OS X: Add new Reminder to Reminders.app using Automator Service

Reminders Application IconI found myself not so satisfied with Wunderlist, as it started to cause some troubles with high CPU load on my Mac. At this time, Apple started shipping OS X Mountain Lion and included the great Reminders.app with it! So I gave it a try… and stayed loyal to the Reminders.app until today (thanks to it’s iCloud sync).

So this is an adaption of my previously posted Automator Service to add Text as Tasks to Wunderlist.app. I adjusted the Automator Service to do the same for the Reminders.app:
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OS X: create an ISO disk image

OS X Leopard Terminal IconIn 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:

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Using Automator to quickly access a website – TV show episode list example

Automator IconAutomator 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.

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Safari on OS X: how-to add a “Tweet this” shortcut to the bookmarks bar

Safari LogoI 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).

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iPhone not booting up anymore – Dock connector may be broken

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iPhone Dock Connector closeupIf 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).

Thanks to my friends @dikk and @appleadvisor for their kind support!

iCloud: how to sync Contacts and Calendars to Android OS

Android iCloud Sync LogoDon’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:
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OS X: how-to fix unrecognized User Password

OS X Lion LogoOS X nearly drove me nuts today, as it suddenly stopped accepting my Username/Password combination for authentication. First this happened when I wanted to relogin from the Screensaver, worked again after a hard-restart to login to the OS, just to come back when working inside OS X and trying to authenticate in order to delete a protected folder.

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