Using a PC Keyboard with OSX (Command Key Switch-er-oo)

I recently started using a Macbook Air as my full time computer, so I needed to hook up a keyboard and mouse to it. Automatically, OSX assigns the “Windows” key on the keyboard to be the “Command” key in OSX, which will drive you insane.

After doing a lot of digging, I realized there is a very easy solution to this built right into the Keyboard settings section in OSX System Preferences.

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1.  Go to System Preferences > Keyboard

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2.  Hit the “Modifier Keys” button

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3.  Select your USB keyboard from the drop-down menu (there should be two keyboards listed), make sure to not change the built-in keyboard settings.

4.  I found that turning my keyboard’s CTRL key to the Command key made it intuitive for me to CTRL-C and CTRL-V and perform the other command options.

5.  Since you do need to sometimes access the CTRL key in OSX, I made the function of the “Windows Key” (Command Key) on the external keyboard map to the CTRL key in OSX.

For reference, this is the “Windows” key on a PC keyboard:

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Hope this helps!

6 Reasons Apple should buy Nintendo

 

  • Nintendo’s stock (PINK:NTDOY) is at a 10-year low, with a market cap now at only $13B (less than 10% of Apple’s available cash)
  • USD is at a 2-year high as compared to the Japanese Yen.
  • Nintendo lacks product innovation, but creates great games and characters.  Apple has no track record with successful games, but 300M+ people use Apple devices.
  • AppleTV has no game functionality built-in, and the graphical simplicity of Nintendo games would likely allow them to run on existing AppleTV hardware.  Wii Sports and other family games would be a perfect fit for the AppleTV.
  • Nintendo designs great controllers, and Apple knows that gaming on touch screens will always have limitation.  Imagine using a WiiMote with your Apple TV or iPhone?
  • Apple’s ability to exclusively sell Nintendo games to the ~300M+ active iOS devices would have huge potential, especially if Apple was absorbing 100% of the app sales instead of their usual 30%  royalty on game sales.

Disclosure: This should not be construed as financial advice in any way, shape or form.  I currently own a position in AAPL.

Using International iMessage to avoid SMS Charges

iMessage uses data instead of SMS, and therefore works internationally to send free text messages (as long as you have an international data plan).

However, you must TURN OFF “Send As SMS” when you are traveling internationally, otherwise your phone may send an SMS message (green message) using international SMS rates.

Go to Settings >Messages to turn off “SEND As SMS”

How to View All of Your Apple Products


Your hidden apple support profile.

Apple makes it extremely difficult to find this page, and after spending almost 10 minutes trying to locate it again, I decided to create this post as a reference.

Reasons to Bookmark your Apple Support Profile

  • Easily submit an AppleCare request
  • Keep track of your apple devices and serial numbers
  • Determine if your device is still under warranty

Bookmark this link:

https://supportprofile.apple.com/MySupportProfile.do

Beginner's Guide to iOS Passbook

Start using iOS Passbook in 5 Easy Steps

With  the launch of iOS 6 came the much anticipated Passbook app.  Despite passbook being out for over a month now, most people have no idea how to use it, so I decided to put together a painfully easy tutorial.  Let’s get to it.

Reasons to use passbook

  • Thin out your wallet by carrying around less loyalty and gift cards
  • Leave your wallet in your pocket, and pay with your phone in just a few taps
  • Avoid printing things like concert tickets, boarding passes, train tickets, etc.

1.  Start with a Starbucks card

If you live anywhere near a Starbucks, I recommend you bite the bullet and experience Passbook as soon as possible.  The easiest way to get started is to purchase a gift card at your local Starbucks and ask the cashier to load it with $5.

2.  Download the Starbucks app

Visit the iOS app store and download the free Starbucks app.

3.  Link your card to the Starbucks App

3.1 Click the + Icon at the top Right of the Starbucks App

3.1 Type in the numbers from your physical Starbucks card

 4.  Add your Starbucks card to the Passbook App

Once your card is added to the Starbucks app, you will see a Reload and Manage button under the card.  Hit the “Manage” button.

4.1 After hitting “Manage” select the option that says “Add Card to Passbook

5.  Open the Passbook app

Go back to your home screen on the iPhone, and open the Passbook app.  You should see your Starbucks card appear.

Your Starbucks pass will look something like this.

Save Time and Earn Rewards

Earn your Starbucks gold status in no time, and don’t worry about fishing your plastic Starbucks card out of your wallet.  By simply flashing your Starbucks card against a barcode reader at the cashier station, you are able to instantly pay and earn your Starbucks rewards.
See some of my other posts regarding Passbook.

iOS Emergency Alert in NYC During Hurricane Sandy

During Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th starting at 8:30PM Eastern, mobile users all around NYC received a mysterious alert message:

Go indoors immediately and remain inside.  DO NOT DRIVE.  Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

These emergency alerts are a new feature of iOS 6, allowing government agencies to send out critical messages to the public.  The U.S. Government’s emergency alert system was launched in May 2012, and this was the first alert to be sent out in NYC since the system launched.

iOS 6 Maps Confuses Brooklyn and Manhattan

Want to get confused?  Try searching for a 5th avenue address on the new iOS 6 Maps app.  Unlike Google Maps, the new iOS 6 maps cannot make a distinction between Manhattan and Brooklyn for certain addresses.

333 5th ave in Google Maps (btwn 32nd and 33rd street in MANHATTAN)

333 5th Ave in iOS 6 Maps (between 3rd and 4th street in BROOKLYN)