Jul 02

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Repairing a  broken OSX.

There have been reports of OS X Yosemite freezing after a software update. This can happen to any version of OS X.   If your Macintosh won’t boot up firstly I’d leave it a few hours, maybe even overnight, and see if it comes good. If not, you should ring Apple as they will be able to talk you through how to fix it. Otherwise, if you are outside of your Applecare,  or want to have a go at it yourself, here’s what I’d do.

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Jun 26

textwrangler

I had a list of email addresses but some of them were duplicates that I wanted to remove. My first port of call was Apple Numbers but it was too complicated. I had to sort them, then write a function to detect duplicates, then filter the results.

Good old textwrangler can do it in one go. Here’s how.

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Jun 10

hero

This is the latest craze: google cardboard. It’s real fun. Here’s a quick introduction and how to get it working on your iPhone.

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May 19

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Apple don’t have instructions for how to do a clean installation of OS X Yosemite, but it is exactly the same as the previous version of OS X  – Mavericks. So if you want a clean fresh installation of Yosemite, just follow Apple’s instructions here of Mavericks”

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH14243?locale=en_US

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May 19

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When you plug a projector (or second monitor) into your Macintosh laptop or computer for the first time it will probably display a different screen to your main display.  To see the same on both screens you ned to turn on ‘mirroring’ in the displays preferences.

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May 08

iphone undo typing

Did you know that if you shake your iPhone you can undo your last action to do with typing? This can be really handy. Continue reading »

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May 05

 

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I was recently given a Pages document to print for someone but the picture was too dark. In this article I described how to get a photo out of keynote, so I thought I’d give it a go with Pages – it worked!  I was able to extract the Photo as full resolution, edit it in Photos App, then put it back in the Pages document to print. Here’s how.

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May 04

 

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Apple has updated their iPhoto app to ‘Photos’ and included some pretty cool iCloud syncing.  All your photos are available everywhere all the time.  It keeps smaller copies of the photos on your iOS device while allowing the larger original ones to stay in the Cloud and it can download the larger files to your computer if you want. It’s easy to email a photo to someone from iCloud, even big movies. All in all, it’s very nice.  There are some major drawbacks with this approach though, and you need to be aware of them.  All your photos are now going to the internet, not just to your computer, and this can use a lot of bandwidth.  So here are 3 reasons why iCloud syncing of your photos might be a bad idea, and how to disable it and go back to manual syncing if you’d like to.

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