The first apps I install on a new Mac

When you get a new mac or do a fresh install there are some applications which you install almost immediately. These might not be my most used or in favourite applications but they are part of my initial set up.

  1. NTFS Support (for writing to USB’s that are shared with Windows
    Paragon NTFS for Mac or Tuxera NTFS for Mac
  2. Little Snitch
  3. Chrome
  4. Dropbox
  5. KeePass
  6. Divvy
  7. iStat Menus
  8. Transmission or uTorrent
  9. UnRarX
  10. Toast Titanium

Any application that I should have up there instead? Do you have a better alternative to something I use?

How to get a linebreak in Microsoft Excel (Mac & PC)

I’ve only recently come across a keyboard short cut to get a linebreak within a cell using Microsoft Excel which proved to be fairly useful.

A linebreak being carriage return, new line, break, ‘enter’ type of character (now I’m sure someone will correct me and say that they are all different things… but within excel… is it really?) or whatever you want to call it isn’t that hard to do. You can open up notepad/textpad and simply ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ the carriage return in excel and it will work, it just isn’t the easiest solution.

So how do you do it? Well depending on if you are using Windows or an Apple machine it is slightly different so find some simple instructions below.

PC \ Windows:

Press ‘Alt‘ + ‘Enter/Return

Mac \ Apple:

Press ‘Control‘ + ‘Option/Alt‘ + ‘Enter/Return

Secure Empty Trash on Mac OS X Lion

Perhaps a little known fact but you can ‘securely’ empty the trash on Mac OS X Lion. You can do this from the finder menu.

Finder > Secure Empty Trash

Now while this is a simple tip for documents you are more concerned it about it does take a performance hit in the overall amount of time to do it. In fact if you had a few GB of trash you wanted to ‘securely’ remove I personally wouldn’t use the built in feature as it would take to long for my patients.

Now if you were inclined to always use this feature by default you can make this change to your preferences.

Final thought – I would of expected this to be found under security settings somewhere but it is not.

If you wish to permanently or by default make the trash automatically ‘Secure Empty Trash’ than you can find this through the finder preferences window.

Finder > Preferences > Tick the ‘Empty Trash securely’ box.

Done!

When this feature is enabled you can not delete the normal way, you will need to go back to the ‘Finger Preferences’ and un tick the box if you want to revert.

So perhaps if you want the best of both worlds, simply leave it un ticked and use finder to securely remove the trash when you desire it.