Apr 10

ram

When your computer is running a bit slowly, how can you tell if getting more memory will help?

If you run out of free memory then your computer will be forced to use some of your hard disk as memory, which is VERY SLOW because hard drives are much slower to access than your computer’s RAM.  Here’s how to check that you have enough RAM to stop this happening on any Macintosh running OS X.  Continue reading ⟩

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Apr 08

delete

This is a crazy oversight by Apple, but there’s no obvious way to delete all the photos off your iPhone. Digital Cameras usually have a ‘delete all photos’ option but the iPhone doesn’t.

If you don’t delete them when you sync them to iPhoto, it’s hard to get rid of them. Here are 2 ways to do it.

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Mar 20

Here is a simple video of how to merge two files in OS X.  I have previously described how to do this but some people are finding it a bit difficult so this video should help you out!

Mar 15

motorola

In this article I reviewed 3 bluetooth headsets for audio quality:  the Motorola Roadster Pro, the Parrot Neo HD and the Jabra Freeway. I didn’t like any of them. They sounded fine to the driver of the car but the driver’s voice sounded bad to the person on the other end of the phone.

Since then I have been trying them on the road and it’s been a little different.

In real life there is a clear winner: the Motorola Roadster Pro.

I’ve made a little video so you can see how good it sounds!

 

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Mar 13

SD

Someone recently handed me some photos on an SD card.  Importing them was easy – the macbook has an SD card  port that I had not even noticed before.  I could plug the SD-card straight in!

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Mar 12

osx installer

It’s very handy to have a bootable version of OS X on a thumb drive.

I have written how to do this using a program called DiskMaker X,  and I have written about how to do it from the command line here,  but after doing this a few times I find the most reliable method is the one outlined below.   It uses Apple’s built-in disk utility.This works with any version of OS X. Mountain Lion, Yosemite, El Capitan etc. You’ll need an 8G USB thumbdrive.

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Mar 11

install OSX

Since OS-X Mavericks (10.9)  Apple have been releasing their OS X upgrades for free. This means if you have any version of OS X newer than 10.9 then you can upgrade it to the latest version for free.  There are three ways you can upgrade.

  1.  Download the Installer from Apple directly to the computer that you want to install the new OS X onto.
  2.  Take your computer into the nearest Apple Store and they will do the upgrade for you.
  3.  Make a  USB thumb drive installer that you can plug into your computer to upgrade it.

Method 1 is Apple’s suggestion method, but if you have more than one computer it requires you to download the OS X update more than once.  Method 3 gives you a thumb drive that you can use multiple times to install OSX,  and you can even boot off it  in an emergency if your hard drive crashes.  It is very handy to have a bootable version of  the latest OSX on a thumb drive lying around  So I suggest option three

This article tells you how to make a USB thumb drive installer so you can upgrade any computer to the latest OS X.

It also tells you how to work out what is the newest version of OSX that you can run on your computer.  Continue reading ⟩

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