SD59 Computer Basics

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Mac OS X

Backgrounds from File

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Desktop and Screensaver
  • Select the Desktop tab
  • Click the + button
  • Select a image file or folder

Backgrounds from iPhoto

  • Open iPhoto
  • Select a file, folder or event
  • Go to Share --> Set Desktop

Dock

Adding Items

  • Drag Item to Dock

Keep in mind, applications go on the left side of the line, files, folders, urls go on the right. URLs can only be added from Safari.

Removing Items

  • Click and drag application away from dock. Hold until a little poof of smoke appears beside the icon.

Dock Settings

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Dock
  • Some key things you can change:
    • Dock Size
    • Dock Location (Bottom, Left Side, Right Side)
    • Magnification
    • Hide Dock

Finder Windows

Copy / Move / Create Alias of Files and Folders

Copy
  • While dragging file hold the Option key while you release the files

This is the default action when dragging to a different drive, external device or network share.

Move
  • While dragging file hold the Command key while you release the files

This is the default action when dragging to a different location on the save drive or device

Create Alias
  • While dragging file hold the Command and Option keys while you release the files

An alias is a link to a specific file. It is not a copy of the file so backing up an alias does you no good. If the original file is moved to a different location on the same drive, the alias will remain linked to it.

Folder Views

Finder View Buttons Found on the top of every finder window

  • View in Icons
  • View in List
  • View in Columns
  • View in Cover View

Sorting Icons

  • For the desktop Click on the desktop otherwise click the finder window
  • Go to View --> Show View Options
  • Change the Sort By drop down

The difference between arrange and sort is that arrange is a one time deal. Sort will key it sorted as you add and delete files in the folder

Keyboard Settings

F Keys

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Keyboard
  • Click the Keyboard Tab
  • Check/Uncheck Use F1, F2, etc as standard Function Keys

Change Shortcuts

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Keyboard
  • Click the Shortcuts Tab

or (for just F-keys)

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Mission Control / Expose

Screenshots

  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4: then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4: then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4: then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4: then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

Trackpad Gestures

  • Apple Menu

Apple Menu -> System Preferences

  • Click on Trackpad

You have the option to enable and disable every gesture and change what the action is for each. If you hover over the gesture it will demonstrate the gesture

FirstClass

Changing Views

  • Go to FirstClass --> Preferences
  • Change New Mail Form:
    • Outlook - Enter Recipient first
    • FirstClass - Enter Subject first
  • Change Mailbox Style:
    • Unified Mailbox - All messages in Mailbox (Sent, Received, Drafts, etc)
    • Separate Inbox / Outbox - All messages seperated into inbox, sent, drafts, etc)

Email Sigature

  • Go to FirstClass --> Preferences
  • Click the Messaging tab
  • Click the Initial Content tab
  • Type your siganture in the bottom box
  • Check Add default Signature to all new messages

Copy and Pasting into FirstClass

Often copying and pasting into a FirstClass results in an undesired outcome or nothing at all

  • Copy whatever you want to paste into FirstClass
  • Control + Click in the message body
  • Select Paste Plain Text from the context menu

Spam

How to Spot Spam

Looking at Links
  • Hover over a link within the email, at the bottom of the page, it will tell you where the link actually goes.
  • If the link doesn't point at a domain that looks correct, then it's probably spam. Keep in mind that email newsletters can be an exception because they use click tracking companies to keep track the links you click then forward on to the correct site.
Looking at the Internet Header =
  • Go to View --> Show Internet Header.
  • Look for the second Received: from the first will be Received: from spamtitian.sd59.bc.ca (142.27.154.80) which is our spam filter
  • Have a look at the sending server, if the domain doesn't match what the content of the email is then it's probably spam

Understanding our Spam Filter =

Spam Titan is our spam filter. It uses several different methods of detecting spam.

  • It checks the sending server against a known list of servers that send spam. This list is constantly being updated as new threats pop up but does take time to react
  • It does a virus scan of all attachments and blocks emails that contain viruses
  • It looks at patterns in the email such as:
    • Excessive number of links
    • Keywords
  • It rejects all emails on their first attempt, and won't accept the same email until 2 minutes later.

Checking your Quarantined Emails

Some times SpamTitan isn't 100% sure an email is spam so it won't outright deny it. But it will hold it on the SpamTitan server for 14 days. It will send you a daily digest of anything it blocked since the last report but you can go into the server any time to see what's in there.

  • Go to https://spamtitan.sd59.bc.ca
  • Login with your full email address. Keep in mind that you have two email addresses:
    • FirstName_LastName@sd59.bc.ca
    • Username@sd59.bc.ca
  • Your password is the same as your FirstClass password
  • You can select any email then click:
    • Release - To let it through to your FirstClass
    • Whitelist - To let it through to your FirstClass and mark all emails from that sender as safe
    • Delete - To delete the email
    • Click on the email to see the contents of the email.

Editing your Whitelist and Blacklist

  • Go to https://spamtitan.sd59.bc.ca
  • Login with your full email address. Keep in mind that you have two email addresses:
    • FirstName_LastName@sd59.bc.ca
    • Username@sd59.bc.ca
  • Your password is the same as your FirstClass password
  • Click User Blacklist (block) or User Whitelist (allow)
  • Click the add button in either the Email Addresses or the Domain
  • Fill in the boxes
  • Click Save