Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Outdent (and Indent) in Apple Mail

February 1, 2018

An annoyance and Apple is no help with not allowing good text editing tools for Mail.

So if you want to Outdent or Indent you’ll need to know the shortcuts;

  • Outdent
    • Hold Command + [
  • Indent
    • Hold Command + ]

It’s really that simple.



July 11, 2016

So for those of you who are running a Mac and use Apple Mail this might be interesting;

If you ever get an attachment called WINMAIL.DAT it’s because Outlook (or another mail client) is encoding the file with extra text information that Apple doesn’t like.

Its like a sulking competition that’s been going on forever it seems, where neither side is willing to change…

Anyway if you do get it, check your webmail (assuming you a have webmail site) instead of asking the person to resend it in a different way. Your webmail interface generally does not use Apple’s Mail product and doesn’t fail at opening those attachments.

Got WINMAIL.DAT? Goto Webmail. Problem solved.

Either that or use a different Email client on your Mac, but I’m presuming that’s going to be more of a hassle than occasionally checking webmail.

Recovering a Mac Password

September 5, 2015

I can’t believe I didn’t put this in here yet!

Anyway on occasion I get someone who inherits a Mac or they forget the admin password or something but in any case it’s necessary to reset the admin password.

So here’s how you do it;

  • Boot the Mac into recovery mode;
    • Hold down Command + R.
    • Select Disk Utility.
    • At the top click Utilities and then Terminal.
    • Type resetpassword and enter.
    • Select the specific disk if you have more than one.
    • From the drop down menu select the user you want to change.
    • Type in a new password and verify.
    • Type in a hint if you really want to.
    • Click Save.
  • That’s just about it.

Super simple really.

Adding a different “From” address in Mac Mail

June 6, 2014

Quick tip; You want to appear to come from rather than… for what ever reason, do this;

  • Open Mail.
  • Click Mail > Preferences.
  • Click Accounts
  • Click on the account you want to add the alias to.
  • Next to your Email Address filed type a comma , after your email address and then type the new address.
  • Once this is done you should have the option in the from field for that new address.

Install OSX media to a flash disk or other device.

April 4, 2014

Had a friend of an old colleague drop his mac and damage the HD. I managed to recover most of the data using Spinrite but of course needed to get a new drive in there.

I downloaded Mavericks from the app store on my mac and then plugged in a spare drive and started down the road of installing mavericks on that drive. Well it then said, Oh yeah I’m going to reboot your mac and start installing Mavericks to that drive. My initial thought was, woa woa woa, hold on there. Why do you need to do that when it’s an external drive and I’m not going to take the risk it’s going to mess with my current drive on my machine!

So I found a command line that does it for you 🙂 Here’s the link I found –

and here’s the script; (make sure you change /Volumes/untitled to the correct name of the drive you want to install to)

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ –volume /Volumes/untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ –nointeraction

What do other ppl use for emergency pc repair?

March 31, 2011

I found this while stumbling and thought it was so useful that I simply had to post it here;


So, here is my list:

Note: feel free to add your tools to my list. If it’s an alternative, please don’t replace mine, add a sub-list started by “alt:” and say why do you prefer this one.

Boot-cd/usb key

Ubcd4win create a (custom) live cd that contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem.
alt: Microsoft Emergency Repair Disk: a system rescue disk PE environment with advanced recovery tools like resetting passwords, hard drive repair, offline registry editing, file explorer, command prompt, etc. Only available to Software Assurance and MSDN subscribers, as part of the Desktop Optimization Pack. If you’re a student, may be available to you through MSDNAA.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor reset windows password
alt: Ophcrack (sort-of) brute-force windows password (if they are EFS encrypted files)
CloneZilla disk imaging backup
GParted partition editor
Stresslinux minimal linux with tools to monitoring hardware health: stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, lm_sensors, memtest86+, …
alt: Memtest86+ RAM tester (don’t need command line)
Hard Drive Manufacturers diagnostic tools: fujitsu / hitachi / samsung / western digital / seagate (maxtor)
Spinrite low level hard disk recovery (89$)
alt: HDD Regenerator (40$)

Sysinternals suite (1=included in this suite) a great set of tools by Sysinternals (so great that MS bought them)
NirLauncher (2=included in this suite) another great set of tools by NirSoft integrated in a launcher (that could be used easily with sysinternals suite too)
GnuWin32 port of the most important GNU utilities to Windows (command-line)
Remote control

Teamviewer all-in-one solution for remote access and support over the Internet. Easy (don’t have to open ports on firewall/router), secure, and full featured.
alt: UltraVNC: less convenient but open source and free even in a professional environment

Avira (use rescue disk or the one included in ubcd4win) and/or Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
alt: Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware / SpyBot – Search & Destroy / DrWeb Cure It / AVZ / a-Squared Emergency USB Stick
Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira (a little bit better but contains nag screen) -to install
alt: Avast / AVG
alt not freeware: Norton Internet Security (70$/year) / Kaspersky Internet Security (60$/year) / Eset Smart Security (48€/year) / PC Tools Internet Security (50€/year)
System Explorer lists processes, startups, services, drivers… Check them with it’s own database, VirusTotal or Jotti services. Snapshots before/after for registry/disk changes
RootkitRevealer(1) anti-rootkit
alt: Gmer more powerfull (but harder to use) anti-rootkit
Virus Effect Remover Repair/Fix damaged items like TaskManager, RegEditor, Folder Options, Windows AutoUpdate.
Startup Tools

