CardRaider is one of many utilities that can help you recover photos and movies that you deleted from your digital camera’s media card.
I accidentally erased my photos on my digital camera’s SD Memory Card before importing them into iPhoto. Is there any way I can get them back?
Judging by the number of utilities that help you recover erased photos and movies from your camera’s media card, you’ve obviously made a common mistake. We’ve successfully used Exif Untrasher (free, www.bluem.net/downloads/exif-untrasher_en) to recover images from memory cards.
Other programs that can help you recover your photos and movies include CardRaider ($19.95, www.ecamm.com), Klix ($29.95, www.joesoft.com), CameraSalvage ($49.95, www.subrosasoft.com), MediaRECOVER ($29.95, www.mediarecover.com), and PhotoRescue ($29, www.datarescue.com). Many of them let you preview thumbnails before recovering, can attempt to retrieve files from damaged or formatted cards, and can even securely delete a file so it can never be recovered again. CardRaider also offers iPhoto integration to restore your photos directly into iPhoto.
Create a rule in Mail to automatically assign background colors to incoming messages.
I just switched from Entourage to Mail, and I can’t figure out how to use colors to highlight the email messages that I receive, as I could in Entourage by selecting a category (e.g., friends are purple, family is green, and so on).
To manually apply a background color to an email, click the message in your viewer window, choose Format > Show Colors to bring up the color picker, and select the one that you want. If you find yourself using the same colors repeatedly, you can “bookmark” a color in the color picker by dragging the large rectangle that represents your color onto one of the small boxes that appears below. Unlike in Entourage, your background colors only appear within the ist of messages, and not in the actual window of the message itself.
To automatically apply a background color to incoming emails, you can set up a rule in Mail to color email messages if they’re from a certain person or Address Book group. Let’s say that you’ve already created a group in your Address Book called Family and dragged all of your family contacts into that group. Now you want any incoming messages from those contacts to be highlighted green. Select Mail > Preferences, click the Rules button, and choose Add Rule. Give the rule a description, select the condition “Sender is member of Group,” and then choose the group Family. Underneath “Perform the following actions,” choose “Set Color” and “of background” from the drop-downs, and select the color you’d like.
Checking this box in EasyFind enables you to search your trash, plus it simultaneously shows results from the rest of your hard drive in the same window.
I just upgraded to Leopard, and now whenever I perform a Spotlight search, it no longer searches my trash like it used to in Tiger. How can I search the contents of my trash?
Until Apple brings this feature back to Mac OS X, one solution is to use the search utility EasyFind (free, www.devon-technologies.com), which can simultaneously search through both visible and invisible folders.
Another solution is built into Mac OS X, but it only searches your trash and nowhere else on your hard drive. Go to the Finder, select Go > Go To Folder and type in ~/.Trash to bring up a Finder window showing the contents of your Trash, but this time around, Mac OS X recognizes it as a searchable window. Type your search criteria, and then be sure to select .Trash as the location you’re searching (if you choose This Mac, the results you’re looking for won’t be found).
You can even save the results of this search as a custom search in your sidebar, and then modify it later by clicking the Action menu in your Finder’s toolbar and selecting Show Search Criteria.
This smart playlist will collect every one-star song in your library.
Why didn’t Apple give me a way to delete songs that I don’t like while listening to them on my iPod, and then have those songs automatically delete from my iTunes library next time I sync? By the time I get back to my computer, I’ve totally forgotten which songs I wanted to get rid of.
There’s no automatic way to do this, but you can try this trick (it works with any iPod except the shuffle) to help make deleting songs easier in the future. But first let’s make sure everyone understands the syncing process between your iPod and iTunes: If you use automatic syncing (i.e., you don’t have Manually Manage Music checked in the iPod Summary screen), it’s a one-way sync from your iTunes Library to your iPod. However, there are a few important pieces of info that iTunes pulls from your iPod into your iTunes Library when you sync: purchased songs that don’t already exist in your Library, newly updated play counts, and star ratings. If you manually manage your music, this trick won’t work.
