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Standard Function Keys – Great Tip!

Standard Function Keys

If you’re using MacBook keyboard, you will see a Fn key. When this key is pressed, F1-F7 keys will become standard function keys.

Fortunately, you can change this behavior so that without pressing down Fn key, F1-F7 keys are already functioning as standard function keys.

The good thing here is, you can easily perform keystrokes that include these keys, such as Control F1.

Here are the steps to change these function keys’ behavior:

  • Open Apple ▸ System Preferences..
  • Go to Keyboard & Mouse
  • Click on Keyboard section
  • Tick the last checkbox labelled Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys
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    The bad thing is, usually these keys come with Brightness and Volume Adjustment, i.e. after the changes you will need to press Fn to adjust brightness and volume.

    (Via USINGMAC.com – Home.)

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    Apple’s 10.5.4 – Leopards final update & Mobile Me…

    Apple sets release date for 10.5.4 Leopard final update, Mobile Me
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    Apple just released update 10.5.3 for Leopard, which had over 200 bug fixes and resolved a number of issues and conflicts. Continuing the “Leopard must have been a beta release” vibe, Apple is planning to release the final update to Leopard in July.

    Apple made headlines recently with their announcement at WWDC of new .Mac replacement and synching solution MobileMe. MobileMe is set to solve many of the issues users of iPhones and multiple iMacs or MacBooks have with synching data among programs, online storage and their phone. It is rumored to have support for Windows Mobile phones in the works, but that is unconfirmed as yet.

    The final update was seeded to developers recently, and a second version of Leopard 10.5.4 went out this week. The update is set to drop in July, and will automatically bring former .Mac users into the new MobileMe world. While users of older Mac OS versions will still be able to use MobileMe, several of the features, such as iLife 08 integration and others, will be limited to people who upgrade to the Leopard 10.5.4 build.

    Leopard’s 10.5.4 update will also work with the proposed iTunes upgrade to version 7.7. Leopard 10.5.4 will presumably be the last Mac OS to support the die-hard PowerPC crowd. As of the Snow Leopard 10.6 release next year, future Mac OS versions will concentrate on Intel Macs and other future technologies.

    If you are a .Mac user and are concerned about the switch, Apple has you covered. They have already generated a FAQ page to assist you in the transition from .Mac to MobileMe. You can find the FAQ page on the company web site at this link. The update to Leopard is free, as always. MobileMe is slated to cost $99 per year.

    (Via MAC.BLORGE.com.)

    10.5.4 Expected in July

    Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.5.4, Final Release Expected in JulyBC128189-79A2-4E8C-A9A9-6FB08FF7487B.jpgApple has seeded a second version of Mac OS X 10.5.4 to developers today. While the latest build (9e12) fixes a dozen more issues in Mac OS X Leopard, the biggest new feature to be supported will be Apple’s recently announced MobileMe service. MobileMe is Apple’s .Mac replacement service which will allow users to sync contacts, email, and calendar across various devices. It also provides advanced web applications to access your information anywhere with a web browser.

    Apple has announced that MobileMe will be launched in early July. Apple’s system requirements for MobileMe include Mac OS X 10.5.4 as well as iTunes 7.7, so we expect these two updates to also be released in early July.

    Apple provides a Frequently Asked Questions document for existing .Mac customers who will be transitioning to MobileMe.

    Update: The system requirements: for MobileMe also list 10.4.11 as being compatible, but “some features require Mac OS X v10.5 and iLife ’08.”

    (Via MacRumors)

    First Look: VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1

    First Look: VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1

    E2BDA8A1-57D8-432A-8F4E-D07644D1AD50.jpgThe ongoing competition between Parallels and VMware in the virtualization market continues with Tuesday’s release of the VMware Fusion 2.0 beta. Rob Griffiths takes the beta out for a test spin and tells you what to expect from the next version of Fusion.

    Read More HERE.

    (Via Macworld.)

    Mac video/text Tutorials! Tons…..FREE!!!

