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.
I just bought a Mac Pro, but I didn’t realize that its default configuration doesn’t include an AirPort Extreme card. How can I get this machine wireless now that I’ve already purchased it?
You can purchase an 802.11n USB wireless adapter and plug it into one of the USB ports of your Mac Pro. Two good options are the MacWireless 11n USB Stick ($89.98, www.macwireless.com) and the AftertheMac 802.11n Wireless Adapter ($89.95, www.afterthemac.com). You can also use these wireless adapters to bring 802.11n wireless speeds to an older Mac that didn’t originally come with 802.11n built into it. Note that you’ll need to install software drivers (provided by the vendors) to enable these USB adapters to work, and these drivers may need to be updated for compatibility with future Mac OS X upgrades.
If you’d rather not deal with installing additional software drivers or taking up an extra USB port on your Mac Pro, your best bet would probably be to bring your Mac Pro into an Apple Retail Store or an Authorized Apple Service Provider, who can install an internal AirPort Extreme Wireless Card Kit (approximately $49.95) for you.
iUSBCam lets iChat work with webcams that might not otherwise be possible to use.
My dad and I both have Mac minis, and we want to use iChat for videochats with each other. The problem, however, is that Apple discontinued the iSight camera, and we can’t find any other FireWire webcams out there. We found a whole bunch of USB webcams, but none of them come with Mac drivers. Can you please tell us how we can use a USB webcam with Mac OS X?
Never fear—when Apple taketh away, it also giveth. Starting with Mac OS 10.4.9, Apple has included support for an open standard called UVC (USB video class), which many modern webcams support. If you’re running Mac OS 10.4.9 or later and your USB webcam is UVC-compliant, then it will instantly work with iChat, Skype, or any other program that can use a webcam.
If you’re running an older version of Mac OS X, or your USB webcam isn’t UVC-compliant, you still may be in luck. macam (free, webcam-osx.sourceforge.net) is a set of webcam drivers for Mac OS X that supports hundreds of USB webcams, old and new. After installing macam on your machine, you’ll most likely need to purchase and install iUSBCam ($9.95, www.ecamm.com/mac/iusbcam), which enables iChat to work with the webcam that you just installed the drivers for.
One other quick thing to note: If you own a FireWire DV camcorder, you can use it with iChat without having to install any additional software.
The App Store is sure to have its share of bugs, in fact, here’s one time-consuming App Store-update bug that could lead to severe frustration. Some users are logging into the iTunes Store to download app updates to find that they have an "outstanding balance." This predicament could leave users with buggy, partially downloaded software or just won't allow you to download the updates at all.
Fear not, it is probable that there is no outstanding balance (unless you're purposely trying to cheat the system). It seems the iTunes App Store belives you're trying to download applications without adequate credit available on your credit card when you select "Download All Free Updates." Downloading each App update, one at a time, should remedy the situation.
The idea behind the iTunes credit hold is tp keep users from downloading beyond their credit’s spending limit, but the bug can be annoying for users who just need their App updates.
In Little Snitch’s configuration screen, we set iTunes to deny connections to the Internet radio while still allowing access to the iTunes Store. In Safari, all websites are allowed except for www.pandora.com.
The Internet speed at my office slows down tremendously when my employees are streaming music through iTunes Radio and pandora.com. Is there any way to block my employees from streaming music on their Macs?
You could invest in a hardware-based content filtering firewall such as the Barracuda Web Filter (starting at $1,499, www.barracudanetworks.com), which blocks the users on your network from accessing websites that you specify based on domain name or category. It can also prevent applications, such as iTunes, from accessing the Internet.
For a software-based solution, there’s Little Snitch ($29.95, www.obdev.com), which informs you whenever a program attempts to establish an outgoing Internet connection (letting you know the specific port and IP address that your application is trying to access) and lets you block those attempts. You can prevent apps from accessing the entire Internet or just certain websites. Best of all, you can lock Little Snitch to prevent users from making changes to the settings that you’ve customized.
Selecting this option in iTunes ensures that your friends will see the track names when they insert your custom CD into their computers.
I used iTunes to burn a few awesome mix CDs for my girlfriend, but when she puts the CDs in her Mac, the track names either show up blank or with completely wrong track information. We had to manually type in all the information about each track. What’s going on here?
This is a topic that provides a great deal of confusion for many.
The quick answer is that if she’s going to be importing the tracks into her computer (instead of playing the CD in a normal audio CD player), you should burn your CD as a data CD. To do this, go to iTunes > Preferences, click the Advanced button, choose the Burning tab, and then select Data CD Or DVD. This is the equivalent of making a backup copy of your songs, which keeps the song title, artist, and album information intact for each song. Note that your girlfriend won’t be able to play a data CD in a normal audio CD player, nor will she be able to play any protected songs that you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store unless you authorize her computer with your iTunes username and password.
The explanation behind this answer is more complex. iTunes uses an audio CD standard created back in the 1980s that doesn’t allow for any text information about the tracks, such as artist name or song title. Yet whenever you insert a commercially released CD into your computer, iTunes goes online to a massive music database called Gracenote and looks up the track information based on the length of each track. iTunes then saves this information for future use into the CDInfo.cidb file located in ~/Library/Preferences. When you burn a custom audio CD, iTunes saves your track info into the CDInfo.cidb file as well. This is why you can reinsert a custom audio CD into your computer and iTunes will still recognize the song titles…but only on your own computer.
You could conceivably carry over your CDInfo.cidb file to your girlfriend’s computer (by putting it in her ~/Library/Preferences folder), and she would get all the track information about the custom audio CD that you burned for her. Many people have submitted custom CD track names to Gracenote by choosing Advanced > Submit Track Names in iTunes, but Gracenote was only supposed to be used for commercially released CDs and it should never be used for personal CDs. This misuse of the Gracenote service is the reason why you often get incorrect track names in iTunes when inserting a custom audio CD.
One final note: You may have noticed the CD Text option within the Advanced preferences of iTunes for burning audio CDs. This option actually does write song name and artist information onto a normal audio CD, but this information can only be read by certain audio CD drives. The CD drives that ship with Macs are unable to read this CD Text information.
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.
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.)