Aug 13

There is no simple built-in way to change the folder colour in OSX. But this free app does it. Drag a folder onto it and it will change it’s colour!

Colourful Folder

You can download it form the Apple App Store here:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/colorful-folder/id1576476152?mt=12

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Jul 18

The Apple refurbished store is a great way to buy as new Apple computers for 10% off. But sometimes it can be hard to get the computer you are after. My tip is to use ‘Changetower’ which monitors websites for changes and get it to email you an alert when your items appears.

Here’s a changetower alert letting me know when a 14 inch MacBook pro appears:

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Jul 08

Here I blogged about how great the Apple Reminders app is for managing tasks in the GTD workflow. What I didn’t mention is that you can drag emails straight into the reminder app and it will link the email to the task. Here’s how.

The Reminders app needs to be open. Grab an email from Apple mail and drag it into any list in Apple reminders. A new reminder will be created with the email subject as the reminder name, and a link back to the email will be embedded into the task.

Check it out, a reminder with an email in it!

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Jul 04

I’ve previously used Things by Cultured Code and Todoist, Wunderlist and others. But recently I’ve given Apple Reminders a run and I must say it’s surprisingly good. After 6 months, it’s become my favourite place to organise my tasks. It’s got great integration with Siri. ‘Hey Siri, add a reminder to plan for holidays.’ It has enough features that you can roll out all the GTD methodology, but nothing extra to clutter it up. Stable. Syncs across to iOS devices. And it’s free. Here’s how to streamline it for GTD.

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Jun 29

You can get previews of your images on the OSX desktop like this:

Mine were broken and just displaying the generic preview icon. Here’s how I fixed it.

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Jun 22

My Apple photo library was way bigger than it should be. It turned out I had some very large videos in it that I must have dragged into it previously. There’s no way of arranging your photos by size from within the Apple photos app. But you can find the files in your finder and then arrange them by size. Here’s how to see the largest files in your Photo Library.

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May 26

Here’s how to remove duplicates from your Apple Photo Library.

1. Download a free app called ‘Duplicate File Finder Remover’
Any app like this will do that finds duplicate files in the finder.

2. Find your Photos Library. It’s in your home user folder in a folder called ‘Pictures.’

Control-click on it and select ‘Show Package Contents.’ This will open the folder so you can see what is inside it. The photo’s library is actually just a folder.

Show package contents to see inside your Photos Library

Inside the photos library you should see a folder called ‘originals.’ This is the folder you will drag into the ‘Duplicate File Finder’ Application to search for duplicates.

Inside the Photos Library folder

Open the Duplicate File Finder app and drag the ‘originals’ folder into to. Press ‘Show results’ to search fro duplicates.

The photos library being scanned

Here you can see that I had 1128 duplicates taking up 2.33 GB of data. Click ‘Review and Remove’ to remove them.

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Apr 16

I just upgraded to OSX Montery 12.3.1 and it broke my printer. The printer just comes up with an error saying ‘Filter Failed.’ I downloaded the new Fuji Xerox drivers but that did not fix it. I reset the printing system (Apple’s suggested fix) but that did not fix it either. In the end I tried making a new printer with the generic PCL driver and that worked. I’ve lost all my custom printer features, but at least it prints!

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