How To: Speed Up Safari Browser in OSX Lion

If Safari is launching slowing or slow to load web pages in OS X Lion, there's an easy (yet not obvious) resolution.

To make Safari launch, load, and browse faster, follow the following tip:

1) In FINDER select GO from the top menu.
2) While the drop down list is displayed, press the ALT / OPTION key
3) You should notice a new item in the drop down menu called LIBRARY
4) Select LIBRARY
5) A new window in the FINDER will open
6) Scroll down and open the folder called CACHES
7) Inside CACHES open the folder named COM.APPLE.SAFARI
9) Locate and delete file called CACHE.DB
10) Close and relaunch Safari.

If you follow this tip, you should notice the Safari browser is MUCH faster to start and load web pages in OSX Lion.

How to Fix AppleTV "Not Authorized" Error

If you own a G1 (first generation) Apple TV, you may have recently encountered an error message on your ATV unit when trying to watch content purchased on your computer, iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

The error, which reads "Your Apple TV is not authorized to play this content.", began appearing for some users when attempting to play movies or tv-shows on the older apple tv's that was purchased on another device.

While Apple has not recognized the error or posted a fix, there is a work-around to resolve the "not authorized" error message.

To resolve the error message, simply purchase any content directly from the Apple TV. (Tip: There are many "free" preview shows that would work great for this!)

Once the newly purchased content is downloaded and played, all of your other purchased tv shows and movies will now play properly.

How To: Set up multiple FROM addresses in Mail.app

It's no secret that I really, REALLY prefer Apple's default Mail.app application in OSX over any other email program; however, there's one feature that I have often missed from Mail – the ability to set up different "from" email addresses, sometimes called "personalities".

For example, I have a Gmail account and my own domain. Sometimes I would prefer to send from my domain email account, while other times I would prefer to have my "From" address represented as Google mail.

As fate would have it, Mail does support sending email from multiple email accounts. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Open Mail and choose Mail > Preferences.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Select an account.
  4. Enter all your addresses in the email address field, separated by commas. For example, webmaster@example.org, sales@example.org, support@example.org.
  5. Close the Preferences window and click Save in the message that appears.

Now when you create a new email, you will be able to select a From address to choose the address you want the email to appear to be from.

Force Facebook to Refresh and Import Notes

If you import your blog into Facebook as a Note, you may have noticed that it can be really, really slow to show new posts.

But if you don't have the patience to wait for Facebook to update your Notes, you can manually refresh the Notes app and force Facebook to re-import your RSS feed in just two steps.

How to Manually Refresh RSS imports in Facebook Notes

  1. Go to your Facebook Profile and click on the Options link to the right of your Wall.
  2. Click the Settings link to the right of your Wall.
  3. Under Imported Sites, click on the Blog/RSS hyperlink and click “Update Now”.

Once it refreshes, you should notice the Latest Story has been updated and will now be posted to your wall.

How To: Download all tagged Facebook pictures

Facebook makes it very easy for anyone to upload & share pictures, including the option to tag people who appear in the photos. If you're on Facebook, there's a fairly good chance that friends have tagged pictures of you.

So what do you do if those pictures are really good and – for example – you want to download copies to share or make prints? The answer is it's possible, but fairly difficult for many users… until now.

Code wizard Tommy Murphy has created a program for Windows or Mac that quickly downloads all your tagged Facebook photos. The best part? Yep… it's free.

Photograbber works extremely well for quickly downloading all photos in which you're tagged. Simply launch the program, grant it permission to access your tagged photos, and tell Photograbber where to save the files. Boom. (And did I mention that it's free?)

How To: Force Safari to open links in new tab

Are you annoyed when a webpage forces Safari to open links in a new window (ie target="new")? Fear not, because there's a simple fix!

To force Safari to open new web page links in a new tab rather than a new window, cut & paste the following into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

Restart Safari and you're set!

How To: Free Up 3GB of Hard Drive Space in Mac OSX

Running out of space on your Mac? Need to free up space on your OSX hard disk drive? Here's a quick and easy way to free up 3GB of space on your hard drive in less than two minutes!

The answer: PRINTER DRIVERS

That's right, printer drivers. Mac OSX comes with 3.54GB of printer drivers installed – whether you need them or not. In almost every instance, you don't need 'em 3.5GBs of printer drivers. And if you do need drivers, you can always download printer drivers from Apple or download Gutenprint.

