Text Expander is 30% off on August 17th – via MacUpdate

MacUpdate is running a 30% of sale on TextExpander. If you do not own this application and you are using a mac then you are not getting all you can out of your mack. Click the link below right now and go download the application. If you need help or don't know why you need the application then Google it and you will find all kinds of tips and tricks to use it.

One way I use is is to spell out the days of the week for me. I hate to type them all the time so all I type is the day of the week abbreviation and TexExpander expands it out tot he full [...]

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 [...]

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).

Quick Tip: Speed up entering a url in Mobile Safari.

In Mobile Safari for the iOS devices, such as your iPhone or iPad, you can enter a new url without tapping the x that clears the url field.

For Example:

If you already have say apple.com open on you iphone and you want to go to newmacuser.com. All you have to do is tap the url bar and start typing. Mobile Safari is smart enough to know that you want a new url and clears the old one for you.

10.6.5 Snow Leopard Update Breaks Letterbox Mail.app Plugin – Quick Fix

For you Letterbox - Mail.app plugin lovers out there here is a quick fix to get you back it working in 10.6.5 Snow Leopard. First off you will need the new "SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs".

  1. 857A142A-AB81-4D99-BECC-D1B55A86D94E
  2. BDD81F4D-6881-4A8D-94A7-E67410089EEB

Then you will need a program to edit info.plist files. If you have developer tools installed you will use Property List Editor if not you will need a program that will edit an .xml file like my favorite Texwrangler.

PRIOR TO THE FOLLOWING PLEASE CLOSE MAIL.APP

Next you have to find and edit the info.plist for [...]

Use the Find command in Safari with out typing the CMD+F First

I am a firm believer in using Safari on my mac. When I had my windows computer I used Firefox and there is one thing I really miss.   The feature is hard to describe in text but here is my best attempt. In Firefox when you are on a webpage and you are looking for a word or sentence  you just start typing and the ""Find" bar comes up and you can see the results as you type in more info. By default in Safari you have to type the keyboard shortcut "Command+F" or go to the "Edit" menu and scroll down to the find item and then you get the Find bar at the top of the screen. It seems by the time [...]

Get Detailed iPhoto information on your photos

For our summer vacation my parents bought a new camera and we wanted to test it against 2 other cameras. So we headed to the beach with the 3 cameras and took the same shoots. Long story short I came back to the beach house and uploaded all the shots to iPhoto. I then wanted to see all the information about each shot so I knew which camera too the best shoots. I kept hitting "Command+I" but all I got was a gray window with a map. No camera data. Then I found out to get the detailed information,or  Extended Photo Info, you have to use the option key modifier. So to get to the detailed [...]

Force Mail in 10.6 to only copy e-mail addresses

In Mail OS X 10.6 one of the changes is how an email address is copied to the clip board. By default in 10.6 when you copy and paste an e-mail address you get the output in "Name " . Before the release of 10.6 you could just copy an email address in Mail and when you pasted it you would just get "name@example.com."

If use use Mail.app like I do and use the copy feature to move e-mail addresses around, and are frustrated by this new format then I have a fix for you.
The developers of 10.6 build in a terminal fix to get the paste back to the way it was before. The fix is a real simple one.