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Customize Your Mac Desktop

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Whenever I get a new computer I spend some time customizing the desktop to fit my needs and preferences. So when I recently got a new Mac for my office (thank you UofL), I added some additional features and changed a few icons. All of this is very easy to do. If you like the way mine looks I’ve provided instructions below:

Since I have the date and time on the desktop I don’t need them in the Mac menu bar, usually on the top right. These two features are live and operated by a program called Geek Tool, which is a free app in the Mac App store and which is easy to use. Mine is in Helvetica font.

The desktop image can be found here.

Instructions for setup can be found here.

I found the .Mail, Chrome, and Safari icons by doing a simple image search on Google. I personally hate the default icons for these apps, and these are more appealing to me.

In my dock I also have the Reeder app, which has a great interface for reading blogs from your Google Reader. I’ve been using it for a long time and have no complaints. I also have Accordance software for Bible study and 1Password for managing the 50+ passwords I have online.

Enjoy!

Written by Josh Philpot

September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Posted in Apple, Mac, Technology

Syncing Zotero with multiple computers

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Maybe you’re like me and you have a laptop for when you’re at school and desktop for home. Fortunately, Zotero allows you to sync your sources from both computers automatically. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Create a Zotero.org account here
  2. Once verified, click on the Zotero icon on your Firefox web browser, then the “actions” button, and then “preferences
  3. Click on the “Sync” tab at the top
  4. Type in your username and password for Zotero.org
  5. Make sure “Sync Automatically” and “Sync Attachment Files in My Library using Zotero” are both checked
  6. Open your other computer and type in your log-in information in Zotero “preferences” as before
  7. Close the page and restart Firefox. Click on the Zotero icon again and either wait for Zotero to begin syncing automatically, or start the process by clicking on the “Sync to Zotero Server” button.

I did this on a Mac, so it may look a little different on Windows. The steps are essentially the same. Now every time I add a new source on my laptop it will show on my desktop as well, and visa versa.

Away with you, formatting demons! Be gone!

Written by Josh Philpot

October 30, 2009 at 12:22 am