First, use star ratings on your iPod to flag the songs that you don’t like by giving them one star. On the iPod touch and iPhone, click the Track List button to display all the tracks on an album, then click the track you don’t like and drag your finger across the ratings bar to assign one star to the track. On the iPod nano and classic, press the center button twice while the song is playing, which makes the five rating bullets appear, and use the clickwheel to select a rating.
After you sync your iPod to your Mac, you can quickly find all of your one-star songs by sorting your Library by the Rating column. (If you don’t have a Rating column, choose View > View Options and check the Rating box.) Delete a song by selecting it and hitting Delete on your keyboard.
You can also create a smart playlist containing all of your one-star songs. Choose File > New Smart Playlist and create the rule “Rating is 1 star.” Normally when you delete a song from a playlist, iTunes removes the song from the playlist but keeps it in your library. But if you select a track and hold down Option while you press the Delete key, iTunes will delete the song from your library.
Ahhh, the silent ringtone. It’s been on every phone I’ve had in the last eight years or so. But, like voice dialing, one-touch speed dialing, MMS, and the ability to shoot video of my dog running around at the beach, it’s one of the things I’ve had to give up since transitioning to an iPhone.
I can hear you already. “Just flip the switch to make your phone silent, Stupid.”
But I don’t want my phone to be silent; I want the ability to selectively silence my phone for certain callers. Those annoying telemarketing recordings come to mind. Or maybe your crazy ex, or perhaps your parole officer if you’re on the lam. Anyway, the point is, the iPhone doesn’t offer a No Ring option for your contacts. But with a little GarageBand fiddling, you can roll your own non-ring in a couple minutes, with just a few clicks.
Learn how to make your own silent ringtone after the jump.
1. Affix a label to your MacBook, marking it as your property. Hard plastic or metal labels are more difficult for thieves to remove without damaging the laptop’s case, which makes reselling your ’book much harder. Stoptheft.com sells serialized metal labels, called STOP plates, for $25.50 that require thieves to go to great lengths to remove—and if they succeed, they’ll discover that the indelible phrase “stolen property” and STOP’s toll-free number are stamped beneath it.
If the worst happens—someone succeeds in swiping your MacBook—you’ll wish you’d checked out one of these solutions sooner.
If your MacBook is stolen and you’ve had GadgetTrak Verey ($39.95, gadgettrak.com) installed, anyone attempting to connect to a new network on your ’book is prompted to enter a password within a specified time frame. If the user fails, Verey assumes the computer is stolen, and goes into panic mode. The MacBook’s iSight camera then begins to record video, and after a few minutes, the screen turns gray and displays a message suggesting that the user contact the owner of the computer, showing contact info and any other details you have entered in System Preferences.
A broken PowerBook, an IKEA cabinet, and a guy with an Allen wrench walk into a bar…
Spruce up your next cocktail party by giving your guests the full cocktail bar experience. Blogger Frederic Sebton describes how he turned a regular glass-top IKEA RAMVIK sideboard into a full-blown cocktail arcade cabinet using a busted PowerBook and a bit of elbow grease.
So call up your friends on that new iPhone, turn the lights down low, and plug in Galaga… it’s time to party!
You've made it through the line, finally foisting the iPhone 3G upwards like the captain of a hockey team with the Stanley Cup. If you're upgrading from an original iPhone, here's how to transfer your old settings to the new device.
Plug in the new iPhone, and Control-click its name. This phone is just called "Apple's iPhone" since we didn't bother coming up with a name while in the store. Choose "Restore from backup," and pick the name of your prior phone from the next screen.
Wait several minutes while iTunes transfers network settings, mail details, and other information. The new iPhone will then take the name of the old phone; click the name once, and press Return to rename it with a snazzy new moniker. Finally, sync everything to the new phone.
When finished, your new iPhone will have the same contacts, calendar, and applications as the original. And unrelated to this brain transfer, your old iPhone should behave like an iPod touch. (Ours, upgraded to version 2.0, did as soon as their SIMs were deactivated.)