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Fastest way to Transfer Files To / From MacBooks

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

So you have a lot of files or a really large file that you want to transfer from one computer to the other. Using the internet would be kind of slow and you might not have enough space on Dropbox, iDisk or whatever. If you have a relatively recent Macbook, you can turn your laptop into a big flash drive and use firewire (which is fast, my friends).

  1. Connect the two computers together with a firewire cable.
  2. Simply turn off your Macbook. Press the power button to turn it back on and immediately press and hold down the T key until you see the FireWire icon appears (like above).
  3. You’ll see on the other computer that your Macbook  appears like another hard disk or drive (like when you pop in a flash drive)
  4. Copy the files, do whatever
  5. Eject the drive when you’re done

I find this really useful when I want to backup files on my laptop for a trip or something. Some of my photo shoots can be upwards of 24 GB, so it’s super handy. Enjoy!

See the full documentaion from the Apple Website.

Facebook Email privacy and Auto-Labeling

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Insulated

I’ve concocted a simple way to keep my gmail cleaner, more private, and track people who contact me through facebook. So… if you own a domain name with email accounts and you use gmail, check this out.

1. Make an email address facebook@your.com.com (mine happens to be facebook [at] jonbolden.com)

2. Set this email address as your Facebook login. Delete all your other ones (if you want to, of course)

3. Create a filter in Gmail that auto labels all mail from that exact address.

Now you can catch all your Facebook notifications easily and also list your email as a non-primary. That way if things ever get hairy or spammy on facebook, you could always change the email address or remove it completely and not expose your actual Gmail address to spammers.