Feb 15

I decided to do a little bit more with switcher tips this week, and the next episode of MacMania will cover them as well! Anyway, today I would like to talk about the “General” preferences on your Mac. From the Apple menu, select “System Preferences” and then select “General.” There is not a huge amount to tell here, but it does give you a few options that you may like to have available to you. The first options allow you to change the appearance and highlight colors on your computer. By default, these are set to blue, but for a more monochromatic system (great for graphic designers who do not want to get distracted by excess color), they can both be set to gray. Additionally, the highlight color can be set to a myriad of different ones for when you highlight text or other items on your Mac.
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Feb 12

I have been looking for what the best option is to store my files online and send them to others. While I can always use the MacMania servers, that is not always the easiest or most seamless option. I want to reach out to the MacMania community and ask what you have been using for these purposes, as there are so many potential services. I do use Dropbox sometimes, which is great, but for files that I need to send to multiple recipients in high volume, how is Amazon’s S3? Please comment if you have used it and let me know your thoughts!

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Feb 04

For awhile now, I have been having serious issues with my MagSafe power adapter for my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it got to the point where it just did not charge my computer effectively and I had to purchase a new one. Apple puts an exorbitant price on these, at $79 U.S., but for me I had very little choice in the matter. I wanted to ask the MacMania audience if you have ever had similar problems and, if so, what the best ways are to go about caring for a MagSafe adapter in order to prevent this.

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Jan 11

Working with the Finder is incredibly easy on your Mac. If you are new to the Mac and have used Windows before, the Finder is the main way to navigate your files, similar to what Windows Explorer is on the PC. The Finder has some great features, including simple ways to sort your files, as well as color coding and intuitive manipulation of everything on your computer for the smoothest workflow possible.
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Jan 10

If you are a serious Mac geek, or UNIX geek of any kind for that matter, you are more than likely familiar with the Terminal. For the regular end user of a Mac computer, the Terminal is something that simply sits in the utilities folder, untouched for eternity. However, for those looking to bring out the UNIX functionality in their Mac (OS X is based on UNIX), Terminal is essential. The application I would like to review today is called TotalTerminal, and it is a terminal plugin that allows you to add functionality to your terminal and access it from a hotkey that you set up from its preferences.
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Jan 07

Apple produces some fantastic software, but a lot of what you may want or need to use is made by the incredible community of third-party Mac developers out there. For your reference, we have compiled a list of what we feel are the best places to find third-party software for your Mac. We cannot make any guarantees as to the security or usefulness of the software, but these are wonderful places to look and discover new gems of which you were not previously aware.
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Dec 27

I have noticed as of late that at times my iPhone spontaneously reboots, typically when I go to unlock it after receiving a message. I wanted to get the MacMania community’s opinion on this, as I have never had this happen before. I am on an iPhone 4 with iOS 6 installed, and am curious to know if anyone has had this problem. Please leave comments on this post if you have any idea what is going on, and your feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Dec 22

I found a post online recently about making QR codes, which are a great marketing and communication tool. If you do not know what a QR code is, they are special barcodes with more storage than regular ones, and they are able to be scanned using iPhone with an app like QR Reader. There are several purposes for them, though, including sending the person scanning your code to a website, giving them contact details, and many more. In order to create them, there is a site I found called QR Stuff that allows you to create a QR code with a website, a Google Maps location, a YouTube Video, a PayPal link, and quite a few other types, so I think that it is worth checking out if you need this type of functionality, especially since it is free!

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Dec 21

I came across a great Mac tip recently for Apple’s new version of iTunes. If you have already updated to iTunes 11, you may notice the different layout, part of which is a drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of the application where you can switch between types of media (e.g. music, movies, and podcasts). However, if you want to access your media more quickly, then you can use the keyboard shortcut of Command + the number of the section you want. For example, since your tv shows are third on the list, just press Command + 3 to access them.

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Dec 20

If you are at all like me, you use Apple’s calendar software frequently, and perhaps have more than one calendar stored in it. If you do and want to view only one calendar at a time, all that you have to do is click on the check box next to the calendar you want to view while holding down Command + Option. If you would like to go back to viewing all calendars, just hold down Command and click on one of the other calendars’ check boxes. They will then all be showing.

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