All Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Powerbook, and iBook users should be aware of Apple’s cable wrapping “trick.”

This may be common knowledge for 90% of all Mac users, but the other 10% will be shocked at the brilliant design by Apple that they never noticed:

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Next time you’re working with a document that can be saved (i.e. e-mail, word document, photoshop image), take a look in the upper left hand corner of the window. As usual, you’ll see these red, yellow, and green buttons:

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You probably already know that red closes, yellow minimizes, and green resizes – or zooms or maximizes, depending on the program.

What you may not have noticed is the red dot will contain a smaller black dot when the document you’re editing can be saved:

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Moral of the story: when you see the dot, SAVE YOUR WORK!

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iPhone Terminal Alternatives

MobileFinder (also on installer.app) – Browse your iPhone’s file system, change file permissions from within the iPhone, move/delete files and folders, even send files via-e-mail

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AFPd (also on installer.app) – Connect to your iPhone via Finder just like any other networked computer

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Mac Terminal Alternatives

iRepair – Easily change unix file permissions

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Invisibility Toggler – Show/Hide invisible files with a simple double-click of this tiny automator application

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Symbolic Linker – Create a symbolic link (like an alias) from the Finder contextual menu

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ACL Fix – Removes ACLs from files and folders

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When working with text, there are a few crucial shortcuts to know.

You should already know these

Command + A : Select All
Command + C : Copy
Command + V : Paste

You may not know these

Option + Arrow - Left : Jump to beginning of previous word
Option + Arrow - Right : Jump to end of next word

Shift + Option + Arrow-Left : Select previous word
Shift + Option + Arrow-Right : Select next word

Command + Arrow-Left : Jump to beginning of current line
Command + Arrow-Right : Jump to end of current line

Shift + Command + Arrow-Left : Select all words on line to the left of cursor
Shift + Command + Arrow-Right : Select all words on line to the right of cursor

I just discovered this one

Shift + Command + Arrow-Right + Arrow-Left : Select all words on current line
(in the past I did : Shift + Command + Arrow-Right then Shift + Command + Arrow-Left)

If you must use the mouse

• Double-click a word to select it
• Triple-click a word to select the whole line

If you’re on a Macbook, Powerbook, or iBook, it’s important to know that Function+Delete is the opposite of Delete; it removes a space in front of the cursor (the opposite of backspace).

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poweroff.jpgMany of my clients tell me that when a program freezes they hold down the power button and shut down their computer. Even worse, one client told me she pulls the power cable out of the back of her computer (btw, NEVER DO THIS!).

If you don’t know what to do when an application freezes, you risk damaging your hard drive and potentially loosing ALL your data. Here are several things to try before force-shutting down:

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