Apple Bluetooth Keyboard stopped working

Over the last month my Apple Bluetooth keyboard started burring through batteries and then the other day just quit working. I read pages and pages of support forums and found one bit of advise.

Take a small piece of Aluminum Foil and drop it down the battery shaft then put the batteries (new) in the keyboard. It worked for me and may others. Hope this helps some of you.

About the Foil.

Get a piece about the size of a Hershey's kiss wrapper. Tear it in half, and fold it into a square. I the wrapped the positive end of the first battery with the small sheet of foil. then let it slide [...]

Remove old Time Machine Backups form Time Capsule

If you need to delete a Time Machine Backup .sparsebundle file from your TimeCapsule, use the following procedure:

  1. Right Click the .sparsebundle file you want to delete and select “Show package contents”
  2. You will see a folder named "bands" that contains all the backed up files. Please note that opening this folder to show its contents takes a VERY long time. The folder will look empty for some time while it loads ( min were 4+ min). You really need some patience to let the file list appear. But when following these steps, you won’t need to do this.
  3. Open and [...]

Make External Display the Primary Monitor

When  you connect the external monitor to an Apple Macbook, the external monitor will display as secondary monitor.

In order to make the external monitor the primary one, go to System Preferences -> Displays.

Select Arrangement. You will see two rectangles - each representing a monitor (internal & external).

You will also notice there is a small white bar at the top of the smaller rectangle. Drag the bar to the bigger rectangle (indicating that you want to make the external monitor the primary one).

How to “Map” a network drive on a Mac

If you frequently access a file server from a Mac it’s pretty helpful to map the network drive to your desktop. There’s two ways to do this, one method is just mapped for one time use and will reset after a reboot, and another method is a more permanent route that allows the mapped network drive to always appear and mount on your desktop after system reboots and user logins.

Map a network drive to Mac OS X

This method maps a network drive that will disappear if the network connection drops or if you reboot your Mac:

  • From Finder, hit Command+K to bring up the ‘Connect to [...] Template Maker

Just the other day I got a question from Anthony about making a Template in Here is his questions "Do you know how to create a template in Pages for paper that has a pre-printed header? The header extends 3" from the top of the page. I would like to be able to prepare documents that will always have the 3" space at the top on every page as I am working through the document."-Anthony

Anthony it is real easy to do. Open a blank document and set it up the way that you want the layout ect... When the current document is set up then open the file menu and click on "Save as Template"

iCal please stop setting my appointments to all day

Lion's iCal changes default behavior of the new event creation in Month View and creates all day events by default. This is one of the most annoying bugs in Lion. But it is really not a bug. I learned today that if you type the name of your meeting and the start time; it will make the new event, set the time, and default the duration to 1 hour. For example, in month view, double click the date you want the appointment to be on. Then type "Meeting Information at 3p". (There is no need to use "at"  if you don't want to)

iCal will set the appointment on the date at 3pm lasting to [...]

New Mac Malware

The information is a very good read for everyone to just remind us that we ALL need to take care surfing the web.
There is a rehash of something very old going around recently which has lots of Mac users in a tizzy. It is variously called Mac Defender or Mac Protector, or some hacked up variation on those names. IT IS NEITHER A TROJAN NOR A VIRUS. It's final payload can deliver a trojan, however, if the user follows its instructions. Most people will realize what's going on and halt the installation. This [...]

NOVUS More Space LiftTec Arm Review

For about a year I have been doing some freelance work for a local company specia

lizing in custom workspaces. Recently, they became the U.S distributor of a line of products made by a German company, NOVUS. The MoreSpace line of products are highly durable workspace accessories designed to maximize efficiency (They look pretty cool too).

The line of products range from pencil holders to flexible multi-monitor lift arms. I was asked to take home a higher end single monitor arm named, LiftTec Arm III (15-35lbs). Seeing as I am geek about office products, I jumped at the chance. I was [...]