Enable AirDrop Over Ethernet & AirDrop On Unsupported Macs Running OS X 10.7

This is how you have to do it.


First open Terminal on the Applications Folder.

Then type this:

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser BrowseAllInterfaces 1

Paste that in and hit enter.

You’ll need to then kill the Finder with ‘killall Finder’ or reboot the Mac for changes to take effect.


How to Transfer Files From Another Mac with Target Disk Mode

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by Cory Bohon

fw_teaser.pngOccasionally your Mac may refuse to boot due to any number of problems; however, you can still get to your important files so long as your hard drive is still intact. To do this, we’ll use a little-known boot utility called Target Disk Mode. Using this mode, you can connect your misbehaving Mac to another Mac and use it as an external hard drive, allowing you to retrieve your files and stow them at an alternative location.

What You Will Need:

>> Two Macs with FireWire or Thunderbolt Ports

>> FireWire or Thunderbolt Crossover Cables

1. Connecting Your Macs


You may have a FireWire crossover cable lying around if you have an external FireWire hard drive or other FireWire peripheral.

Connect the computer you will be transferring files from (the host) to another Mac (the recipient) using a FireWire crossover cable. This crossover cable has two male FireWire connectors available in the flavor your machines accept (either FireWire 400 or 800). If one computer has FireWire 400 and the other has 800, you will need a FireWire 400-to-800 crossover cable. Cables like this can be readily found online or at your local electronics retail store. If you are using newer Macs with Thunderbolt ports, you can also use a Thunderbolt crossover cable to conduct the file transfer.

2. Enabling Target Disk Mode


When you see the FireWire logo, it means that your host machine is acting as an external FireWire hard drive.

After connecting your computers through the FireWire crossover cable, shutdown the host computer and restart it while holding down the “T” key. After a few seconds, the recipient computer will mount the host computer as an external drive and will appear in the Finder; while sharing, the host computer will display a FireWire or Thunderbolt logo on the screen.

3. Transferring Your Files


After the host computer appears in the Finder, click on it to begin transferring files.

After your host computer appears as an external drive, you will be able to navigate through the drive, and retrieve your important files. To access files in your Home directory, you will need to navigate from the root of the drive to /Users/YourUserName.

If you will be using the recipient computer full time, you can use Migration Assistant (located in the Utilities folder on the recipient computer) to transfer over all of the necessary files and user accounts from the host computer. This is a pretty straightforward process and the assistant will guide you through completing it.

4. Disconnecting


Remember to properly disconnect your host computer to avoid any data corruption.

When you are ready to disconnect your host Mac, don’t just unplug the machine or turn it off. First, eject the disk in Finder, just as you would with any other external drive. After the disk is no longer visible in Finder, you can press the power button on the host Mac to turn it off.


Use iTunes Ratings to Create Smart Playlists

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by J.R. Bookwalter

iTunes Smart Playlist

For all of its faults, iTunes is a versatile media player, allowing you to organize music in interesting ways — assuming you know how to do so in the first place. Among the built-in tools offered are Ratings and Smart Playlists, which can be used in tandem to display media in most any way you can imagine.

If you thought those Ratings in iTunes were just for marking favorite (or least favorite) tunes in your collection, think again — combined with the Smart Playlist feature, you can do all manner of interesting things beyond the realm of mere mortals.

Why Use Smart Playlists?

iTunes with Smart Playlist selected

Truthfully, we didn’t have much use for Smart Playlists prior to the debut of the first iPhone in June, 2007. Prior to that date, we had been rockin’ a black hard-drive equipped 60GB iPod (now referred to as the “iPod classic”) that deftly handled our 30GB-plus music library with ample room to spare. Unfortunately, the highest-capacity iPhone 2G at the time was a modest 8GB, which meant that more than three quarters of our iTunes library was going to get left behind — ouch! What’s a music lover to do?

Sure, one could just toss a bunch of favorite tracks into a regular ol’ playlist and sync that to your storage-deprived device, but what happens when you add new tracks in the future? Our solution was the combination of Ratings and Smart Playlists — Ratings to “tag” tracks we want to include on such limited storage, and Smart Playlists to manage them accordingly. This technique allows for dynamically updated playlists as new music is added, without manual intervention for adding tracks in the future.

Ratings and Smart Playlists, Sittin’ In a Tree

iTunes Ratings and Smart Playlists

If you don’t have the Rating column enabled in your main Music library, first head to View > View Options and make sure it’s selected, then click OK. This step isn’t required, but once you start tagging tracks this way, it’s helpful to see them at a glance when browsing.

iTunes assign Rating

You can assign a Rating in a few different ways. For individual tracks, simply click on the desired star (from one to five) in the Rating column. Quickly apply Ratings to multiple tracks by selecting them, holding down the Control key, clicking anywhere on a given track and choosing Rating from the contextual menu — that also includes None, should you want to remove a previous Rating and make it disappear from your Smart Playlist.

