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If you recently bought a new Mac that doesn’t include OS X Mountain Lion, you can upgrade for free from the Mac App Store. 

Customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac computer from the Apple Online Store, an Apple Retail Store, or an Apple Authorized Reseller – or an Apple Certified Refurbished computer from the Apple Online Store – between June 11, 2012, and July 25, 2012, that does not include OS X Mountain Lion can upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion for free.

If you fall into this category click here to apply for your free copy of OS X Mountain Lion. You have until August 24, 2012 to participate in the program.

Also, customers who purchase a Mac on or after July 26th that does not come with OS X Mountain Lion are eligible for the free update via this form. Those customers have 30 days to participate in the program.

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Most of my friend use Gmail,  it would be unfair of me to not talk about sharing Google Drive files for our users who recently switched to this new service.

sharing on Google Drive

If you have previously used document sharing in Google docs, you will find sharing on Google Drive more or less similar. The interface is simple, minimalist and easy in approach. So let’s see how you can share your files on Google Drive with others.

File Sharing in Google Drive

Step 1: Open your Google Drive account and upload the files you want to share using Google Drive. If the files are already uploaded to your account, select them and click the Share icon at the top. Alternatively, you can right-click on the file and select the share option form the context menu.

sharing button

Step 2: The popup window will show up the list of people who currently have access to your file and the current permission of the file on the web. Click on Change link to change the permission of the file and start sharing.

sharing settings

Step 3: You can now either make the file public on web, or you can share it with specific people who have the link. Furthermore, while granting the permission, you can extend the write access permission on the file using the Access section.

advance sharing settings on Google Drive

Having done that, share the link with the people you want to share with through email, instant messages and social stream. The user can work on the file depending upon the permission granted by you. Furthermore, by clicking on the small arrow near the file, one can download the file to his computer.

link to share

download files

If you are looking for secured sharing, keep the file as private and add email addresses of the people you want to share the stuff with. This would share the file only with specific people, and they will have to sign in to their account (Google account) to view the files. All the users you have shared your files with in private mode will be notified my an email regarding the same, and they can then access the files under the shared tab.

email files

Step 4: Once you have made the desired changes to the permission level, share and save the settings.

Cool Tip: To quickly see all the files you have shared from your Google Drive account, Click on More—>Owner, type, more on left sidebar and check the desired visibility and ownership option. Your Google Drive will then check your files and show only the ones which matches the filer.

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Conclusion

Those were the simple steps to quickly share your files from Google Drive. Regular users of Google Docs will find it nothing new, but those who’ve just started with this service should find it helpful.



Now Playing iTunes Dock notification

Using a defaults write command, the iTunes Dock icon can be set to display a “Now Playing” song and artist pop-up that transitions in and out and music starts. It’s a nice addition, particularly if you’re playing songs from a shared network playlist and have iTunes hidden in the background.

Enable the iTunes song & artist Dock icon popups

Open the Terminal in /Applications/Utilities/ and type the following:
defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE

Now kill the Dock to relaunch it:
killall Dock

Start playing a song in iTunes to see the notification appear, it’ll disappear automatically and then reappear briefly anytime a new song starts.

If you decide you don’t like the notification, disabling the iTunes song popup is just as easy:
defaults delete com.apple.dock itunes-notifications

You won’t need to relaunch iTunes, but you will need to kill the Dock again.

This only works in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, if you try it in prior versions nothing happens.