Apr 11

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I’ve been told by my good friend Malcolm Williams  that after 15 years of running macintoshhowto without a logo, I need a ‘memorable logo’ for my site.  He’s usually right on these things so I’ve started a logo design contest at hatchwise with a prize of $150.

The winner will receive US$150 and your logo will be used on macintoshhowto.com and I’ll put a note to say you designed the logo – which might bring you in some other jobs –  we get over 100,000 visits a month.

You’ve got 10 days to get designing!  Click here for more details.

Aug 23

Crucial SSD
I just upgraded  the boot drive on my Mac Mini to an SSD drive and it’s 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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Aug 21


In this article I talked about the best import settings for iTunes. Since then with the increase in Hard Disk space I now think it’s best to import all your songs using the apple lossless encoder. This still compresses the files by about 1/3 but there is no loss of audio quality at all. With AAC and MP3 files, not matter how high you set the quality, there is ALWAYS some loss of quality. Apple Lossless audio is exactly the same quality as what’s on your CD. Here’s how to import into iTunes using the Apple lossless encoder.
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Apr 15

message

If you’ve ever tried to email a very large  file you may have noticed there’s a limit of about 10MB on email attachments. Here’s a super easy way to send a large file to someone else using OSX Mountain Lion or later.

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Apr 15

heart bleed

You might have heard on the news or web about the ‘heartbleed’ bug. I want to answer two questions: Does it affect Macintosh users? Do I need to do anything about it?

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Mar 15

Merge 2 pdf files

With every release of OS X Apple seems to slightly change the way to merge two pdf documents. I’ve previously written on how to merge 2 pdf files in Mountain Lion (10.8) and How to merge two pdf files in Lion or earlier. Here’s how to do it in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.  Continue reading »

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Feb 22

5thgen

The best ever iPod (for sound quality) was the 5th generation ‘Enhanced’ version. But it has the same Apple model number as the 5th generation (A1136) . Here’s how to tell a 5th Gen ‘Enhanced’ iPod apart from a standard 5th generation iPod. Continue reading »

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Feb 17

dvd

 

I just set up my Apple TV and was very surprised that when I played a DVD from my Macbook  it came out all grey on the Apple TV. This thread claims that you cannot play a DVD on Apple TV due to copyright. Here are two ways to get around Apple’s DVD viewing protection.

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Feb 15

Apple TV

Here’s how to stream a movie from you laptop or iMac to your Apple TV.

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Feb 12

keyboard

Here’s how to customise your own Keyboard shortcuts for any OSX application menus. Continue reading »

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Feb 11

OSX

So it turns out there can be a glitch with Mavericks and Gmail. When I installed Mavericks on my Macbook Pro,  all my messages piled up into my outbox, but weren’t sent. It turned out that Mail wasn’t picking up my password properly from the System Preferences. Here’s how I got it going. 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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Feb 08

iphone

 

Here are some frequency response graphs for the various models of iPhone.

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Jan 30

macbook13

This 13″ refurbished Macbook for sale on the US store for $999 is a good one. For those readers from Australia, it’s $1139 here from the Australian store.  (If it’s out of stock – it’s worth checking back in a few days, they are released a few at a time.) Read on for why it’s so good.

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Jan 29

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Apple has changed the way calendars sync in Mavericks. It’s very nicely integrated now. Here’s how to sync your Apple Calendar with an external Google calendar. Continue reading »

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Jan 29

spotlight

Spotlight has been round for years but if you’re like me you may not be using it as well as you can. Here’s an example of a recent search I did that might help you learn some  features of spotlight. Continue reading »

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Jan 28

Menu Bar

If you hold down the APPLE (COMMAND) key while you click on an icon in the menu bar,  you can move it. Continue reading »

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Jan 16

wordpress

This is an advanced topic for people wanting to host a wordpress site on their own mac. Continue reading »

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Jan 09

Today is 7 years since the iPhone was launched. Continue reading »

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Jan 08

alcatel

 

I just purchased this Alcatel phone. It’s a bit of a dud, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do end up with one, here’s how  to copy  contacts across from the OSX address book. I assume this will work on any mobile phone. Continue reading »

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Jan 07

ebay

Here’s how to sell something on ebay from your mac. It’s all fairly simple. The only real trick is how to easily get your photos from iPhoto into ebay. Here’s how.  Continue reading »

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Jan 05

xerox

I have a Docucentre C4350 Fuji Xerox printer which does not have postscript installed. The normal drivers from Fuji assume you have Postscript installed. Here’s how to get the non-postscript printer going. Continue reading »

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Jan 03

Mavericks

A few important tips before you install Mavericks that could say you a lot of time and agony… Continue reading »

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Jan 03

duck

Here’s how to get the FTP server running in OSX 10.9 Mavericks. This is advanced and not everyone will need the FTP server. The only thing I was use it for is to receive incoming scans from my Fuji/Xerox network scanner.

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Oct 02

Copy DVD

Here’s the process for how to copy a DVD to your iPad to watch on a plane or in the car. Continue reading »

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Oct 01

publisher

I have  recently discovered a couple of free websites that convert Microsoft publisher files to PDFs. You can then open, read and print the pdf file on your Mac.

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