Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Custom drive icons from OWC (Other World Computing)

I've got a post I have been sitting on for awhile (yeah probably a year! and that's not the only one!) It's a post to 'snazzy up' drive icons on the macOS. For those that may have purchased drives and/or enclosures from the definitive 3rd party vendor for Apple/Mac-oriented devices, Other World Computing, I came across a gem of a find!

If you're ever looking to take advantage of the gorgeous gui that the macOS provides you with, you can actually change the standard, default, built in icons and change them into something even better. For example, i recently was looking to spice up my external miniStack and OMC Express drive icon to something that represented what the drive actually looks like on my computer desktop. Thats when I came across this link from OWC:
http://eshop.macsales.com/Reviews/Framework.cfm?page=/icons/icons.html

Here they have all sorts of icons you can use and they are completely FREE. To use one of these icons on your Mac, simply do this:
  1. On the desktop, right-click the hard drive whose icon you wish to change.
  2. From the pop-up menu, select Get Info.
  3. In the Get Info window that opens, you'll see a thumbnail view of the drive's current icon in the top left-hand corner of the window.
  4. Click the thumbnail icon once to select it.
  5. Press command + v or select 'Paste' from the Edit menu.
  6. The icon you copied to the clipboard earlier will be pasted onto the selected hard drive's icon as its new icon.
  7. Close the Get Info window.
  8. Your hard drive will now be displaying its new icon!
Hope someone finds this 'stash' if icons of use!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Manually add a podcast to your iOS device

As you may know (if you've read some of my previous posts), that I like to listen to books, music and podcasts. Podcasts have been great for catching up on technology news, video games homebrewing, beer reviews and more recently, TV show news/recaps (A Cast of Kings for insight on the HBO series, Game of Thrones) for me for many, many years.

Did you know that you can listen to partial or even complete shows that are air on your favorite radio stations? For years, I have taken advantage of this with shows like Video Games Weekly which is aired on one of the local sports radio stations in town, KFAN. Its been great! With the "power of the podcast", I can listen to my favorite shows on my own time! HOWEVER, as with any technology, things aren't perfect, especially when it comes to the delivery of these podcasts to various electronic devices. I am writing this post in the case you run into a hiccup with one of your favorite podcasts and you simply can't 'subscribe' to it like you normally should say with an iTunes subscription link.

I ran into a situation with a great on-demand show based here in the Twin Cities called The Beer Show which is created by the local AM 1500 ESPN radio station. Well, back in February of this year, my perfectly functioning,automatic download subscription stopped all of a sudden... just for this show. All my other 10+ podcast subscriptions were just fine on my iOS mobile device. Now, I suspect that the tech guru behind the podcast feed at the radio station changed something and thus broke my original working subscription, but I was also unable to subscribe via their website (I believe that is broken as well, at least at the time of this posting).

My fix and alternate way to get this working again was easy:
  1. I first needed to find out the RSS newsfeed link, I was able to get that by clicking on the Feedburner link listed on their On Demand page. From there, I was given the url address to the RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/1500espn/podcast/beershow) which is what you need. 
  2. Next, on my iOS device, I opened the Podcast app and entered in this same url address and clicked the Search button. 
  3. I was then immediately prompted to see if I wanted to subscribe (which is what I did). The most recent podcast (and some of previous episodes) automatically showed up! BOOM!

I am now back to enjoying about a months' worth of Beer Show podcasts on my iOS device (iPhone)! As a crazed, doped up man once said, "Winning!"