Monthly Archives: July 2011

Open Web Links In Quick Look

Quick Look is a great tool to quickly look at pictures, Word documents, PDFs, movies and other files without opening their respective programmes. Apple’s Quick Look also supports web links in Lion. Just select a link you saved on your desktop or so with one click and press the space bar. Quick Look will now open the related website or file in a simple window. Tapping the space bar again will close the window.

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A Bootable Lion USB Stick

While installing Mac OS Lion via Apple’s App Store is easy, reinstalling Lion on a clean hard drive is not. A new installation requires access to the App Store (or at least a Internet connection). So if your hard drive just died you are really in trouble. This is where a (home made) bootable Lion partition on a USB stick (8GB) comes as a real life saver. Here is how you create it: 1/ Locate the Lion installer package after downloading it from the App Store (before actually installing Lion). 2/ Right-click and open “Show Package Contents”. 3/ Look for the folder “ShareSupport” and locate the file “InstallESD.dmg”. 4/ Copy (don’t move) that file to another location and open Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner. 5/ Using Disk Utility select “InstallESD.dmg” and do a “Restore” onto your freshly Mac formatted USB stick. (Remember to use that stick as a Lion boot disk only!) You now have a backup Lion system on your stick.

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Show Hidden Library In Lion

In Mac OS X Lion Apple has hidden the user library, which used to be located at Users/Your Username/Library. But sometimes it is necessary to dig into that folder to delete preference files, obsolete application support folders, print drivers et cetera. A quick way to do just that is to go to “Finder” select “Go” from the menu bar and press the Alt-Key (Option Key). The invisible library folder will show up in the window as long as you hold the alt key and you can select it and navigate its contents. You can also drag the library folder to your side bar for quick access.

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Check Your AirPort Extreme

Did you know there are eight different models of Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS)? But only the last three versions offer Gigabit ports and simultaneous dual-band WiFi (2.4 & 5GHz). So if you want to buy a second hand unit on eBay, you better know which one! The way to tell the difference is by their part numbers: MD031LL/A (latest model); MC340LL/A and MB763LL/A or the model numbers: A1408 (latest); A1354 and A1301. All older AirPort Extreme generations should be avoided if you want fast WiFi and fast Ethernet.

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Officially Unlock Your iPhone

This how-to is for iPhone customers of T-Mobile in Germany. After two years on a contract you can finally get rid of the annoying SIM-Lock and use any SIM card with your iPhone. Just look up your IMEI number (iPhone System Settings/General/About) and surf to this site. Enter the IMEI of your iPhone and the page will either tell you when the two years are up to unlock your device or send the appropriate request to Apple right away. Thanks T-Mobile!

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Find A Hotel Near You

Here is a good way to find a close hotel while you’re traveling. The free app Booking.com lets your search a particular city or hotels near your current location. You can sort the results by price, popularity, review score, hotel type and other options. It also shows you the location via Google Maps and lets you mark your favourite hotels. Booking a room via the app is pretty straight forward and you can check current bookings.

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App Store Refuses Lion Download

Mac users who have the Lion Golden Master developer seed installed may get the following message when trying to download Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store: “A newer version of this app is already installed on this computer.” If you want to download the official App Store version anyway, just hold down the Option-Key (Alt-Key) while clicking “Buy App”. The App Store will skip the version check and download Lion right away.

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Recently Bought A Mac? Get Lion Free!

If you bought a new Mac between June 6 and July 20 of this year, you qualify for a free copy of Mac OS X Lion. You can redeem your copy of the new operating system via Apple’s Up-To-Date Program. You must order your copy of Mac OS X Lion within 30 days of the date of your purchase of a qualifying computer.

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How To Fix Your Mac

Mac users who want to upgrade or repair a Mac find all the necessary information at ifixit.com. The site offers extensive repair guides for most Mac models and iPhones, including many pictures and a list of the tools required. The manuals are free and there is a vibrant community helping with troubleshooting and answers on all sorts of related topics.

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SSD Adapter For Mac Pro

If you want to treat your Mac Pro to some super cool and super fast SSD action, take a look at the Sonnet Transposer. The adapter fits any 2,5″ standard SSD into a 3,5″ hard drive bay. This might do the trick to bring you amazing startup times and programme response at acceptable costs. Transposer is compatible with 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SATA. The drive tray adapter is $39.95.

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Teach QuickTime Avid & More

There are plenty of codecs QuickTime doesn’t understand naturally. So in order to use the great functions QuickTime provides you might want to pimp that tool yourself. Start with Perian, followed by Flip4Mac and head over to Apple’s own suggestions. Finally add Avid support by installing their codecs.

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