How to take a screenshot on Mac OSX


There are various ways in which to take a screenshot on your Apple MAC;


Take a screenshot of the entire screen

Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot and then save it as a file on your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot and save it to the clipboard


Take a screenshot of a select area

Command-Shift-4, then select an area: this saves it to your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: this saves it to the clipboard


Take a screenshot of a window
Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: this saves it to your desktop
Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: this saves it to the clipboard

iPad / iTunes Required file cannot be found when syncing

I recently came accross this error when trying to sync photos to my ipad.  After some research I found that the problem is to do with the ipod photo cache.

The following fixed the error;

Close iTunes
Go to your My Pictures or Pictures folder
Delete the folder called “ipod photo cache”
Repen itunes and sync your iPad
The ipod photo cache should then rebuild.

Close iTunes
Go to your home folder in finder.
Open your pictures folder.
Right click on iphoto library and click on show package contents.
Find “ipod photo cache” file and delete it.
Close finder.
Reopen itunes and you sync iPad
The ipod photo cache should then rebuild.

Backup to a network share with Time Machine


Time machine is a new feature in Leopard that backs up your data but by default it only supports backing up to another physically attached hard drive.  There is however a work around to get it to backup to network shares;

  • Go into Applications / Utilities and open terminal
  • Type in defaults write TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 and then press enter
  • Mount the network share (cmd + k)
  • Go to System Preferences, open Time Machine and select change disk
  • Then select the share that you want to backup to and Time Machine should then backup to it

Setup POP3 on iPad

iPad Review

here is a quick guide on setting up POP3 on your iPad:-

  • From the iPad Home screen, tap Settings.
  • Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” then tap Add Account.
  • Setup POP3 on iPad

  • Tap an account type, then choose “Other”
  • Setup POP3 iPad

  • Enter your account information and tap Save.
  • Setup POP3 iPad

  • Fill in the Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing Mail Server settings.
  • Setup POP3 iPad

  • Thats it, done!
  • iPad Harbour Master Angry Birds Alternative Best Game

    harbour master

    harbour masterWhilst everyone is raving about the Angry Birds game on the iPad, the lesser known Harbour Master seems to have been left by the wayside.  This simple, intuitive game is highly addictive and a fanstatic way to de-stress after a hectic day.  The aim of the game is to dock ships that enter the harbour carrying cargo.  There is purple cargo that must unload at specified docks and orange cargo that is destined for different docks within the harbour.  At first this seems an easy, agreeable task but as more ships enter the fray, docking the vessels becomes more of an ordeal.  As the player becomes more accomplished, the boats move faster and more of them cruise on to the screen.  For those who feel in the mood for an even greater challenge, there is the option to speed them up even more by pressing an icon on the top, right-hand side of the screen! Even by mastering the dock which unloads cargo more quickly than the others, it is still imperative to re-route ships to avoid the deadly collision which will promply end the game.

    Whats The Difference Between iPad and iPad 2

    A quick summary on the differences between the iPad and the iPad2:-

    Size and Weight:

    the iPad 2 is around 2/3 rds of the thickness of the iPad, and 88 percent of its weight  You’ll notice the difference right away. This is a thinner, lighter device.


    Although not officially confirmed, the iPad 2 will be the same price as the iPad.


    Double the RAM (256mb increased to 512MB) a dual core processor which makes it significanly faster to run apps and the graphics performance is according to Apple “is as much as nine times faster than on the original iPad” From the moment you pick it up, it is faster and more snappy to load and do the things you ask of it.

    New Camera:

    The iPad 2 gets a couple of cameras, front and back, ready for video conferencing.


    The new smaller, rounded case means unfortunately that your iPad case and stands probably won’t fit the new model.


    The Screen remains the same on the new model.


    The 10hour battery life remains in tact!

    Ask an Expert: iPad Questions

    Matt NJ

    William asks…

    Is Quicken software (money management) compatible with the iPad?

    Can the iPad run any programs that work on a mac?

    Matt NJ answers:

    No, the iPad can only run apps made for iPad (or iPhone/iPod Touch). So unless a Mac app was re-done as an iPad app, it won’t work.

    Quicken is not available for iPad, but here’s a list of some other finance apps that do work:

    Lisa asks…

    How do I transfer or copy or convert files to my iPad?

    I just bought iPad, but I found iTunes is very difficult to manage files for my iPad, I am not sure if there is any more file management software around for iPad or my iPhone…

    Matt NJ answers:

    Try iPad manager from , iPad manager saved me a load of time when doing file exporting and importing, it even able to convert files into ipad format before importing to iPad…


    Helen asks…

    Is an iPad worth buying?

    Hi 🙂
    I am a college student and am thinking about buying an iPad recently. However, I am not sure if it is a good idea. I already have a laptop (that works..technically) and can definitely survive without an iPad. But I like it a lot and think that it may be easier to carry around (I move around quite a bit) and store/retrieve information from. (Plus, it will help save the environment if I use it instead of paper 😛 (joking)).
    Another issue is that I am guessing that the apps will probably cost more than the device itself if I want it to efficiently replace my laptop (with the need to write essays, time management, etc.).
    I would truly appreciate your feedback (especially if you had bought the device,etc) and thank you for your time. 🙂

    Matt NJ answers:

    Its a giant ipod touch.

