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How to Backup Your Mac Data With Time Machine

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Mac is a line of personal computers developed by Apple Inc. and the Time Machine is the state-of-the-art-automatic backup built into the Mac’s Operating System. It keeps a copy of any kind of file that has been saved on the Mac including photos, movies, music, documents and everything else. It enables one to ‘go back in time’ and recover anything that he/she has lost or needs, hence the name.

Installing the Time Machine to the Mac is pretty simple. On connecting an external drive, Mac asks the user whether the drive is meant to be for backup and on saying yes, everything else will be taken care of by the Time Machine. After installation, all the back up will be done automatically and the user won’t have to worry about this anymore.

During installation, the software copies the Mac’s entire contents to the backup drive. Without compressing anything, all files are copied as it is. After the initial backup, only periodic backups are done and that too only for files that have been modified since the previous backup. Time Machine also creates links to all the files that are unchanged so that you can see the entire contents of the Mac on any given day.

Like every other backup software, the Time Machine also copies every file on the Mac, but there is something that sets the Time Machine apart from all these other softwares. It not only keeps a spare copy of all the files but also remembers exactly how the Mac looked on a particular day.

By searching on the Time Machine browser for missing files, the user can find long-lost files which you might have lost ages ago, but still need. You can also find the most recent changes by specifying the precise date or you can even do a Spotlight search to locate exactly the file you are looking for. As per the user’s requirement, the Time Machine can restore the entire folder or just the required files. Even the entire computer can be restored using Time Machine, if need be.

By default, a backup of everything is saved by the software, but files can be excluded by going to preferences and changing the Options. Files that are to be skipped can be set here. The user can also delete files whose backup has already been made by selecting the files he/she wishes to delete and then by choosing ‘Delete from all backups’ from the action menu in the Folder toolbar, all unwanted backups are eliminated instantly.

Eventually the program is bound to run out of space, as no matter how large the backup drive is, it will one day be filled. Hence, the software will start deleting the files, oldest first, but before doing so it informs the user. Moreover, before deleting anything, the software copies files that might be required to completely restore the user’s disk for future backups.

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Understanding the Apple MacBook and Bluetooth Connectivity

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

You should know whether your MacBook supports Bluetooth connections. However, latest Apple laptops have internal Bluetooth component. If you’re using an earlier Mac laptop without built in Bluetooth, though, you’re certainly out of the Bluetooth loop. Even so, you don’t have to pitch your faithful Mac if it doesn’t yet communicate to other Bluetooth-enabled devices! You can add Bluetooth feature to your Macbook with a widely available USB Bluetooth adapter. A regular Bluetooth adapter sells online for approximately $30.

Your external Bluetooth adapter should have automatic data encryption capability, which can protect your Macbook if there’s a Bluetooth cracker within about thirty to sixty feet of your Macbook. The adaptor may link with up to eight other Bluetooth devices as the same time. (Come to think of it, if there are a lot of people within 60 feet of your MacBook Pro during a LAN party bash, you’ll guess this feature really is important!) You’d expect any modern and high-tech operating systems like Mac OS X should come with basic Bluetooth supports. You’d be right; however Apple goes one step further.

Your Macbook comes with System Preferences and utility software to help you get your Macbook connected with nearby Bluetooth devices.

Choose the System Preferences icon located in the Dock. With the Bluetooth pane, you can

* Create new Bluetooth devices. Just click the ‘Set Up New Device’ to open the Bluetooth Setup Assistant utility, which sets up other Bluetooth devices for connection with Leopard. Read the onscreen instructions to configure a number of common Bluetooth gadgets (including mice, cellphones, keyboards, and printers), or you can also choose Other, Setup Assistant will looks for other Bluetooth devices and adjust the settings so that those devices are ready to party with your MacBook. Be sure that Bluetooth devices are discoverable and in range (available for connection with your Macbook) before you open the Bluetooth Setup Assistant utility. Read your user manual to understand how to set a Bluetooth device as “discoverable”, the device should be about twenty feet away (or less) from your laptop.
* Set up Bluetooth connections. Choose the Advanced button to establish, remove, enable, or disable a Bluetooth connection, using a Bluetooth connection as virtual serial port (for the simple file transfer) or as virtual modem (for bidirectional transfer, including using Internet connection through a Bluetooth cellphone).

