No matter how long you’ve been a Mac user or how skilled you are, there is always more to learn. For example, did you know there are dozens of standard keyboard shortcuts in OS X — list bootable volumes during start-up, copy-paste, Move to Trash, Empty Trash, Eject, Select All, Search — designed to keep your hands on the keyboard, off the mouse and boost your productivity? Chances are you know some, but not all.
For years, quite literally, notifications on the iPhone were poorly implemented, disruptive and something of an embarrassment. That changed with the release of iOS 5 and now a clever lad has figured out how to bring some of that goodness back to the Mac.
If you’re having Wi-Fi trouble, the very least this highly useful gem can do for you is eliminate something potential causes. The only issue with the Wi-Fi Diagnostics is finding it — for some reason Apple buried inside in a hidden folder. Here’s how to ferret it out.
Pretty much every one of Cupertino’s world beating mobile devices, including MacBooks, have passive liquid contact/submersion indicators built in and if that’s pink (or white/silver, as the case may be) when you send it in for service, Apple wouldn’t fix it. Not a liquid related issue? Live in a high humidity area? Didn’t matter, because you’d be strictly S.O.L.
Another feature that just should have been in there from the start. Seriously, what was Apple thinking when it rolled out a social network for music that was almost completely devoid of social? Nevertheless, a few first day hiccups aside, Cupertino seems to have done a pretty good job in bringing this particular function to market.
There are a couple of “firsts for the Mac” with the latest release of Microsoft’s flagship office productivity suite for the fairer platform. Unfortunately, it’s not all for the good as Redmond will require the rest of us to jump through the same DRM hoops that PC people have been enduring through for years.
What began as iTools back in 2000 evolved into dot Mac by 2002. That service began to fade to gray as it was displaced by MobileMe in 2008. Now, more than two years later, Apple’s finally pulling the plug, but fret not because your stuff will still be there.
You might not know it hanging around here, but there are people who say that Windows 7 doesn’t completely blow. That said, there is a
Dock “Taskbar” add-on for that other OS (Aero Peek) that gives users all sorts of shortcuts, window management and neato features — here’s the even better Mac version.
Abomination! It is a matter of Mac canon law that the close, hide and minimize buttons should always be aligned horizontally at the top left of every window. Well, if that’s the way you see it, then by all means let me be your facilitator.