Posts tagged #OSX

Be safe on a strangers network

The trouble with a "stranger's network" is you don’t know who is listening to the traffic passing by.  A hacker might be present and capture your username and password to your email, Facebook account, or worse. Even on a “trusted” network like at work, you might want to 'cloak' your web activity.

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted tunnel going trough the internet. It is virtually transporting your online presence back home or to another trusted server.  Using a VPN not only protects your internet traffic, but can also give you access to the internet in another country so you can see content, which is otherwise unavailable or hard to find.

You can create your own VPN or 
subscribe to a service like "Cloak".  Unlike other services, the Cloak app will activate itself as soon as you connect to a new network. So, there is no chance that you forget to turn on the service. If you want have more countries available to gain local access you might want to check out VyperVPN.

If you don't want to rely on a 3rd party VPN and or need to safely connect to your own office network, I can install can configure a suitable Peplink router for you.

Posted on May 8, 2014 .

Scanning Documents and Pictures

Almost all scanners rely on Apple's standard application “Image Capture”. You can find this application via:

  • Applications > Image Capture
  • Preview > File > Import from xxx scanner
  • System Preferences > Printers & Scanners > xxx scanner
  • Software provided by the printer manufacturer

*The Scanner is only visible if your printer/scanner is turned on and connected to your Mac!

Below are the settings that will work for most of your document scanning needs:

  1. Scan Mode: Flatbed or Feeder (a stack of papers in the top of the scanner)
  2. Kind : Black & White
  3. Grays” 256 Grays
  4. Resolution: 100 dpi (300 dpi for small print)
  5. Custom Size: Check this box!
  6. Auto selection: Off
  7. Scan to: Desktop (anywhere you can find the scans easily)
  8. Name: Name it now or change it later
  9. Format: PDF
  10. Combine into single document: Check this box for multiple page documents

Overview & Scan

If the scanner has not done so already, click the “Overview” button. Soon you will see a preview of the entire area. Next select the area you want to scan with your mouse or trackpad on the preview area.
Start the scanning process by selecting “Scan”. Within a few seconds your digitized piece of paper  is ready and can be saved or shared via email.


Scanning pictures is an "Art", a quick scan for your website or email can be made by changing to settings to: Color > Millions > JPEG. Resolution for email or website choose 72 dpi and for printing 300 dpi.

If you want to go paperless and want to digitize all documents I highly recommend the Fujtsu Scansnap document scanners.

Posted on March 12, 2014 .