The next step is the most time-consuming — you actually have to decide how you’ll use these Ratings and then tag your music tracks accordingly. We’ll help you establish a couple of game plans in the next two sections, so let’s jump ahead and look at how Smart Playlists work.

How Smart Playlists Work

iTunes Edit Smart Playlist

Apple has included a few Smart Playlists with new iTunes installs by default — the playlists at the top of your Playlists category in the sidebar, denoted by a little spoked wheel. These include My Top Rated, Recently Played and Top 25 Most Played, and you can get a sense of how they operate by Control-Clicking on one and selecting “Edit Smart Playlist” from the contextual menu. (Music Videos also appear as a Smart Playlist, but to keep things simple we’re only focused on music.)

Creating a Smart Playlist is simple: Choose File > New Smart Playlist from the menu and tell iTunes the criteria by which you want to sort music according to various rules. If you’ve used Rules with the Mac OS X version of Mail.app to file or color-code your email, you already have a good idea how they work in iTunes.

The most important aspect of Smart Playlists for our purposes is to make sure the “Live updating” box is checked (it is by default). This allows iTunes to keep your Smart Playlist current as it finds matching criteria, such as when new music is added. You’ll also have the ability to limit how many items appear in a Smart Playlist or even include them based on tracks that have been checked in your library.

With all of that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions to get you started — and stay tuned, because we want to invite readers to show us how they’re making use of Ratings and Smart Playlists, too.

Separate New Music You’ll Listen to Most Often

Smart Playlist - Recent Mix

One of our favorites uses for Ratings + Smart Playlists is creating what we call a “Recent Mix” — music that we’ve purchased recently and are more likely to listen to often, at least for a while. Since this will likely include entire albums — until you decide which tracks on an album aren’t worth space on your device — select those tracks, Control-Click and assign five stars to all of them at once.

iTunes New Smart Playlist

Start a new Smart Playlist and set it up according to the options shown above. For now, be sure to match all of the rules listed, which involve separating the tracks with five-star ratings (first rule) and then eliminating non-music entries by matching Media Kind to Music only (second rule). Be sure “Live updating” is checked so the Smart Playlist will continually add new tracks whenever you five-star them and click OK.

By default, a new Smart Playlist with more than one rule will be called “untitled playlist” — you can double-click on the name to change it to whatever you’d like, but since our list is used equally on desktop iTunes as well as with iOS devices, we added an underscore to the front of the name, which keeps it pinned at the top of our Playlists sidebar.

Now, as you five-star new music in the future, all that’s left to do to maintain a “Recent Mix” playlist is to sort the tracks inside however you’d like — although this is handier for desktop iTunes, since the iPod makes it easy to jump quickly to a particular artist or album at will.

Consolidate Favorites for Tiered iOS Syncing

Smart Playlist - iPhone #1

Until Apple blesses us with cloud syncing or the iPhone comes in a 64GB (or higher) capacity, many of us will have to be content with chopping up our music collection into smaller bites when it comes time to sync. That means making some “tough love” decisions about separating the wheat from the chaff (so to speak) — some tracks will always be along for the ride in your pocket, while the rest remain at home.

That’s where Ratings comes in handy again. Since we’ve already used five stars for our newer music example above, we’ll now separate catalog favorites into two convenient lists: Four stars for “iPhone #1” (music tracks we couldn’t live without on a desert island, maybe), and three stars for “iPhone #2” (other stuff you love that will only be included where space permits). As always, what you call these Smart Playlists is up to you.

Smart Playlist - iPhone #2

The idea here is to split a giant catalog of music into two or three Smart Playlists to be used according to available space. For example, “iPhone #1” contains catalog favorites we want to include on every iOS device, while “iPhone #2” features additional tracks we’ll only sync when space allows — that older 60GB hard disk iPod that still works, or maybe a 64GB iPad or iPod touch.

You can see how we created the two Smart Playlists above, which is essentially the same as the “Recent Mix” example but changing how many stars are used in the Rating.

Show Us Your Smart Playlists!

Show us your Smart Playlists

Now it’s your turn: Found a clever way to use Ratings and Smart Playlists together? Send us a screen capture of your settings and Smart Playlist and we’ll make a gallery from them to share with other MacLife.com readers. There may not be a prize in it for you, but you’ll get your name in (digital) print and the eternal gratitude of your fellow MacLifers. And that, as the saying goes, is priceless.