To remove unneeded printer drivers:

1. Open Finder.
2. Select your hard drive (named Macintosh HD, by default)
3. Navigate to LIBRARY > PRINTERS
4. Think twice before you take this next step!!
5. Select all of the folders you do not need and delete them.
6. Empty the trash and enjoy your new free space!

FriendFeed-Facebook deal reaffirms need for a social media safety net

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of digital lifestreams, a single page overview of your online & offline world. I have my own lifestream that features not only what I'm doing on my blog or other websites, but also ties in what I'm doing offline through pictures & videos. (Check out my lifestream, if you like!)

As focus on aggregated lifestreams (or socialstreams, as they are sometimes being called) has evolved, several really good sites have popped up which allow you to create your own lifestream, including soup.io, Profilactic, and – most notably – FriendFeed. Given the simplicity of these great tools, thousands have flocked to these services.

However, with the recent purchase of FriendFeed by Facebook (Friendbook? Facefeed?), it now appears that the future of FriendFeed may be in jeopardy. If FriendFeed folds – just as Swurl & Jaiku did earlier – it could erase (literally) millions of digital landmarks in thousands of user's lifestreams. Since lifestreams are generated as they happen, there's a real possibility that those users will never be able to recreate their lifestreams. Now, thousands of FriendFeed users are looking for ways to back up their lifestream before it disappears.

But the sad reality is, this didn't need to happen.
Continue reading FriendFeed-Facebook deal reaffirms need for a social media safety net

Review: AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger

I have to confess – I love that sites like Flickr and programs like iPhoto allow me to preserve the locations where photos were taken (aka geotagging).

I had been using several hacks to geotag photos in iPhoto because my Nikon doesn't support GPS locations. But… the days of sniffing the dirt are over.

Say hello to my little friend: the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger.

I picked up the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger on the recommendation of several folks on Flickr. I got mine on Amazon because they offered the best price. (And you know how I feel about Amazon's free shipping!)

To export the GPS files, simply plug the AMOD AGL3080 GPS Data Logger into your Mac or PC. The device shows up as a USB drive – just like a thumb drive or similar USB storage.

The AMOD logs position, altitude, heading, speed, and acquired satellites, as well as hdop & vdop, as frequently as the user specifies and saves it to its 128mb of flash memory. There are six configurable data settings and refresh rates, ranging from once per second all the way to once every ten seconds. A unique log file is created every time you restart the AMOD, so it's pretty simple to keep track of your log files in Finder/Windows Explorer (the log files encode the date in the file name).

One "hidden" feature is that you download updates to the AMOD's firmware. This doesn't impact the unit day-by-day, but it does mean that users aren't "locked in" to one feature set. Hypothetically speaking, additional functionality can be added to the unit via software updates.

The AMOD runs on three AAA batteries, but does *not* recharge via the USB. Personally, I could care less if it recharges via USB because I prefer to use my Eneloop AAA rechargeable batteries or buy batteries off the shelf as needed.

Important note – the AMOD does *not* lose data when you remove/replace batteries. Once data is written to the flash, it is there until you delete it, just like any USB drive.

If you're using it for hiking, geocaching, etc, there's a waypoint button on the side of unit, making it easy for you to instantly tag a location.

Favorite Features

  • AAA batteries – Lasts 30+ hours on one charge with my Eneloop AAA rechargeable batteries
  • Works like a USB drive – totally compatible on Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Configurable refresh & detail – easily change the frequency & quantity of data written to the log file
  • SiRF III – extremely accurate logging, at least as accurate as my Garmin

Depending on how I am going to use the data, I either use GPS Babel (free) to convert the file into whatever format I need – for example, Google Keyhole format for Google Maps/Google Earth.

Side note: GPS Babel (free) is the ultimate rosetta stone for dealing with GPS formats. Check it out regardless of what hardware you're using.

Or, if I'm going to use the AMOD to geotag photos from my Nikon camera for iPhoto 09, I have a complete geotagging workflow I use that utilizes HoudahGeo.

Others have suggested combining GPS Babel with GPS Photolinker (free – Mac) to geotag photos. This method works well, too, but I prefer my HoudahGeo workflow for geotagging with the AMOD because HoudahGeo is much more tightly integrated to iPhoto and Aperture.