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MacBooks and ports

March 10, 2015 1 comment
The new MacBook

The new MacBook

The big news from Apple’s announcement of the new MacBooks today is the single USB-C port. This could be the beginning of the end for not only MagSafe power connections, but thunderbolt too (although presumably Thunderbolt will remain on high-end devices such as the Mac Pro since it has 20Gbs of throughput compared to USB3’s 5Gbs).

Using USB-C connectors looks like it might finally enable single-cable docking station like functionality for Mac laptops, either through canny third-party manufacturers offering USB/display hubs and chargers or through display manufacturers offering one-cable USB-C connections that can charge your computer, pass audio/video to the screen and offer USB/Ethernet hubs too. For example, the Thunderbolt Display may end up being a USB-C Display instead (5K let’s hope!).

iTunes Store sectioned in Yosemite

September 24, 2014 Leave a comment

iTunes Store breadcrumbsThe iTunes Store in the version of iTunes (12) that comes with Yosemite is now sectioned into the Music/Movies etc and you can’t seem to get to the normal landing page that incorporates all types of media the store sells.

This can be a pain if you do like me and check in periodically for all the free content – you would have to go to each individual section.

The workaround is – scroll to the bottom of a section page in the Store and you’ll see the breadcrumbs navigation – and you can click on the top-level iTunes Store there. As soon as you switch a section in iTunes the relevant section will load again though.

Categories: Apple, iTunes

Cryptic tagline for September Apple event

August 29, 2014 1 comment

AppleApple have issued invitations for an event in September that most are speculating is for the iPhone 6 and/or possible wearable computing device (iWatch?). Its cryptic tagline of “Wish we could say more.” may suggest something to do with speaking such as Siri, which would probably go some way to reinforce rumours of Apple announcing some wearable computing hardware.

http://www.loopinsight.com/2014/08/28/apple-announces-special-event-for-sept-9/

Categories: Apple

Show username/password fields when “Other…” user doesn’t show on login window

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Ever tried to log into a Mac and the login window only shows a list of users and not the “Other…” option to switch to the username/password fields?  You know the username and password of a user that can log in (via bound directory services or something) but can ‘t get to the field to enter them?

Here’s how:

  1. Press an arrow key to move the selection rectangle around a user that shows.
  2. Press Option(Alt)+Return.
  3. Username/password fields will magically appear.

 

Categories: Apple, Mac OS X

Apple Remote iOS

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Mobile and Remote

Fraser Speirs hits the nail on the head with his suggestion of an Apple Remote iPad application.  I only hope Apple is working on this and extends it so it can administer all Mac OS X and iOS devices.  Imagine installing an application on all your computers and mobile devices in one swoop!

The only thing I’d add to Fraser’s suggestions would be the ability to share a screen from an iPad to another device.  No need to worry about how to show the main interface on an iPad through a projector!  Just hook up one Mac (or iPad) to a projector and share the screen from whatever device you’d like to the projector.  Apple Remote Desktop can already do this with computers, so it’s certainly a possibility.

via Fraser Speirs – Blog – The iPad Project: Apple Remote iPad.

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Symbolic Link Service

August 5, 2010 3 comments

Script CreamAutomator sorts services.

One of the things that makes me have to fire up the Terminal for in Mac OS X is to create symbolic links. In Snow Leopard though, it is possible to use Automator to create a Service so I can create the links using a contextual menu in the Finder.

Feel free to download the Automator service here.  Once downloaded, open it in Automator, then “Save as” to save it in your Services folder (which is in your home folder Library/Services).

New Apple Tablet

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Name that slate

I confidently predict, based on Apple’s new invitation (see below), that the new Apple Tablet will be called … :

iPalette

And while I’m at it, let’s say it will be able to be used as a drop in graphics tablet replacement for a computer as well as a standalone app.  And Apple will have finally cracked handwriting recognition for real this time and made it usable.

Alright, why not, here’s the more ridiculous ones:

  • 3D without having to use glasses
  • Full support to use it as a input device (touchpad/keyboard) for a computer
  • Support for detecting objects placed on it (nicked from the Microsoft Surface)
  • Great frisbee action
  • Apple will start using it straight away in retail stores

Update:

Not that anyone will believe me in the light of recent suggestions, but straight after I blogged about it being iPalette I thought “it looks like canvas… could the name be Canvas?”

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