Saturday, November 21, 2009

Viewing EXIF Data in iPhoto '09

I was tearing my hair out, trying to find where I could see the EXIF Information (Shooting Data) about pictures in iPhoto - thanks to this blog post by Kevin Carter on the MacCreate website, i found it (

1. Choose a photo in iPhoto
2. Go to Photos -> Show Extended Photo Info

I had been rummaging in the get info menu with no luck but it is available - just not where I expected it :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Getting Apple Magic mouse scrolling to work in Windows 7 via Bootcamp

After three years, my Apple Mighty Mouse finally gave out on me so I took the opportunity to buy myself a new multi-touch Apple Magic Mouse - while it was a doddle to set up in OS X (assuming you're running OS X 10.6.2), I had some problems with it in Windows. I was able to set it up to let me use the basic moving and clicking but i could get it to scroll. Some digging on the internet found that Apple have recently released an update to the bluetooth drivers for Windows XP and Vista:

However, on trying to install these drivers on my 64-bit Windows machine, I got the following error:

'This update is not intended for this computer and will not be installed'

Fortunately, Rich G at has found a solution. He extracted the appropriate drivers from the install and conveniently put togther a 32 bit and 64 installation which seems to work pretty well for me:

Link to Rich G's blogpost about this

64-bit Windows 7 Compatible Apple Magic Mouse Driver

Thanks Rich G!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hash key on an Apple a UK Mac Keyboard when using Bootcamp

The most successful post I've ever posted on a technical subject concerned where the heck to find the hash (#) key on a UK Mac keyboard - for some reason, Apple UK must have thought us Mac users in Blighty don't code or use Twitter ^_^

I worked it out in the end but encountered a similar problem when I started using my Mac via Bootcamp - the keystroke proved not to be the same, doh! So, having done some digging, I found that to create a # sign on a UK Mac keyboard that is running Windows via bootcamp, use the following keystroke:


Hope that helps!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Taking screenshots using a Mac running Windows via Bootcamp

I've recently switched jobs and now find that i need to use Windows 7 regularly via a Bootcamp partition on my shiny '09 Macbook Pro – it is a great little setup but i did find a small snag when trying to take screenshots using a Mac keyboard via Bootcamp. Mac keyboards don't' have a print screen key but i have learned that you can get the same effect by using the following key combinations:

Take a screenshot of the entire screen:


Take a screenshot of the active Window:


Hope that helps make y'all happy 'campers ^_^

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tethering your iPhone via Bluetooth using Windows 7

I seemed to be getting complaints from my iPhone when I tried tethering it to my Windows 7 Boot Camp partition on my MacBook Pro - the issue was that the system was looking for a driver for the Bluetooth Peripheral Device and couldn't find one. Luckily, some clever devil at the CoNetrix website found the solution to the problem - once the initial pairing has been set up, go to go to the properties of the phone in the Devices and Printers screen and click on Services tab. Uncheck “Wireless iAP” - don't worry! This doesn't stop it working as an Access Point, it just stops it asking for an inappropriate driver. Then right click on the Phone, choose 'Connect Using' and then choose 'Access Point' and voila! You have a happy, working tethered connection between your iPhone and your Windows 7 machine.