Forget about memorizing keyboard shortcuts

CheatSheet app

One of the last posts I wrote on this blog, in 2008, was about using your keyboard only to operate your mac.

But that sort of stuff isn’t for everyone. Ane between 2008 and now, with the AppStore bigger than ever, we’re always using new apps, and it’s tough to remember what all the keyboard shorcuts are for those apps.

Enter CheatSheet. Very lightweight, just install, and hold the command (⌘) key for a few seconds to have a window overlay pop up, listing all the active shortcuts for the application being used.

Download it here.

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How to: Restore windows and tabs on Safari

One of the great things about other web browsers, such as Firefox and Camino, is that they have many functions that Safari does not have. I’m sorry, I meant, did not have. With Safari 3, many new functions have been introduced, one of which is provided by browsers like the previously mentioned.

All performance enhancements aside, one of the key new features implemented in Safari 3 is restoring one’s last workplace. All you need to do is go to the history tab in the menu bar, and click on Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

Simple as that! The nice thing about it, you don’t always have a window popping up to ask you if you want to restore or not, like Camino, instead, you just use that menu tool when you need it.

Tricking out QuickLook

Found two great plugins to trick out QuickLook, for all you Leopard users!

Folder List

The Folder List QuickLook plugin is a plugin that allows you to view the contents of the folder, and information about all of the files (date modified, size, etc…). You can find out more about this plugin over here.

BetterZip

BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 is a very similar plugin. It works the same way, only you view the contents of archived files. This is particularly useful if it’s a big archive, and you don’t feel like unzipping the damn thing to see what’s inside. More info about BetterZip over here.

Download Folder List plugin here.

Download BetterZip Quick Look Generator 1.1 here.

BatchRename’em: Rename groups of files and folders easily!

Finally, a way to easily rename groups of files!

Pretty helpful if you’re renaming pics and screenshots!

With BatchRename’em, you can do the following to files and folders:

– Make Sequential
– Add Text
– Replace Text
– Change Case
– Add Date or Time

Much easier than doing every file manually.

Get BatchRename’Em here.

TextWrangler: TextEdit, on steroids

TextWrangler is a full blown text editor; it pretty much works with anything that uses text, packed with various utilities to use for script editing, Terminal, etc… Seriously, this has everything you could possibly need when it comes to text. The icon leaves a lot to be desired, but you can always change that. Programmers, admins, you’ll definitely find use for this.

Get TextWrangler here.

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive.

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted – So, another How to!

How To: Use your iPod as an External Hard Drive

You will need:
-iPod
-iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPod to your Mac.

Step 2: Open up iTunes and click on your iPod. Tick the ‘enable hard drive’ box.

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Step 3: You’re done! Now you can drag anything to your iPod! Applications, files, anything! You can also do what I do, which is back up my computer to my iPod.

It’s very easy to back up all of your stuff onto the iPod, but many people waste away memory by copying all their music, videos and photos to their iPod, AGAIN! No reason to, people! First off, it’s already possible to retrieve your photos, there’s a folder named photos when you open up your iPod (assuming you are using a video/photo enabled iPod).

So now how do you retrieve music and videos? Considering these two are probably going to take the most space, we certainly don’t want to simply copy everything to a folder in your iPod. So use a program, like iPodDisk and you might want to read my post on how to do it.

For the rest of your applications and files which you want to back up, simply create a folder in your iPod (which should show up on your desktop) and drag and drop everything there. Voila!

Sapiens- The Future of Application Launchers

Ladies, Gents, prepare to be awe-struck.

This is fuck-ing beautiful. Quicksilver, your mouse gestures just got owned. 😀

Verrry beautiful, and very simple to use. Basically, you make a circular gesture with your mouse, and *pop* comes a menu with applications which you generally use.

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Sapiens will advance and learn what application you use over time. If you don’t get the application you wanted, just start typing and it will bring up results.

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Seriously, this is definitely worth having.

Get Sapiens here.

How To: Change Icons – The easy way!

My How To: Change Icons guide is perhaps one of my most popular posts I’ve ever made. It shows you how to change icons manually. However, lots of people complained about how it was time consuming to change all of your icons, and people were getting pissy about how the only application which does it for you automatically is CandyBar, which you must buy.

While CandyBar is an excellent application, I have bumped into the freeware, almost equivalent version of CandyBar! Allow me to present to you LiteIcon! Almost has all the features CandyBar does. However, one fairly big thing which it lacks is the ability to change application icons (but you can go ahead and do that manually).

Get LiteIcon here.
Check out CandyBar
Check out the How To: Change Icons guide

How To: Turn Your Mac Into an Airport

Is your Airport not working? Hell, do you even have an Airport? If you are in one of those catagories, then worry not, cause you can still share your internet connection with other computers in your household wirelessly, just turn one of your Mac’s into an Airport! Let’s do this together shall we?

You will need: a Mac with an ethernet port and an Airport card, running Mac OS X.

Step 1: Plug in the ethernet cable of your broadband/modem/whatever to the Mac you wish to use as an Airport. Once that is done, you’re connected to the internet automatically, no configuration needed (thank you Mac OS X :P).

Step 2: Now we need to set that Mac up so that it shares the internet connection with the rest of the computers. To do so, open System Prefences, and click on Sharing pane under the Internet & Network catagory.

Step 3: On the Sharing pane, click on the Internet tab. Go to Share your internet connection from: and select Airport. Now click, Start for internet sharing!

Step 4: Now you’re good to go! Your Airport status menu item should have an arrow on it, symbolizing the signal your Mac is sending out. Now go on your other Mac and connect to the internet via your Aiport Mac 😀

This should work fine, just make sure you keep your Airport Mac on at all times, or you won’t recieve a signal from it. Screenshots from macapper.com I was too lazy to take my own, besides, they were good ones 🙂