In OS X it is fairly simple to create a virtual disk image of the type “ISO” by using built-in UNIX tools and the Terminal.app. Unfortunately the Disk Utility.app doesn’t allow the creation of ISO images for all disks (it may work sometime).
Here’s what you need to do in order to create an ISO disk image from a CD or DVD on your Mac:
Since a couple days the Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 7 is available – and the iPhone 4 is the oldest generation of iPhones still supported for the new iOS. I do have an iPhone 4 and decided to take the chance to update from iOS 6 to iOS 7. Here is a brief summary of my experience during the last few days with iOS 7 on an iPhone 4.
It’s still one of the easiest ways to get someone’s data when you get your hands on a USB stick. It’s quite interesting, what you find on these portable drives – whether it’s from a friend or a business contact. There are serveral ways to protect yourself better by encrypting and password locking the drives. Sometimes there’s a preinstalled software on the USB drive available for that – but mostly not.
So in case you are a OS X user and you want to protect your USB drive with a password protected & encrypted drive, I have a short how-to here showing how you can achieve this really easy using standard tools on your Mac!
Automator itself is a really powerful tool for automating recurring tasks in OS X. Unfortunately it’s still not really something regular Mac users are using for making tasks and working in OS X more efficient. If you add the powerful AppleScript into Automator you can even get much more out of it, but of course this requires some basic programming knowledge.
I always hate spending time on manual tasks, which I think should somehow be automated. Why not let computers do work more for you?
One of my most recent ideas is an Automator application combined with some basic AppleScripting in order to open a particular website. But not just like a static shortcut, but adding some flexibility. The following example will show you, how to directly open the Wikipedia page containing the List of Episodes of a given TV show. Think outside the box in order to adapt this for many other uses.
I already once posted this in my Blog some time ago, but recently found out, that the previously used solution with TwitThis.com doesn’t work anymore and even got a bit “suspicious”. In the meantime, Twitter is offering it’s own “Tweet this” popup window. I made use of this feature now for a shortcut button in the Safari bookmarks bar.
Thanks to the built in shortcut feature in Safari, you may use Command+[Number] to directly fire this new bookmark from within the bookmarks bar. In my example it would be Command+5 (the “-> Tweet this” button is at the 5th location in the bookmarks bar).
If you end up in a situation where your iPhone just won’t boot up anymore (not even showing the empty battery icon nor the Apple logo) – or it is simply not recognized in iTunes anymore – it might be, that some of the pins in the Dock connector are be broken. At least that was what happened to me.
Fortunately you can get a replacement of the exact same iPhone model at your local Apple Store for some bucks (which are a lot below the price you would have to pay for a completely new iPhone model).
Don’t worry, I didn’t move away from Apple devices But due to my current job, I got an Android OS based mobile phone. And of course I wanted to be able to access my perfectly organized contact cards there – and for free, not with some kind of costly synch tool.
Turned out to be not so easy – something I generally think about Android so far, but that is another story and shall be told another time – but I got it working anyway in the end. Credits and thanks goes to Jeremy and his blog post “Sync iCloud Contacts/Calendar with Android“. Here’s what you need to do, in order to sync iCloud Contacts and Calendars to Android OS: Continue reading →