Dan Moren, one of our faves over at Macworld.com, has an excellent and succinct explanation of how to work magic, i.e. control a Mac remotely. Well, it’s not really true magic, like touch-sensitive iPads are, but you still feel a wonderful and slightly creepy feeling as you watch the mouse traverse the screen of a computer 2 floors or 2,000 miles away. Requires no additional software as it comes native to all Macs.
It’s not too techy and though it’s not useful for everyone, anyone whose seen this trick who found it to have practical applications was very anxious to try it out. It sometimes doesn’t work (for reasons iSensei can’t explain) but it usually does. Also, you might have problems accessing your computer at work if the IT Dept there has erected security barriers to prevent this kind of “invasion” into the company network. Doesn’t hurt to try (though if it lands you in jail, do NOT call iSensei to bail you out).
Thanks again to Dan Moren and Macworld.com. Be sure to check some of the hundreds of FREE useful tips available on the site. Just head to the HELP & TIPS section.
Okay, iSensei knows what you’re going to say: “GREAT copy and paste tips?!?”
Trust me on this one. Copy and paste is something you use every day and it can do things you never thought it could. Frankly, neither did I until I read this article. iSensei must express his extreme thanks to the wonderful Sharon Zardetto of our fave site, Macworld.com. These tips are very useful and I highly recommend you try a couple out soon as you finish this article. It will better cement them in your head and be more helpful. Some, like the icon-changer, are more fun than useful perhaps, but once you realize you can copy files and folders in useful ways you never thought, well, who knows, you might even start experimenting yourself! Maybe. Either way, enjoy. (For reference, this article originally appeared in Nov 2011, using the Lion operating system)
Editor Dan Miller posted an excellent, very short video that shows you how to get the most out of your iPad keyboard. Some of these tips will save you quite a few taps and even show you things you didn’t know you could do! (iSensei of course knew them all but he doesn’t like to brag… much) Check them out at Macworld.com
Turn the voice control features in the iPhone 4S
into an impressive productivity tool
Here’s an excellent one-page article from the nutritious Macworld.com site, written by one heck of a tech writer, Lex Friedman. Rather than try to paraphrase the whole thing, I’m running one of the tips in its entirety below and linking to the whole article with the remaining five tips right here. Even if you only get a trick or two out of this, it’ll speed up your use on your iPhone, doing things you thought would take a bunch of screen clicks.
In an unusual move for the usually control-freak company that is Apple, Siri was launched with iPhone 4S last year and has never technically come out of “beta” (meaning not really 100% finalized). Still, it’s quite functional but only hints at what the future of voice-control will be, and it’s coming sooner than you think. Currently Apple is working with 9 of the top car companies to include Siri’s technology for complete hands- and eyes-free control (well, not the driving part… though that would be cool, huh? “Go faster, Honda Civic, faster!!”) The release of iOS 6 this fall will very likely mark a big improvement in it. Read the rest of this entry
You know how I feel about updates, especially from Apple. Don’t ignore them, especially for their Operating Systems (OS)!
Fast and easy to do, here’s the straight poop from dear ol’ Macworld.com on the what and how of iOS 5.1.1.
Like backing up (you ARE backing up your hard drive, aren’t you??),
it’s All The Rage with the Kids, so DO IT!
iSensei tip: don’t be surprised if it takes a fair amount of time. That’s as Jobs intended it. Also, best if you have a WiFi connection or are plugged into a Mac. 3G is too lame for this work, but 4G (on a new iPad) should be OK.
How Do You Take A Screenshot?
Taking screenshots (a picture of what’s actually on your screen) is a great way to remember something (like the settings you’ve modified in one of your apps or system preferences) or if you want to capture an image of something you don’t understand or is causing you trouble, which you can then email to someone who may be able to help and a whole lot of other useful purposes. Another view of this info.
But to start, here’s a quick cheat sheet:
Dan Frakes, a Big Kahuna over at Macworld magazine/ www.macworld.com has a great quick video that teaches you how easy it is. As a matter of fact, even iSensei learned a few new tricks from it! Hard to believe, I know. Anyway, check it out. It’s only about 3:00 long. You’ll be glad you did!
PS: Macworld is one of the all-time great resources for all things Apple. Well worth looking at for TONS of useful info. Just tell ‘em iYou-Know-Who sent you!