks ago I heard a story on the Geek Acres podcast about a grade school teacher who installed Ubuntu Linux on a bunch of iMacs that had been donated[…]Read more
If you’re ever feeling like, gee, you’re just not geeky enough … try downloading some polyhedral dice icons for your computer. Available for Windows and for Macintosh. Now if only they had one that matched my glow-in-the-dark d20…Read more
If there’s one thing I don’t like about Mac OS X, it’s that it’s all too easy to delete a printer. I’ve done it a few times when I thought I was deleting a print job. At the very least,[…]Read more