Use the Keychain to find passwords

We all forget passwords or they momentarily elude memory.  To find a password  open Keychain in the Utilitiesfolder nested in the Applications folder. Once there, scroll through the list of keys until you find the one that you’re looking for. Double click on it and check the box that says, “Show Password.”

You will have [...]

Locked file error in Mac OS X Lion?

New Lion user’s quickly discover an odd aspect of the Lion versioning system that means that files that haven’t been recently edited require an extra step before work can be done on them. The fix is fairly simple.


Setting up a Mac

This Macworld article offers some useful setup suggestions.


iPhoto & Trackpad: two finger crop and rotate

In iPhoto “you can drag two fingers on your MacBook’s touchpad (or your Magic Trackpad) to control the various edits with better precision than just dragging around a mouse. (TUAW, 11-02-241)


Set up a backup drive or a drive for external use.

Basic requirements for “Mac compatibility”:  Do not pay extra for so-called “Mac compatibility”!  You should be able to find a 1T drive – this is for backup so get a 3.5 inch drive in a case with an external power supply – for less than $100.  USB2 is fine.  The drive may come with a disk [...]

Make Dock icons show Hidden apps as hidden.

In the Dock, icons for ‘hidden’ apps can be rendered semi-transparent like so

[...] maintenance

Mail is a pretty good application but after you have used it for a long time it can appear to become a bit sluggish and develop all sorts of anomalous behaviour such as phantom and missing messages, as well as erroneous counts, messages not deleteing, and so on.  This can be fixed!

Disarm the Caps Lock key

I am always tripping over the “caps lock” key and turning it on accidentally so I looked for a way to turn it off.


Make iCal display time in 24hr mode.

Make iCal display time in 24hr mode.


System Dictionary

I can’t resist this one………Make British English system default.