Screenshots on the Mac

Ever want to take a screenshot on a Mac? You can. The functionality is a little bit hidden though the functionality is incredible. The Mac has three varieties of screenshots. A screen shot can be taken of the entire screen, a rectangular portion of the screen or any window on the screen. Let’s explore how to do each.

The Entire Screen

This first option takes a picture of the screen, the whole screen and nothing but the screen (to date myself while butchering a Dragnet reference). To take a picture of the entire screen, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-3. At that time, two things happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound. (2) A new file will be put on the desktop with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png. For instance, the screen shot, Screen Shot 2012-04-19 at 8.06.49 AM.png, got taken at 8:06:49 AM on the nineteenth of April in 2012.

A Rectangular portion of the Screen

This option takes a screen shot of a rectangular portion of the screen. To take a picture of a portion of the screen, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-4. The cursor will change to a cross hair:

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At that point, click then drag out the area that you would like to capture. After dragging out the rectangular area, two things happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound. (2) A new file will be put on the desktop of the rectangular area with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png.

There are a couple of options available for this style screen shot. First, to center a screen capture, hold down the <option> key. The clip spot becomes the center of the rectangle and the captured rectangle will grow symmetrically around the click point.

The second option uses the <spacebar>. It is invoked after the click while doing the drag of the rectangle. It works as a constraint. Upon pressing the <spacebar> the constraint is determined by the next cursor movement. If the next movement is up or down, the width will be fixed. If the next movement is left or right, then the height will be fixed. Releasing the <spacebar> clears the constraint.

Any Window on the screen

This option will take a picture of a specific window on the screen. To take a picture of a specific window, press the keyboard combination <command><shift>-4, followed by pressing the spacebar. The cursor will turn into a camera:

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As the cursor is moved around, the current targeted window will turn blue. Upon clicking two things will happen: (1)You will hear a camera shutter sound (2) A new file will be put on the desktop of the current window with a title of the form Screen Shot <Date> at <time>.png.

But Wait! If you act now!

Sometimes it is helpful to put the results of the screen capture on the clipboard instead of a external file. That is accomplished by adding the <control> key to the key combination. These key combinations take a bit of finger stretching. So to put the entire screen in the clipboard, press <command><control><shift>-3. To put a rectangular region or window onto the clipboard, start with press ing the keyboard combination <command><control><shift>-4.

Stephen Magladry, your iTechieGuy

A Mustard Seed

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

faith n.
1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
b (1) : fidelity to one’s promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>

The Parable of the Mustard Seed can be in found in two places in the New Testament, Mark 4:30-34 and Matthew 13:31-32. To paraphrase,

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.”

Many people, me included, jump to the fully grown mustard tree with its ability to literally move mountains. My god, I could never move mountains. I must be absent of faith.

For me, since the passing of my parents I have gone on a long and winding faith journey. Most of that journey I played and excellent role of a victim.  My journey always took me down the similar path, asking the same question, “Why didn’t my parents give me the love I needed? I would be so much better off If I got that love from them.”

The real question behind the question turned out to be, “Why can’t I move mountains?”

That journey had created a great struggle in me; what does faith mean to me? The definition  of faith eluded me like a cheetah, a fast, fleet of foot cat. I would seemingly catch up to the fast cat to only have him dart away.

I had a problem with authority members of our church, so the belief, in the traditional doctrines of a religion truly got screwed up. Since my religious beliefs and belief in God along with his inability to answer my questions about parents and love were all inter tangled and intertwined, I too, push God away. I had wandered out into a desolate, hot desert.

Somewhere along the way, I started having a firm belief in something for which there is no proof, That I am good and that I could make a business grow. Gone was the passivity of letting life happen. I began to see my life difficulties as  challenges to be overcome. In absence of any great proof, I began to believe, to have faith in myself.

Back to the parable. It is not the Parable of the Mustard tree, it is The Parable of the Mustard Seed. The Mustard seed, about twice the size of a poppy seed can not move mountains, though in its grown state  it CAN move mountains. I, like the mustard seed had grown, and in the process, I began to move giant immovable mountains; The lifelong disbelief that I am worthy and I am capable of starting my own business.

I have began to move small mountains, more like foothills for now. But, for the first time in my life, the fact that I once had faith the size of a mustard seed is not a hinderance. I am growing up to be a very large and strong tree. Soon, I believe, I will grow to move the mountains of any size that stand in my way.

And with that, I find myself see the end of an eight year journey, that started with my mom’s passing.  Through it all, I always had a desire for a relationship with my God, but my disbelief  would not allow it. I pushed my God away because my disbelief in religion and God. Somewhere along the way, I started having faith in me, instead of a religion. It is that self belief, I believe, that will make a even stronger bond with my creator.