Using Apple Automator to Lock and Sleep Screens

Cory Customizations, Mac, Software

First let me mention my current setup. 15″ 2012 Macbook Pro running MacOS Catalina on a 2.6Ghz Quad-Core i7 cpu with 8GB ram and 256 SSD. The superdrive is replaced a 1Tb HDD for storage. An old Kensington USB-3 dock drives one 23″ LG IPS monitor. A second 23″ LG IPS monitor connects directly to the laptop over mini-display port. …

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 …

Macbook MagSafe Adapter Replacement Program

Cory Blog, Hardware, Mac, Repair

I bought my Macbook Pro back in the early 2008. It’s been great ever since but this last year, the power adapter stopped working – right before I needed to take it to a client meeting – nice. While I picked up a new one (newer model actually) at Best Buy, I’ve now stumbled upon Apple’s Adapter Replacement Program. Why I …

Apple’s OSX Lion is Out

Cory Blog, Mac, Software

OK, it’s old news for sure, but Apple’s latest and best operating system is out for downloading. But only downloading. If you haven’t heard already, you can’t buy the $29.99 OS in stores and you can expect that will be the trend with future releases from said Mac company…

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. …

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 …

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 …

Google Chrome OS Reviewed

Cory Blog, Mac, Software, Web

Google Chrome, the browser, has been out for some time. It offers a spin on browsing- a cleaner, more streamline, google way of browsing. Besides its incredible speed, the next best thing is that the address bar is also the search bar. Currently it’s only available for Windows, but if you’re Mac, you can find a preview version of it …

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”) …

New iMac Line, Updated Macbook and new Mouse

Cory Blog, Mac

Today from Apple: iMac: Apple today unveiled an all new iMac line featuring brilliant LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMac line, starting at $1,199, is the fastest ever with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for …

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 …

Snow Leopard Release

Cory Blog, Mac

Flooding the internet is Apple’s announcement that they will be releasing the final version of Snow Leopard THIS Friday instead of next month as previously said. The update is only for Intel Macs with some other system requirements and will only be $29! Some of the cool things Snow Leopard will provide are a 64 bit platform, allowing faster response …

Steer Mouse: More functionality for your mouse

Cory Blog, Hardware, Mac

My wife got me a Mighty Mouse for my birthday last year and it’s been just a huge help. I have recently started using as a clicker it to control keynote for Sunday gathering presentations. Yeah, I can sit anywhere I want in the coffee shop and advance slides (up to 30 feet away). The mouse is super nice for …

How I roll. (syncing calendars)

Cory Blog, Mac, Windows

Syncing calendars may not be your forte, but if you want to stay connected to your schedule at home, at work, and perhaps, at play, then you may want to keep reading. If you read anything here, you know I nearly always explain the Mac side of life and mention briefly that the same procedure is possible (perhaps) on Windows. Well, …