Category: Everyday Genius

Automator: Connect iTunes network music server

One of my favorite features in OS X is Automator, a clever way to expedite routine tasks. Since I maintain my entire iTunes library on a network music server, one of my most routine tasks was connecting to the music server and then launching iTunes. On average, it’s a process that took me… eh, about …

How To: Use your iPod on Mac & Windows computers

Here’s a little known fact: Your Windows PC cannot read your iPod if you formatted it with a Mac. I found that out the hard way today, when I wanted to transfer some files from a Windows laptop to my iPod (which was formatted on Mac OS X). But the iPod is supposed to work …

How To: Make iTunes scan folders for new music

One of my biggest complaints about iTunes is that it doesn’t monitor folders for new music. Well, after a little trial and error, here’s a quick way to make iTunes scan a folder and add any songs that aren’t currently in your music library. Run iTunes. Choose “File” > “Add To Library…” Browse and choose …

Sort your Gmail backups into folders in Mail.app

Graeme Mathieson has a good tip to enhance my post on how to backup Google Gmail. I do this because I would hate to lose some of my email if GMail were to ever lose a server or something. (Hey, ya never know!) Graeme shows how to sort your Gmail into it’s proper folders in …

How To: Use Bounce to reduce spam in Mail.app

Great tip from Alex at DiscoTank: Use “Bounce” in Mail.App to reduce or eliminate spam. Basically, Alex suggested taking all of your Junk mail, and sending “bounce” messages to the servers. Many spammers use auto-generating server tools which remove addresses that return a bounced email address (not that the spammers actually care, per se, but …