Monday, February 16, 2009

Fonts Too Small in Apple Mail?

Do HTML messages sent from Windows users look microscopic in Apple Mail? Use the following trick to force Apple Mail to always use a larger minimum font size on received messages - some HTML messages might not look exactly as intended but at least you can now read them.

1. Quit Mail

2. Open the Terminal and type in the following:

defaults write MinimumHTMLFontSize 12

3. Restart and your HTML messages are readable.

You don't have to choose 12 point. Select whatever you like.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Apple Mac Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters

When Mini DisplayPort was unveiled by Apple, Steve Jobs stood strong behind it as an alternative to both DVI (used in previous Macs) and HDMI (an industry standard for newer HDTV LCD displays).

But that left people with new unibody Macbooks (released from October 2008) without a way to output to their perfectly good monitors and TVs. (Hey we spent good money on our LG, Dell and Samsung HDTV monitors, Mr Jobs.)

Soon those with newer Apple Macbooks and Macbook Pros sporting the Mini DisplayPort will have an easy way to output video to their HDMI LCD screen or TV.

American discount cable website will sell the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters for $14.25 from 15 March.

And if you have a desire to connect your shiny new Mac laptop to a monitor or TV with a DVI or VGA input but have balked at Apple's $29 price tag for such a device, then you're in luck. Another two new offerings will convert the Mini DisplayPort signal for DVI or VGA but at half the asking price of Apple's adapters.

In the meantime, if you need a quick and dirty workaround to get Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, try a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter piggybacked to a DVI to HDMI cable. But be ready to fork out the cash for two adapters to end up with some nasty looking plastic.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Log out Gmail sessions remotely

Little known fact: Gmail does NOT time out. Gmail sessions will stay open until you log out, even if you have another session open.

The problem:
Here's a scenario: you open your Google Mail and check your emails at a computer at work but forget to log out. Later at home, you check your Gmail again and log out.

The session at work is STILL OPEN. It will stay open until it is logged, even if that is years. If somebody doesn't delete or send anything, you will never know that the session is still open.

GMail does not have the option to set a time out. What Gmail has is a little-known ability to log out sessions remotely. That means, in the above scenario, you can go home and log out the session at work. You can also check to see what sessions have been opened and where. Learn how to keep safe online with these instructions.

How to log out Gmail remotely:
At the bottom of your list of emails is a line that says something like:
Last account activity: 1 minute ago at this IP (XX.XX.XX.XX) Details

Click on the word Details

You will be taken to a window that shows all your recent Google Mail activity. You can check to see if the IP address is all the same (and therefore from the same computer, as long as you have a static IP address).

To sign out remotely, click on the button Sign out all other sessions.

You can now breathe easily knowing the open Gmail session is the one in front of you.

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