How to Make a Google Group Calendar

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by Chris Barylick

Ok, there are admittedly some Google products that haven’t quite worked out as well as Google would have liked and have yet to change the computing world as we know it — Google Wave, anyone?. But for Google’s products that changed things, their presence ranges from pretty useful to indispensable. Among these is Google Calendar, which has the advantage of being online, customizable and easy to share with a group of friends and surprisingly simple to share with your iCal app. Read on to find out how to create a Google group calendar to share with your friends, family and bowling group, and how you can export it to iCal so that you never miss an important date again.

1. Start a Google Cal

First things first, create an account with Google calendar (logging in via your standard Google account will do the trick) and begin entering events. Like iCal, you can just click on a date and time and a window will appear allowing you to customize the event/state whether it’s recurring/give it a title and flesh out the details.


2. Export to iCal

Once you’ve created the events you want and set them up as you see fit, exporting them to iCal is actually pretty easy. From the Google Calendar main screen, click the “Settings” link to open up the export menu.


From here, click the “Export Calendars” link and your Mac will automatically export your Google Calendar link over to iCal, opening the iCal app and adding your Google Calendar events to iCal. Choose the calendar you’d like to add the events to and you’re almost done.


At this point, you can repeat steps 1 through 3 to export your Google Calendar and its events to your iCal any time you wish. To sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your iCal, just connect the device to your computer, select it from the “Devices” menu in iTunes, click the “Info” tab and make sure the “Sync iCal Calendars” box is checked. From this point on, your most recent iCal calendar changes will be synced over to your iOS device.


3. Share with Friends

Now it’s time to share your plans with your group. From the main Google Calendar page, click the “Settings” link and then click the “Share this calendar link”. This will open up a sharing window and allow you to begin specifying just how widely you’d like to share the calendar.


Once you’ve entered the sharing screen, you can now either make the page public so that it functions like a commonly visible web site that people can bookmark and check in on to see if any updates have been entered, or keep the calendar viewable by a select view and giving them access through their email addresses. You can also control each individuals level of access to the calendar, and whether they can simply view it or actually edit it.


Once finished, click the “Save” button at the bottom and your group will be notified of the new calendar.


Differences between Combo and Standalone Updates

When new updates are issued for OS X or when people are troubleshooting some aspects of the OS, many times the use of a Combo updater is recommended instead of a standard updater for OS X. If you are unfamiliar with the updating options that Apple provides for OS X, then these recommendations could be a little confusing.

Overall updates for OS X are distributed in two major ways: through Software Update and as Standalone Updaters, with the standalone updaters being divided into “Delta” (or “Standard”) updaters and a “Combo” updater.

Software Update
Apple’s Software Update utility is the most common and recommended method for updating your Mac. It is available in the Apple menu and will analyze your system for the files you need in order to apply the latest updates. This is beneficial because it minimizes the download size, consolidates multiple updates into one update routine, and performs the update automatically.

While recommended for everyday updates, Software Update has a few drawbacks. The first is that it only provides you with the latest versions of updates, so if you want to upgrade a fresh OS X 10.6.0 installation to OS X 10.6.5, you cannot do this with Software Update because it will only provide you with version 10.6.7 (the latest version to date). In addition, since Software Update will only give you the files your system needs to be updated, then if you have experienced a problem with an update and need to reapply it, Software Update will read your system as already being updated and will not provide you with any more options.

Standalone updaters
The standalone updaters (both Delta and Combo) for all of Apple’s software updates can be downloaded from the Apple Support Downloads site (search for the version of OS X you want, such as “10.6.6”). Both of these update options have their uses, depending on what needs to be done.

Delta (Standard)
The Delta updaters (delta being the triangular symbol for “change”) contain only the files that Apple has changed since the previous version of the software. Therefore, if you have the Delta updater for OS X 10.6.7 you will only be able to apply it on systems that are running OS X 10.6.6 and not on any running OS X 10.6.5 or earlier.

This differs from Software Update, which will tailor its updates for your specific system and update you to the latest version regardless of what your current configuration is. While Software Update may seem more practical in this respect, the Delta updater includes all the files needed to update any Mac from the prior version to the one represented by the updater, and therefore can be used to quickly update multiple Macs instead of having to wait for each to download the same software (though with broadband Internet connections this is less of an issue).

Apple’s Combo updater includes all the files necessary to bring a major release of OS X from any previous version to the one represented by the update. For example, if you have the OS X 10.6.7 Combo updater then you can use it to update any Mac from any version of OS X Snow Leopard to OS X 10.6.7.

