Spam Slap

It seems no matter what you do to combat spam mail, somehow, someway some items get through. There is however there is two ways to combat this annoying nuisance.
First, any emails that are marked as junk or dragged into the Junk folder are automatically reported to Apple. This is true whether you are using on your Mac or iCloud webmail. It is rather easy to accomplish in you can just click on the message and then click that thumbs-down button to mark it as spam and for iCloud webmail, just select the message, click the Mark As pop-up menu (or the "flag" in iCloud) and choose Junk Mail.
Another method is to forward your junk email as attachments to
To do this, select the message in and then choose Message > Forward as Attachment. Type the above email address in the "To:" field, and send the message on its merry way to Apple, which will use the information to filter future missives from the spammer.


For those who only own an iPhone or iPad, do not think you are safe from this announce, everyone seems to be the target but do not worry because Apple has put measures in place to help those on iOS devices to combat this same problem.
To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, send an email with the following details to:



1. Include a screenshot of the message you have received.
2. Include the full email address or phone number you received the unwanted message from. 
3. Include the date and time that you received the message.

To take a screenshot on your iOS device, press and release the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time. The screenshot is added to your Camera Roll album.

Alpha In Preview

Preview is the application that opens by default when you double-click on a JPG, PNG or other image file on your Mac. As OS X has matured, Preview has taken on some interesting features that are not immediately obvious but that provide some of the functionality of bigger image editing programs. The ability to identify areas of an image that are of similar tone and colour is one such tool, and can be used to cut parts of a picture out of their background. It works with the alpha channel, which is a part of a digital image that stores information about transparency and the way that existing colours overlap. You do not need Photoshop to work with the alpha channel, you can do it from Preview in just a few easy steps.

Step 1: Open your image. Take an image where you want to cut something out of its background or remove an element from the whole picture, leaving only the background.


Step 2: Choose the tool. Go to the Select button in the Toolbar in Preview and click on it to reveal the additional tools. Select the tool called Instant Alpha.


Step 3: Select the background. Click somewhere in the background and drag the mouse to choose a larger area. The detection works best where the background colour is quite uniform.


Step 4: Redo if necessary. If Preview has included some incorrect areas, click once to undo the selection. Drag the mouse while holding to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the tool.


Step 5: Hit backspace. With the areas selected, hit backspace on your keyboard. The selected content is deleted. With complex backgrounds it’s better to work in stages.


Step 6: Keep removing background. It is rare that one or two selections will clear a whole background so you may need to keep selecting areas and deleting them manually.

Title Bar Icon

When you have a file open, such as an image in Photoshop or pixelmator or even a letter you are writing in pages or Microsoft Word, you may want to see where that file is saved or move it to another folder. In the titlebar of a window, most programs have an icon to the left of the filename (as shown below). These icons actually represent the file. If you click and hold on the icon for a moment, then drag it to a folder, your desktop, wherever, you will actually move that file! Please note that some apps work differently. For instance TextEdit makes an alias to the file instead of moving it or in Preview you will be able to Lock the file, Duplicate or see all Versions.


To locate where the file is, hold Command and click on the filename in the titlebar. As shown below, a menu will pop-up displaying the folder structure of the file’s location. Choose one of the folders to open it in the Finder. In OS Lion you can also Right-Click or Control-Click to get this menu.


Redeem Yourself

A real time saver and in my minds eye, an awesome touch in the new iTunes 11.
Apple will now allow you to redeem iTunes gift cards using your iMacs built in camera.


For now it is just a privileged feature that Mac owners can use, sorry no Windows devices yet. On closer inspection It does however seem like it will require the newer type of Apple gift cards.


The Spice Of Life

Turmeric is a popular spice for cooking, but it has a long history of medicinal uses, too. It is one of the most researched natural remedies available and there are numerous studies validating the healing properties. Turmeric provides a wide variety of benefits and once you know about these benefits you will be eager to add the spice to your diet.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is known as a powerful antioxidant. This means it targets dangerous free radicals in the body and reduces the damage they are able to cause DNA and cells. When cells are healthy the body is healthy, which means turmeric offers general wellness benefits, as well as targeting specific health problems.
Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory qualities. This makes it effective for fighting heart disease, osteoarthritis pain, and other health problems related to inflammation (researchers believe there are many links between inflammation and chronic illness). Curcumin is believed to reduce certain enzymes in the body known to trigger inflammation.


Turmeric reduces the risk of blood clots and prevents the build up of plaque in the arteries, which helps in the battle against stroke and other clot-related problems. There are also studies showing turmeric is beneficial for reducing bad cholesterol and improving good cholesterol, both of which play a role in a person’s heart health.
Researchers studying the effects of curcumin in relation to Alzheimer’s cite the health of those living in regions that consume turmeric in high quantities. People in India aged 70 and older have a much lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease than those in the same age group in the United States. Many believe this difference is due to the high intake of Indian curries, which are made with turmeric. Further research points to turmeric’s ability to remove amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain, which is believed to put people at risk for developing the Alzheimer’s.
An article in the July 2009 issue of Time magazine points to a study conducted at the University of Arizona. Researchers found rodents injected with a material known to cause joint pain suffered less when the injections were paired with curcumin. The article also cites anecdotal evidence singing the praises of turmeric for fighting a variety of pain that would otherwise be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
So as you can see it really is the spice of life.