Oct 27

Celestron Digital Microscope Imager

We recently moved to a small farm and we have been looking at our soil biology under a microscope. It was hard to see clearly so we bought a ‘Celestron’ Microscope camera (model #44421)  from Amazon for about $40. The packet doesn’t specify that it works with Apple computers, but it does and is very simple to use. It plugs into the usb port on your computer, and the camera replaces the eyepiece on the microscope. It doesn’t need any drivers or extra software. Read on to find out how we set it up.

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Oct 23

fuji xerox docuprint c4350

The upgrade to OS X Yosemite broke my Fuji Xerox Docu-centre C4300 laser printer. When I tried to print it gave me this error: “Filter Failed”. Here is how I eventually fixed it.

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Oct 07

 time machine

If you’re like me after a year or two you may have outgrown your Time Machine backup and with Hard Drive prices dropping it’s time to get a bigger hard disk to host your Time Machine  backup. But starting a new time machine backup on a new hard disk means you lose the continuity with your old backups. Thankfully you can move an existing Time Machine backup from one hard drive to another. Here’s how.

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Sep 10

moogoo

Some people have difficulty controlling the touchscreen on an iPad or iPhone with their fingers, especially older people.  The iPhone touch sensitive screen works on capacitance and it does not respond well to dry fingers.

Read on for some experiments I did and how to fix the problem!

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May 07

tethering

If you are travelling with your laptop (or iPhone) and your data is limited, here are  a few simple ways to make sure you don’t use too much data. Continue reading »

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Feb 09

pages

Here’s how to share a pages document with a PC user. Continue reading »

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Sep 22

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If your main Hard disk is full, here’s a great little free app to help you see what’s using up the space. It’s called OmniDiskSweeper. If you are a beginner this article might be better for you, but for advanced users, OmniDiskSweeper is better – it shows hidden files.

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Sep 11

keynote

There have been many times that I have been given a keynote file from someone, and I want to get the movie out of it and save just the movie  (or a picture) as a separate file.  You used to be able to right click and select “view package contents” but  that doesn’t work anymore. Here’s how to do it now.

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Jan 29

gamma

I noticed when watching movies on my 27 inch iMac that they are too dark. There are a lot of details in the blacks missing compared to watching on a DVD player. Then at church for some reason our macbook air that’s hooked up to a projector plays movies that are very dark too. Turning the contrast or brightness up doesn’t work as it just washes out the black. But you can change the color profile in the preferences control panel to fix this up.

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Sep 28

3.5mm to RCA

To connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your home stereo you just need a dock and a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this cable above. The RCA cable plugs into the rear of your stereo and the 3.5mm plugs into your iPhone dock jack. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

Crucial SSD
I just upgraded  the boot drive on my Mac Mini to an SSD drive. WOW!  It is by far the biggest speed enhancement I’ve experienced on any computer! The speed increase is incredible – almost hard to believe. Boot time went from 60 seconds to under 30 seconds, and applications launch instantly – no bouncing dock icon.

This is not for the beginner –  it’s quite technical – but here’s how to do it.

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May 01

TV

Did you know you can get a tuner for your Macintosh computer, plug a TV antenna into it, and watch TV on your macintosh computer. Once you’ve got it connected, you can set it up to record any shows you want, and watch them anytime. Here’s how to get it going. Continue reading »

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Apr 15

This is an Apple display adapter. They come in various shapes and sizes. The left hand end plugs into you laptop. There are 5 different possible left hand ends you can choose from: MiniVGA, DVI, Mini-DVI, MicroDVI and MiniDisplayPort! You’ll need to match it to your macbook. The right side plugs into a data-projector or monitor – there are 3 different right hand ends to choose from, VGA, DVI or HDMI. You’ll need to match this to your projector. If you always carry around the adapter to connect your mac to a VGA projector, that should get you out of trouble 99% of the time. If you want to be 100% sure, carry an adapter to connect to DVI as well.

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Nov 12

images

Some PC users complain that mail messages forwarded from Apple mail come out blank, with the entire message as an attachment. This can be caused by either the Microsoft mail server the person is using, or a bug in Outlook Express on their Windows PC.

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Nov 06

dragon

The first three weeks of Yosemite has been painful because Dragon Dictate has not been working properly.   It would not read  my old profiles and would not let me train a new one without crashing. I rely fairly heavily on Dragon Dictate to do most of my  writing/typing  so this was a bit of a dud. I was going to write a post on a workaround for this problem, but Nuance released an update today – version 4.0.6 –  which fixes the problems. Training is working again and Dragon Dictate has stopped crashing.

Nuance should have had this all worked out before Yosemite was released, but at least we are back in business now.

 

Nov 02

appstore

It’s easy upgrade all your iOS apps directly on your iPhone – you just go into the ‘App Store’ app on your iPhone and press the ‘update All’ icon.  But it can be a bit tricky trying to find out how to upgrade all the apps from iTunes on your mac. Here’s how to do it.

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Oct 04

OK, so I know I am a bit behind on this but I’ve finally added drop down menus to macintoshhowto.com. (Thanks to moxdesigns @ freelancer).  Can you please check them out (on the menu bar at the top of the site under the logo) and let me know if you have any problems? e.g. menu’s not working. Thanks!

 

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