Ben Hamilton

Screenshot & screencasts on Mac OSX

Back when I worked exclusively on a Windows machine, I loved using Screenpresso for the ease with which it allowed me to do screenshots and screencasts (if you’re still stuck on Windows, go buy it, it’s worth it). But now that I’m on a Mac, what to do? So to start with just press SHIFT–CMD–4 […]

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Setting up Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS under VMware on Mac OSX

Good set of instructions on how to get Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS running under VMware Fusion on your Mac OSX machine.

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The Mac Malware Guide

The Mac Malware Guide.

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How to change drive space on VMware Fusion VM

On occasion you’ll want to change the size of a Virtual Machines hard disk drive. I’m using VMware Fusion, and to do this, you enter the Settings of that VM and under the Hard Disk option you’ll be able to change the drive size. Note that you can’t make changes if the VM has snapshots […]

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How to get Google Chrome to open your pages from your last session

I use Google Chrome as my primary browser on the MacBook. Although I only restart the machine every few weeks I like it to re-open the same tabs that were open last. To do this, in Google Chrome type chrome://settings/ into the address bar and press enter. This loads the Settings page. Then check the Continue where […]

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Sharing a host folder with a guest Virtual Machine

I’m using VMware Fusion on my MacBook. At times I have either files on the local host (the MacBook) that I want to edit or installers that I want to run on the guest (the virtual machine). With your virtual machine running, click on the Settings icon, select Sharing | Shared Folders ON | tick […]

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Putting the CAPS Lock key to good use

Brett Terpstra has a two articles worth read. In a nutshell, your CAPS Lock key is useless and it shouldn’t be, so you can remap it to be more useful. You can make it a Hyper modifier key. A useful Caps Lock key A guided tour of my Hyper key shortcuts Share and enjoy.

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How to close an app properly on iOS

To close an app on iOS, simply switching to another app does not close it. It is still running and consuming RAM. This Apple KB explains how to close it properly on iOS7. On iOS6, use this method.

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Backup because only the paranoid survive

I first heard the quote “only the paranoid survive” about 1999 or 2000. But it’s only recently I’ve heard the full quote. Which is: Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. For more Quotes from Andy Grove visit this quote page. This thinking applies to so many things, but one I often […]

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Apple Mac Firewall

I do use the Apple Mac builtin firewall, I’ve started with the default settings and only changed what I need when I need.

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Do you use the Apple FireVault to encrypt your drive?

Do you use the Apple Mac FireVault? I’m not. At least, not yet. Given the warning it gives prior to turning it on I’ve not yet turned it on. Should I? or should I not? This is the warning that appears: WARNING: You will need your login password or a recovery key to access your […]

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How I use Evernote on the Mac

I’m a big fan (BIG) of Evernote. I started out using the free service but couple of years ago upgraded to the paid service. How and why do I use it? Evernote for me is basically my online and offline, on every device I own, digital filing cabinet. Anything I want to come back to […]

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So you bought an Apple computer…

I know two people who have just bought themselves new Apple Mac computers, one a behemoth desktop, the other a 15″ MacBook Pro. Both have been immersed in “Windows World” and are essentially new to the Mac OS (one did have a Mac years ago). So, where to start? Here are my initial tips: Be […]

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Blind smartphone camera comparison

iPhone 5s tops our blind camera comparison, Xperia Z1 Compact takes last place.

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iCloud folder location

On Mac OSX (Mavericks) you can find your ‘iCloud’ documents in the relevant application folder like this: /Users/USERNAME/Library/Mobile Documents/CODE_AND_APP_NAME/Documents/ Each application keeps its own documents in a sandboxed folder. You can make an alias for a file and then move that to an appropriate folder, for example, I’m using Byword on the Mac, iPad and […]

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Dave Winer on pulse of Apple

Dave Winer on the ‘pulse of Apple’ . Makes sense. Makes me think “what is the pulse of company I work for?”.

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iOS 5 Change

…in iOS 5, there’s an important change… via Marco.org.

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Big Apple Data

Apple’s iOS accounts for the most browser-based page views in the U.S., at 58.5 percent via @dsearls.

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The Apple Advantage

Thought provoking: ..however superior Apple’s design is, it’s their business and operations strength — the Cook side of the equation — that is furthest ahead of their competition, and the more sustainable advantage. via Daring Fireball: The New Apple Advantage.

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