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One of the most common Mac newbie mistakes is running an application from within a disk image. For some reason, this is most often the case with Firefox.

You can think of a disk image like a box used to physically deliver your application; you need to receive the box (download), open the box (double-click disk image), and move the contents out of the box and into your home (drag application icon into your applications folder).

Typically, when you download an application from the internet, it comes “wrapped” in a disk image. If you’re coming from PC land, a disk image is similar to a Zip file, in that both disk images and zip files contain several files within them.

Let’s use Firefox as an example of the correct way to install an application from a disk image. Go to the Firefox download page and click “Download Firefox” – you will see that the file you are downloading has a “.dmg” extension. This is the “disk image” extension.

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I’m a little surprised that none of my clients have ever asked me about the Apple Remote that came with their computer. Most people seem to brush it off as something they will never need or even want to use. But once you learn what the Apple Remote is capable of, you may get hooked.

Apple_Remote.jpgEveryone knows that you can use the remote with Keynote (for presentations) and with Front Row (to browse your iPhotos, iTunes, and movies). But here are some not-so-well-known capabilities for the Apple Remote:

• Sleep / Wake your computer

• Use as a remote control for any application (i.e. DVD player)

• Change display resolutions

• Control a virtual on-screen keyboard and mouse

• Boot to Startup Manager & choose startup volume

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Just when I thought I knew every crucial keyboard shortcut, I can across these gems the other day and have been putting them to good use:

Sleep: option+apple+eject

Restart: ctrl+apple+eject

Shutdown: ctrl+option+apple+eject

The best part is that these shortcuts bypass any pop-up window or alert, such as:

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And don’t worry, the computer will still ask if you want to save any opened documents.

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There are many options for fastening cables & wires together, like velcro wraps, zip ties, and cable clips. But if you don’t want to run out and buy one of these handy fasteners, no problem! You probably have several in your kitchen right now that are easier and faster to use then any other cable wrap. No, not twist ties… bag fasteners that come with loaves of bread:

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The Otterbox for iPhone Defender Series is IMHO the best iphone case around. If you haven’t heard about it, you can find info at otterbox.com. I want to share a few things I’ve learned over the past month of intense Otterbox usage which make my Otterbox experience even more pleasant.

One major complaint about the Otterbox is the belt clip – once you get the phone in the clip, it’s tough to take it out. I used to think that I needed both hands to “rock” the phone out of the clip (video below).

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