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Show Unread Emails in Mac Mail – Solutions

September 12th, 2012

So you use a mac and you use the mac mail app but you don’t have a nice unread folder like outlook….

It’s quite simple, Mac Mail supports smart “search” folders

I’m working from the Lion Mail view and not Classic with these instructions.

Show the Mailbox list (button on toolbar or View menu in Mail), if it is not already.

Click the plus ( + ) button at the bottom of the list and choose New Smart Mailbox:

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Set the criteria as follows:

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Click OK. It will show up under Smart Mailboxes.

I dragged it up to my toolbar so that it was handy. I generally keep my Mailbox List closed.

I can select which mailboxes I want to view from the toolbar:

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Another option that I don’t like as much is to switch to classic view

Switch to Classic view in the Mail Viewing Preferences. Check the box to display unread messages in bold.
As well you can sort by unread emails but it’s kinda lame….

Some more ideas on Smart Mailboxes.


Please note that a Smart Mailbox does not move any email. It is just a search that collects matching email and displays them all together. You can move emails from the Smart Mailbox, and it will move the email from wherever it happens to be, into the folder you drop it into (except another smart mailbox)


You can create smart mailboxes to group emails by date, also. I’ve got Last Week, This Week, and This Month set up. Notice how you can drop smart mailboxes on top of one another to group them. It doesn’t affect the search that is conducted, just puts them together. You can also add that group of Smart Mailboxes to the toolbar.

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Found this somewhere an apple forums


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Nifty MiniDrive – Nifty Idea to turn MacBook SD slot to a flush flash Drive

July 12th, 2012

As an owner of a MBP with a SSD this is one great nifty idea

Source – Kickstarter – Linky


Nifty MiniDrive - for the Macbook Air
Nifty MiniDrive – for the Macbook Air


Nifty MiniDrive Pro - for the Macbook ProNifty MiniDrive Pro – for the Macbook Pro


The Nifty MiniDrive is an easy to use device that allows anyone to quickly and simply increase the available memory in their MacBook computer, as well as providing a set and forget back-up solution.

The Nifty MiniDrive + MicroSD Card
The Nifty MiniDrive + MicroSD Card


It all started with the MacBook Air. We wanted to create an easy way to add memory to the MacBook Air, without having to rip it open with a torx screwdriver.

The easiest way to do that of course is to use an external hard disk drive, but as that is not really integrated with the computer we thought we could do better.

The MiniDrive is designed to be an integrated solution to that problem by using the SD card slot in the 13″ MacBook Air.

While a normal SD card, which sticks out by about 1cm from the body of the computer when fully inserted, the MiniDrive is designed to sit completely flush with the body of the MacBook, becoming a semi permanent part of your computer.

We made our first protoype by 3D printing our design out of plastic before building a smalll batch of working prototypes that we had indiviually precision machined out of aircraft grade aluminium

Prototyping the MiniDrive
Prototyping the MiniDrive

We also developed a simple way of removing the MiniDrive from the computer by hooking a paperclip through our specially designed eyelet at the front of the device.


We are proud to announce the launch of not one but two products; the MiniDrive and the MiniDrive Pro.

The MiniDrive and the MiniDrive Pro have been designed to fit securely into the SD slot of the MacBook computers.

The MiniDrive in the Macbook Air
The MiniDrive in the Macbook Air
The MiniDrive Pro in the Macbook Pro
The MiniDrive Pro in the Macbook Pro

By utilising standard micro SD cards the MiniDrive can add plug in and forget memory to your computer.

The MiniDrive & MicroSD Card
The MiniDrive & MicroSD Card

This gives you the extra space for the things that are most important to you – holiday snaps, music, movies and any documents you may need with you, wherever you go.


One of the cool things about Micro SD cards is that they are practically indestructible – in fact a major manufactuer of them claims their cards can survive under the sea for over 24 hours, withstand 1.6 tons of force, and are impervious to magnets and X-rays.

Therefore, when combined with the Nifty MiniDrive, this makes them perfectly suited as a primary back-up disk.

As the Minidrives are designed to stay in your computer without getting in the way, a daily back-up  of your critical files may be set up and then happen automatically without having to remember to plug anything in.

Then if you happen to spill coffee on your computer or drop it down the stairs, or some other disaster strikes you will not be forced to re-do days, weeks or even months worth of work, or even worse lose memories in the form of photos, or videos that may be irreplaceable.

TECH SPECS – Micro SD cards

All MacBook Air and Pro computers from the mid 2010 refresh onwards have a Secure Digital Extended Copacity, or SD XC card reader in their SD card slot.

This format can support a Micro SD card of up to 2TB – roughly 2000GB in size. The largest capacity Micro SD card available to put in a MiniDrive today is 64GB which would already increase by 50% the capacity of an entry level 13″ MacBook air.

Of course we are excited to see what the memory manufacturers will be doing in this highly active market in the near future.

