Tag: OS X

OneNote Overview

This is why OneNote is Awesome

Well I know I usually blog more about Microsoft Datacenter and Cloud stuff, especially Hyper-V and System Center, but I am a huge fan of Microsoft’s Office Suite. I live in Outlook and Microsoft OneNote. I organize my private life, my work, and university notes in OneNote.

I get often asked by customers or friends about how I work and how I get things done. In this case, I always show them OneNote, which is maybe one of the best keep secrets inside Microsoft. This post shows you why OneNote is awesome and shows you some of the hidden features you didn’t know about.

If you have more hidden features, leave a comment on the post.

OneNote Dock to Desktop

OneNote Dock to Desktop Title

With the Dock to Desktop feature, you can keep your notes visible by anchoring a OneNote window to the side of your desktop. Your notes will stay on top of your desktop while you are working in other programs.

Dock to Desktop

Linked Note taking


OneNote Linked Note Talking

While you are using the Dock to Desktop mode, you can enable Linked Note Taking. This will automatically create a link to the page or office document you have open while you have taken note. This is perfect, while I wrote a whitepaper for university and I had to do a lot of research I used this feature. While I was writing the document, I had to mention the sources as footnotes, and sometimes it’s hard to find the source of something you have found on the internet. With linked notes, I only had to check my nodes, and all the sources and references were linked.

 Visio Integration

OneNote Visio Integration

A lot of other Microsoft products to integrate into OneNote. One of them is Visio if you have Visio installed on our computer you can add an existing Visio diagram to your notes. You can also directly create a new Visio diagram from OneNote and add it to your notes.

Enable Tiger “Classic” Style Dock In Leopard and Snow Leopard

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO; killall DockIf you like the old or classic Dock Style from Mac OS X 10.4 you can enable this in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Dock:

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger DockMac OS X 10.6 (Leopard) Dock:

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Dock

  1. Open Mac OS X Terminal in the Utilities folder
  2. Run the following command in the Terminal
    defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock
  3. Now you have the classic Dock activated

If you want to activate the new glass Dock again, you can use the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock

How to use Adium on every Mac OS X Space

Since Mac OS X Leopard I use Spaces a lot. In the System Preferences, Expose & Spaces you can configure Spaces. You can also configure Applications to use everytime the same Space. So for example my iCal always opens on Space 3, Tweetie always on Space 1 and so on. This is nothing new but it is pretty usefull to arrange your workspace like that.

Mac OS X Spaces

I also use Adium a lot so, often I copy past something form Safari, Evernote, Mail or another program to the Adium Message Window. But with Spaces I always had to drag the Adium Message Window to the Space of the Application or the other way round. But there is a pretty cool setting in Spaces. You can set an Application be on “Every Space”. So I set Adium to “Every Space” and I don’t have to move the Adium Message Window or a Application.

Mac OS X Spaces

I know this is nothing new, but I just didn’t know about this function.

VMware Fusion: wouldn’t it be great…

VMware Fusion Logo

As a Windows System Administrator who works on Macs, Virtualization is a really esencial thing. I love to work with VMware Fusion and his Unity Mode, and I of course some other great features Fusion provides. So I had some thoughts about the next version of VMware Fusion.

Wouldn’t it be great if…

  • there would be an iPhone App to start and shut down VM’s and maybe some other small things like watching the performance… (really interessting feature if you use VMware Fusion for Server Virtualization)
  • Something like an Advanced View for some administrator features…
  • One of the Advanced things could be a monitoring for the performace of the virtual maschines
  • SNMP and SMTP features for monitoring maybe also something for the iPhone App and the Push notificationservice of Apple.
  • better performace, especially if you run more than one VM at the same time and of course the overall performace of Fusion.
  • visual effects, I really loved the turn around effect in Fusion 1 or was it paralles 3?
  • V2P and P2V, creat a Bootcamp Partition out of a VM and back with some simple clicks
  • Support for Microsoft VHD Files, maybe not best performance but working…
  • Templates, creat templates for diffrend Operating Systems, so you can setup a new VM really fast
  • Screen-Capture Tool for creating documentations
  • OpenGL Support
  • A powersafe mode for VM’s on a notebook
  • Mounting virtual disks in OS X
  • cloning VM’s (not just copy past)
  • up to 8 processors per VM (Mac Pro’s and Xserve)
  • creating virtual networks, closed from the real networks, for test environments
  • Change Settings on a running virtual machine, and take these settings after reboot
  • OpenCL, CUDA, ATI Stream Support (Snow Leopard)
  • OpenCL, CUDA, ATI Stream could be great for Import VM’s

Don’t get me wrong, I really love the easy and simple view of VMware Fusion, but I would love to see more advanced features.