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Redbox Instant Launches with Netflix-Style Streaming Movies (Redbox Instant Launches with Netflix-Style Streaming Movies)

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Redbox Instant Launches with Netflix-Style Streaming Movies (Redbox Instant Launches with Netflix-Style Streaming Movies)

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Control Time Machine from the command line with tmutil (

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The ability to control Time Machine from the Time Machine preferences in System Preferences is quite limited. You can choose exclusions, turn Time Machine on or off, and force backups, but that’s about it. Fortunately, a command-line tool, tmutil provides much more control over Time Machine. The man page for tmutil says the following:

“tmutil provides methods of controlling and interacting with Time Machine, as well as examining and manipulating Time Machine backups. Common abilities include restoring data from backups, editing exclusions, and comparing back-ups.”

For example, you can compare backups to see what has changed from one backup to another, inherit a backup (which you can do from the Time Machine menu, when you set up a new Mac and want to use a backup from an older Mac), or set up fixed-path exclusions (excluding items at a specific file path).

Check man tmutil to see all that you can do with this comma …

Comic for February 1, 2013 (Dilbert Daily Strip)

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I don't know what's worse--the fact that after 15 years of using tar I still can't keep the flags straight, or that after 15 years of technological advancement I'm still mucking with tar flags that were 15 years old when I started.

Create a QR code with your contact info (

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1. Go to:
2. Select “Contact Details”
3. Select vCard & fill in your info

This QR code will add your contact info to people’s address books if they scan it. You can create QR codes that can do lots of things. For example, you can create codes that will direct people to follow you on Twitter, like a page on Facebook, or compose an email to you.

[kirkmc adds: Another hint from robleach. I haven’t tested this.]

Create a QR code bookmarklet (

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Have you ever been reading a web page and find you have to leave, but would like to continue reading on your phone? Here’s a handy bookmarklet you can use to transfer the URL to your phone:'',%20'Scan%20Me',%20'toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,statusbar=0,menubar=0,resizable=0,width=110,height=130');qr.document.write('%3Cimg%20src=\'|0&chl='+document.location+%20'\'%20/%3E%3Cbr%20/%3E%3Ca%20href=\'javascript:self.close();\'%3EClose%20Me%3C/a%3E'); 

Copy this to a new bookmark. I named mine “Send to Phone.” It pops up a little window with the URL of your current web page encoded as a QR code. Simply scan it directly off your computer screen with your phone’s QR …

Use HTML signatures with Mail on iOS 6 (

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With iOS 6, you can now add different signatures for different e-mail accounts, but you can also add logos, links and styled text.

If you have an HTML or styled signature in Mail on OS X, do the following:
1. Send an e-mail to your account with the signature from OS X.
2. Open the e-mail on your iOS device, then tap and hold the signature text.
3. Select all the text and images of your signature, and then copy it.
4. Go to Settings > Mail, contacts and Calendars > Signature. In the text field, tap and hold again to display the Paste menu and paste your signature.

Only styled text (bold, italic or underlined), plus images and links will be copied. Text colors or font sizes will not.

[kirkmc adds: We had a hint giving a much more complex way of doing this back in April. This is very easy to do, requires no third-party software or futzing around with backups. Though, to be …

Re-Enable Apple provided Java applet plug-in (

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If you installed the Java for OS X 2012-06 update, you’ll have found that it does the following:

“This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.”

If you wish to re-enable the original Java applet plug-in – which is not uninstalled, as claimed above, but simply disabled – Apple has published a technical note explaining how to do this. There are a few Terminal commands, including creating a couple of symlinks. The technical note also explains how to disable Java Web Start.

The technical note also gives a URL where you can download the Oracle Java 7 JRE, which will be the futur …

Spotlight keyboard shortcuts (

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When viewing Spotlight search results, there are a number of shortcuts you can use to quickly perform actions or your search or its results. Simply move your cursor over an item, or use the arrow keys to navigate, to select items.

  • View the search term in Dictionary: Command-D
  • View the search term in a Quick Look “look up” dictionary window: Command-L
  • View the search term in Wikipedia: Command-W
  • Perform a web search for the search term: Command-B
  • View a selected result in a Quick Look window: hover cursor over an item
  • Reveal selected result in Finder: Command-R
  • Open the Top Result: Command-T
  • Open a selected result: Command-O, or Enter, or Return
  • Display a Finder Info window for a result: Command-I

[kirkmc adds: Any others? I listed this as 10.7, but I’m not sure they all work in Lion; I know some of them do.]

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