Mac Geek Gab listener Joe prefers to archive copies of his email messages for reference, but doesn't always want to keep the associated email attachments which are often unnecessary and take up valuable drive space. We show him how to use a little-know feature of Mail to remove attachments from email messages.
Ever have a bunch of files you want to rename? Maybe you received a group of documents from your Windows-using friend that have some wonky text in them, or maybe you want to serialize and date some pictures? Automator, built right into your Mac, makes this so easy you'll scratch your head twice; once for not having done this with Automator in the past, and a second time if you've never used Automator before because you'll see how easy and powerful it is.
In addition to 3rd party app data, iCloud also stores data for a few Apple apps and services, and if this data gets corrupted you can wind up with a very unstable iPhone (or iPod or iPad). Unfortunately Apple doesn't provide a way to let you tell iCloud to reset this data. Short of permanently disabling "Documents & Data" syncing with iCloud, the only way to fix this is to delete the offending data from the iCloud (Mobile Documents) folder on your Mac and reboot your iOS device.
Mac Geek Gab listener John needs a new external hard drive for his growing iTunes library. Will a cheap USB 2.0 drive be fast enough, or would it be better to go with a FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt drive? We examine the difference between the interfaces so that John can decide what best fits his needs.
Mac Geek Gab listener Seth sent us 3 quick tips this week and as soon as I read them I knew we had to share them with you. The tips include making your print and save dialogs default to be in the expanded view PLUS one to default to not save iWork documents to iCloud. Terminal commands after the jump.
Mac Geek Gab listener Ernesto is about to set up a new Mac and is concerned about the effectiveness of his five-year-old surge protectors. Should he replace them with new surge protectors or upgrade to an uninterruptible power supply? We explain the difference and offer a recommendation.
Mac Geek Gab listener Matt has used a Windows PC his entire life. Now that he's found his way to the Mac, he's wondering where the OS X equivalent to "Add/Remove Programs" is. We'll show him the different ways to remove Mac apps in OS X.
This week John asks, "Dave — Which microphone should I use for podcasting?" I get this question so often that I figured it was time to publish some general (and some specific) advice based on what I've learned doing our Mac Geek Gab podcast for the past 8 years (plus what I've learned using microphones, in general, for 30 years). Short answer: You want a mic that you can get really close to when you're talking, and dyanmic is better than condenser, but read on and I'll explain why.
The new Panorama camera mode in iOS 6 is great for quickly and easily capturing beautiful panoramic images. By default, users must move the camera from left to right, which may not be ideal for all situations. We show you how to take shots from right to left.
Mac Geek Gab listener Mark wants to open a file using OS X's convenient "Open With" option in Finder. However, somewhere along the way of application and system upgrades, his "Open With" application list got out of control with duplicate entries for outdated versions of apps. We show him how to clean it up!
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