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Make Do Not Disturb on iOS 7 work even when your device is awake iOS devices
iOS 6 introduced Do Not Disturb, but some of us were annoyed by its implementation: Though the feature silenced iOS notification sounds while your iPhone or iPad were sleeping, those noises still blasted out when the device was in use. If that's not what you want to have happen, iOS 7 has the solution.

Armed with this hint, Do Not Disturb will empower you to use your iOS device in a room with sleeping people, or in a meeting where you're supposed to be paying attention, without fear that a bleep or bloop will bother those around you.

Head over to the Settings app, and tap on Do Not Disturb. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and set Silence to Always, instead of Only While iPhone Is Locked. From now on, Do Not Disturb works regardless of whether your iPhone is awake and in use, whenever the mode is enabled.
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Make Messages on iOS 7 show full names iOS devices
iOS 7's new design seemed to cause some spacing issues in Messages, especially on the iPhone. Where you formerly could see the full names of the people you texted, iOS 7 shows only a first name, or perhaps a first name and last initial. When you know as many Dans as I do—even as many Dan M.'s as I do—that just won't do.

There's a fix, though the setting isn't where you might expect.

In the Settings app, tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars. and then scroll way down to the Contacts section. Under that header, tap on Short Name. For my purposes, I turned off both Short Name and Prefer Nicknames. Now, Messages shows the full names of the contacts I'm sending messages to, shortening the button labels at the top as necessary to make everything fit.
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Use Siri to adjust your iOS device's brightness iOS devices
In iOS 7, Siri can toggle a lot of settings: Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and more. And the virtual assistant also gives quick access to more granular settings.

Tell Siri something like, "Change the brightness," and the brightness slider will appear onscreen, ready for you to adjust. Of course, you could always simply drag up Control Center instead, but who doesn't like a virtual minion to do their brightness-adjusting bidding?
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See cellular data usage by app in iOS 7 iOS devices
One powerful new feature in the Settings app lets you see how much data your apps are using over your iPhone's cellular connection. You can even block specific apps from accessing data over your cellular connection if you prefer, limiting them to Wi-Fi-based data access only.

To find the options, launch Settings, and tap on Cellular.

Scroll down past all the Personal Hotspot, Call Time, Cellular Data Usage, and other options, and you'll get to a Use Cellular Data For section.

The list is sorted alphabetically, unfortunately, and not by cellular data consumption. But you can see how much data each app has used over your iPhone's cellular connection, and use the green slider to disable certain apps from using cellular data at all.

You can tap on System Services to see how much cellular data is used by system components that you can't prevent from using the cellular connection, like DNS services, Time & Location, Siri, mapping, networking, and such.

You can reset the statistics with a button at the very bottom of the screen.
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Remove old events from Calendar Apps
Ever wanted to remove all events prior to a given date from your calendar? Well, there's a script for that. This Applescript prompts you for a pivot date and removes all events prior to this date from your Calendar database.

display dialog "Please set the pivot date. (Events earlier than the pivot date will be deleted.)" default answer "01-01-2010" with icon note
set dateLimit to (date the (text returned of the result))
display dialog "This might take a few minutes." giving up after 2

tell application "Calendar"
    set cals to every calendar whose writable is true
    set r to {}
    repeat with c in cals
        set event_list to every event in c
        repeat with e in event_list
            if start date of e is less than dateLimit then
                set r to r & {e} 
            end if
        end repeat
    end repeat
    if the number of items in r > 1 then
		display dialog "Nothing to delete."
    else
        display dialog "Done. Found " & (number of items in r) & " events with a date before " & dateLimit & ". Shall I delete them?"
        repeat with e in r
            delete e
        end repeat
        display dialog "Done." buttons {"OK"} default button 1
    end if
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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app iOS devices
In iOS 6, you could tap the Edit button in Messages to delete or forward one or more messages from a text/iMessage conversation. There's no Edit button in iOS 7's version of Messages.

