There are 19 entries in this category.
- A crip and his iPhone and How To Make Your Own Ringtones 10
Posted August 13 2008
I finally succumbed to temptation and bought myself an iPhone and it seems that all my worrying about my hands and not being able to use it properly was almost entirely unnecessary. I thought about it a lot beforehand and ended up trusting that I have a knack for developing little tricks and methods of getting things done albeit in an unusual way. As…
- Use an alias as a discreet reminder 0
Posted March 16 2008
There are a few things you need to know so you can understand my need for this: I am quite forgetful; other people use my Mac quite often; and I have a few Automator workflows (saved as applications) that I run at regular times for various tasks.
- Want to shut down a Mac using an Apple Remote? Cheat … like I did - UPDATED 3
Posted May 14 2007
Sometime ago I was whinging about not being able to shut down my MacBook using my Apple Remote, the short version of which was I wanted to do it using Proxi.
- Launch and quit applications on another machine via AirPort using Proxi 4
Posted January 19 2007
With the acquisition of my shiny new MacBook I set about making sure I could access everything on my iMac (which is in the bedroom) from wherever I happen to be laptopping it up (the lounge, conservatory, kitchen, Erica Campbell’s bed).
- Sleep via SMS/email revisited 6
Posted January 3 2007
A post by Murphy detailing how he sometimes uses my tip on putting your Mac to sleep by sending a text message has been picked up by a few higher-profile-than-mine sites, e.g. Infinite Loop, macosxhints.com, The Unofficial Apple Weblog etc.
- Install Front Row 1.3 on older Macs 1
Posted September 14 2006
This procedure is solely to upgrade to Front Row 1.3 on Macs without an Infra-red receiver running Mac OS X 10.4.7. It assumes you already have a previous version of Front Row installed.
- Delay start-up items to make them quicker 14
Posted June 12 2006
I don’t know about you, but whenever I start/restart my Mac I hate the way that, when it’s got to the desktop, it tries to launch all the start-up items at the same time and so your hard-drive is whirring like mad, hopping back and forth and splitting its time between each app.
- Custom CSS Signatures in Mail.app - UPDATED 21
Posted May 4 2006
After reading Melvin Rivera’s excellent tutorial over at All Forces I set about creating my own HTML/CSS signature in Mail.app.
- Easy backups with Automator and smart folders 15
Posted April 10 2006
A while back I did some bitching and moaning about not being able to use Finder’s smart folders for doing backups. A quick recap, minus the whinging: I wanted to be able to label files with colours and have them copied to my iDisk using an Automator workflow. I tried … and failed. So I cobbled together an alternative solution marking files with Spotlight comments instead of colours. It did the job, but not the way I wanted. But now someone has, at last, written the one action for Automator that I’ve been waiting for all along.
- Get your morning news with Automator 7
Posted April 5 2006
Being a creature of habit I like to get up in the morning, wash and get dressed, have some coffee, eat my breakfast and then sit myself in front of my iMac with another coffee and catch up on all the news that’s broken since I hoisted myself into bed 11 hours earlier - I check my email, read my news feeds and then check a few websites along with my customers sites to make sure every thing’s ticking over nicely.
- Backup files automatically by selecting them in Finder 0
Posted December 20 2005
A while back I did some complaining about the fact that I couldn’t label files using Finder’s coloured labels and then back them up using Backup or Automator.
- Make images resize as columns shrink and stretch 7
Posted December 5 2005
You may have noticed that this site will squash and stretch with the browser window as you alter its width - from a minimum of 750 pixels up to a maximum of 1390. But did you notice some of the larger images changing size, too?
- Put your Mac to sleep by sending a text message 60
Posted November 18 2005
Do you ever go out shopping, to the pub or to the beauty clinic for your fortnightly waxing session and forget to put your Mac to sleep? I know I do, so I thought of a way to do it by sending a text message from my mobile/cell phone - well, technically we’re not going to be sending a text (SMS) message, rather a multimedia (MMS) message.
- Edit/update QuickPicks in Backup 3 2
Posted September 29 2005
If you’re a Mac user and the owner of a .Mac account you’ll have no doubt noticed that Apple have increased your online storage (to 1GB) and have released a new version of Backup.
- Use a Dashboard widget on the desktop 13
Posted July 28 2005
I can’t remember where I read this but it’s quite a handy trick.
- Highlight your own comments in Movable Type 8
Posted June 20 2005
I’ve seen this on a few sites in the past: in the list of comments, the site author’s own comments are formatted differently, usually by a different background colour to everyone else.
- Use MSN, Yahoo! or ICQ in iChat 3 10
Posted May 7 2005
I’ve got quite a few contacts who I chat to via MSN and a few via iChat who are either using a Mac or are on AIM and I wanted to be able to use just one application to talk to any and all of them.
- Highlight current page in Movable Type using CSS 2
Posted May 4 2005
I wanted to be able to tell a user which page they were reading (just incase the title didn’t give it away … ) and, of course, I wanted to do it using CSS.
- Stripey tables using CSS and PHP 4
Posted April 22 2005
I like it when alternate rows in a table are formatted differently - it makes it easier to scan your eyes along a row without losing which row you’re actually reading. The rows don’t have to be vastly different (at least not for someone with semi-decent eyesight) and a good example of this is iTunes.