Tech, SEO and PR (and stuff)

Things that make life easier when you're a mac-toting techie into SEO and marketing...with a smattering of PR.

Toggle sound output between speakers/headset on Mac with AlfredApp

This is a copy of the work done by RodgerWW and mtlx in this thread: http://www.alfredforum.com/topic/998-toggle-sound-output-on-hotkey-with-notification-center-output/image

I’ve just packaged it as a workflow, here’s the workflow: http://bit.ly/10fXuqK

Thesaurus workflow for AlfredApp 2

If you like alfredapp (and if you have a mac, I recommend you check it out), you might be interested in this workflow which fetches thesaurus suggestions.

Get the workflow here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/42st1gjf44ggdmv/Thesaurus.alfredworkflow

Remove the evil LogMeIn sound driver in OSX

The LogMeIn sound driver installs itself when you use a service like join.me (which is great BTW). Sadly this sound driver screws up Skype’s ability to spot my bluetooth headset.

That was until I found this great post http://community.logmein.com/t5/Free/Mac-restore-defaul-sound-output-device-on-disconnect/td-p/80690 about how to disable the driver (it’s the post by Ozy on 20 Nov).

Bluetooth headset to skype problem - sorted (for now).

Solved: OSX Mountain Lion crashing overnight

Since upgrading to OSX Mountain Lion, my iMac began freezing every night until I made two tweaks:

  1. Change the screen saver from the default (yep, you read that right)
  2. Turn off wifi

I read on some forum threads that changing the screen saver actually had a positive impact on macs freezing when the screen saver kicked in. There also seems to be some weirdness around proxies/wifi.

Having got it working overnight now, I’ll turn wifi back on and see if it starts freezing again.

solved: 1password with a single site browser (SSB) on mac

Since Lion came along and broke Fluid - 1password integration, I’ve been hunting for a single site browser (SSB) that just worked with 1password. Here’s a solution that not only works, it works reasonably well.

What you end up with

A single site browser using Chrome for Mac together with 1password support. The only weakness with the 1password integration is that you have to use the right-click approach to bringing up the 1password popup box, you can’t just click a toolbar icon or use the keyboard shortcut. Other than that it seems to work fine.

Instructions for getting an SSB working with 1password

  1. First get Google Chrome (if  you haven’t already got it)
  2. Use the excellent instructions at Less Annoying CRM and get the createGcApp script (the link is just about the quoted text, search for ‘improved version of the tool’ if you can’t see it straight away)
  3. Use the (easy to use) createGCApp to create your single site browsers 
    At this point you’ve got a working SSB, but no 1password integration… 
  4. Fire up your SSB
  5. Hit command-comma to get to preferences, a new chrome window pops up.
  6. Visit https://agilebits.com/extensions/mac/index.html in the window from step5, download and install the Google chrome extension
  7. That’s it, you should be sorted. Next time you want to access your 1password data, to log in using your SSB, simply right click in the username field, select 1password from the popup menu and use 1password in the normal way.

(Source: webpageonehq.com)

When Mac Excel crashes with big spreadsheets - use Windows

I’ve been using Excel with some large spreadsheets (20MB+) for link analysis - sadly Excel 2011 crawls to a halt or dies with this kind of volume (particularly when using tables).

Much to my surprise, running Excel 2007 (the Windows version) in a virtual machine barely breaks a sweat with the same spreadsheets. 

So, to be clear, Excel 2007 on Windows in a Parallels VM with 2GB RAM for the VM is way, way faster than Excel 2011 on Snow Leopard with 10GB RAM. Shocker.

Fixing font problems in mac mail for outlook recipients

This was driving me crazy. Outlook users receiving mail sent from my mac (using mac mail) were seeing the message in Times New Roman - not the font I’d chosen. The font preferences in mac mail only change your view of emails that you’re writing, not the font the recipient sees! After hunting for the answer for ages a kindly soul put me onto this: http://noware-it.zxq.net/ it is great!

Remove the shadow from a box added to PDFs in mac preview

This is much harder than it ought to be.

Short answer: add boxed text from the tools/annotate menu, set the border and background colour appropriately.

More here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/16713714#16713714

Hiding Windows applications from your Mac using parallels

Annoying seeing all those Windows versions of Office apps when I’m just trying to fire up the Mac version using spotlight on my mac.

Easiest way to fix this is

  1. Click ‘Spotlight preferences’  (at the bottom of spotlight results or in system prefs)
  2. Select Privacy
  3. Add a new location (click the + )
  4. Type: “Windows 7 Application” in the search box (top right). If you’re not using Windows 7, try typing “Windows” in the search box instead
  5. A folder called ‘Windows 7 Applications’ (or similar) should appear, select it then press add. 
  6. Job done :)

Add those folders to the “Prevent” list in Spotlight, and only your Mac apps will show up in Spotlight.