When I’m punching away on my Mac, writing blog posts or trying to come up with the ultimate geek-sequel for 50 shades of Grey, my iPad is mostly parked right next to the laptop. This is part of my “try to focus” routine, where, when I create content on one machine, I offload my communications and distractions to another device. The downside to this approach is the awkwardness when you need to “switch screens”. From a flawless keyboard rattle sequence on my laptop, I suddenly have to adjust my motor skills to deal with the much smaller and touch-based keyboard of the iPad. A solution to this problem is of course hooking up a separate Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad, but that is far from perfect. What if you could type on your Mac and with a touch of a button continue to type (from the same dddd) on your iPad or your Apple Tv.
1keyboard offers such a solution. The idea behind it is pretty simple.
- Install 1keyboard on your Mac
- Link your ‘other device’ (iPhone, Android Tablet, iPad) to your Mac via Bluetooth.
- Use the 1keyboard app (in the menu bar) to ‘switch’ your keyboard AND mouse input over to the mobile device.
1keyboard is available from the Mac app store and is one of those applications you either love more then your unborn child, or never ever use. For 5.50 euro’s its not that bad a deal if you would like to use your ‘second screen’ device with your ‘first screen’ keyboard. 1keyboard is available from the Wiener (yes ! I said Wiener) App store. If you aren’t sure , you have a two day trail version available to make up your mind.
Google ! For it is the beginning and the end of the internet for most of us. The ultimate search tool for most of us, the homepage for even more. But what do we type into that little search box. Aside from “Alyson Hannigan Bikini pictures” (a simple but essential search query, there is so much more then you can get out of this little box. We give you some tips.
Let Google hold your hand.
The painfully simple start of search. Obvious for many but obscure for even more. Ever seen auntie Joe type in “www.facebook.com” in the Google search box and click on the first (sponsored) link ? Aaarg ! ! ! Send her THIS LINK and get her started.
Let go of the mouse !
Ninja’s don’t use mice ! Even the Ninja Turtles didn’t have a mouse .. (Wait , they had a Rat .. never mind, bad example). Speed up your Google skills with some awesome keyboard shortcuts.
Talk to da Google !
If you are the proud owner of a Google Nexus tablet or phone, you might want to try out Google Now. The concept of ‘The information you need, just when you need it” might be interesting. What is way more cooler is that you can talk to it … and you don’t have to call her Baby .. erm .. Siri. Get started with Google Now here.
The Google Cheat sheet.
We love our little cheat sheets so much , we cannot help ourselves then to say the words “Cheat Sheet” 10 times in rapid succession and give you a download link to Ultralinx “How To Google”.
So we hope you find what you are looking for .. if not .. there is still good old Altavista.
Share your favorite Google tips with us in the comments section.
Windows 8, Its here, its revolutionary, its the biggest thing since .. since .. Oh forget it Marketing talk always makes me sleepy so by the time the silly adds come to an end I’m always fast asleep. What I do know however is that the entire new Windows interface (Which is pretty daring to say the least ) only works if you can TOUCH it. However, not all OEM machines that get shipped today HAVE that touchscreen .. so you go have to look for your charms using your little mouse pointer. This is about as unproductive as trying to run a mouse centred interface (like for example a Citrix connection) on an iPad. So time to beef up your Windows 8 Ninja skills with some keyboard bindings you cannot afford to miss.
- Windows key – X : Brings up some advanced functions like the run menu, the control panel and the command line. Ninja Style !
- Windows key – D : Warps you to “Desktop mode”
- Windows key – E : Opens up the explorer. This one has been around for a loooong time and still saves my bacon everyday.
- Windows key – H : Whether its kitty’s, a word file, a letter to your grandma or hardcore porn : This key combo lets you Share it.
- Windows key – M : Minimise everything and shoot towards desktop mode.
- Windows key – Q : Just like spotlight on OSX , this combo brings up the search interface to search for apps and data.
By not having to slide your hands of the keyboard, the Windows 8 interface becomes more and more productive as you are working on a system that does NOT have a touch interface (and to be quite honest, it also speeds up things if your screen DOES have a touch interface). It proves that both mouse faced and touch based interfaces just cant keep up with a superfast key combo punching ninja … The only touch-enable ninja I know slices fruit.
So what do YOU think of the ‘We can no longer call this Metro” interface of Windows 8 and what are your favourite keyboard combo’s ?
Bootcamp is a pretty sweet invention. Allowing you to run Windows (or Linux) on your Mac, alongside with your favorite OSX install. Now the boys in Redmond and Cupertino might have you believe this is a completely flawless experience, but on a compact Macbook air keyboard, I dare you to find the Delete key (not the backspace key) while booting into windows.
The thing is : Mac keyboards have a different layout then “Pc keyboards”. And if you are a mouse Jockey you might not notice, but when you like your Windows keyboard shortcuts you might find that some keys just aren’t there. This comprehensive list gives you a an overview of what keycombo’s you need to press to get to your favorite Windows keycombinations .. on a mac.
The Knightcast Episode 32 : My Macbook.
Direct link to the show : http://www.knightwise.com/podcasts/kc060606.mp3
This week we do an in depth 'Knightcast Style' review of the 13,3 inch tinkerbell of technology called "The Macbook". Is it all that its cracked up to be ? Is it realy that great or is it all just a fab ? We dive down into the bowels of this Mac laptop and see if it can tune tech into your way of life.
- The Pro and the con.
- Music : Absentmachine : Reboot.
- Universal Binaries vs PPC binaries.
- The Isight Camera
- An example of Photobooth.
- BTV : Record video on your Macbook (see above for promo video)
- The Builtin Mike.
- Apple Motion Sensor
- I-Alert You