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:
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).
Thanks to my friends @dikk and @appleadvisor for their kind support!
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:
OS 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.
Recently I had to create a lot of Microsoft Office Word documents based on the same template, so I decided to use Mail Merge. Unfortunately when you generate a document from a defined Mail Merge template in Word, you end up having all the pages inside one huge document. But I wanted to have each form in a seperate word document.
To achieve this non-standard behavior, I wrote a little helper: execute the following VBA Macro on your Office Word Mail Merge template to have Word generate & save every record into a single file.
- Unfortunately this Macro does not work with Microsoft Office 2010+ on Windows! (Reason is the next point #2)
- There is one thing to do manually, because I couldn’t solve it programmatically: you have to manually set the “Mail Merge Output” setting to “Current Record”! (default is “All”)
Here’s the VBA code for the Macro:
Mit folgendem Befehl im Terminal.app lässt sich die kurze Verzögerung entfernen, bevor das ausgeblendete Dock angezeigt wird (sofern man es natürlich standardmässig ausgeblendet hat):
defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0 && killall Dock
Vor allem in den Fullscreen Apps in OS X Lion erscheint danach das Dock auch umgehend… ich persönlich hatte da schon Probleme, dass es wilde Mausgesten benötigte, bis es endlich eingeblendet wurde.
Verhalten rückgängig machen über den Terminal Befehl:
defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay && killall Dock