There are plenty of articles and Youtube videos showing how to switch the Option and Command keys when you adapt a PC keyboard for use on the Mac.Â (System Prefs – Keyboard – Modifier Keys – Choose the correct keyboard, then switch Command and Option).
But even after doing that, the Options key wouldn’t work.Â I finally noticed the “Win Lk” light at the top right.Â Gaming keyboards let you turn off the Windows key in case you accidentally hit it during a game, and that’s the key that is now mapped to Option for my Mac.
Turning if off just requires holding Fn and pressing F8, which also has a “no Windows” symbol.
We have an increasing number of Windows 10 machines in our office, and realized that we couldn’t get them to connect to shares on our OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite) server. Â We have a bunch ofÂ Local Network Users, and had no problem connecting as them from Windows 7 machines. Â But Windows 10 machines would just pop up the authentication dialog again with the message “The specified network password is not correct”.
I tried all of the Local Security Policy changes that people have mentioned on the ‘net, and nothing worked. Â I finally came across somebody mentioning that you have to put the server NetBIOS Name in ALL CAPS when you authenticate. Â So, in our case, we needed to make one Local Security Policy change on the Windows 10 clients and put the server name in all caps when authenticating.
My Macbook Pro (mid-2009) hard drive crashed a few weeks ago. Â Since I had a current Time Machine backup, I figured that it would be super-simple to install a new hard drive and do a restore. Â Well, it wasn’t as simple as I’d hoped.
Before I switched to a Mac, WinDirStat was my favorite tool for figuring out what was taking up space on my hard drive(s).
There doesn’t seem to be a great free alternative on OS X, but it’s been totally worth it to spend $12.99 on WhatSizeMac (also available on the Mac App Store).
When you first run it, you get a list of your drives. Â Click on the one you want to analyze, and it will start spinning…
When it’s done, you’ll be in a folder-browsing interface that lets you drill down and find the files and folders that are taking up the most space. Â This has helped me clear out a lot of unneeded files from my hard drive (video footage that I didn’t need anymore mostly).
Check it out!
The utility that I’ve needed for years and finally looked for: PureText.
So many times I copy text from a web page or other document and need to paste it into an application that doesn’t offer the “Paste Special” option. I just want the text, not the formatting.
PureText lets you create a shortcut key (Windows-V by default) that will paste just the plain text from the clipboard.
Now that I’m using a Mac most of the time, I use “Plain Clip” every day. I just copy some text, click once on the Applications stack in the dock, then type “plai” and hit enter to clear the formatting out of the clipboard. I’m sure there’s a quicker way, but that’s my habit now.