Mac OS X Lion is the first version of the Mac OS X Operating System that can be downloaded through the App Store application.
On itself great, and the price (as usual) is definitely not a reason to not do it ($29.99).
But if you’re like me, then you really want a installation disk … for whatever reason (you don’t want to download it again for your other machine, you’d like to have a backup, installation through the App Store didn’t work, etc).
So here a short and quick explanation on how to do just that.
UPDATE: This trick works for other Mac OS X versions as well, even with MacOS X Maverick (free!)!
Whenever creating a website, I typically first play at home on a testserver. Once I’m satisfied, I transfer the content to a production server.
In the past this was rather straight forward since I had developed the website from scratch. But when I started playing with WordPress this seemed a bit more cumbersome.
In this article I’ll show you a simple guide on how to copy or move your WordPress site to another server or to another domain in 5 steps.
As you might have noticed; I really like my QNAP NAS – it has proven to be flexible and reliable.
One of the nice things is that quite a bit of functionality comes pre-installed.
For example MySQL is default installed on your QNAP (not enabled).
I’ll show you how to enable MySQL and how to install phpMyAdmin.
This is a short article on how to install QPKG packages (applications) on your QNAP NAS.
There are quite a few (free!) QPKG’s out there, which expand functionality of your QNAP NAS.
Be aware though that certain packages can contain so called binaries – which are platform specific. QNAP, at this time, has 2 different platforms: ARM (Marvel) and Intel. So play attention that you pick the right one for your NAS.
How do I upgrade the SSD (Solid State Disk) of my Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows based tablet?
That’s what this article is about, in a nut shell. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 standard comes with a minuscule 32Gb harddrive, actually it’s an SSD. After installing Windows 7 (or 8) and an application your disk is pretty much full … so what can we do to upgrade this to a more sizable 128Gb SSD?
In this article, I’ll show you how to open your Acer Iconia Tab W500 and how to replace the SSD with a larger one …
So you erased the internal disk of your AppleTV and want to restore AppleTV OS?
It happened to me; playing with a 1st generation AppleTV, installing (and thus wiping) a AppleTV suitable Ubuntu version. Only to find out that I goofed up and had to go back to the original OS to change some video settings. Yes I was playing with CrystalBuntu and OpenElec … (highly recommend both!)
Now it appeared that restoring back to the original AppleTV OS wasn’t all that simple – since I literally wiped the entire disk – until I bumped into v1.1 of StmLabs’ Windows Installer UI.
UPDATE: There is an easier method available in this article “Restore AppleTV OS after erasing disk (Offline Method)“.
A short description how to add your own ShortCodes to your WordPress based website.
One of the reason why WordPress is so popular is the ability to customize. This can be done with the enormous amount of (often free) plugins, or by writing custom code utilizing the WordPress powerful backend.
One of those customizable things are the so called “Shortcodes” where a simple tag (like a macro) handles a complex task or repetitive work.
I’ll show you in this article what Shortcodes are and to how to create your own custom ones with a simple example.
How can we optimize PNG images even MORE …?
You might have looked at some of the PNG optimization tools out there like PNGOUT, although great tools, they can’t quite keep up with JPEG compression when it comes to photographs and other more complex graphics – but you’d like fast loading webpages yet still want to use transparency which is something JPEG and GIF do not [properly] support.
Another trick that will nibble off quite a few bytes is “Posterization” – a function found in Adobe Photoshop and most other graphics programs.
In this article I’ll show you how to use it and how beneficial it can be.
In this article a quick and free trick to optimize PNGs on your Mac …
While developing and maintaining my website, I use several tools to optimize the size of my PNG image files.
So far I think that PNGOUT (for Windows see ardfry.com which also offers an Adobe Photoshop plugin) produces the best results. As a switcher between MacOS X and Windows I noticed the freely available PNGOUT port for MacOS … but unfortunately this is just a command line tool.
I started playing with the Automator included with MacOS X, dabbled with AppleScript and Shell scripts, but never got a really convenient and satisfying thing going … until I bumped into ImageOptim created by Kornel Lesinski.
You have an iPad, iPod, iPhone … now how do I make a screenshot?
While writing my first articles for tweaking4ll I had the need for making screenshots of my iPad, which made me go on a search on how to do this.
Back when I started using my first iPhone, a special screenshot app was needed. In those days it would require a jailbreak and an install of that app. Seems however that since iOS 2.x a screenshot tool has been build-in the OS.
This works on the iPhone, iPad, and I suspect also on the iPod Touch.
For those of you who use their computer for watching TV-Series, the following problem must sound familiar:
Filenames are inconsistent, odd characters in the filenames, missing titles, weird numbering, etc… Finding the correct names and renaming them all manually can be quite labor intense.
Thats is one of the reasons why I wrote: “Name My TV Series”.
It’s available for free for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X.
The main information source it uses is TheTVDB.com which offers the data for free. The only thing they ask, is that, if you’re up for it, you help in maintaining the database with TV Series information.
Note: Name My TV Series can now also be found on AlternativeTo.net, AddictiveTips.com and the Lazarus Application Gallery …
So you have a Unibody MacBook Pro and want to switch between the slow Intel and the faster nVidia video?
Apple equipped most of their Unibody MacBook Pro models with 2 graphics processors; one for long lasting battery life (Intel) chip and the other one for gaming and high performance graphics (nVidia).
The switching happens automatically and there appears to be no easy or obvious way to control over override the switching yourself … or is there?
How to add a second harddisk or SSD to your MacBook Pro …
A while ago I replaced the harddisk in my Mid 2010 15″ MacBook Pro with a nice 160Gb Intel SSD. However, having both MacOS X and Bootcamp with Windows 7 installed – as you can guess – makes 160Gb eventually rather small. But getting one of those much bigger SSD’s is kind-a painful for my wallet, specially since I had a similar 160Gb Intel SSD spare laying around (long story).
But how do I get 2 harddisks in my MacBook Pro?
You might be familiar with XBMC, one of the best Media Center like systems/applications out there. You also might know about the $35 computer called Raspberry Pi, and that some folks managed to got XBMC to run on this little guy; RaspBMC and my favorite: OpenELEC.
Well, in this article I’ll show you how I got an LCD display (Hitachi HD44780 based) combined with LCD2USB for use with the Raspberry Pi running OpenELEC XBMC.
RaspBMC user might find this article useful as well.
If you want to use a HD44780 based display without LCD2USB then you might want to read this post that uses the GPIO port directly. The lcdproc manual pages show more details on how to configure lcdproc to use the HD44780.
Note: These instructions should be very similar for other OpenELEC systems (Generic, ATV, Fusion, ION, etc).
Windows users really don’t run into this problem, as it appears (mostly) to already do this for you. But how about Internet shortcuts on your Mac?
The MacOS desktop does not utilize the FavIcons of a particular website to make the icon look more distinguishable … and there appears to be no simple one click step to make this happen either.
Apple: Isn’t it time to add this to MacOS? It’s available under iOS? Why not in MacOS X …?
Anyhow; in the article a quick trick for now that makes this happen anyway.