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How to sync an iPhone with two computers

apple-iphoneUnless you’re using over-the-air Microsoft Exchange syncing with your iPhone (via Google Mobile Sync, NuevaSync or a corporate Exchange server), you’re probably keeping its contact and calendar information in sync with Outlook or iCal using iTunes.

This works well enough, but what if your calendar and contact data is stored one computer (at the office, say) and your iTunes library is stored on another (maybe at home)? Try plugging the iPhone into both and you’ll quickly discover that iTunes is fond of erasing the data put in place by the other iTunes on every sync.

Fortunately, you can successfully synchronise an iPhone or iPod Touch with iTunes on two separate computers — here’s how. (more…)

Safari 4 beta bug with WordPress 2.7

The new Safari 4 beta is pretty good, as long as you’re happy with a browser that lacks most of the features that have been standard on the competition for some years (ad-blocking and saved sessions, to name but two). It is a beta though, so it’s bound to be buggy — and I’ve just hit a big one.

Safari 4 WordPress 2.7 bugWhen editing a post in the WordPress 2.7 back-end, clicking the Insert Link button causes the Ajax ‘Insert Link’ dialog box to ghost-out along with the rest of the page. As a result, both the dialog box and everything else on the page are inaccessible, and you have to open a new tab to do anything else (this only affects the current tab and not the browser session).

Actually, it is still possible to paste text into the URL box with a right-click, but won’t respond to any other mouse or keyboard command.

Given that WordPress has more than a few users, you might think that the Safari dev team might have tested this, but evidently not. Of course it may be a WordPress template issue, but a quick Google reveals that I’m not the only person to encounter this bug. The problem affects both Mac OS and Windows versions of Safari 4 beta, too. Silly Apple.

Remote Desktop made easy with CrossLoop

02Setting up remote Desktop access is usually something you wish you’d done just after you realise you need to take control of a remote computer – like when you’re called upon to fix a distant friend or family member’s PC, for example.

Taking control of a remote computer is straightforward if you can get physical access to a computer to install and configure an appropriate application, but trying to talk someone through the process over the phone can be pretty much impossible. Which is where CrossLoop comes in handy. (more…)

How to hide the Genre column in iTunes 8 for Windows and Mac OS

itunes-8-disable-genreiTunes 7 has a Preferences option to turn of the Genre column in the main window, iTunes 8 does not. This is very frustrating. I’m not in the least bit interested in seeing what genres are in my music library, and the Genre pane takes space away from the far more useful Artists and Albums pane.

So, here’s how to disable the iTunes Genre column, the hard way, for both Mac OS X and Windows. (more…)

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