    Apple Video and Text Tutorials

    There are tons of helpful Video and Text Tutorials on Apple’s web site – For beginners, switchers and Mac Geeks! Check em’ out, I’m sure there is something for you too!

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    Apple video tutorials:

    Get Started With Mac
    Anatomy of a Mac
    Move to Mac
    Windows on a Mac
    Wireless
    Wireless Basics
    Setting Up Your Wireless Network
    Wireless Printing, Backup, and More

    Text tutorials

    Customizing Your Mac
    Customize Your Mighty Mouse
    Customize Your Mac With a Screen Saver
    See Your Way Clear With Exposé
    Open Applications Automatically on Start-up
    Quickly Switch Between Applications
    Dictionary Definitions in One Click
    Go Home
    Backup Your Music, Photos, and Other Documents
    Quickly Activate Your Screensaver
    Take a Quick Look
    Capturing Screenshots
    Using the Dock
    Change the Position of the Dock
    Add an Application to the Dock
    Remove an Application from the Dock
    Using Mail
    Email a PDF
    Quickly Email a Photo
    Add an RSS Feed to Mail
    Email a Web Link Instantly
    Using Addressbook
    Fill Out Forms Quickly
    Automatically Add Email Addresses in Mail
    Create a Birthdays Calendar
    Using Safari
    Blocking Internet Ads
    Create Your Own Dashboard Widget
    Create a Bookmark
    Open a Web Page from the Dock
    Using iCal
    Share an iCal Schedule
    Subscribe to an iCal Calendar
    Using iChat
    Add a Buddy to iChat
    Create a Buddy Icon with Photo Booth

    Free Instant Messenger Mac – Adium X

    Adium X – Free Instant Messenger For OS X
    C7CF84A5-810E-40E1-B5C7-596D1BDC56B1.jpgAdium 1.2.5 is a fast, free instant messaging client for OS X which supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Yahoo! Japan, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise and Lotus Sametime.
    It supports a beautiful WebKit message display, tabbed messaging, encrypted chat, file transfer and more. It is fast, lightweight, customizable, and has been translated into 20 languages.

    (Via Cool OSX Apps.)

    Apple posts graphics firmware update for iMacs

    Apple posts graphics firmware update for iMacs

    Apple has released a 1.0.1 firmware update for iMacs equipped with Radeon HD 2400 XT and Radeon HD 2600 Pro-equipped iMacs.”

    (Via MacWorld.)

    Ten things I hate about Windows and love about my Mac

    Another great article from Appletell:

    Ten things I hate about Windows and love about my Mac

    This is part two of a series. Read Part One here.

    What I Hate About Windows

    1) The Taskbar – Windows users will crow on and on about the taskbar’s superiority, but it is crap. It has no one purpose, rather it is a poorly implemented strip that serves as the main control point for the computer. The place where this becomes the biggest issue is if you hide it. You may just want more screen space, or to just hide the start menu, but you have no choice. Everything goes. Your list of programs, your minimized windows, system notifications, everything, is gone. Which brings me to my next gripe. Why would all my windows be displayed in huge buttons? I can understand it if my minimized windows were, but the maximized windows are already there. No need to have them in the taskbar. The argument is that its easy switching between windows, but I don’t find it easy to try to decipher between three Internet explorer windows, or three any windows. In the taskbar they all look the same and that doesn’t speed up the workflow at all.

    2) Just Do It!! – Windows needs coaxing to do everything. Setting up a home network is hell in Windows. Even connecting to an unencrypted wireless connection requires the user to tell it to half the time. Mac OS X detects everything and makes it easy. Windows couldn’t be more different.

    3) Install and Uninstall – The best thing, and perhaps most confusing about OS X to a Windows convert is the fact that installing and application is usually just drag and drop. On Windows, it’s a whole affair. Installers usually get the job done, but they leave little trails all over the system. Once you’ve installed software, rest assured it will never be fully gone. Uninstalling an application on Windows looks easy. Simply open the Add/Remove Program window, and click “Change/Remove” (a button cryptic enough in and of itself- why would you label a button two different things?) Half of the time the software can’t fully be removed. Th other half of the time, it appears to work, but if you know where to look, you will still find remnants, and sometimes rather large remnants, of the program.