Autoruns(1) the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor
alt: RunAlyzer edit an external registry hive (used easily from a boot cd)
Process Tools

Process Explorer(1) detailed process, handles & dll informations
Process Monitor(1) real-time file system, registry and process/thread activity
Svchost analyzer lists all svchost instances and checks the services they contain
Registry Tools

Registrar registry manager (lite) advanced registry manager
alt: Reg
Eusing free registry defrag
Backup Tools

DriveImage XML disk imaging (shadow copy)
Cobian Backup automated backup -to install
Toucan on-demand backup
ERUNT registry backup
Netprofiles save & restore network profiles
SoftKey Revealer licence keys backup
All Nirsoft password tools(2) passwords backup
File Tools

Everything quick searching
alt: AstroGrep for non-ntfs drive
Recuva recover delete files
RichCopy advanced copy tool
alt Unstoppable Copier copy files from broken hd
FileASSASSIN advanced delete (remove handle or delete at reboot)
alt: Delete Doctor delete with short DOS name or UNC name
alt: DelinvFiles same as delete doctor, but can scan the drive for invalid file names and from my experience it was successful where delete doctor wasn’t. But it’s a shareware: 26.95$
WinDirStat: graphical view of hardrive space usage
alt: SpaceSniffer nicer interface
alt: SequoiaView
WinMerge folders/files comparison
Hashcalc md5,sha,crc32 checksum
TrIDnet file identifier
Disk Tools

Drive Manager
MyDefragPowerGUI featured (& free) defragmenter
Easeus Partition Master (home edition) partition manager
HDTune hd scan & S.M.A.R.T. info
alt: Active@ HD Monitor freeware more featured, but not portable
TestDisk designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again
ddrescue copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors.
Hardware Tools

IntelBurnTest test cpu
FurMark test gpu
Eizo Monitor Test fine-tune your monitor
Pixel Doctor locate and fix LCD screens dead pixels
Drivers Tools

DoubleDriver backup/restore drivers
DPC Latency Checker real-time drop-outs graph
DeviceRemover (very) advanced device manager
Cleaning Tools

RevoUninstaller uninstaller that help to remove leftovers (without the need of monitoring install)
CCleaner remove unused and temporary files
PC Decrapifier remove or uninstall a specific list of unwanted software
JavaRa removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment
Network Tools

NetWorx bandwidth meter
alt: NetMeter the live graph looks better but is a little less featured and have some instabilities on w7
NetResView(2) lists all network resources (computers, disk shares, and printer shares) on your LAN
CurrPorts(2) lists all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports and the processes that opened them
AS3 Personal Firewall portable firewall
eToolz gui for NS-Lookup, Ping, TraceRoute and Whois
Performance Pinging graph ping
Wireshark network protocol analyzer
Secunia PSI vulnerability scanning
SG TCP Optimizer (XP) (re)set & optimize tcp parameters

System Info for Windows (aka SIW) gives a ton of information about the system, including installed software, hardware configuration, license keys, and network info. Free for non-commercial use; $70 for “technician’s license”.
SUMo software updater tool
BlueScreenView(2) crash dump analysis
ShellExView(2) shell extensions manager
Whyreboot lists reboot “pending file operations”
XP Quick Fix Plus 40 common Windows XP problems fixes
7 Quick Fix 21 common Windows 7 problems fixes fix tools: FixWin (50 common 7/vista annoyances), Fix IE (internet explorer), Fix MSE (ms security essential), Fix WU (windows update), Fix WMP (windows media player), File Association Fixer
GodMode creator (7/Vista) create easy shortcuts to almost every settings & informations (CLSID folders)
Print Service Manager easily kill stucked print jobs
Filmerit directshow filter manager
And some other essential tools, but not directly related, like notepad++, autohotkey, firefox (and its bookmarks)…

Most of these tools are portable and free (at least for personal use) and yes it’s only the essentials one 😉

And if you want more security related software: Gizmo’s Best Free Security List (by Antti Koponen)

Spotlight stops working in Mail

October 30, 2010

OK for all you Mac users out there, I ran into this issue a while ago but today it got to the point that it became annoying so I did the research and fixed it.

Basically when I searched for an email it would not look in the “Entire Message”, it would only look in From, To or Subject. Apparently Spotlight is only used in the Entire Message part which is why the other fields were still working in search.

The fix? Well it’s very simple. Open Spotlight preferences, Click on the Privacy option and Add your whole Hard drive – probably “Macintosh HD” then close out of preferences. Re-open Spotlight preferences and remove that entry you just added. Close preferences.

You now should see the main spotlight icon in the top right have a dot in the middle of the magnifying glass… This is good – it means that it’s indexing and your clear-out of the old index has worked.

Give it about 30 mins to perhaps an hour or two and the indexing will have finished.

Hey presto – your Spotlight search should now be working in Mail!

Wooohoo 🙂 Easy money.