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How-to: More Useful Quick Look Plug-ins

Posted on 04 Jan 2010 by hac

In my last post I explained how to install Quick Look plug-ins and showed you three of my favorites. In this post I introduce three more as well as two great sites that have dozens more. HetimaClipping HetimaClipping is a Quick Look plug-in for text clipping and picture clipping files. …

How-to: Expand Quick Look with Plug-ins

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One of the biggest improvements to the Finder in Mac OS X Leopard was Quick Look. With Quick Look you can preview the contents of entire files just by tapping the spacebar. By default, Quick Look supports many popular image, audio and word processing formats, but the formats that come …

Three Tips for Getting the Most out of the iPhone Keyboard

Posted on 27 Nov 2009 by hac

One of the things that makes the iPhone unique is its virtual keyboard. Although for the most part, it’s obvious how to use the keyboard, there are a few commonly unnoticed features that you can use to increase your typing (or your tapping) speed: Hold down a key for one second …

Blackra1n Released to Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.1.2

Posted on 15 Oct 2009 by hac

On Sunday, George Hotz (aka “GeoHot”), the same iPhone hacker who worked on the original iPhone 3G jailbreak, released blackra1n, the first application to jailbreak the iPhone and iPod Touch since iPhone OS 3.0. (Jailbreaking a device allows the installation of 3rd party apps not from the App Store.) The jailbreak is compatible with all …

How-To: SIMBL

Posted on 18 Sep 2009 by hac

SIMBL (pronounced like “symbol”) is software for OS X that makes plug-ins possible in places where they wouldn’t normally be. Following are four extremely useful SIMBL plug-ins that I use: (See below for installation help.) Megazoomer allows you to make just about any open window fullscreen. This is a very convenient …

How-To: Save Power with Hibernation Mode

Posted on 17 Sep 2009 by hac

Hibernation mode lets you stop your portable Mac from using any battery power while you aren’t using it, while retaining most of the convenience regular sleep mode. Even though your Mac powers off during hibernation, all of your open windows and applications are written to disk when it does—and then restored …

How-To: Use Google Chrome on OS X

Posted on 25 Aug 2009 by hac

Last week I explained how you can use the beta version of Safari 4 in order to have your tab bar at the top of your web browsing window. Another browser that has the same feature, plus a number of other ones unseen in other browsers, is Google Crome. By …

How-To: Use Safari 4 Beta

Posted on 18 Aug 2009 by hac

Safari 4 Beta was introduced with some eye-catching new features, one of them being a merged tab bar and title bar similar to Google Chrome. In the next version of Safari, however, this feature disappeared. If you’d like to save a little bit of screen space or just like to see all …

Apple Secretly Films Ads for an Unreleased Product

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 by hac

The Sierra Sun reports that a new Apple advertisement for an unreleased product was filmed this Tuesday afternoon in a Californian diner. Apparently the filming was done this Tuesday afternoon at Jax On the Tracks in downtown Truckee, California, which Apple found with a location scout. Bud Haley, who owns …