A Tip for New Mac Users

May 27, 2007

A nice tip for new Mac users is to not touch any crucial files that is needed by an application. Why? Here are a few examples:

1) Microsoft Folder in Documents. Whilst people like to organise folders themselves, a few folders, such as this one, should not be touched. This is because Microsoft Office needs to locate the files here in order to work and moving it will cause problems for the application.

2) Sometimes you’ll find files that appear from nowhere with strange extensions. Don’t just delete these because they look suspicious, google them as sometimes, little important files like to unhide themselves.

3) I would say this is the most important rule as a lot of people make this mistake and a lot of the time it can be very costly. Do not ever, under any circumstance, organise the iPhoto library from within Finder. (The Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer) Always adjust your files from within iPhoto unless they’re referenced in their original location. Editing the file names etc. can mess up the way iPhoto works and may lead to you having to start from scratch. If you need to access a photo export it from iPhoto or you can locate it from the iPhoto library and COPY it. Just leave the original file.

The 3rd mistake is a very common one made so I hope that this post will help clarify that unless it’s something you created yourself and know what programs rely on it, DON’T TOUCH IT!

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On second thoughts

May 9, 2007

Wow, I really jump around. After a week an a bit without looking at this blog, I’ve found out that it’s been indexed much better by google than my other blog. This is a big surprise seeing as how I haven’t really been using it.

So I’m back on considering using this as my primary blog. I’ll put the pro’s and con’s.

Pro’s
– Better index
– Nicer layout
– More professional name

Con’s
– Can’t use Google Analytics (which I love because I can check it on dashboard)
– Can’t add extra code without paying extra
– Better suited to people who own their own domain.
– Digg buttons don’t work properly.

So there I have it. Pro’s and Con’s of using this blog. But I still can’t decide. I would love to use this, but the inability to use Google Analytics and Digg properly is keeping me from doing it.

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Over to Blogger

May 4, 2007

For those who have read this blog, I’ve been finding out if I should use WordPress or Blogger. For now, because of a few reasons, I think I’ll stick with Blogger. Not to say I won’t keep this blog, but just because blogging on two blogs takes up a bit of time.

Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is awesome, but I think it’d be better for me if I actually had my own domain.

So from now on, until I post back here, my default blog will be

http://mattlew.blogspot.com