Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Swapping Files Between Mac OS X & Windows

Copying and transfering files between a Mac and a Windows PC can be frustrating. Especially when your file size exceeds 4GB, which means USB-Sticks and hard drives formattetd in MS-DOS FAT32 won’t work. But there’s a solution called ExFat (Wikipedia link). Your Mac can read and write on ExFat formatted drives (starting with Snow Leopard) and so can a Windows machine. The single file size is as good as unlimited. Just pop your drive or stick in to your Mac and open Disk Utility to format it in ExFat. You now have the perfect solution for swapping data between the two worlds – OS X and Windows.

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CCleaner Cleans Out Your Mac/Drive

With SSD hard drives still being expensive, size (or lack thereof) is an issue for some Mac users. Others struggle with keeping their disks clean and folders tidy. CCleaner is for both types. The free helper takes care of caches, unused language packages, cookies and other junk piling up on your drive. After analysing the disk, CCleaner shows you what could go to teh trash and how much space you would gain. There are plenty of options for the user to play with. Try it out and see for yourself!

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Stream Your Pre-2011 Mac’s Screen To Your Apple TV

In order to use AirPlay Mirroring – the new screen streaming feature Apple built into Apple TV and Mountain Lion – you need a Mac bought in 2011 or later. So if you have a Mac from 2010 or before you’re busted, you won’t be able to mirror your Mac’s desktop to your Apple TV even if you have Mountain Lion installed. Apparently the reason is the lack of graphics power, says Cult of Mac. The on-GPU H.264 encoding (if you really need to know). Someone else told me it’s because of content licence problems. But don’t give up, this is where AirParrot comes in. For a reasonable $10 you can enable AirPlay Mirroring on your pre-2011 Mac. Simple as that!

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Turn Your Mac mini Into Apple TV

Using a Mac mini as a media center connected to your TV is a great thing. There’s just one tiny hiccup: the missing AirPlay feature from Apple TV. Wouldn’t it be cool to wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV for easy photo and video streaming or to play games? Plus with Mountain Lion you can also stream the screen of a Mac to your tube via Apple TV – it’s called “AirPlay Mirroring.” Well, AirServer solves that problem. Just install the $15-tool on your Mac mini and you’re set – no need to buy Apple TV. Works pretty well with iOS 6 and Mountain Lion.

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Delete Wrong E-Mail Addresses In Apple Mail

The autocomplete feature (e-mail address completion) of Apple Mail is great, but if you’ve ever entered a wrong e-mail address, it haunts you forever. Here is how to set things straight: In Mail –> menu bar (at the top) select “Window” and go for “Previous Recipients.” A window will pop up which lets you search and delete or edit wrong e-mail addresses.

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From Mountain Lion Back To Snow Leopard

So you want to downgrade from Mountain Lion back to Snow Leopard? Not happy with the latest OS X or some applications won’t run properly? Well, it ain’t pretty, but here is how…

You will need: A second Mac (with FW or TB port) running Snow Leopard, a Firewire or Thunderbolt cable, a Snow Leopard installer (DVD or image on the second Mac).

1. Bakup all your stuff, it’ll be gone! 2. Connect your Mac to the second Mac which is running Snow Leopard via Firewire or Thunderbolt. 3. Boot the Mac you want to downgrade into Target mode (press and hold T after startup chime). 4. Once the Mac shows up as an external hard drive in the Finder of the second Mac, delete/reformat the drive with Disk Utility. 5. Now start the Snow Leopard installer on the second Mac (DVD or image). Choose the external hard drive you just erased as the target and install Snow Leopard. Quite a bit of work but it does the trick. Thanks Apple for making it so easy, not!

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Check The Battery of Your Magic Mouse or Keyboard

Users of Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Trackpad might find this free piece of code useful for monitoring the battery level of said devices via a Dashboard widget. Mighty Monitor does just that – and does it well! Hitting the Dashboard key on your keyboard is much faster than going through System Preferences –> Mouse etc. only to check the battery life of your Apple bluetooth devices, right?

 

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