You may also specify if a Bluetooth port should be encrypted.

It is recommended that you activate the Show Bluetooth Status located in the Menu Bar check box. Luckily, the Bluetooth menu allows you to conserve power by disabling your Bluetooth feature until you need it. It is quite convenient to toggle your Macbook’s discovery status and also configure a device or send a file. It’s also easy to know which devices are connected to your Macbook.

If you won’t be connected with Bluetooth devices while you are on the road, disactivating a Bluetooth service on a Macbook will help save battery power. There is another handy Bluetooth resource, the Bluetooth File Exchange. You have to launch Bluetooth File Exchange the old-fashioned way; just go to your Utilities folder, inside the Applications folder. It’s quite similar to a traditional file transfer protocol (FTP) application, choose the Bluetooth File Exchange icon to go to the file selection dialog; then browse the file you want to send to a connected Bluetooth device. You can also choose to browse the file in other networked Bluetooth device so that you know what the user of that device is offering.

You may also configure your default settings for file exchange in the Sharing pane, which is located in the System Preferences. Just click the Sharing icon and then choose the Bluetooth Sharing check-box to display the setting parameters. Here you can manage what Leopard does when you get files or PIM (Personal Information Manager) data with Bluetooth File Exchange. For example, with this setting, Leopard can

Ask you for permission to receive a file or Personal Information Manager item

* Accept any files and PIM items without any prompting or restriction
* Keep all incoming items and files to a specified folder
* Restrict file-sharing only for the items and files in the specified folder when other Bluetooth devices browse your MacBook.

It is recommended that you use these default setting in Leopard for file exchange:

* You know when someone’s sending you something.
* Anything you receive will be saved in your Downloads folder.
* If you turn on the File Transfer, you can allow others to see the content of your Public folder.

Even so, feel free to enable, disable, and adjust the setting to your heart’s content.

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How to Reinstall Mac OS

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The instructions in this article can be used to reinstall the operating systems of a wide range of MAC systems.

Insert MAC OS X Disc

The first step to reinstalling the operating system of your MAC PC begins with putting in the CD/ DVD with the OS X software into the disk drive. While pressing the [C] button key one has to restart the computer system. Once the computer has started up you will be given the option to “Continue” which you choose for the first two screen pages that appear. After this, the third page displays all the crucial information which is relevant to the installation process. After this information is presented, the subsequent two pages too have to be allowed to go further, which the user does by clicking on the Continue tab. Once this has been done, you will be presented with the Terms of License which you must read through carefully. Post this, if you agree with all the terms and conditions presented therein, you will click on the Agree tab to further the process.

Customize your installation

The next step involves choosing the details regarding the volume and the hard drive that one wishes to configure the OS X on. After deciding upon the volume you can choose to open up the Options tab and choose whether or not you wish to store the previous operating system in the archives. A folder known as Previous System can be used for storing the original operating system and one can also choose to save the old Users as well as the original network configurations.

Follow instructions and wait…

After this one has to let the installation process go on. This step can take a little long as the entire system needs to be configured. One only has to follow the automatic prompts that are provided by the computer system itself. You will be requested to begin a new account where you shall have to fill in a User Name and a Password to correspond with it. It is advisable to choose the “password hint” option to remind you of the same if you forget it at a later stage. The password is crucial to your system as it is required all through the process and even later, when you use the PC on a regular basis. Without this password you will not be able to modify or alter your system settings in any way and you will be unable to add new features or programs at a later stage.

Personalize your MAC

The next step involves choosing the personalization features such as those of selecting the date, the day, the time zone and such. Once such custom settings have been decided the installation process is finished. Now one needs to start the computer again to initiate the newly installed operating system. Upon the start up you might be asked to install a variety of different software. These updates are provided by the operating system to inform you of the different options available to you.

