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[How to] Turn Off/Disable Auto Correct in Lion

The AutoCorrect feature has been a long time time saver for messaging addicts on phones. iOS came with a slick and intelligent AutoCorrect feature. Apple decided to implement it in Lion, even to the point of keeping it enabled by default.

No doubt that AutoCorrect is a beneficial feature but for many users whose native language isn’t English this could pose a major problem.

There’s a way to disable autocorrect but its not straight forward and is hidden deep within System Preferences.

Here’s what you need to do to Disable Auto-Correct in Lion:

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[How to] Keep Junk Mail Folder Contents Consistent In MobileMe Webmail & OS X Mail

If you use Mac OS X Mail to check your MobileMe email, the contents of your Junk folder may not match unless you choose the right settings. By default, Mac OS X Mail stores junk messages locally, whereas MobileMe Mail stores messages on an IMAP server.

Hence, in order to experience a consistent behaviour between MobileMe Mail and Mac OS X Mail, you need to make sure that your  Mac OS X Mail preferences are configured in the following manner:

  • Open Mail on your Mac.
  • Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
  • Click Junk Mail.
  • Make sure “Enable junk mail filtering” is selected.
  • Also, enable the option to “Move it to the Junk mailbox”  located under “When junk mail arrives.”
  • Click the Accounts tab.
  • Select your MobileMe account.
  • Click the Mailbox Behaviors tab.
  • Make sure “Store junk messages on the server” is enabled.

You can also enter the same settings on other Macs from which you use Mac OS X Mail to access your MobileMe email.With these settings, all messages marked as junk will be placed into the same folder on the MobileMe server. Whenever you visit your Junk folder and remove messages, they’ll be removed permanently.

[Trick] Spoof Safari to Identify OS as Mac OS X 10.8

First of all Happy Halloween everyone. Here’s today’s Halloween special spoof post. Yesterday we reported about Apple already testing out the Mac OSX 10.8 courtesy Macrumors web site traffic logs from the past couple of months.

So on this occasion of Halloween how about spoofing yourself as a Mac OSX 10.8 user agent, this prank is courtesy OSXDaily.

  • Launch the Terminal
  • Enter the following command, replacing “http://url.com” no the end with the web address you want to give the user agent to:

curl -A “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8) AppleWebKit/535.6.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.2 Safari/535.6.2″ http://url.com

After doing this the results will be reflected in the website logs with the Mac OSX 10.8 user agent for the site you have browsed.Alternatively you can also achieve this through Safari.

Spoofing the OS X 10.8 User Agent through Safari
Open  Safari’s Develop menu, pull down to User Agent and choose “Other” then paste in this:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8) AppleWebKit/535.6.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.2 Safari/535.6.2

Spoof user agent Safari

 

[How to] Clear and Free Up Inactive Memory/RAM in Mac OS X

I absolutely love Mac OS X! And there’s just this 1 thing I really hate about OS X which is the way it manages memory.

Mac OS X has this concept called Inactive Memory wherein the OS stores all frequently used applications on RAM for faster access and less Disk I/O’s. I’ve read numerious articles explaining how this is actually a good feature but I’m not sold on that.

This “Inactive Memory” is supposed to get freed up when you are low on “Free Memory”; however that almost never seems to happen for me and a lot of users out there. The Inactive Memory never seems to get free even when “Free Memory” is around 10Mb and other apps are in dire need of memory!

Take this example, I’ve 8 Gb RAM on my Core i5 iMac. And I use Parallels quite often to run Windows 7 side by side. I’m almost always left with just about 20-30Mb of Free RAM. After that I open up a couple of high resource apps like iPhoto or Photoshop and the Free Memory never increases, causing the apps to take as long as a minute each to load!

Solution:

There’s an easy solution to this. Simply follow the 2 Steps below:

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[How To] Change Icon Size in Launchpad In Mac OS X Lion

If you are tired of looking at the large icons on your Mac OS X Lion and want to do away with those and replace them with traditional small icons there here is a trick to do so. Although this trick is restricted  to those who have an existing backup of Mac OS X 10.7.1 through Time Machine or otherwise.

You will need a copy of Dock.app from OS X Lion 10.7.1. This will be stored in the Time Machine backup, or is accessible on Macs that haven’t been updated to 10.7.2 yet. After that:

  • Right-click on Dock.app from OS X 10.7.1 and choose “Show Package Contents”
  • Open “Contents” and then open “MacOS”
  • Copy the executable file “Dock” to your Mac OS X desktop

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Activate Motion Blur On Mac OS X Lion

I just came across this cool feature in Mac OS X Lion and couldn’t help myself from sharing it here. Mission Control in Mac OS X Lion has a unique ’Motion Blur‘ effect that can be activated as follows:

Firstly, you need to  enter Enter Mission Control. On entering you can use shortcut “Command+M” to activate motion blur.

Blur Mission Control

As you can see in the above image the motion blur effect can be seen by moving about within the Mission Control performing actions, its also visible while entering and exiting into Mission Control, also while clearing the desktop windows, switching between desktops, and selecting apps and windows.

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Download OS X Lion 10.7.2 Update with iCloud Support

Apple finally released an updated version of OS X Lion 10.7.2 to its users. The latest update comes with support for iCloud along with stability and performance enhancements.

The first Beta build of OS X Lion 10.7.2 was distributed only three days after its official Mac App Store-only launch. Since then, there have been a number of builds, each of which packed a more complete build of iCloud for OS X along with Safari 5.1.1 and iPhoto 9.2.

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AirServer 3.0 for AirPlay to Mac with iOS 5 & Lion support

AirServer is the most advanced AirPlay/AirTunes receiver app in the market. Which will let you seamlessly stream audio, videos, photos, and photo slideshows to your Mac or iOS device. AirServer gives you more features for less money.

When AirServer for Mac was previously reviewed in May it was a very simple & stable utility that allowed users to transmit audio ,photos & videos from iOS device to Mac in local networks, but after release of AirPlay in November 10 , developers noticed that number of unofficial apps have privileged to access and enjoy apple streaming technology which was unsupported on devices also several hacks from other developers turned Mac into a receiver for photos or video.

Now with AirServer 3.0 release, the developers have completely re-engineered AirServer to fully take advantage of iOS 5’s Airplay & Lion compatibility. According to testers of this app it’s working very fine with Golden Master release of iOS 5 & OS X 10.7.2. once AirServer 3.0 is installed as preference pane, user will be able to send music ,photos ,videos to Mac. It also supports simultaneous transmission of photos & audios. Support for Airplay is also improved. App also supports AirPlay slideshows from the photos app on iOS,also includes animations that will be displayed on your Mac’s screen as AirPlay switches between photos.

The Massive change in AirServer 3.0 is Video streaming. In new version developers have replaced the QuickTime player with their video player, which provide good performance for network streaming & multiple displays, importantly it’s fast and loads videos coming from an iPhone or iPad much faster than previous one. You can use the video player in full-screen mode, or resize its window to fill a portion of the screen. So AirServer is perfect solution to turn your Mac into an AirPlayer receiver for music, photos and videos & with price of $7.99.