TECH SPECS – Nifty Minidrive

For us it is critical that the finish and quality of the drives match the computer for which they have been designed for.

This is particularly true for the aluminium front of the MiniDrive, as this must become as much like the computer it sits within in order to truly become part of it.

To achieve this we will be putting the aluminium of the MiniDrives through the same kind of rigorous anodising process that the Macbook Air and MacBook Pro go through themselves.

But of course, it is not just how good it looks that counts, but also how well it works, and to ensure reliability and longevity we have selected components that have been tested to be reliable for over 10,000 insertions and removals of a Micro SD card as well as coating our main connectors with immersion gold to enure the connection to your MacBook does not degrade over time.


The money we raise on Kickstarter will help us pay for the tooling needed to commercially produce the MiniDrive, as well as the cost of materials themselves.

Almost all of our manufacture and assembly is done in the UK, using high quality local expertise in machining and manufacture. The exception to this is the circuit-boards which are printed and assembled in China by a UK based company, as the UK, sadly, does not seem to have facilities to print 0.4mm circuit board.


CheatSheet Best Keyboard Shortcuts Preview for Mac Apps

July 2nd, 2012

When moving from a PC to a Mac or just being a Mac user keyboard shortcuts are a must to learn, this nifty application will solve all your issues!

CheatSheet shows you the available shortcuts of the active application after holding the command-key for 2 seconds.

Then a panel will show up displaying the shortcuts of the application you are currently working in.

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After the panel shows up you can either type the shortcut or click the item in the panel to execute the command.

Please note that access for assistive devices has to be enabled in System Preferences / Accessibility

CheatSheet has no further user interface and won’t appear in the Dock. You can quit the application in the action menu on the bottom right corner of the panel. If you like to uninstall it, remove it from your applications folder after terminating it.

Best of all it’s – FREE

Appstore – Linky

Windows to Mac keyboard shortcuts – a quick guide

April 26th, 2012
This is just a great re-post for a great post about keyboard shortcuts on the MAC OS – original post – Linky
Again POST is brought to you as is no changes what so ever

In the nearly three months I’ve been blogging about switching to Mac I’ve had countless times that readers have made comments about my posts, recommending specific techniques, tricks or applications that have helped me improve my Mac experience. Yesterday it was n45800’s turn as he pointed me in the direction of a list of the default key bindings for OS X. This little gem was exactly what I needed to get past some of the keyboard issues I’ve been trying to adjust to.

As a touch typist I’ve really struggled at times to use the Mac keyboard; not necessarily the keyboard itself but the navigation shortcuts while editing text in a text editing surface. Here is a list of the most commonly used keystrokes on Windows XP for text editing and navigation and their Mac OS X equivalents:

Purpose Windows Mac OS X
Clipboard Commands
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste Ctrl+V Command+V
Selection Commands
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Y
Text Navigation Commands
Beginning of current line Home Command+Left Arrow
End of current line End Command+Right Arrow
Top of editing area Ctrl+Home Command+Up Arrow
End of editing area Ctrl+End Command+Down Arrow
Next word right Ctrl+Right Arrow Option+Right Arrow
Previous word left Ctrl+Left Arrow Option+Left Arrow
Beginning of next paragraph Ctrl+Down Arrow Option+Down Arrow
Beginning of previous paragraph Ctrl+Up Arrow Option+Up Arrow
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means but if you are new to Macs and coming from Windows you should consider bookmarking this post or printing it out as a reference because it will save you lots of time. These key stroke combinations should work for most Cocoa based applications that include a text area to type in, including Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.
Notice that the Ctrl key is the only modifier used by Windows while OS X uses Command, Control and Option modifiers. Now I know why I’ve been struggling so much.
Want more keys?
Here are a couple of links to pages I’ve found that have more complete lists:
If you are making your way to Mac from Windows it’s a really good idea to immerse yourself into the keyboard shortcuts because they really will save you some time and improve your experience. Make an effort to use them and commit them to your “muscle memory“- it will really help you be more productive.

My Favorite Mac Applications – Free

March 23rd, 2012

So here are My Favorite Mac Applications – Free ones

1.MuCommander  as a dude that moved from a PC (still using even with a VM)

This is a must !!!! – Linky

2. Evernote – Ok the software is free but between my transformaer, PC, Laptop (lenovo) and Mac it’s a must (might cost a few $$$ for pro version)

5 * – linky

3. TextWrangler – Ok as an avid Notepad ++ user on a PC this is by far the best text/anything editor

Need I say more? – Linky

4. VLC – Ok I support the free and the paid but VLC is the best free video player (not as amazing as GOM player on the PC but Close enough)

Please no comments about Plex!!! it’s crap if you move from a PC media center!!! – Linky

5. OpenProj – Ok I’m a pm, and I use MS project so this is a free one for y’ll instead of MS Project

Just Linky

6. DropCopy – Read all about it I use it


7.  CyberDuck – FTP people yes FTP again need I say more?



Thats it for today

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