The re-installation process is now complete!

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How to Convert a DVD to an iPod Or PSP

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

It’s rather complicated for one to become accustomed to all the options available on the web as we speak, regarding the process of converting a video DVD for a playback gadget like an iPod or a PSP. Depending on the model, firmware, format compatibility there are dozens of software programs for such converters that provide, more or less, suitable conversions for the iPod or PSP owner.

The software converter offered by those at 99bytes is an acknowledged piece of software by renowed specialists like Softpedia, in terms of download security and overall standard of ease of use. It does not require complicated steps to be made by the user, as the following described steps will show.

First of all, any user receives five free trial conversions beforehand, so a user gets to test the converter capabilities without needing to purchase the actual converter. After the installation, the video file to be converted has to be opened from the main menu. The 99bytes DVD converter for iPod and PSP offers double compatibility, meaning that a DVD can be converted both for an iPod and a PSP, which saves the user money and time because he or she doesn’t need to look for a different converter for their other gadget, the PSP. This particular software converts any video format into a compatible mp4 one for the iPod, so users don’t have to worry about previous conversions.

Furthermore, the software permits selected conversion, which are conversions of certain parts or chapters of the DVD, so users can save space on their iPod or PSP and watch only those parts of the movie they like best. These are the most basic steps a user has to do in order to convert a DVD for an iPod or a PSP using the 99bytes DVD software converter.

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Fix Mac Disk Errors

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

In this article we teach you how to fix MAC disk errors for the Apple Macbook using the operating system OS X10.4.x. If your MAC computer is no longer working as quickly, efficiently or effectively as it used to when you had just purchased it, chances are that there is some malfunctioning of the disks of the computer systems. Such problems are known as disk errors and need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage and to restore the computer to its optimal condition.

Customers of Apple using the Apple Macbook are provided with a disk known as the Apple Software Restore disk which is to be used for such times where an emergency arises and the disk needs to be cleaned of unwanted applications and kinks need to be smoothened out.

Getting started!

The first step is to place the disk into the disk drive and then choose the ‘restart’ option to begin loading the computer up again. Once the start up process begins again you will be alerted to it by the startup sound. After you hear this sound press the C key down and hold it so until the screen displays the Apple logo. The logo display is in tones of gray.

Once the computer has started up the disk will automatically begin to initiate the OS installation process. Be careful not to begin to reinstall the operating system yourself manually.

You might be presented with the option of choosing another language. To work with English, which is the default language, click on the Next tab.

What next?

A window with the option Utilities will pop up. Click on the window and then choose the Disk Utility button. This will start up the Disk Utility function which will pop up as a new window. Towards the left hand side of the window will be a list of the disks out of which you need to select the one which you wish to heal. For the present time being, you will select the option listing Macintosh HD. There will be a bar running horizontal near the upper end of the window with the option First Aid. It is imperative to select this option as well. At the lower end of the Disk Utility window, towards the right hand side, you will be a tab with the label Repair Disk. To start the repairing process click on this tab.

And lastly…..

This action will initiate a scan in which the system will go through the drive that you have chosen to repair and will check to see if there are any problems in the drive. If the drive is safe and free of problems a message stating the same will be displayed. If there are errors in the drive a window detailing the same will pop up. After reading through the list of problems detected by the scan you only need to click on Repair Disk and the computer will start to fix the problems within the drive on its own.

Disk Software

Another highly recommended option for the Mac is to use some type of disk management and backup software such as Disk Tools. Read the full review of Disk Tools here.

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Transferring Music From IPod to PC

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Did your computer crash and all your music is only on your iPod? Do you want to transfer all of your MP3′s from your iPod to a new PC, or use your iPod to transfer some songs to your work computer? You don’t need to purchase special software as some people will lead you to believe. If you have Microsoft Windows, iTunes, and an iPod (set to show up as a removable drive); That’s all you need! I’m going to walk you through the steps needed to do this.

