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connect macbook to the internet via iPhone

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Sometimes one doesn’t have a wifi or cabled internet access (on an airport, in a hotel etc.) – Then you might want to connect your macbook via iPhone to the internet – Here is what you have to do:

  1. on the iPhone go to settings > general > network > (scroll down) and change Internet-Tethering to On and choose USB
  2. connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB cable
  3. the Mac should ask now, wether you wanna open the network settings > Yes you want!
  4. Click on the iPhone connection and click apply

From now on your Mac connects to the internet every time you connect your iPhone with a USB cable :)


create password protected zip file on mac osx

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

It is crazy for which simple tasks, that I did on Windows for many years, one has to find a solution on a macbook…

To create a password protected zip-file on mac osx just open a terminal and put in:

zip -e content1.pdf content2.pdf

For opening a password protected zip-file on mac osx download the Unarchiver (Open Source) from here.


Missing a delete key on your MacBook?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I have recently switched to the apple side of life – which has way more style and is much more fun!

But I also found myself missing some keys – e.g. the delete key :(
To help you find out faster than me, here are some helpful keyboard shortcuts (combinations) for former pc users:

<fn> + <backspace> – this is like the DEL key

<cmd> + <right arrow> – this is like the END key
<cmd> + <left arrow> – this is like the POS1 key

<alt> + <right arrow> – goes right word by word
<alt> + <left arrow> – goes left word by word

You can find more keyboard shortcuts here:


I like – You like!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Nowadays everybody wants to tell about what he/she likes or dislikes. Some of them even sing about it- the most impressive one is Keri Hilson with her song “I like”: 47 times in 3:40 min (look at the lyrics)

For me it is becoming an obvious trend which is why I’d like to provide you the chance to say “I like” to our posts ;-) (look at the upper right corner)

Wow – This blog is connected to facebook! How did you do that? – Actually that is pretty easy. Because of the new Open Graph Protocol every website/blog can be connected to a new kind of social network – The Open Graph (see introduction from Mark Zuckerberg):

And if you use WordPress as your blogging platform it is even easier to add the “I like” Button to your blog: Just install one of the available plugins! We are using “Like” from Bottomless…

Welcome to the web3.0 which has the ability to like, dislike and maybe one day: to love ;-)

(Installing this WP-Plugin and writing this article took me 15min.)


Activating a Base (E-Plus) voice mailbox

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Some weeks ago my girlfriend got a new cell phone plan including a brand new cell phone :)
(About the problems with the phone itself she will tell you later in an extra posting ;-) )

Today she asked me to activate the voice mailbox – So I said: “Baby, I’ll do that for you ;-)
So I started on google with the words “e-plus mailbox” and got some postings that say, that you have two options: call the hotline (which would cost a lot of money) or do it online at So I tried to register my girlfriend at – no luck, the website said: “Sorry it is not working – Please try again later!”.
Hahaha – somehow the admins learned to much from the cell phone networkers ;-)

So I’ve used google again and I’ve found
which is obviously the manual of the service :)

So I took her phone and called 9911* which is the number to call the voice mailbox setup. Then a computer voice told me “Herzlich Willkommen im E-Plus Mailbox-System. Diese E-Plus-Mailbox ist momentan nicht erreichbar – Bitte versuchen Sie es später noch einmal!” in plain english that means “Welcome to the voice mailbox system. This voice mailbox is actually not available – please try again later!”…

I’ve tried again half an hour later – same result: still no voice mailbox :(


DELL Latitude E4300 Touchpad

Monday, November 30th, 2009

For work I use a DELL E4300, which is a really nice and handy laptop. But one thing that gets on my nerves is that sometimes when I type a long text the text cursor jumps to the position of where the mouse pointer is. After several minutes I come to realize, that a problem with the integrated touchpad has occurred. (I kid you not I was not even able to complete this sentence without this happening.)


So I’ve started investigating the problem in detail…
…I’ve tried to deactivate the touchpad via driver but the driver is also needed for the pointing stick :(
…I’ve tried to deactivate the touchpad via BIOS but there you can only deactivate both – the touchpad and the pointing stick :(

So there is only one way to work around this: Use an external mouse.

PS: Lenovo disables the touchpad if you start to type :)
PPS: My girlfriend also has problems with my laptop because the letters z and y are switched – Hahaha :)