Quickly change wallpaper in OS X

Cory Mac, Other Tricks

If you are like me and use multiple monitors, you can quickly, and easily I might add, make the wallpaper on all monitors the same. Open “System Preferences” and go into “Desktop & Screen Saver”. A window will show up on each monitor. Move them closer to each other for more ease. Click and drag the preview of the wallpaper …

Save Some RAM: Disable Dashboard

Cory Blog, Customizations, Mac

Mac Users: I don’t really use the Dashboard anymore. Let’s face it- it use to be cool right? Ya, I don’t know. So as it goes, even if you don’t use the dashboard or any widgets, it still takes up your precious memory – resources that could be better used updating your MAMP wordpress site, or ripping DVDs with handbrake. …

iPad in Business

Cory Blog, Hardware

I am currently heading a project to deploy iPads in a corporate environment. We have purchased 20 32G Wi-Fi + 3G ipads for our research and development and deployment plan. Straight off the bat, iPads in business present a set of troubling issues. The first thing we asked is “How is this iPad going to be used?” We know that, …

Raising an iMac from the Dead

Cory Blog, Hardware, Mac, Repair

This is a story of a sick iMac and it’s quick recovery…don’t worry, there are pictures…. I was recently asked to fixed a Mid2007 aluminum iMac. The user reported that it wouldn’t turn on anymore. I immediately did some basic troubleshooting to determine what the heck was going on….check the power cable, the outlet (ya, no brainers- but ya gotta …

Great Mac Finds: Fine tune your volume

Cory Blog, Mac

Sometimes you come across a tip that makes you go “Yes! Thank you. I needed that.” (Hopefully that’s what tech4eleven.com brings you regularly.) Today a tip came across my RSS feeds from OSXDaily.com on how to fine tune your Mac’s volume. In one sentence, they write: “You can precisely adjust the volume levels on a Mac by holding down the …

Snap windows with Cinch

Cory Blog, Mac, Software

Disclaimer: Although in my day job I work with PCs, I am Mac guy through and through (thanks to my wife). With the release of Windows 7, however, there are a few features which I wish OSX had. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. Built into Windows 7, you can quickly drag a window to the right edge of your screen and …

Ode to Macbook Repair

Cory Blog, Hardware, Repair

Hello my name is Cory and I abuse my Macbook Pro. Yes, admittedly I’ve used my early 2008 macbook pro pretty hard, extending the capabilities of its processor speed and memory, sliding it around on the coffee table, dropping it on its corner, ripping and burning dvds, and, the greatest tragedy, leaving it out around my two kids. In this …

Another Cat’s Outta the Bag: Apple iPad

Cory Blog, Mac

It’s everywhere now, Apple’s new iPad. 10 inches of Apple quality design and interface goodness. And relatively cheap @ only $499 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model with the most expensive model @ $829 for the 3G 64GB. Not too shabby. Steve Jobs claims that it’s the best browsing experience you’ve ever had. And it must be if you can …

Remember Y2K with a Secure Backup

Cory Blog, Mac, Software

So yeah, happy new year! While I’m stuck at work for the rest of the night there’s no better time to talk about securing your Mac with a backup than now, whilst remembering the “dawn of Y2K” was just yester-year, when loosing everything was all the rage. I recently happened upon a great deal on a 1TB Apple Time Capsule …

Mail.app RSS Feeds not Working

Cory Blog, Mac

I found this perfect solution to Mail.app RSS reader NOT pulling in feeds. Its been this way for about 2 days now, that I’ve noticed, but after executing this quick terminal command I found on an Apple Discussion board, Leopard’s Mail app RSS reader will be back to normal. 1. Quit Mail 2. Open Terminal (cmd+space bar, type in “Terminal”) …

What Will Work with 10.6?

Cory Blog, Mac

Thanks for Lifehacker.com who brought to our attention this list of compatible apps for the new Mac OS Snow Leopard we can now all know what will, will not, or may work with the new update. For instance, I learned that my favorite FTP utility CyberDuck probably won’t work. But the alpha version (pre-beta) of Cyberduck looks like it could …

Digital Coloring

Cory Blog, Software

Ok, I’m no proclaimed graphic artist, but with what I do create, I often need to use certain colors that are placed here or there on my screen and I’m not sure what the color is “called.” On my mac, the DigitalColor Meter is built in. It lets me navigate over any color on any window on my desktop. It …

See-Net; for Reviews and Purchasing Help

Cory Blog, Software, Web

Way back when, I fell upon a site with countless free downloads and reviews on software applications, a not so little site called download.com. At download.com I can search for any type of software I want either by category, popularity, or by guessing. Then I can sort those results by paid, trial, or free, again by popularity, by rating, and …

Free Space. Get it Now!

Cory Blog, Mac, Software

Mostly Mac: There are many ways to free up space on your hard drive, on mac, your “start up disk.” Let me point out a few: Download and Run Onyx (reviewed in Tricks of the Trade: Current Mac Apps and More Software Means Productivity) Uninstall Apps with AppCleaner (mentioned here More Software Means Productivity) Delete music in iTunes that you really don’t listen …