Here I will list the useful pieces of info I come across concerning Apple Macintosh computers and iphones. This is listed here both for my records and for your edification.



To make text selectable in Quick Look previews, you just need to enable a hidden Finder setting. Select and copy the code below, open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities), paste that code at the prompt, then press Return:
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE; killall Finder
After a second or two, the Finder will restart. Once it does, you'll be able to select text in Quick Look previews and copy it to the Clipboard for use elsewhere.
If you decide you don’t deserve to select text in Quick Look, you can turn this feature off with another Terminal command:
defaults delete com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection; killall Finder


WD-40 Will Loosen Up Your Unresponsive iPhone’s Home Button in Seconds

Your iPhone (or other iDevice) has but one button you use constantly: the home button. It has many functions, and so it's prone to becoming unresponsive through heavy use and the passage of time. Designer Khoi Vinh has discovered that this problem is easily resolved with a little WD-40:
In my experience, on not just my own iPhone 4 but also on my girlfriend's, WD-40 restores the responsiveness of the iPhone's home button to basically like-new condition. I just sprayed a little bit of WD-40 directly on the button, then pressed the button rapidly a few dozen times, tested its responsiveness afterwards, then repeated the process two or three times until it began to improve. Then I used the phone for a day or two to see how well the button did in actual use; I found that after a few days the problem ebbed back slightly, at which point I applied more WD-40. After the second or third application, the responsiveness remained indefinitely.
Khoi also notes on his blog that spraying WD-40 could possibly void your warranty. If you're concerned, contact Apple Support or head into an Apple Store before you give this a try.



How to fix your iPhone/iPod touch home button

If you're unfortunate enough for you iPhone or iPod touch's home button to become sticky, unresponsive (takes a few click of home button to work) or broken (won't work no matter how many clicks) there may be a solution without sending your iPhone/iTouch back to apple for repairs:
The only tool you will need is a toothbrush - yes that's right a common toothbrush. This personally reolved the problems with my Home Button.
1) Press on the side or top of your home button so part of it is depressed
2) Press the bristles of the toothbrush hard into the depressed area - some bristles will slip underneath the home button and clear any blockage that may be inside your iPhone/iPod.
3) Use circular motions with the toothbrush while slowly moving your finger around (following with the toothbrush) to explore the entire circumference of the iPhone's home button.

This method will (depending on the source of the problem) at least improve the responsiveness of your iPhone's home button at at best fully fix the problem!

Recalibrate your Home button
iDownloadBlog passes on an incredibly helpful tip that many probably don’t know about. It’s actually a very simple process to recalibrate your Home button; simply open a stock iOS app (Weather, Stocks, Clock, etc.). Once the app is open, press your iPhone’s power button until the ‘slide to power off’ screen appears. From that screen, press and hold your Home button until iOS force quits the stock app you have open. You’re done! No rocket science required.
Your iPhone’s Home button (this also works wonderfully on the iPad and iPod touch) should now be just as responsive as ever. 

iphone tips:
- if the phone is running slow deleting the history, cookies and data from the iphone's Safari settings may help. Go to settings, and scroll down to Safari, then there are two buttons to flick.

My favourite and recommended iphone apps
- Awesome Note (aNote)
An excellent note app. Lots of features, easy to organise info and thoughts, doubles as several other things (todo for one).
- Bump
A new app. Allows exchange of info between iphones, via a 'bump'.
- MegaReader.
My new preferred (after the slow demise of Stanza) ereader. Lots of features, skilful design.
- TopCamera
Cam app. A full suite of features. Better if could save to photostream, and a little quicker at saving.
- Theodolite.
A gps app. For me it takes a pic with coordinates. Useful for waymarking.

2nd half of 2011

This site has a means to add system preference settings to your iphones homescreen. Saves time.

Macintosh and mdworker overheating
For several months I had trouble with mdworker going gangbusters (a great deal of cpu activity). My Mac was running hot. The symptom was spotlight index running way too much. This kept the cpu active, the machine hot, and the fan operational. I tried several different solutions I found in various fora. Some helped somewhat, but this is what solved the problem for me. A microsoft file (ms!) installed I cannot remember when, was causing a large part of this problem. I deleted it, not needing it in the slightest. I am not sure if the file itself was faulty, or it was an innate flaw in the design of the file. It is gone, and my cpu activity is back to an acceptable level. 

If you do find that spotlight is indexing frequently, you might want to check the other files in this folder to ensure that they are 100%.

This is the file:
/Library/Spotlight/Microsoft Office.mdimporter

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires at least Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and also works on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Version 1.3.9 is the last version for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).



HOW TO: Put Newsstand In A Folder On iOS 5 [Without Jailbreaking]

Why can’t I put newsstand in a folder?” Actually, you can! I like every other Apple Device owner, was excited about iOS 5. After installing it and getting everything set up, I was annoyed at the fact that Newsstand is not allowed to go in a folder. Honestly, it’s an app I don’t think I will ever be using. I tweeted my frustration on Twitter. Luckily I found out via a few Twitter friends it it IS possible to put Newsstand in a folder, you just need to trick your device into letting you, and you need to be quick about it. Simply follow these steps:
  • Take two apps and go to create a folder
  • The second the apps are in the folder and it’s doing the folder creation animation, drag Newsstand into the folder
  • As long as you’re quick enough Newsstand will go into the folder!
If you open Newsstand while it’s in a folder your springboard will crash. If you want to use Newsstand at some point just take it out of the folder and you’re good to go!


Mac sleep issues:

Remove the sleep image file
When a Mac goes into hibernation it writes the RAM contents to a file called "sleepimage," and if this file is corrupt then the system may have a hard time accessing it properly. An easy way to fix any problems arising from this is to remove the file by running the following command in the Terminal (supply your password when prompted after entering this command):

sudo rm /private/var/vm/sleepimage

Removing the sleep image is a safe procedure, since the system will just automatically re-create it when it next needs it.

Reset the power manager
Sleep routines on Mac systems are governed by the power manager, which hold variables that determine what sleep modes the system will go into. If the power manager is not working properly then the system may show in odd sleep and wake behaviors.

  • Shut down the computer.
  • Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.
  • On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
  • Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
  • Press the power button to turn on the computer.  
    : The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.

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