    4) Bloat – Windows in and of itself is a bloated piece of software, but what I’m talking about here is with peripherals that you might purchase. 95% of the time, when you purchase a printer, scanner, even speakers, keyboards, and mice, it comes with its own software that you have to install. Though this happens on occasions with Mac OS X, most of the time you can plus it in and go. The operating system takes care of it for you.

    5) Viruses – Nuff said. It’s not entirely Windows’ fault that there are so many viruses written for it, but it’s a big side effect of Windows.

    What I Love About The Mac

    1) iLife – Every new Mac comes with some version of iLife. It blows Windows Movie Maker out of the water. iMovie is a phenomenal video editor, and if you’re an iMovie pro, you can actually get some advanced stuff going. I found that I had to trick Windows Movie Maker into doing most of the stuff I needed.

    2) Out of the Box – Continuing in the same thread, I love that right out of the box, you can start doing stuff on a Mac. You’ve got a camera, mic, cha software, browser, video editor, photo organizer, music organizer, mail program, a basic word processor, and so much more. On Windows? Calculator, Clock, Internet Explorer, and a plain text editor.

    3) Menu Bar and Dock – I love the dock, for the same reasons I hate the taskbar. It serves one purpose (for the most part:) to hold your applications. If you hide it, you still have access to the vitals like clock, menu items, and menus. Which brings me to the menu bar, which is superior to window -embedded menus in every way.  It’s all about Fitts’ Law, which has to do with the fact that the menu bar on OS X is infinitely many pixels tall. Basically, if you throw your mouse to the top of the screen, you can’t miss it. By contrast, a menu in Windows could be anywhere on your screen, and it’s likely there are multiples on the same menu in different windows. Kinda confusing.

    4) Self Contained Applications – Most applications for Mac OS X come in one little bundle. It is entirely self contained, can be moved around without worry of losing program files, and it doesn’t leave a trail when it’s uninstalled. Perhaps uninstall isn’t the right word. All you do is drag to the trash, after all.

    5) Productivity – It’s tools like QuickLook, Exposé, and Spaces that make Mac OS X. With QuickLook, I can easily and quickly see a file without opening it’s application. With Exposé, it is so easy to see all my windows (and it beats the snot out of the taskbar in Windows.) Spaces is nothing new, but it is seamlessly integrated into OS X, and thats really what makes OS X a better experience: the integration.

    What gripes do you have with Windows? What do you love about OS X? How about the other way around? Sound off below! The best answers will go into a final part in these series of your submitted likes and dislikes.

    Full Story » | Written by Adam Fisher-Cox for Appletell

    (Via Appletell)

    Updated for Windows XP and Vista – Bootcamp

    Bootcamp updated for Windows XP and Vista

    D0F78D76-CE63-49C7-928D-6A53796820F0.jpgBootcamp 2.1 has just been released in three Windowslicious flavors: Windows XP, Vista 32 bit, and Vista 64 bit. All three updates ‘address issues and improve compatibility,’ which is always a welcome thing.

    Bootcamp, in case you aren’t in the know, is Apple’s utility that allows you to dual boot your Mac: one partition boots OS X and another boots Windows (it is a little creepy, but very cool).

    Windows XP users take note: Bootcamp 2.1 should be installed before you apply Windows XP Service Pack 3.

    (Via (TUAW)

    Lightning Fast screen grab sharing!

    Lightning Fast screen grab sharing!

    91AD630B-CF2D-49D6-8EAF-7DF28CD76FB2.jpgSending screen grabs to your friends has always been an unnecessarily slow and arduous task.
    Taking the screen shot, opening a browser, loading up an image host, uploading the image then
    copying and pasting the link… grabup makes that entire process instant.

    Try it and let me know what you think!

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