Customizing Your Mac’s Trackpad

Tapping the track pad in order to click has become a very popular way for selecting application or texts when using a Macintosh. Its popularity comes from the convinces factor of not having to press down completely on the trackpad every time. However, tap to click tends to be annoying for new users, who may find themselves selecting texts or applications when not desired. Other than tap to click, the trackpad has many other potential capabilities like secondary click, zooming, rotating, and a multitude of gestures. To find these trackpad customizations locate your System Preferences application, then open the Trackpad pane under Hardware. From there you are free to explore. Bellow is a quick overview of my most commonly used trackpad click and hand gestures.

Tap to Click

As described above, tap to click gives the user the connivence of being able to tap their trackpad (instead of pressing down to select) in order to select text or apps.

Secondary Click

This allows the user the ability to secondary click (a.k.a. right click), instead of pressing control + click.

Zoom and Rotate

Found in the Scroll & Zoom section, zoom and rotate is a quick way to zoom into or rotate photos in selected applications like iPhoto.

Swipe Between Apps

In my opinion this is the best gesture ever created. Although it is simple this gesture enables you to four finger swipe between your desktop screens.

Keyboard Shortcuts 101

Mac has many keyboard shortcuts that help users save their time to complete various tasks. For example, command+c (Copy) and command+v (Paste), one of the most commonly used pair of shortcuts. However there are many other Shortcuts most users are not aware of. Here’s a few:

Command + Control + Option + 8 (For Pranksters) 

If you’re already aware of this shortcut, you’ve probably used this to prank your Mac user friends. Through this shortcut, you can invert the colors on your Mac screen. This shortcut was created to help those with visual impairments but it also provides a cool effect. Please note that in order for the shortcut to work, you need to have [Invert Colors] option ticked in your System Preferences.

Command + Control + D (For Students) 

There are often times when you feel lazy to look up a word when you are working on a document. By using this shortcut, you can look up a word while you type without searching for the meaning online. Please note that the dictionary provided through this shortcut is from the Mac OS dictionary and may not contain all the words you’re looking for.

Command + Option + Control + Eject (For Busy Workers) 

By using this shortcut, you can save time shutting down your Mac. Please note that as this shortcut instantly shuts down your Mac, make sure you’ve saved all your files. To put your Mac to sleep, press Command + Option + Eject.

Command + Option + M (For Businessmen or Online Shopaholics) 

Often at times, you lose track of the number of Windows you’ve opened due to many reasons. Through this shortcut you will minimize all opened windows in your dock and clean your window.

Command + Shift + 8 (For Mathematicians) 

On a document, if you type out a math operation such as 454+343 and you enter this shortcut, the answer will appear in no time. This shortcut helps you save time from using a calculator to solve your math problems. 

Command + Opt-a (For Youtubers) 

This wonderful shortcut helps you save Youtube videos on your Mac as an .flv file. Please note that this shortcut only works on Safari and the definition of the video may not be HD quality.

 

YouTube Going Beyond 1080p

For any avid YouTube watchers, 1080p was what made the difference between a good video and a great one. But now YouTube has integrated video quality beyond measure. After 1080p comes 1440p and finally 2160p, also know as 4k, Ultra HD, and UHD.
The upgrade to 4k seems great, but is it really? Although, the jump from 1080p to 2160p is noticeable, most people will not be able to experience the true clarity of 4k videos unless you have a retina display monitors or a 4k Display Monitors. Mixed in with the slower downloading speeds and older graphics cards not being able to support it. This brings up the question of “what is so great about 4k?” Since the majority of people do not have displays that can take advantage of 4k.

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For Those of You Who Have Trouble Sleeping

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Having trouble sleeping at night? One problem might be that you are using your computer before you goto bed. Instead of going into the complex science of eye stimulation (which I do not quite understand myself), I will give you the brief over view. On f.lux’s website they explain it to us that the blue lights that your computer emit can keep you up late at night, so the purpose of f.lux was to eliminate these blue lights. They have done this by making your computers screen adapt to the time of the day. For example, on there website they state: “When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.” Overall, f.lux has personally been a great help with my tendency to work late into the night. So for all of you people out there like me I would recommend downloading f.lux. For more information behind the science of f.lux click here.

Woodchuck Cases | Made in the USA

Meet Woodchuck, where local craftsmanship, quality, and nature are blended together to produce high quality wood products to fit into your lifestyle in the form of cases and skins made out of Cedar, Bamboo, Mahogany, Walnut, and Birch just to name a few.

Woodchuck Skins

Today we will be taking a look at the Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin as well the Woodchuck MacBook Air Mahogany Wood Skin.

In terms of style, you can’t beat Woodchuck. The look and feel of the wood surpasses most other wooden cases that I have come across in the past in both the Mahogany and Bamboo wood types. The edges were perfectly rounded off, and the surface was sanded to be a smooth and splinter free.

For me, this was the perfect way to bring character to my MacBook Air in an extremely low profile way, as the skins are cut in a way that will not add on to your device’s width, but thick enough to be durable along with a 3M™ Non residue adhesive backing. I would still recommend being careful with the skin until it has been applied on to your device to prevent any bending or breaking of the wood.

Woodchuck Skins

Furthermore, the customization of the cases is a big plus for me. On the MacBook air case the design chosen was a wonderful pattern that you can see above, and I believe having the ability to customize the product brings a whole new side to Woodchuck. The extra dollars are well spent, especially if you have something meaningful to put on your case you cannot find elsewhere.

The Bamboo skin shown on my iPhone is attached to a slim black case I had previously (It also comes with a front panel piece). Woodchuck also offers different cases with the wood on the back, as well as the sides for $50 in all different sorts of variation.

Overall if you appreciate quality, minimalist fashion, I would highly recommend customizing your own Woodchuck case or skin for you Apple Products and show off your love of the nature.

Check them out at:
www.woochuckCase.com
Woodchuck iPhone 5s Bamboo Wood Skin ($29.99 + $20 for Custom Engraving)
Woodchuck MacBook Air 13 inch Mahogany Wood Skin ($49.99 + $30 Custom Engraving)