Category Archives: Mac

Download iWork ’11 for free

There is a well known bug on the Mac App Store that enables you to download the full iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) straight from Apple if you already own iWork’09 Trial. You can simply download the official Apple iWork Trial from here or here. Once installed, you will need to restart the Mac App… Read More »

How to make iTunes run smoother and faster

First of all if you can (and have the space available) it’s best to keep your iTunes library local on your Mac. If you are running out of hard drive space on your Mac then you can store your library on an external USB drive. If you choose to do this then you need to… Read More »

Time Machine alternatives

Time Machine is by far the easiest method to back up your Mac. All you need is an external USB drive that is Mac only. Your Mac will know if you have plugged in the right USB drive because it will ask you if you’d like to use it as a backup drive. This won’t… Read More »

LaCie Safe HDD not working in OSX Lion

Since OSX Lion is a 64bit operating system the LaCie Safe Hard drives do not yet work with Lion as they use 32bit software to control them. To get round this you need to boot your Mac running OSX Lion into 32bit mode. To do this you have to restart or boot your Mac while… Read More »

WD Time Machine issue

As of 20th July 2011, Western Digital NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives aren’t compatible with OSX Lion. There currently isn’t a workaround to support Time Machine as Lion have updated their version of AFP to 3.3. WD NAS boxes don’t support this so if you own one of these then you are SOL. If you… Read More »

Which cable do I need to restore my Apple TV (2nd Gen black)?

You need a microUSB cable to do this. They are actually quite commonly used to power small usb devices, similar to the one used to charge a Jawbone headset. The cable that connects your Jawbone headset to the power block is actually a very short grey microUSB cable that with works with the new Apple… Read More »

Custom restore of iDevice using iTunes on a Mac

If for any reason you need to do a custom restore of your iDevice using iTunes, you can do so by first clicking on the device in the iTunes menu on the left. Make sure you hold down the ‘alt’ button before clicking ‘Restore’. By holding down ‘alt’ you are forcing iTunes to look for… Read More »