Sep 25

I just got caught out for the first time by the missing headphone jack in the new iPhone. I was with some friends and we wanted to listen to a song from one of their iPhones. I went to plug it onto our PA system… no headphone jack in the phone!  But it won’t happen again! Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 20

I have now been running macintoshhowto.com for 10 years. Here is a graph of visitors over the last 10 years:

You will notice that there are some turning points on the curve. Most of these changes correspond to Google changing their Page Rank algorithms. The number of visitors is more dependant on Google’s algorithms than it is on the content. For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity from 2007 until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which changed their search results. In May 2013 there was another rather dramatic drop which corresponds to the release of Google ‘Phantom’. Most of the other changes in the graph correlate to some kind of a Google update.

In one sense it’s really good that Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But there are two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites. There may be more, but these are two that I have discovered. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 20

I tend to get sore thumbs from over-using my iPhone. Here’s something interesting that I noticed when I used an Android phone for 6 months. My sore thumbs disappeared. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really notice this until I switched back to the iPhone again, then after about 1 week my sore thumbs reappeared.

I think the difference is the iPhone home button.

It’s not a huge force that is required to press the home button, but because it needs to be pressed  reasonably hard, and it is used a lot (every time you open a new app) it seems to give me sore thumbs.

So if you get sore thumbs, I’d suggest trying this trick to see if they get better.

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Sep 18

I just went to sync my iPhone and I was given this message. This ‘lack of space’ is not a lack of space in your computer, the ‘lack of space’ is on the iPhone. This is somewhat of a bug. I think it is because iTunes is wanting to do some updates to the iPhone and there’s not enough room on the iPhone for this to happen. Whatever the cause, the solution is quite easy. Just uninstall some stuff from your iPhone (e.g. movies, music or photos), sync it, then put the stuff back on. Here’s how.

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Sep 17

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iTunes has copy protection on their movies called HDCP which will not allow you to play iTunes rentals or purchases on some older data projectors.   Thankfully there is a simple solution. You just need to watch an SD version  of the movie and it does not have the HDC P protection.  This is not mentioned on Apple’s support webpage but I was able to find out about it when I rang Apple iTunes support.  Read on for how to do this step-by-step.

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Sep 12

Many printer manufacturers have a built in counter on the drum cartridge in their laster printers. This is so that the drum cartridge will get replaced at a regular interval and remain in good condition. The drum can in many cases continue to function a long time after the counter has expired. It is possible to reset the counter in the drum cartridge to extend it’s life. Then you can wait until there are marks or faded patches on the printed pages before you replace the cartridge. In some cases I have been able to reset the drum cartridge 3 times, extending the life of my cartridge to 400,000 copies instead of the the recommended 100,000.

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Sep 10

 

Lots of websites are running articles about whether High Sierra (OSX 10.13)  will run on your current model Macintosh computer. The bottom line is, if your machine runs Sierra, it will run High Sierra. The hardware specs for 10.13 are exactly the same as for 10.12. But as usual I suggest you wait until the first update comes along before you upgrade. There are always a bugs in the first release.

If you are still running Yosemite (10.11), now might be a good time to upgrade to 10.12.

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Sep 04

If you use your macbook to listen to music, here’s a great tip. You can use your Apple remote (that comes with Apple TV or that you can buy separately on the Apple store) to turn the volume up and down and also to skip, pause etc. But firstly you need to pair the remote to your laptop. Here’s how.

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