Here's the work around: Tap and hold on any speech bubble in your conversation. A popover menu appears. Tap on the More button, and now you're in editing mode. You can check as many messages as you'd like with the round checkboxes (checkcircles?) that appear, and then tap either the trash can icon at the bottom left, or the forward button at the bottom right.

There's also a Delete All button at the upper left to wipe out the entire conversation history from this editing mode.
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See timestamps in iOS 7's Messages app iOS devices
The Messages app in iOS 7 doesn't introduce much in the way of new functionality from iOS 6—though it does sport a dramatically different look.

While iOS 7 shows timestamps in between conversation breaks, you might sometimes want to do know precisely what time a given message arrived. There's an easy way to find out:

Simply swipe across a conversation in Messages from right to left. As you drag, you'll reveal per-message timestamps. They slide away as you release your swiping finger.
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Installing Epson Drivers in 10.7 Printers
Epson requires the user to download drivers for their printers from Apple. Often, Apple Software Update will report the drivers are not available at this time and send the user to Epson. Finding current drivers is difficult and registering the printer to the newly installed drivers requires one simple step...not covered in any instructions.

First, the user must be have an admin account. Download the drivers from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1398 and open the install package. Follow the instructions to install the drivers.

Second, shut down the system and plug the printer in via USB.

Third, restart and log into an admin account.

Forth, (the simple, overlooked step) DISCONNECT FROM INTERNET

Fifth, If your system offers a dialog to add your printer, follow the instructions. If not, then open System Preferences/Printers & Scanners. Click on the + to add your printer.

OSX, unconnected from the Internet, should find the drivers you installed in the first step.

Sixth, Turn on your wireless services and repeat step 5 for your printer if it is connected wirelessly.

Apparently, OSX will check the Internet first for a new printer even if the drivers are installed and find installed drivers only if the Internet is unavailable.
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Displaying film-related metadata columns in non-"Movies" folders in the Finder System 10.8
You are probably already aware that extra columns of meta data can be added to the Movies folder in the Finder by right-clicking (ctrl-click) on the folder's header row. The following extra columns can be added: Duration; Dimensions; Title; Codecs. These extra columns do not feature in the View>Show View Options menu selection.

This hint describes how to obtain the same columns in folders not named "Movies".

This is a little pedantic, but in the UK we do not tend to use the term "movie" so much. We don't "Go to the movies" we "Go to watch a film". In fact the UK version of iTunes recognises this and in the sidebar or pop-up menu we have "Films" instead of "Movies" (and "TV Programmes" rather than "TV Shows" as well).

The Finder does not do this and the "Movies" folder is there in your home folder as expected.

In the "Movies" folder and any folder created inside it the above extra meta data columns can be added, and this applies to any other "Movies" folder created anywhere else - on another drive for example. But if you have another folder elsewhere that is labeled "Films", for example, the extra columns cannot be added.

However it is easy to add these columns - simply (re)name the folder "Movies". Open it and add the columns that you want. Then return and rename the folder back to "Films" or whatever. The extra columns remain and are still there after a log-out or restart.

And as long as at least one of these extra columns remain others can continue to be added or removed at will.

Now all my films on my external 3TB Raid drive show the extra meta data for convenient reference or sorting.
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Use Finder's Paste Item Exactly to maintain permissions Apps
You may already be aware that the Finder allows you to copy and paste files and folders to move them around on your Mac: Select a file, choose Edit -> Copy, navigate elsewhere, and then choose Paste Item. Now you've copied the file, and it exists in two places.

If you hold down the Option key, that Paste Item command changes to Move Item Here instead. Now instead of duplicating the file in question, you've changed its location on your Mac. Great!

But here's the hint: Hold down Shift and Option together, and the command becomes Paste Item Exactly. (You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Option-Command-V if you're dextrous.) When you select that option, the Finder prompts you for an administrator password. This option ensures that the file's original ownership and permission settings (that you'd set via the Get Info panel, or via the chmod and chown commands, for example) are maintained exactly.

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