• An interview with Charles Edge – Part 1

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    Author of Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac Services at Home and Office and the recently released Instant Apple iOS Configuration Utility How-to, as well a speaker on the conference circuit including, DefCon, BlackHat, LinuxWorld, Macworld and the WorldWide Developers Conference,  Charles Edge has  built a well deserved, solid, reputation within the Mac […]


  • How to switch off Mail app preview for attachments


    How many times have you tried to open a mail message but the mail just freezes because it’s building the previews for the message attachments? By default the Mail app provides a preview of any attachments it can read, however, you can turn it off by running a simple Terminal command: defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing […]


    5 useful OS X timesaving tips

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    If you have a preferred shortcut or tip that we haven’t yet featured, please feel free to add them in the comments below or email, blog@amsys.co.uk and we’ll include them in a future blog.   1. Add your signature to PDFs Forget about printing off a document in order to sign it and then scan […]


    How to toggle “Do Not Disturb” for Notification Center


    I have grown to like the Notification Center feature of OS X Mountain Lion. However, there are times when I am teaching and I want to disable Notifications temporarily. I might be demoing something on the projector at the time I receive a new email, Tweet or Facebook message which may not be appropriate during […]


    Social networking: A candidate’s best friend (or worst enemy)


    As I’m sure you are all aware, this is the age of social networking. There has never been a better time to use various social media platforms to give yourself a little boost in sealing the deal with your next employer! Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn and even rising stars such as Pinterest are amongst […]


    Automating repetitive file and folder tasks with Folder Actions Setup

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    Something I have found myself recommending to users in my training courses every now and then is a handy built-in OS X feature for automating actions you regularly perform on files inside a folder. For example, perhaps you have taken lots of photos on holiday and want to convert them from a JPEG to a […]


    Retail copies of Office 2013 are now tied to a single computer

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    By Richard Mallion Microsoft recently launched their new edition of Microsoft Office, Office 2013, and with it there is a sting in the tail for the retail version. So what has changed? Previous versions of Microsoft Office only permitted one installation on one device but there was nothing stopping you from uninstalling Office and installing […]


    Now you can have AirDrop for iOS


    By Richard Mallion Transferring files between iOS devices and OS X has always been problematic in its implementation. There are may ways you can achieve this ranging from WebDav servers, iCloud to simply emailing yourself the document concerned. A new app called “InstaShare” has arrived which mimics the simplicity of AirDrop on OS X. InstaShare […]


    When does a Mac become vintage?


    When we hear the word vintage, usually images of old designer clothing spring to mind, but now the word is becoming increasingly associated with our beloved Mac. Over the last 10 years we have seen many changes to Apple’s software and hardware as the company continues to maintain its standards of innovation, style and progression. […]


    OS X & iOS Summer Camp is back!


    It’s that time of year again to announce… our most popular (and exotic) event in our training calendar, the OS X & iOS Summer Camp.   Escape the inevitable rain, daily commute and cancelled BBQs at this year’s summer camp. This 7 day event will  be returning to the golden coastline of the Algarve in Portugal and […]