January 14th, 2010
After using iTunes for some years, my library has become too fat even for my ever-growing disk sizes. I decided to move my videos to another drive and found there is an incredibly easy way to achieve this: use the Finder to go to your iTunes library folder and move the “Movies” and “TV Shows” folders to the new drive – done.
iTunes automatically (!) found the new location without any manual re-indexing or re-importing or fiddling with the library preferences. (I have not tested network drives.)
There is a catch, though: downloading new videos – e.g. TV show subscriptions – will recreate the folders in your iTunes library. If you find that confusing, I suggest you only move complete seasons/subfolders.
January 6th, 2010
This may be a little off topic, but as it took me some hours to work it out and as I could find very few helpful resources describing the procedure, here is how I converted my archived Lotus Notes calendars to iCal. Mind you, this is specific to my settings and might not work for you. But if you have trouble importing Notes-created .ICS files to iCal, read on. Read the full article »
January 4th, 2010
There is a number of reasons why it can be useful to have a 1:1 copy of a DVD on your harddisk, e.g. because you want to avoid wasting battery life when travelling, or because you own a MacBook Air and do not want to carry around your external DVD drive. However, there is one problem: Apple’s DVD player and iTunes expect a DVD to be read from an optical drive rather than the file system. I recently discovered an easy solution. Read the full article »
October 5th, 2009
With the latest version 3.5, Google’s Picasa for Mac has finally emerged from Beta. As Google is renowned for visionary solutions and as the program very much mirrors the functionality of iPhoto, it is worth having a closer look at its geotagging capacity. At first glance, it looks very well integrated, but – as with our previous posts – we are looking for a proper workflow support and future-proof metadata handling.
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September 17th, 2009
Confession time: I just finished a complete new installation of Snow Leopard. I had thought that this was a thing of the past, a dreaded “standard procedure” from when I was a Windows user. But unfortunately, I had too many problems with the upgrade, mainly performance and compatibility related. Despite the discouragement of Apple’s support line, I managed a pretty smooth transition in a reasonable amount of time. In case you are facing similar issues or want to migrate a user directory without the Migration Assistant, read on.
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