Nov 17

Here are three different ways to put Lion on a USB thumb drive. If you buy and install Lion from the App Store  it downloads all 3Gigabytes from the App Store, installs Lion, then deletes the installer!  So when you go to install it on another machine it needs another 3Gigabyte download! Here’s how to make a re-usable installer.

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Jun 30

I’ve just moved all the images from over to Amazon Cloudfront. The bottom line is that you should notice speed up. If you want to know how to do it, read on. Continue reading ⟩

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Jun 02

This hint is not strictly Macintosh, but it’s so good I have to write it up. Did you know you can get what they call a Continuous inking system (CIS) for most big name inkjet printers? It continually feeds the ink into the printer so you don’t have to change the cartridges! You can see the big containers of ink in the photo above – they sit next to the printer.
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Oct 18

In this post I posted some drivers for the Samsung D900 mobile phone. A lot of people contacted me asking how I wrote them. Well it was a bit of a fudge really. All I did was grab the Samsung D900i phone driver, and change every occurrence of D900i to D900!

I also did a version for the Optus D736 here and it seemed to work.  Here’s how I did it. Continue reading ⟩

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Jul 04

If you’ve got an Aluminium Powerbook, (either the last of the G4 models or the new intel mac pro models) they are a great machine (the 15 inch is my favourite) but after a few years the hinge can get loose. Thankfully this is not like the old Titanium powerbooks where the hinge was broken, it is just a matter of a few screws that need to be tightened! Here’s how to do it.
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Mar 01

I used to write BASIC code on my good old Commodore 64, but the Macintosh has been a bit impenetrable in terms of where to get started with programming.

I was recommended this book and am using it to work through with my son. It teaches Python, a simple language, using your mac. It’s a beauty.

You can buy it here from Amazon .

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Feb 02

If you have a friend with a PC chances are they are sending you documents that use fonts such as Calibri, Corbel and so on. Some of them are quite nice. Here is how to install them on your Macintosh for free – Cambria, Calibri, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel and Candara. Continue reading ⟩

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Nov 27

A domain name server (DNS) is like the phone-book of the internet. Every time you enter a webpage in your browser, it looks up a DNS to find out where the website is before it goes there. Open DNS and google offer a free DNS service, but how do you know if it’s any faster that the one you have?
Your ISP will provide you with some numbers to put in your System Preferences/ Network / DNS Server. It’s probably best not to touch these, but here is how to find the best settings if you want to change them.
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