    It cant really be used like a regular laptop, they are different things, ready my 5 minute review here:-

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    iPad2 Release Date in the UK

    iPad Review

    iPad ReviewIt looks like the unveiling of the iPad in the UK will take place on the 2nd of March, as for actual UK availability and prices, well, that is a mystery, get ready to press reset and lets all start talking about the iPad3 release date?
    No doubt we will all be hoping that the iPad3 has a load of the features the iPad and the iPad2 have missing!

    5 minute review of the iPad

    iPad Review

    iPad Review
    There is no doubt the iPad looks the part, from the minute you open the box and pick it up, you can feel the quality of the design and build of the device, but do you need one, and what is it actually good for? Having lived with one for 3 months here are my views:-

    What is it really good at:-

    Being ready to use:  if you want to pick something up, check your email, and something simple on the web, such as a saved weather bookmark in 10 seconds, then i don’t think it can be beaten.

    The battery life:  It seems to manage a genuine 10+hours of continuous use.
    Games and Apps:  If you like touchy, slidy, feely games and apps to “play” with it is probably the best device out there.

    The Not so good things:-

    The Touch Keyboard:  Whatever anyone tells you using a touchscreen keyboard is slow, if you can type on a normal keyboard at a reasonable speed you will find the touch frustrating unless you are typing any other than a “yes” or “no” reply to an email.

    Flexibility and built in features: Out of the box it doesn’t do a great deal, you will find yourself forever saying “oh i need  an app for that” If you want to save a PDF locally, open files over the wireless  on your home network, playback a non-apple format movie, open a spreadsheet you will find yourself going to the AppStore first to mess about for 5 minutes and usually spending some money!

    The bad things:-

    No flash Player:  Whatever the reasons there is no flash you will find there are many sites with content that you simply cant look at on the iPad.

    Connectivity and HardwareThere isn’t any really, if you wanted an on board camera or to plug in a USB device such as a memory stick, or maybe connect your bluetooth GPS receiver then its simple, you cant, you can connect it to your PC, assuming you are happy to install iTunes, that’s about all.


    I sold mine, after 3 months i found i was spending more time messing about with the iPad than i was actually being productive, its easy to be sucked in to having one and using one several times a day, but it think it is IT going to far, it doesn’t actually bring much new to the table other than the “gadget factor” I found myself spending 30 mins doing things slowly on the iPad when i could have done it in 15 mins on my laptop which I had to keep handy anyway as i was still using it several times per week to do the things the iPad can’t!

    If it was cheaper and had some of the bad points addresses, it would be calling it amazing, but for me in the current spec and at the current price. No thanks.  I will be skipping the iPad2 and will look again when the iPad3 release date is known.

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    Should I buy an iPad or wait for the iPad2?

    On the day that Apple launched the iPad over 300,000 were sold and an estimated 1 million in the first week.  The allure of this Wi-Fi tablet pc, taking up the shortfall in the gap between the iPhone and laptop which promised to surpass any tablet pc currently available, was obvious for all to see: sleek, small, light weight, portable and essentially beautiful; even before its functionality was even considered.  As the big sister of the iPhone, this was inevitably the gadget to have or at least hanker after.

    Now that the release of iPad2 is rumoured to be taking place anytime from April 2011 the question that perhaps needs to be asked is whether the first one, in all its glossy magnificence actually lived up to expectations.

    With an interface like that of the iPhone and iPod touch, with its resolution enhancing methods, it is elegant and easy to use.  Boasting an adequate processor, a ten hour battery life and brilliantly colourful screen it is perfect for surfing the web, reading books, newspapers or viewing PDF documents.  It also has a built in speaker, microphone and access to a vast amount of useful apps.

    Whilst these attributes are numerous there also seems to be a disappointing downside to this appealing piece of hardware.  Surfing the internet is a pleasurable experience, a Facebook status can be easily updated and a Twitter feed easily followed; pleasurable that is until a website demands the use of Adobe Flash Player. Many websites that stream music or video such as BBC iplayer and certain apps on Facebook cannot be used without Flash but the iPad does not support it, thus streaming media from these sources is subsequently impossible, The iPad’s vivid screen is perfect for the gaming experience but aside from the various gaming apps other gaming websites are woefully inaccessible due to the fact they need Flash player.  (This is also the case with certain shopping websites examples include Moet,or Cartier)  Being a perfect viewing platform for photographs, not only does the iPad not have a camera but it also does not have USB port or SD card reader.  Although it is possible to read books, using the iBooks app and PDF documents, there is not a great range of textbooks available nor is it possible for the user to create a PDF document themselves.  There is also no drag and drop facility, which, with the added impracticality of the virtual keyboard makes it an unwieldy virtual office companion.  This can be alleviated by buying the Apple Keyboard Dock for approximately £60, but the benefits of this are surely outweighed by the iPads original portability.

    Is it consequently fair to say that although the iPad, with its convenient Wi-Fi web browsing capabilities, is an improvement on the tablet pc but has genuine scope to better itself? Perhaps the release of iPad2 will remedy such irritations producing, with the addition of other snippets of genius, a product that is beyond censure.