Aug 12

Readable birthday calendar in Mac OSX

Mac OSX’s iCal is able to show birthday entries based on your address book. However, at least in the German localization you cannot read the person’s name at first glance, but only “36. Geburstag vo” – also in the notification center. This post resolves the problem and provides help to show birtdays as “* Frederic Miller (36.)”. Read how. Continue reading →

Feb 12

Sync iTunes music & playlists with Synology Diskstation

I use Synology’s DiskStation as my central media server which streams via UPnP to my media renderer (T+A E-Series music player) and Sonos. Read on how I keep playlists and songs in sync between my iTunes on Mac and my NAS. Continue reading →

Sep 11

Solving mail format issues in Mac OS X Lion’s Mail.app

A lot of people complain that Apple’s Mail application is not formatting emails properly – there is no way to ensure that the right default font type and sizes are used. You CAN define it for the signature, but the remaining text would not show up in that font. After some playing around I found a working solution. However, the ultimate solution would still be that Apple fixes this, it’s a shame that stylish Macs create horribly lay-outed mails. Continue reading →

Aug 10

Rsync backup using SSH without password on Synology DiskStation

I’ve shown you how to use rsync for a fast and reliable backup of your Mac files to your DiskStation. One draw-back is that rsync always asks for a password to access your DiskStation which makes it uncomfortable and impossible to use in scripts. See how it works without passwords, securely. Continue reading →