• Lock your iOS device to a single app


    Has a friend or work colleague asked to borrow your iPhone or iPad to use an App? I don’t about you but I have mischievous friends and the one time I briefly lent my iPhone to a friend who wanted to check football scores, he also added a recurring calendar event to remind me of […]


  • Customising the search criteria of OS X’s “All My Files” feature

    Customizing the search criteria of OS X's "All My Files" feature

    Now, before I begin, I am well aware that many of you have not embraced the ‘All My Files’ feature of OS X since its introduction in OS X Lion. However, for those of you that have, you can tweak the search criteria this feature uses just like you can with any Saved Searches you […]


    How to configure OS X’s Preview app to always start in Single Page mode


    On one of my ‘how to disable’ series blogs, a reader asked about this specific issue and so especially for you Peter Bevan, here it is! Have you ever wished that Preview would default to ‘Single Page mode’ instead of ‘Continuous scroll’ when opening new PDFs? You can toggle this as per opened PDF by […]


    Love Macs & iOS – Then come to Mac Meetup Manchester this August!


    If you live, breathe and sleep Mac & iOS then the Mac Meetup is definitely right up your street! This August the Mac Meetup Manchester is being hosted by The Sharp Project, which is home to many of Manchester’s digital entrepreneurs and production companies! As usual, some of trainers and consultants from Amsys will be […]


    How to Ping a host with date and time stamps


    The Ping command is a useful tool that is used within the Terminal application (Applications > Utilities) and here at Amsys ServiceDesk we regularly use this tool to determine if a host (maybe mail server) is available. The standard Ping command we would use to check if a host is… ping (e.g. ping www.google.com) The […]


    How to quickly enable OS X Finder’s Simple Finder mode


    For those of you enjoying my ‘how to disable’ series, here’s another handy tip. The built-in Parental Controls in OS X has a very useful option called ‘Use Simple Finder’ as shown below: Like most user interface features, there is a preference somewhere that toggles this feature on and off. Therefore instead of configuring Parental […]


    Using DSCL to troubleshoot directory issues


    There is a very useful command in terminal that can be used to help troubleshoot machines that are tied to a directory, called the DSCL command. This command allows you to create, read and manage Directory Service data. I use DSCL to run a simple test on a Mac’s Directory connection, by navigating to a […]


    Munki: An Introduction..

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    Hi all. Recently I have been playing around with and configuring Munki for some of our customers. As part of this I have drawn up a number of internal guides / walkthroughs on configuring and using Munki. I’ve been given permission to dress these up and release them on the general public, aka you! In […]


    How to disable the Finder’s extension change warning


    To carry on with my ‘how to disable’ series, here’s a simple but useful tip. Do you find that the OS X Finder’s warning dialog to be fairly irritating when you’re deliberately changing file extensions? You know what you want to do and you don’t need the Finder to constantly keep checking that this is […]


    Google Maps 2.0 with offline caching


    Google has just released version 2 of their Map app for iPhone and iPad. The new version brings a whole host of new features including: • New iPad Design • Live traffic updates • A new rating system for places • Indoor maps But the most interesting feature is that Google Maps now has a […]