After a gap of almost three years, I recently decided to relaunch my six year old self-hosted wordpress blog TechnoDuet. It was high time to take advantage of the modern static site generator tools along with the availability of some really awesome free static-site hosting services.
Improved performance, ease of maintenance, scalibility, no security concerns due to database and plugins, simplicity of writing blog posts in markdown, version control for content, option of free reliable hosting with custom domain, and the convenience of continuous automatic deployment are some of the advantages that compelled me to migrate and convert my wordpress blog to a static site.
In Mac OS X, connection can directly be made to a remote FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server, from within the OS, without using any additional software.
The easiest way is to open the Finder Window and select the from the main menu Go -> connect to Server. A dialog box will appear. Enter the server name (including ftp://) and click connect.
You can then login either as a guest user or enter username/password for registered accounts.
Blocking certain people in the Contacts from sending iMessages on Mac is finally now an option with the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update.
Following are the steps for adding people from Contacts in the blocked list. To block an email address, it needs to be present in the Contacts.
From within the iMessage application, go to Messages -> Preferences Select Accounts Select the iMessage Account from the left-pane and then select the Blocked tab Click the** +** button on the bottom-left corner and the Contacts list will appear.
Google+ gives the option of keeping track of all the +1s on Google+ posts. To review your +1s history and make any changes, simply follow the following steps. Please note that the following steps are for tracking your +1s on Google+ posts and not for the web content that you +1d outside Google+. The +1s on websites can be viewed and edited via the +1Tab on your Google+ Profile.
Reading something interesting/important on the web and thinking that your ‘tab bar’ is messy, overloaded with rectangular blocks and oh-so-totally unmanageable? Uh oh. You just found another important link that is going to result in a swarm of even more tabs. Surrounded by tabs and feeling slightly dizzy, what do you do?
Here comes Safari’s ‘Poof Box’ to the rescue! Simply click, hold and drag the troublemaker ( tab) to any part of the screen except the menu and tab bar, take a deep breath and let go.
Use these time-saving tips for Safari on Mac, Mountain Lion, to surf internet the smart way!
1. For quickly bookmarking a page, simply drag the Favicon - the small image besides the website address/URL in a browser’s address field - to the** bookmark bar. The favicon can also be dragged and dropped to Safari’s Reading List** for quick saving of an article for later reading. Moreover, you can even drag and drop Favicon to the Notes app in Mountain Lion2.
Intelligently automating various online tasks can result in increased productivity. One such case is that of automatically sending the received attachments in Gmail to cloud storage. A number of solutions exist for automating this task; below is a step-by-step guide of using the popular service IFTTT to automatically send Gmail attachments to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive.
Create a free account on IFTTT.com or login to an existing one.
In the presence of multiple WiFi networks, it is often desirable to select a particular network to connect. In Mac OS X, the last connected network is automatically selected for connection whenever the Mac restarts or wakes up from sleep. This default choice can easily be changed and you can specify your preferred WiFi network and set it as default.
In OSX Mountain Lion:
From the Apple Menu select System Preferences - > Network In the WiFi Pane select Advanced Select the WiFi tab.
Google has recently updated Google+ with 41 new features. This major update includes a revamp of the web UI that is now responsive and displays the posts in multi-column format.
The good news is that Google has also provided the option of switching back to single-column view for those G+ users who prefer viewing their stream in single-column format.
In Google+, select the Home stream button. In the top menubar, look for ‘More’ drop-down menu; select it and click the single column layout icon.
Apple’s stock iOS app, Mail can be used quite effectively for all email related productivity tasks. Below is a list of five tips that enhance the Mail experience and increase efficiency.
1. When composing a new email, it sometimes happen that you want to move the names in the To field to Cc/Bcc field or vice versa. There is no need to first delete and then add the name to the correct field.