How to find the Mac IPSW for jailbreaking

August 24, 2010

Have you ever tried to jailbreak your iPhone? You need to have the IPSW to do this. When you “download-only” an iPhone update, the file is hidden. To find it, use Go>Go to folder in Finder.

Change “macbook” to your hard drive name and “apple” to your home folder name.

Once you get to the iTunes folder, find “iPhone software updates” (or “iPod”). Your newly downloaded IPSW should be there.



Make a printable PowerPoint greeting card

July 25, 2010

For a long time I have been making greeting cards on my own computer by using PowerPoint. I have found that PowerPoint is more flexible than many other greeting card editors.

1. Open a new file.

2. Go to File>Page Setup and select Portrait

3. Drag in some WordArt or graphics to the lower right corner- be sure you have the guidelines on, NOT the gridlines so that you can tell where the quadrants are. This will be the front of your card.

4. Create a textbox in the upper left corner and type your message in it- you’ll probably want it to be left, not center formatting.

5. Turn the textbox upside-down: this is very important because otherwise your card won’t have the text readable

6. Check to make sure the text is in the right place. The lower left corner will be the back of the card- you can put something there if you want.

When it’s done, it should look like this:

When you’re done, just click print. Because of the way PowerPoint sizes the page, I would not recommend using a slide background.

If you had trouble following this, download my template and change it as much as you want. download link

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Show Desktop

July 17, 2010

Remember that handy little button on Windows? You click on it and all of your windows are hidden, revealing the desktop. This is one thing that is missing in OSX that windows has, as Everyday Software puts it, “the only good pc feature, now on a macintosh”. Download here.


Firefox Home: Firefox bookmarks on iPhone (finally!)

July 16, 2010

Have you wanted your Firefox bookmarks on your iPhone? You may have tried several different solutions before today, many of which were probably difficult to use. However, Mozilla recently released a solution.

1- First, install Firefox Sync on your browser and set your username, etc. The encryption code ensures that all of your data is safe from other people seeing it, even firefox employees.

2- Install Firefox Home on your iPhone, iPad, etc. Set your account, and it will start syncing.

Thanks to Mozilla for this great feature, and lifehacker for telling me that it had been approved in the app store.


Google Docs: A free Alternative to Microsoft Office

June 27, 2010

Google Docs is a simple solution for replacing Microsoft Office. The presentation section gives the user an interface where they can place simple objects, text and images onto a slide. When you are finished with it, you can play the slideshow right from your web-browser, print it, download it as a PowerPoint, or download as PDF. The word processor is very similar, as is the spreadsheet.

What makes it unique is Forms. Google Docs is the ideal platform for creating submit forms. You can create several types of questions such as checkbox, radio button selection, single-line response, paragraph response, etc. Then, send out the URL or use the embed code to put the form on your webpage. Then, view the responses in a summary with graphs and statistics, or in a spreadsheet with more detailed data- all for free @


Jing: A free Screen capture utility

June 17, 2010

If you’re reading this, I’m sure there’s probably been some time that you wanted to demonstrate something on your screen to someone else. It might have been a tutorial for your software, or a how-to demo.

Either way, you could have used Jing. Jing is a lightweight utility that allows you to capture screen videos to SWF format. (Unfortunately, the SWF has a Jing watermark/ad in it- you can remove this and add MP4 support for $19.95)

For some reason, it requires you to sign up for a account (free) in order to run the software.

It also allows you to capture PNG images (no watermarks on these!) and annotate them with its integrated tools. You can download Jing for free @ If the little sun get annoying, you can switch it to a menubar icon in Jing’s preferences.

It works on Mac and Windows, but for Windows I recommend CamStudio.


How to fix the backwards iSight Camera

June 14, 2010

Many Mac users have noticed that the iSight camera takes mirrored photos with Photo Booth. Fortunately there is a very easy fix to this. It is not the camera that is broken. Apple just made a bad choice on their Photo Booth software. If you open up the video capture window in iMovie, you will notice the image is correct.

To fix Photo Booth, just go to Edit>Autoflip New Photos. The preview window will still show the mirrored version, but once you take the picture the saved version will be correct. This does not fix the problem for taking videos, though; just use iMovie or another webcam capturing application.