While Software Update will also provide you with this option, the Combo updater, like the Delta updater, is more universal and can be applied to any Mac system, regardless of its hardware or software configuration. Additionally, it can be reapplied to a Mac that has already been updated. Because of this, a Combo updater is frequently used when troubleshooting odd problems in OS X since it can be used to essentially replace a number of system files with fresh ones, without requiring a full reinstallation of OS X.

If for some reason an update has not worked properly and you are experiencing problems with your system after updating, or if files on the system have become corrupted and you are experiencing odd slowdowns, then applying the update again using the Combo updater may replace the files and fix the problem. It is an easy initial step to do when experiencing some problems before going to the extent of performing a full OS reinstallation or restoring from a backup and running the updaters again.

Modding the iPad 1 to work with the Smart Cover

Modding the iPad 1 to work with the Smart Cover
TUAW 11/03/22 12:00 Mike Schramm accessories blogger dan provost DanProvost iPad ipad2 magnets rare earth magnets RareEarthMagnets smart cover SmartCover super glue SuperGlue

If you saw the Smart Cover during that announcement a while back and have really wanted to use it with your iPad 1 instead of buying a whole new iPad 2, you may be in luck. One enterprising blogger named Dan Provost agreed with you, and he found that if you super glue a few rare-earth magnets to the side of the iPad 1, the Smart Cover can fit quite nicely right along it. It’s a little hacky (depending on whether you mind having a few magnets super glued to a device as slick as the iPad or not), but since we know the Smart Cover is really just magnets and fabric, it should work great.

Of course, if you don’t want to go that route, there are cases for the iPad that will happily do what the Smart Cover does without requiring you to do any gluing. But if you want Apple’s solution for the second iPad to work with your beloved first version, this might be just what you’re looking for.

[via MacStories]

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How to Save Email Sent Through MobileMe’s iDisk Web App

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21 de Março de 2011 16:00
by Susie Ochs

How to Save Email Sent Through MobileMe’s iDisk Web App

I share my stuff with friends and colleagues. I use the “Send this link to (Optional)” for sharing files from my iDisk, which sends notices by the built-in email. How do I get these emails to appear in my sent mail (either the app on my Mac or in the cloud MobileMe mail)? Is this even possible? I’d like to have a record of who I’ve sent stuff to.

MobileMe’s iDisk web app (me.com) has a Shared Files section where you can see which of your files you’ve shared, but it doesn’t have a list of whom you’ve emailed them to. And you’re right — the email that you send through that web app doesn’t show up in the Sent folder on your MobileMe email. So the best workaround we can think of is to send yourself a copy too. Just type your recipients’ email addresses, separated by commas, and tack your own MobileMe (or other) email address onto the end of the list.


Email it to yourself too, and greet your recipients by name.

So that sends you a copy of the email too, but in our testing, the email we received looks like it was sent to our address only, without the other addresses next to it in the To field. Curses! But you can weasel around this too by getting old-school in the notes field. Start off with, “Dear Susie, Ray, Nic, Robbie, and Flo” (the names of your friends may vary, of course).

Then later, you can search your email for “Shared file” in the subject line, and you’ll be able to check the notes to remember whom you sent each file to. It’s a bit kludgey, but as of right now, it’s the best we can do.

How to transfer game saves between iOS devices, without iTunes, and without jailbreaking

22 de Março de 2011 10:00
by Chris Rawson

How to transfer game saves between iOS devices, without iTunes, and without jailbreaking

If you own multiple iOS devices, you may have noticed that syncing game saves between them is nowhere near as easy as syncing other types of data. In fact, most people probably don’t even know that it’s possible to sync game saves between devices.

This isn’t a big deal for most casual-type iOS games, but some games like Infinity Blade or Chaos Rings provide epic play lengths that represent hours upon hours of time invested. Why should you start over from scratch just because you bought a shiny new iPad 2, but all your game saves are on your iPhone 4? Apple does let you restore backup info from one device to another, but if you’d rather setup your iPad 2 as a new device, there’s no Apple-sanctioned means of transferring your save data afterward.

Phone Disk comes to the rescue. We covered Phone Disk last November, when it was temporarily available for free, but Phone Disk now costs US$19.95 for a single-user license. If you want Finder-level access to your iDevice’s media files and third-party apps without having to jailbreak, it may well be worth the cost, especially since with a little bit of poking around you’ll be able to locate your game saves and transfer them between devices using the Finder in Mac OS X.

