18 July 2011

Mount a disc image (ISO/MDF) in Mac OSX

We’ve all been in the scenario when downloading a disc image we must first go through the hassle of burning it onto an optical disc (CD/DVD) before we are able to use it. Currently in Windows we are able to download a third party application that we can then ‘mount’ the disc image with and access it’s contents without burning.

No surprise, this is also possible in OSX, you may do it at the moment with Roxio Toast or something similar. Not many people know, but Apple already give us this functionality as part of the base system (Disk Utility) and therefore we do not require a third party application.

Steps to do this are covered below. Firstly, bear in mind that MDF files are Alcohol 120% files – however the file itself is no different from an ISO file and you can simply change the file extension from *.mdf to *.iso for it to work.

  1. Launch Disk Utility from Spotlight or open finder and launch from Applications>Utilities.
  2. From the ‘File‘ menu, select ‘Open Disk Image‘.
  3. Select your ISO file.
  4. Access from the desktop, as it would be if a physical disc.
  5. Job done.  Eject the disc as normal to unmount.

No video guide is provided for this, if you would like one please let me know.

16 July 2011

Sync Google Calendar with iCal on your Mac

Not many people are aware that you can do this, and it makes an otherwise unused application that comes as part of your system a really handy tool.  You may already know that you can sync your Google (Gmail) calendar with your iPhone/iPod/iPad – well by doing it on your Mac/OSX also you can be completely sync’d throughout all of your devices.

The steps to do this are made easier by Apple as iCal will pull the server settings from Google automatically – I’ve covered this step-by-step below and have also linked to a video guide that I prepared.

  1. Launch iCal on your Mac.

  2. Select the iCal menu and then select Preferences.

  3. Click on Accounts and then click the + to create a new account.

  4. Leave ‘Account Type’ at Automatic.  Enter your Google Username/Password.

  5. Click Create.

  6. Job done!

Please remember, when creating an appointment in iCal to assign it to your Google Account – screenshot below.

And here is the video guide...

Stop iPhone Notes in Mac Mail

If you use Google Mail (Gmail) with your iPhone you may have the option selected to synchronize your notes along with your mail and calendar. When logged into the online Gmail interface you can then select the ‘Notes’ label and your iPhone notes will show there.

If you are like me, you may also use your Gmail account with other clients on your computer, previouslly I used with Microsoft Outlook and it worked very well.  However when I switched full time to using the Mail app on my Mac I noticed by default that Mail will display your sync’d iPhone notes in your inbox – this was a pain for me and luckily it’s a feature that can easily be disabled.

The steps to stop this are below, and a video demonstrating this has also been provided.  If you have multiple Gmail accounts you can disable this for some but not all if you wish.
  1. Open the Mail application.
  2. Select the Mail menu and then Preferences.
  3. Select the Accounts tab, and then your Gmail account on the left.
  4. Click on Mailbox Behaviours.
  5. Untick the option for ‘Show notes in inbox‘.
  6. Close the window, and then click the Save button.
  7. Job done!