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The default OS X Finder does its job ok. As long as all you need is simple file management capabilities, then it provides you with everything you need. Perhaps with the exception of being able to cut and paste without needing to hit the alt key.
But if you find yourself using Finder on a daily basis and most of your time at work, then perhaps you should take a look at Path Finder. I can also bet that there would be features there that you More >
Just switched over from Windows to the Mac OS X platform? Well, what else can I say but a warm welcome! The OS X is no doubt the best operating system you can use today. However, if you are new to the wonders of OS X, coming over directly from Camp Microsoft, here’s a quick guide of what I’d consider as essential softwares to have on your brand new Mac.
While not all of them are absolutely necessary, there is a few which I think is More >
So you have a MacBook (or any PC or notebook really) that’s a year or two old and things seems to be slowing down a little. You basically have two choice. Suck it up and just live with it. Or buy a new notebook. And burn some cash in the process of course. Sure, you’d get new spanking CPU and perhaps even a faster GPU to boot. But hey, unless you are dying to run the latest games in all 2000 FPS glory, 90% of the time, you don’t really More >
Update: I’ve also explored the Parallels Desktop 8 and VMWare Fusion 5 and compared them here. You might want to check that article out too.
Caveat: This is an updated article which I originally wrote using Parallels Desktop 5 and quickly after that, upgraded to Parallels Desktop 6, comparing it with VMWare Fusion 3.0. That’s almost exactly one year ago from today.
Upgrading to Lion on my MacBook Pro was great. It was perhaps the easiest OS upgrade I’ve ever done thus far. While I generally like how it is, there are a few nagging issues with Lion that just irritated the heck out of me.
One of it is that when my MacBook wakes up from sleep mode, my bluetooth mouse would never get paired again without the need to turn the MacBook’s bluetooth module off and on. This was never the case with Snow Leopard! More >
Update: Google has discontinued the free edition of Google Apps since December 7, 2012. Therefore, the content of this post is still valid only if you go with the Google Apps for Business which charges US$50/user/year. If you are still looking for a free options, check out my guide to get your email service running off Microsoft Live’s Hotmail.com aka Outlook.com service here.
Some of you may have wondered how I got my own domain name for More >
If you just gotten a 802.11n wireless router to upgrade your existing 802.11g router, I bet that you would be wondering how you should set it up to ensure co-existance with older devices and still get the benefits of the much faster 802.11n speeds. Let’s face it, you (and I too) would like to go exclusively 802.11n with it’s 5GHz channels that is much less saturated compared to the over congested 2.4GHz channels that 802.11g uses. However, More >
Here’s a quick tip to fix for those of you Mac users who are using Parallels 5 as the virtualization solution.
Support came back to me with the following steps to fix the problem. First, quit Parallels if it’s already running. Then go through the steps noted below.
- Go to /Library/Parallels/
- Right-click on “Parallels Service.app” -> Show Package Contents
- Go to /Contents/PlugIns/
- Right-click on “Parallels Network Start.app” -> Show Package More >
And since both the MacBooks and iPhones uses a lithium-based battery, there are a few golden rules on how we can keep the batteries in tip-top conditions.
Firstly, lithium-based batteries likes their electrons to keep moving. That way, the battery stays More >
If you’re use both Mac and Windows workstations, then you’d probably also have a bunch of removable hard disks that’s formatted as NTFS laying around. And you’d also obviously know that OS X does read from an NTFS partition. The trouble is, you don’t get NTFS write by default.
In Snow Leopard, both read and write capability is apparently available natively. The reason why it’s not officially available, it seems, is due to licensing issues More >
Yes. I finally took the plunge and jailbroke my phone. One reason why I took so long to do it was the fact that it’s quite an easy task to jailbreak an unlocked iPhone without the risk of losing anything existing on the phone. If you want to know how I got it done, just hop over to http://spiritjb.com/.
I’m actually known for my insistence of buying apps and games legitimately off App Store. And since don’t exactly own a tree that grows More >
One of the reasons that I was quite reluctant to move over to Linux from Windows was the ease of tethering Internet connection from my iPhone. In Windows, all you need is to install iTunes (which would install the required drivers) and voila, all you need is just enable tethering on your iPhone and connect the USB cable to your PC. That’s it!
However, thankfully there’s the Bluetooth PAN option as well for tethering. And since the iPhone More >
Here’s a quick tip if you’ve been trying to enable Virtualization support for the Dell Latitude E6400 and wasn’t able to. If you’re like me, you’d probably enabled all the settings available under the Virtualization section of the BIOS. Well, apparently, that’s a BIG mistake.
What you need to set is actually the following:-
- Virtualization support – ON
- VT for Direct I/O Access – ON
- Trusted Execution – OFF
Where I got it wrong was to also More >
I’ve recently jumped on the Linux bandwagon and installed Linux Mint as the primary OS on my work machine. Cutting the long story short, I installed Chrome and discovered that it didn’t have the Java plugin pre-installed. Bummer.
So naturally, I went to download the latest Java runtime for Linux (jre-6u18-linux-x64.bin) here and installed it at /opt/java. For you Linux newbies, I’ll go easy on you as I too was a Linux n00b not too long ago More >
The ability to re-arrange the applications on the taskbar is one of the nice new features of Windows 7. This is of course nothing exceptionally new, as the dock on Apple Macs allows you to do it for quite some time.
But if you’re still stuck in realm of Windows XP or even Vista, like me on my Win XP work machine, you’ll need some extra help to re-arrange those running applications on the taskbar.More >