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Resize Photo with Preview

Great article from CNet

One of the unsung heroes of Apple’s Mac OS X is the simple, yet incredibly powerful, Preview application. Using Preview, you can easily adjust your photos and get them ready for print, projects, and sharing. And best of all, it comes free on every Mac, bundled with OS X.

Many tips floating around the Internet will suggest using Adobe’s Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to accomplish tasks like resizing and adjusting image resolution. Though these applications are great solutions, they can also be costly and somewhat complicated for new users. Photoshop can run as high as $199 for the latest version, and Elements still costs about $69.

Using Preview to resize an image:

  1. Select the image you wish to resize. Preview handles nearly all popular image formats including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and GIF. If the image you want to open is associated with another program (like Photoshop), right-click the image file and mouse over “Open With” and choose Preview from the list.
  2. From the Preview menu bar select Tools > Adjust Size.
  3. In the size adjustment box that appears, you will notice you have several options.

    (Credit: Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti)


  5. To adjust the dimensions of your image, you can set a custom height or width, or constrain your image to fit into common sizes. Keep in mind that you will want to keep your image proportions locked so stretching does not occur.
  6. You can also adjust the resolution (pixels per inch) that your photo contains. Adding pixels does not necessarily mean you will have a higher-resolution photograph, however, and some distortion can occur when resampling.
  7. For images that will only be seen on a screen, make the resolution 72 pixels/inch. If you need to print at a low fidelity or your image contains a lot of text, set the resolution to 150 or 300 pixels/inch. Also keep in mind that higher-resolution images are bigger files.


Preview is also a great tool for doing all kinds of other simple adjustments on images. If you need to take out a background on an image, you can use Preview’s Instant Alpha feature to quickly and easily complete the task. The Instant Alpha tool is located in Preview’s tool bar, under the Select menu.


(Credit: Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti)


Once you have the tool selected, click on part of the background you wish to delete and begin dragging. The red overlay that appears represents the area that can be deleted. Drag until the space is covered and let go. Press delete on your keyboard and the area will be removed.

In order to keep the image with the background deleted, you must save it as a PNG or GIF file with the alpha check box selected.


(Credit: Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti)


Now you know how to quickly resize a photograph and create images with alpha backgrounds. But, what if the color on your image is off slightly? Well, Preview can fix that, too.

From the Preview menu bar, select Tools > Adjust Color. You may recognize the semitransparent HUD that appears from programs like iPhoto or Pages. The color adjustment tool allows you to tinker with your image’s levels, the exposure and contrast, saturation, temperature, and tint. You can also add a sepia tone or extra sharpness to your image.


(Credit: Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti)


Of course Preview only offers the very basic features for adjusting colors and resizing images. For more-advanced photo-editing capabilities, check out the editing functions in iPhoto, which also comes free on every new Mac.

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20034984-263.html#ixzz1FFREiPvh


Syncing multiple Google calendars to iPhone

Very useful article here!

Via: MacWorld

Reader Drew Lincoln is interested in syncing Google calendars to his iPhone. He writes:

My wife, daughter, and I have busy lives and it’s sometimes hard to know where everyone is or needs to be. I was hoping there was some way to create Google calendars for all of us and then sync those calendars to my iPhone. Is that possible? It is. The means is Google Sync. Google provides a document aptly entitled Set Up Your Apple Device for Google Sync that provides the necessary steps. But I’ll outline them here. First, if this hasn’t been done already, create Gmail accounts for each family member. Then, each family member should create a personal calendar and share it with other members of the family. On all the iOS devices you wish to sync the calendars with, go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap Add Account. Choose Microsoft Exchange as the type of account to set up. Enter your Gmail address and password in the appropriate fields. Tap the Next button and a dialog box appears telling you that a certificate can’t be verified. Tap Cancel. In the resulting screen enterm.google.com in the Server field and tap the Next button at the top of the screen

In the next screen you have the option to sync Mail, Contacts, and Calendars. To sync only calendars, flick the switch next to the Calendars entry to On and flick the Mail switch off. To keep your existing events on your iPhone, tap the Keep on My iPhone button that appears. Verify that you want to do this when the Keep on My iPhone button reappears. Tap Done at the top of the Exchange screen.

To choose the calendars to sync, launch Safari on the iOS device and travel to http://m.google.com/sync. Enter your Gmail username and password when prompted. Tap the name of your iOS device in the Manage Devices screen that appears.

In the resulting Settings screen, tap on the shared calendars that you want to sync with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Now, when you launch the Calendar app, tap the Calendars entry at the top of the screen. In the Calendars screen that appears you’ll see an entry for your Gmail Exchange account that lists all the shared calendars you’ve chosen. When someone in your family updates their Google calendar, those events will sync to your iPhone.