Airmail 2.0 screenshot

Change the default email application on OS X (to Airmail 2 in this example)

The latest version of the  versatile email client, Airmail 2.0, was released recently. I’ve been considering switching from Apple’s default mail app for some time now, and with this new version of Airmail I decided to jump ship.

The problem is, every time you click on a web link in your browser, Mail.app automatically fires itself up. Very irritating! So how do you set up Airmail (or an alternative email client) as your default in Mac OS X? Continue reading “Change the default email application on OS X (to Airmail 2 in this example)”

Disable autoplay on your Mac to stop DVDs playing automatically

Mac OS DVD autoplay settings

One annoying aspect of Mac OS X is the way is automatically launches the DVD player whenever you insert a DVD in the drive. You might not be ready to watch the movie right away or you may be planning to make a backup of the disc using Handbrake or something else.

You can easily disable the autoplay feature on your MacBook. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions:

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top of your screen and open the System Preferences applet. Browse to CDs and DVDs.
  2. In the When you insert a video DVD section, set it to Ignore. This will stop the MacBook autoplaying media, leaving you to choose which application to launch.
  3. Alternatively, if you want to use a different programme to view DVDs, drop down the menu and choose Open other application. Browse for the application you want.
  4. Close the System Preferences applet when you’re finished. Job done.

While you’re browsing the DVD and CD settings, you can also play around with the settings for music and photo discs. But does anybody actually use those things anymore?

How to block email from a sender in Gmail using filters

You might be shocked to learn that Gmail doesn’t offer an official way to block senders. So, what are you supposed to do when you find yourself on an annoying mailing list or circular and there’s no easy way to unsubscribe?

Luckily, Gmail’s filtering system gives you the power to block a sender with a simple rule. Today, we’re going to show you how to do that in a few easy steps. You’ll discover how to set up the rule the first time round, then add additional email addresses that you want to block. Let’s get started: Continue reading “How to block email from a sender in Gmail using filters”

Command line tip: How to restart Mac OS X networking

Apple LogoIf you’re a terminal warrior like me, you’ll occasionally need to reboot the OS X network interface. There’s a quick way to do this through the command line – but first you need to know the identity of your network interface.

Run the ifconfig command in your terminal and find the interface with an IP address attached to it. On my MacBook Pro, the ethernet interface is en0 while the wireless interface is en1.  Yours may be similar.

Shutting down the network interface

Now that you’ve identified the interface, shutting it down and restarting it is a breeze. Run this command:

sudo ifconfig en0 down

And to start things back up again…

sudo ifconfig en0 up

That’s it. It’s a simple command that’s worth remembering – or bookmarking!

IOS Tip: How to take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPad

Ever need to take a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone or iPad screen? Well, if you’re an IOS novice, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a built-in shortcut to take a photo of your screen any time you need. No need to buy expensive third-party apps, here’s the simple ‘how-to’ to get you started.

iPhone Screenshot tip

Instructions

As you can see from the image above, it’s a very straightforward process to take a screenshot on your IOS device. Actually, this tip should work on all versions of IOS running on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Here we go:

  • Get the image you want to capture up on your iPhone screen (obviously).
  • Press the power button and the home button on your device simultaneously. You should hear a click like a camera shutter. Your screenshot has been taken.
  • Now, head into the Photos app and you should see the screenshot in your camera roll.
  • That’s it. Pretty simple, huh?

Hope this helped you. If you found this tip useful, do us a favour and share this whereever you normally share stuff!

How to delete a URL from Google Chrome’s autocomplete history (Windows and OS X)

Google Chrome LogoThere’s nothing more frustrating than an unwanted URL that keeps popping up whenever you start typing a web address into Chrome. Maybe it’s been a site that you typed in by mistake and because it’s in your history it keeps coming up, always getting in the way of the result you want.

(Or maybe you’ve been visiting a site you don’t want anyone else to know about, but you don’t want to hose your entire browser history? Try using Incognito Mode next time!)

How do you get rid of unwanted single entries in the URL bar? It’s surprisingly simple. We’ve got instructions for both Windows and Mac OS X versions of Chrome.

On Windows

  1. Start typing the first few letters of the URL in question. The autocomplete entry should show up as usual.
  2. Use your arrow keys to navigate to the entry you’re looking for.
  3. Press SHIFT + DEL to delete the entry. Rinse and repeat for any additional items you want to remove.

On OS X

  1. Start typing the first few letters of the URL in question. The autocomplete entry should show up as usual.
  2. Use your arrow keys to navigate to the entry you’re looking for.
  3. Press FN + SHIFT + DEL to delete the entry. Rinse and repeat for any additional items you want to remove

A different approach – using Chrome History

This is a neat trick if you’ve got a lot of pages you want to selectively delete at once.

  1. Type chrome:history into the address bar.
  2. Search for the specific history entry.
  3. Click Edit items on the upper right corner – checkbox will appear in front of the history entries.
  4. Select the checkbox for the entries that you’d like to delete.
  5. Click Remove selected items.
  6. Click Done removing items to complete.