Posts on Self-Reliance


Apple's Magic Mouse

   I bought a Magic Mouse right after they came out a few weeks ago, but Mac OS 10.6.1 didn't support it. 10.6.2, which does, was released a few days ago, so I'm getting to use the full functionality for the first time, and it's incredibly cool! …

Cool Finder Mash-Up

   I've just discovered a really cool thing you can do with the Mac Finder and A Better Finder Rename. As I blogged earlier, I've been refining my photo workflow. Today, I confused myself. …

Copying File/Folder Names

   There oughta be a simple way to copy a long list of file or folder names in Mac OS X, but if there is, I don't know it. Here, however, is a really simple workaround: I use A Better Finder Rename

Disk Space

   I'm on the way to London with a very important presentation to do at the Architecture in the Age of Austerity conference, but I'm also working on finishing New Media for Designers + Builders

DriversCollection

   I've been having a months-long nightmare with a Canon imagerunner 2018, and when I got a new computer today, I had to install the printer driver. Previously, the tech support people had done their mumbo-jumbo and basically told us that we needed to call our IT department if we ever wanted to install the drivers on another computer, because it's too complicated for mere mortals. …

iPhone Tethering

   Some may have done this for ages, but I just figured out in late 2010 how to tether my iPhone to my MacBook Pro. I remember trying it before Snow Leopard and it was complicated... sort of felt like a hack or a patch. …

Recovering from a Mac Hard Drive Failure

   I'm writing this because I made a big blunder I'm going to have to fix when I return home, and want to write it all down while it's fresh on my mind so I don't make the same mistake again. …

Saturday Updates

   I have my MacBook Pro set up to check for updates once a week, on Saturday morning. It's been so long since I did it I hope I'm telling it right, but if I recall correctly, all you have to do is to click "Check Now" on a Saturday morning, then make sure it's set to do it once a week. …

Time Machine

   I've just switched to backing up using Apple's Time Machine. Previously, I used Retrospect for nearly a decade, which was perfectly serviceable. But Time Machine is by far the most elegant and intuitive interface I've ever seen or could imagine. …

TinkerTool

   I've just found a great little tool called TinkerTool that lets you set all sorts of obscure little settings on Mac OS X Lion all in one place... things like showing invisible files, etc. …


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