Quick Tip: Mac – Unit Conversions in Spotlight Search

January 27, 2016 / no comments

Spotlight search is such a brilliantly smooth and action packed feature of Mac OS.

One under utilised skill that spotlight posesses is the ability to convert units as quick as a flash.

Invoke spotlight search (⌘ + SPACE) > then type something along the lines of “588 rupees in pounds” and it will instantly display the resulting currency conversion and several other popular currencies.

Neat huh!

iPhone Quick Tip: Enable Field Test Mode For All Kinds Of Nifty Info!

January 26, 2016 / no comments

Todays Nebula Tip is a nifty little trick to get the signal strength to display as a number on your iPhone, enabling a much greater ease of finding a good signal when out and about.

‘By typing in a simple code on your iPhone you can enable certain information to be displayed that is otherwise kept from our reach by Apple.

The trick is enabled by dialling *3001#12345#* and then pressing the call button. Your iPhone will switch away onto a grey screen, after which you’ll see the extra information.

For me, the most useful change is it enables a number to display next to your signal strength which gives you a much better idea of how good your signal is, much better that just 4 bars at least. Maximum strength displays at around -40 and no signal is around -120.

If you would like to keep the number in the corner, instead of the usual dots, then simply hold down the power button. The message to turn the phone off will appear, and then press the home button.

The feature should then be enabled. You can switch between the two ways of viewing the signal by pressing on where they display, in the top-left hand corner.

 

Saving to PDF in iOS 9

October 9, 2015 / no comments

iOS 9 was released earlier in the year but it is still possible to find a gem of a feature that has gone under the radar amidst the bigger changes and additions.

 

Saving web content as PDF documents has always been a handy way of saving receipts or booking confirmations online without firing up the printer and wasting paper and ink.

 

Now you can do it on your iPhone or iPad too.

 

All you do is whilst in the browser, tap the share button and one of the options will be save PDF. To iBooks. Once it is in there you can organise it.

Note that if you don’t see the “Save PDF to iBooks” option, tap “More” and ensure that it’s switched on in the list of sharing options. If it doesn’t appear in the “More” section, this means that the content type you’re sharing can’t be saved as a PDF.

El Capitan Is Here!: Heres What To Do To Prepare Your Mac

October 2, 2015 / no comments

So finally, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan is about to become available. Installing a new OS is perhaps the most intense thing you can do to your beloved mac and it should be done with care and following a few basic rules.

First of all BACKUP!

Make sure you have a sound backup via time machine and I would even go further and make a manual backup of your most important files to an external hard drive (i.e photo library, documents etc).

Space, space and more space.

Secondly, Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive. Typically you should alway be running Mac with at least 10-15% of your hard drive empty. This allows the Mac to utilise that space to aid keeping speed up. El Capitan needs roughly 15-20gb of free space to install.

Maintenance is Key!

Lastly, make sure your Mac is in tip-top condition before embarking on your upgrade adventures. This means clearing the decks of old files, emptying trashes and generally making sure the wild cat is purring before you give it a bath.

The way that we keep on top of maintenance of Macs for our own and for our clients is to use CleanMyMac by a company called MacPaw. This piece of inexpensive software is a marvel indeed. It allows you to scan your Mac for System Junk (Stuff thats left over when you install new software), Empty large caches of data, old iOS updates (which can be huge), unnecessary languages, these take up quite a lot of space. CleanMyMac also has a maintenance mode that will scan the Mac and go through all the protocols to make sure that the mac is functioning exactly as it should.

There are a lot of bogus Mac maintenance apps out there ( lets not even mention the keeper that shall not be named mac) but this one really does find huge amounts of lost space and keeps everything running smoothly. It even monitors your memory usage and allows you to easily check on attached drives via the menu bar.

If you are going to install El Capitan we would highly suggest you investing in CleanMyMac to make sure you start off in the best possible scenario for the massive brain transplant that is a Mac OS update!

 

Happy Mountaineering!

 

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