Future Plans for The Instructional

Hey there, my name is Sam Berson! I'm a young web developer and video producer, with a passion for high quality work. A few months ago, I took ownership of the site from Jordan, and I'm excited to announce that I'll be taking The Instructional forwards and can't wait to see what the site is capable of.

Whilst I work on the new plans for the site, the content published may be a little thin, however, after that period, we'll hopefully begin publishing lots of useful guides and tutorials on a regular basis.

I'm looking forwards to getting to know lots of the current readers, so if you have any feedback or thoughts for me about the future running of the site, just fill out the contact form.

How to Setup and Use Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Text substitution in iOS, while not comparable to something like TextExpander, does have the advantage of being available to use in any app. Even in iOS 8, TextExpander snippets will require using a custom keyboard. 

Using iOS text substitution is still a great way to substitute abbreviations and characters for alternatives, and this guide over at iMore has some great tips. 

If for nothing else, specifying that the phrase "eml" should be substituted with my email address is one of the best hacks I've ever used and makes it so much easier to log into websites and apps. 

Using a Third-Party Remote Control with Apple TV

While Apple's Aluminium Remote Control is decent, you can actually control your Apple TV from almost any other remote, especially universal remote controls, which can help de-clutter the coffee table.

If you aren't a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony which can be automatically programmed, Apple has published a support article explaining how to use some spare buttons on an existing remote to control your Apple TV. 

How to make your own Fusion Drive

Fusion Drive is a utility that combines an SSD and traditional hard drive into a single storage space. Your Mac then automatically manages where data is stored, moving files and apps between the SSD and HDD depending on how often they're used. It's a great compromise between SSD's high speed and HDD's large capacity.

While Fusion Drive is officially only supported on an iMac or Mac mini purchased with an SSD and HDD combination, it can be set up on any supported Mac. Macworld published a useful guide back in 2012 on how to do this and after a few minutes in Terminal, you'll have a fully working Fusion Drive set up and ready to use.