Let’s face it, when it comes to usability, there are no other OS that could come close to Mac OS X Leopard. Here are three useful things you might not already have known you could do:
1) Use Wikipedia right off Dictionary
Did you know that Dictionary allows you to browse Wikipedia articles? It renders them with beautiful and eye-pleasing fonts as well.
2) Search for Menu items from the Help menu
You gotta admit that when it comes to apps that are complexly huge, sometimes you get lost when you’re trying to find a menu item that you need. Fret no more, you can search for Menu items right off the Help menu!
3) Do simple Math calculations from Spotlight
Now you can calculate your taxes right off Spotlight. Simple, easy and effective.
What’s your favourite Leopard feature?
Geeks rejoice, Versions App beta has been released. If you don’t know what this is, it’s basically an SVN app that looks stunning compared to other alternatives such as svnX. Grab it, try it, and let me know what you think.
Today I’ve discovered two ways to add shared Windows printers using unordinary ways. One is by accessing CUPS thru http://localhost:631 which I won’t explain in detail. Another is by accessing the hidden Advanced options when adding printers.
To access this hidden option, first go to Print & Fax in System Preferences, click the + sign at the bottom left, right click the toolbar right on top and you should see something like this:
Drag the Advanced icon to your toolbar and voila, there you go. Now you can almost any shared printers under the sky using this option. This is extremely useful when your Windows shared printer doesn’t appear when you try adding them.
To add a Windows shared printer, enter smb://IP.Address.Of.PC.Sharing.Printer/PrinterShareName as the URL and make sure Type is Windows.
One thing I note about this is it might take up to 10 seconds for the fields to un-gray so be patient. Got any questions? Feel free to post in comments.
Till the next tech tip, hope you found much use with this one!
That’s right folks. Hit up Software Update on your Apple menu. More info about this update on this page
Downloading the update as I type this.
If you’ve been itching to use GrowlMail in Leopard, then look no further than the latest Growl beta, 1.1.3 Beta 4.
If you don’t know what Growl is, you’re missing out on an awesome Mac app. It is basically a system-wide notification app. It is highly customizable and supported by a lot of Mac apps out there. If you own a Mac, you got to have this.
Growl Beta download page here
Service Pack 1 for Office 2008 was just released recently. However, many people (including me) have experienced the infinite looping setup assistant problem. Basically, you can’t get any of the Office Apps working. If you try launching any of the Office apps, it would bug you with the Setup Assistant over and over again.
So here’s how to fix it:
Make sure you have your CD Key ready.
Navigate to ~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2008 (you can use the Finder’s Go => Go To Folder… feature, just cut and paste this into the box)
Delete Microsoft Office 2008 Settings.plist
then Navigate to /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Office/
You will be asked for the CD Key the next time you launch any of the Office apps. But that’s about it, it should fix the “Setup assistant loop” problem. ;)
P/S: Please don’t ask for CD Keys from me, your requests will not be entertained.
Recently, a friend asked me if there was a way to access IE-only sites on his Mac. Off the top of my head, there are two options – one is to use IE itself thru virtualization methods and secondly is to spoof your User Agent in Firefox.
Every browser has its own designated user agent that tells the website what browser you’re using. Therefore, you can actually trick the website to think that you’re actually using a different browser such as Internet Explorer.
Enter User Agent Switcher – this Firefox add-on does just that.
This add-on is extremely easy to use. First, download it here
After installing, you will see the option to switch between different user agents in Tools => User Agent Switcher
As you can see, there are 3 different user agents to choose from. The add-on itself is also easy to use.
Here, using IPChicken to check my user agent and indeed the add-on spoofed it to IE7. Neat stuff.
This tip works on any computer that has Firefox. Doesn’t matter if it’s running Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD etc.
Hope you found much use with this tip. Cheers ;)
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