Set Windows to show hidden files

Right click on your [START] button and select “explore”. Click on [Tools] at the top, then “Folder Options…”. This will bring you to a windows with customizable folder options. At the top, click the “View” Tab then scroll down halfway. Click on “Show hidden files and folders” and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Find songs hidden on your iPod

Plug your iPod into your PC via the USB cable. The iPod should show up as a removable drive (for example purposes, we’ll call it the E: drive). Go to “My Computer” and then press your F3 key to pull up a search sub-window. Choose “All files and folders” if a little dog asks you any questions. Then, fill out the form as shown in Figure3 and click “Search”… This will show you all the MP3′s that are on your iPod. Yes, they have weird names, but the song tags (Title, Artist, Genre, etc) are all still there. iTunes will rename them with their tag information when you import them.

When it is done searching, select them all by pressing “CTRL %2B A” and copy them (right click -> copy) all into a new folder on your desktop (right click on your desktop and select New -> Folder). Copying may take a while depending on how many songs you are moving around. Once they are done copying, go to the next step.

Import the songs using iTunes

Install the latest iTunes if you don’t already have it (refer to the apple documentation), then open iTunes. Immediately, click on [Edit] at the top, then click on Preferences. Once the window pops up, click on the Advanced tab and make sure “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” are selected (VERY IMPORTANT). Then click Ok.

Now you will import all the music you copied. Click on [File] at the top and select “Add Folder to Library”. It will ask you which folder to add. Navigate to your desktop and select the New Folder you created that contains all your music, then click OK.

Relax and let iTunes work

Thats it! As it imports, iTunes will use the tags to rename the songs to the correct information. Don’t forget to delete the New Folder on your desktop when you are done. You no longer need these because iTunes copied them all to its own internal folder in your My Documents -> My Music folder.

Sincerely,
Chris Tolson
CTOLSON1978@tGMAIL.COM

How To Make Your iPhone Ringer Louder

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Perhaps one of the most aggravating aspects of having a cell phone is when you miss a telephone call. There are many reasons why you can miss a phone call, however, when you miss a very important call due to your ringer’s low volume, this is extremely aggravating. If you own an iPhone, than you may have missed many phone calls due to the low ringer volume, which is very surprising. When you have a cell phone as high-tech as the iPhone, than you expect it to be able to properly notify you when you have a phone call, however, due to the iPhone’s lower than normal ringer volume many people are missing phone calls. But what can you do about the iPhone’s low ringer volume?

Many people who have an iPhone think that the reason why the ringer volume is so low is because of the iPhone’s small speakers. And this makes sense because the smaller the speakers are, the lower the volume, right? While this may seem to be a great reason why the iPhone’s volume is so low, it may not be the actual cause. The main cause for a ringer volume that is extremely low may be due to the actual audio levels in your phone. Many people have found that with their iPhone, the stock ringers have such a low volume. In order to fix this, you may have to find new ringtones other than those that are already on your iPhone.

The main cause for the ringtones being so quite is the fact that they are made of a low frequency. Thus, if you want to be able to have a louder ringtone, than you will need to find a ringtone that is made of a higher frequency. This may sound difficult, but you can find a higher frequency ringtone by simply turning to your computer. If you are a MAC owner, than you will be able to go into the application Garage Band and find a new ringtone within this location. Perhaps the best ringtone from Garage Band is the “Cell Phone Ringing” sound clip.

However, putting a new ringtone onto your iPhone requires a little work on your part. In order to put this clip onto your iPhone, than you will need to run iFunstastic, which is for individuals that have an Intel-MAC, or if you are using a Windows PC than you will want to run the application iPhoneRingToneMaker or iBrickr. These applications will install the ringtones from your computer to your iPhone, thus giving you the ability to have a ringtone that is clearly audible.

The key to having a successful ringtone is picking one that is naturally loud by default. This will increase the sound volume that is being release, and thus you will never miss another phone call because you didn’t hear it. When you have an iPhone, you want to enjoy every aspect of it, however, if the volume of the iPhone is lower than desired, than you will not be able to enjoy your iPhone to its fullest.


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