Just wanna give a shout out to Hawk Wings, a website I just discovered today. This page is just filled with tons of free and cheap apps and scripts (or “plug-ins” as they call them) for the most commonly used Mac apps. I highly recommend checking it out to see what cool things your missing… for example, there’s DockStar, which allows you to “assign a separate notification badge to different mailboxes.”


MacDailyNews reported today that the iPhone Passcode Lock screen on the iPhone can be easily bypassed, allowing access to your Contacts, E-mail, Texts, etc. The problem is only introduced if you have the Home Button Double-Click setting set to Favorites (Settings > General > Home Button). So if you use the Passcode Lock (below, left) and you have the Home button set to Favorites, change it to iPod or Home (below, right) until Apple releases a fix.

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Although Teleport has been serving my mouse and keyboard sharing needs wonderfully for my networked Macs, I’ve been bothered lately that I have no remote control over my PC.

The solution to this problem is Synergy, which lets you share a “server” keyboard and mouse between several “client” Macs and PCs on your network. I’ve tried installing and setting up Synergy years ago, but for some reason, it never worked and I gave up.

Now-a-days there are tons of guides for setting up Synergy. I found a posting on Scott Vandehey’s blog with a great little guide to get Synergy installed and setup, including links for downloading the software.

Not sure if it was Scott’s guide, Synergy updates, my local network, or what, but unlike a few years back, it worked almost effortlessly.

Notes/Additions to Scott’s Guide
– I entered a “screen alias” for each computer — where Scott says just do it for the PC(s).
– I used static IPs to identify each computer (which will need to be setup if you don’t already have in place).
– I get a “Warning: Could not map hotkey” when starting up synergy, but seems to be no problem — this happens even if you don’t remap “control” and “command” as Scott suggests.
– Here’s a look at my server configuration (“server” in the middle):

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static IP addresses and screen aliases for each computer

** Synergy bonus feature: PC & Mac screen saver syncronization! 🙂

Here’s an excerpt from a macosxhints.com hint about optimizing Leopard Mail for accounts that support “push” (like me.com and gmail):

…this is a great way to keep your mailboxes up-to-the-second current without having Mail.app hog the bandwidth, checking every minute or five minutes.

If your server supports IDLE (Gmail, .Mac/MobileMe, and most university servers do), then the only things you need to do are:

Go into Mail » Preferences » Accounts (Advanced) and make sure that Use IDLE command if the server supports it is enabled (it’s enabled by default).

(This is the fun part) Again go into Mail » Preferences » General and set Check for new Mail to Manually.

And robg adds an important note:

If you have a mix of accounts some of which include IDLE support and some which don’t (as I do), here’s another way to set this up. For the IDLE-enabled accounts, uncheck the box next to ‘Include when automatically checking for new mail’ on the Advanced tab of that account’s settings pages. For the non-IDLE accounts, leave this box checked.

Then, in General in Mail’s Preferences, leave the ‘Check for new mail’ pop-up set to whatever time interval you prefer. This way, your IDLE-enabled email will show up as soon as the server pushes it to your machine, but you’ll still check the non-IDLE accounts on a regular basis. This works quite well for me — three of my accounts have IDLE enabled and the email just shows up, while the other two accounts are checked using Mail’s automatic checks.]

One problem, noted by EricMc, which I too have experienced is:

When using the idle support in Mail.app many people experience issues with new mail sounds or sounds triggered from scripts not playing or playing much later than expected.