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Accessing iCloud From OS X

I’m a big fan of cloud storage. Perhaps borderline obsession. I have a 2GB Dropbox, 25GB on, 17GB on Mediafire and, of course, 5GB on Apple’s iCloud service. And that’s just the ones I remember. Of course, I use each of these for different purposes, and each one I’m able to access the files as and when I want to. Except one. Apple dictates what gets uploaded to iCloud and managing these files can be a pain. But there is an easy way to manage your iCloud files straight from the Finder in OS X.

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Themeing OS X: Changing the Login Screen Background (Part One)

Note: Unlike the previous themeing tip, this one only applies to 10.6 and previous. As of 10.7 Lion, the login screen is vastly different.

If you have Automatic Login disabled on OS X, every time you boot up you’re greeted with the nice Aurora background and a login window. You’ll see the same screen if you have multiple accounts on the computer too, whenever you switch between them. Sure, the aurora is nice enough looking in itself, but if you want to add that personal flair to your Mac, you can change it to anything you like.

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New Feature: Mac App of the Week

So thanks to exams, but mostly thanks to a certain young lass, I’m going to try and get back into blogging again and actually finish what I attempted to do with giving a full guide on themeing. In the meantime, however, I shall keep you entertained each week with a (hopefully) witty review of some software available for OS X.

The first review will follow shortly after this (if all goes well) and is on a lovely little piece of software, Socialite.

Themeing OS X: Customising the Boot Logo

So you’ve had your shiny Mac for some time now and it’s still sitting with a cluttered Dock and overwhelmed Menu Bar, just looking a bit busier than it did when you first got it. If you’re daring, you might have changed the background and screensaver. But now you want to give your Mac that personalised touch, something that says that it’s yours. They say first impressions last, so what’s better than making an impression with your custom boot logo?

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Let Us Commence!

Well, I’ve never been too good at the blogging thing. I’ve had countless blogs before now that I posted to perhaps four times at most and then forgot about and closed. But who knows, this one could be the survivor.

So what will this blog focus on?

Mainly, themeing. I know it’s pretty much been done to death but I thought the ‘net could use a place where you can get a step by step tutorial on how to theme Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Not only that, but I’m going to look into how to theme the upcoming 10.7 Lion as well! There’s plenty of nice GUI changes in Lion, but it would still be nice to be able to edit things like the menu bar too.

But, since it’s a blog, there will be a personal side to it as well where I might go into random every day things I think are worth a mention, then maybe software reviews, movie reviews, whatever takes my fancy, really.

So, as of the next post (so I can drag things out a bit) we will start at the most natural point in themeing and progress from there: the boot logo. From there we will go onto the login screen (for those of you who have it pop up on boot), to the desktop, and beyond.