Monthly Archives: August 2006

A solid password manager for Mac OS X

I have been gradually moved to the Mac. Of all the things I missed in the Windows XP world, RoboForm is very high on the list. Fortunately, I found a worthy replacement: 1passwd. This program works just like RoboForm, only simpler. For example, forms are automatically saved. 1passwd also leverage the power of OS X’s keychain to store its passwords. This is definitely a program that I won’t live without.

Deleting Duplicate Songs in iTunes

I wish I remember where to read this tip from, so I can give proper credit. To delete duplicate songs in your iTunes library, first select your library, then click on the Edit / Show Duplicate Songs menu. At this point, iTunes will show you all songs that it thinks duplicate, sorted by name.

Before you delete them off the library, right-click (or Ctrl+click) on the song and choose Show Song File to locate the file in the Finder. Delete both from the Finder and the iTunes library.

Save Your Online Receipts the Web Receipts Way

I found out the Mac OS X tip by accident. If you are purchasing online, chances are you want to print out the receipts for your record. Most of the time, you want to save a copy of the receipt instead of printing. This tip shows you how to accomplish so using Mac OS X (mine is 10.4.7).

  1. When you are ready to save the receipt, select the File/Print menu
  2. Click the ‘PDF’ button at the lower left part of the print dialog
  3. Select ‘Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder’

That’s all there to it. Now check your Documents folder: a new folder named ‘Web Receipts’ has been created with your receipt in PDF format. Please note that it is a good idea the rename your PDF file since subsequent print from the same site could overwrite your existing file without any warning. That will mean loss of old receipts for you.

I recommend to change the name of the file to something like:
2006-08-12 iPod 30GB from Apple.com
This way, the receipts will be sorted by purchase dates. If you google the term Web Receipts, you will see that countless of other people have made the same discovery long before I did.

Tags: OS X, PDF, receipt, web

How to Back up Your iTunes

If you are thinking of backing up your iTunes, Apple support site has a couple of good tips. The first tip shows you how to create a big play list with every song in it and burn to CD or DVD. The article also discusses way to back up just the music you purchased from the iTunes music store. The second tip shows you how to make incremental back up. Essentially, you create a play list with songs added after a certain date.

Tags: OS X, OSX, iTunes, backup, music