2013.05 Tip: Replace glass on an iPad or iPhone

I took my wife's iPad to JCD Repair at 5439 University Ave in Madison yesterday. They said it might take as much as two days, and that they'd send me an email when it was done and ready to pick up. About 24 hours later, I received the email, and went to get it. It looks like new (although it's the same iPad) and works just fine. The charge was $99 instead of the $149 I was expecting. I took it right over to West Towne, and had a ZAGG Invisible Shield applied. They do iPhones (and maybe other units, as well).

Dave Peterson


2013.04 News: A Little SWAG Horn-Tooting

A new method for communicating with my clients about my database standards and conventions is now available at Richard S. Russell's FileMaker Pro Design Blog. I can say in all honesty that everything I learned about how to put together a blog like that I learned right here on the SWAG blog. Thanks to Ken Doyle for setting this blog up in the first place, back when it was still the Mad Mac blog.

2013.04 Tip: Follow This Blog by E-Mail

In the lower right corner of this blog you will find a box that enables you to enter your e-mail address and go thru about 15 seconds worth of additional clicking on yesses and OKs to sign up to receive an e-mail message every time something's posted to this blog, which saves you having to keep checking back every now and again.

2013.04 Tip: Making Your Mailbox Work like a Mail Carrier

At every monthly meeting, during the opening Q&A session, we always get more questions about one program than any other: Mail.

Well, Mail has a lot of features and abilities, some of them less obvious than others, so when someone does a good job of explaining a few of them, we figure we've got members who'd like to know about it. Thus this link to an article on Mail in this week's Macworld.


2013.04 Tip: Making Spotlight Do More

If you're like me, you will often forget where you stashed a file and will need to go hunting for it. In particular, you may not remember what the file name was but you do recall a key word or 2 inside the file. That's what Mac OS's Spotlight feature is good for. There are 2 ways of invoking it:
  (1) You can click on its icon in the menu bar:

  (2) Or you can just type ⌘-spacebar.

Once you've got the Spotlight interface open, you type in what you're looking for, and without you even having to press "enter", Spotlight will produce a cavalcade of hits, organized by type of item:

If you slide your cursor over any of these and click it, your Mac will open that file for you. But what if you didn't really want it open? Suppose you just wanted to know where you left it, or to go to that location to see what else is there that might be related. Apple doesn't make it at all apparent how to go about this, but there's a trick to it. If you hold ⌘-option down, it will show you the location of the item. If you hit ⌘-R it will open the containing folder in the Finder.