Sync Google Calendar with iCal

by on May 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

Do you have a Google calendar setup and your always logging into your Google account to check on it ? Well you have the option to sync your Google Calendar with iCal which might be something you’d never thought of before until now. The setup process is very simple:

  • Launch iCal
  • From the iCal main menu, click on Preferences
  • Click on the Accounts tab
  • Click the + icon in the lower left corner
  • Select Google for Account Type, enter your Google credentials and click Create

That’s it, now your iCal will automatically sync with your Google Calendar and on a side note Google Calendar also works on your iPhone or iPad too.

Force Eject CD/DVD

by on February 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

From time to time it seems MAC OS X will unmount a CD/DVD, but won’t actually eject it. The drive just doesn’t seem to want to eject, no matter how long you hold the eject key down. Before trying to find some pliers and a screwdriver (which is not recommended, contact the Helpdesk) try restarting your mac and push and hold the mouse or trackpad button. Keep it held down and the stuck disc should eject if the disc drive is still functional.

Smarter Searches

by on January 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

If you use the current “Canned Searches” such as All Images, All Movies, All Documents from your finder window, then you might enjoy adding a few more of those search fields. Open up your finder and hit the keys CMD+Shift+G for opening quick address jump. Copy the address below and paste it into the address field. You will now find some additional search fields which you can drag and drop over to your sidebar. See screenshot below for example. 


iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

by on January 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Here are some pretty nifty iTunes keyboard shortcuts to save you some extra time:

The Space Bar: If you have an item selected (song, audiobook, video, etc) press the space bar to start playing it, press it again to pause.

Command-L: Will get you back to the item in the location where you started playing it (your library, playlist, shared library) so if your like me and are browsing around the iTunes music store or your library this is a quick way to dive right back where you started.

Command-T: Will bring up the iTunes visualizer which will give you some flashy visuals while you listen to your tracks (just don’t stare at it for to long might cause dizziness or a nauseated
feeling 🙂 )

Command-Shift-N: If you have a bunch of tracks selected and want to make a new playlist of those tracks, just use this combo. The playlist will get added to your sidebar, and the name will highlight so you can change it.

If you know of other shortcuts please share the below in the comment section for others to use and enjoy.

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Word Document, protected?

by on January 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

You have a word document that is password protected and don’t know the password? There is a work around to remove the protection and allow you to edit the document again. First just open the document and save it as a RTF (Rich Text Format) file. Close the file and then reopen it again in word. In the menu options click on “Tools”, “Unprotect Document”, now the password is no longer required. Finally just re-save the file as a word document again and your all set.

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Home Sharing (iTunes)

by on January 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

There is a new feature in iTunes now that allows you to share your music between computers, rather then just streaming it across your network. It makes it easier to transfer your purchases between computers without having to use flash drives or e-mail attachments. You will see Home Sharing on your list of items where your music, movies, etc is located. An iTunes store account is required to use Home Sharing and the computer needs to be authorized to play the content.

Once that is set-up the lists will appear below “Shared” in the iTunes window. Now you will be able to choose any media type including Music, Movies, TV Shows, and it doesn’t make a difference if it was purchased through iTunes to transfer from one computer to another.

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Quicktime X Player

by on December 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’m sure most of you are aware of the new QuickTime player on your mac. Did you know that included are some pretty cool recording features? Go ahead and open QuickTime and from the File menu you will see New Movie/Audio/Screen Recording. Which means you can record high quality video from your iSight camera, voiceover with a microphone, or screencast of your Mac’s desktop which could be useful for training video’s for students or those family members who need constant reminders on how to do things.

The cool part of the recording features is once the project is saved it can be imported into iMovie to open up the powerful editing tools iMovie offers and allow creation of some pretty cool projects.

Free Up Quota Space (Firstclass)

by on December 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

You’ve been sending and receiving lots of emails with large attachments (.jpgs, .pdfs).  Have you noticed that your storage quota is steadily decreasing?  Your storage quota is affected not only by the email in your Inbox, but also by any emails in your Sent Items folder and in any folders that you have created.   You may want to scan your Sent Items folder occasionally and delete any emails with large attachments that you no longer need.

Any emails you delete go into the trash can and release your storage space (the released space will not show until you log off and log back into FirstClass).

How full is your Trash?

by on November 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Is your trash can on your dock looking a little full? Most users are unaware that keeping items in your trash takes up hard drive space, which if your hard drive is already full can lead to slow and sluggish performance. The easiest way to check how much space your trash is taking is to click and open your trash. Then press Command + I. You will see the Info window which will calculate and display how much space is being used.

Best practice would be if you send files, pictures, movies to the trash frequently, empty it out weekly to help keep hard drive space available to you.

Keyboard Shortcuts

by on November 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

You may have noticed our new Keyboard Shortcut page. This will be a growing list of shortcuts that you can use with your Mac. If you know of shortcuts that use you then please share those in the comment section below for others to see and so that we can add them to the list.

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