Jan 29

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I’ve just found a new wireless remote to use with presentations in Keynote or Powerpoint. Recently I have purchased a Kensington wireless remote and I’m very happy with it. It appeared in our local Office works store recently for just $29, and it’s on par with the old Logitec remote.  Continue reading »

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Apr 02

If you’ve smashed your iPhone and you need a quick reliable place to repair it,  I recommend fixpod. They have the simplest system I’ve seen, you just select your phone model, click on the problem, it gives you a price. You book in your  phone for repair,  and they guarantee to repair it within 24 hours!  You can either drop it in in person, or post it in.  If you want some more views on fixpod check out this forum where there are lots of happy users! Here’s where to find them.

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Mar 29

In this article I reviewed the Logitech wireless presenter. It is in my opinion the best remote control to use with Keynote. That particular Logitech remote has been replaced by the new Logitech R400 which doesn’t feel as robust, the main buttons are smaller, and it still has the 2 smaller buttons, one which completely exits out of your keynote presentation!  The last thing you want is to press the wrong button and be taken out of your keynote back to the desktop.

The smaller two buttons  can be easily disabled with a knife. This article describes how to disable the extra 2 buttons.  It really is a simple procedure and doesn’t even require any soldering!

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Feb 23

When you are researching buying a mac there are a few things to consider, one of them is speed. There is a great site by primate labs which collates speed tests according to model and ranks them. This was useful for me when I was thinking of upgrading my Mac pro to a new Mac mini, only to find that my four-year-old  Mac pro was faster! Check out how fast the new mac-pro’s are  - insane – I wish I could justify buying one! Continue reading »

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Feb 14

100% Black is not the blackest black! There are different blacks.  You need to understand them if you want to get the best out of your printer. Here’s how to choose which ‘black’ to use and why!

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Dec 30

If you have ever designed a colour document on your computer and then printed it out on your inkjet or laser printer you may have noticed that the colours come out slightly different.  This is partly to do with the fact that  printing with ink on a piece of paper is a different process to creating colour on a computer monitor,  but it is possible to calibrate your monitor so that the colours match up as closely as they can.  This article gives you some tips on basic monitor colour calibration.

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Aug 23

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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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Dec 28

In this post I talked about the audio quality of the various iPods, and mentioned a mod for 4th and 5th Generation iPods that gives them excellent audio quality rivalling that of a $1500 CD player. Well, here is how to do the mod on a 4th gen color iPod photo – Apple model number A1099.

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Dec 13

One thing I like about buying an Apple product is the “ah” moment when you open the box and get it out for the first time.   That moment of admiring the design and  congratulating yourself that you’ve spent your money well.   Last week I had an even better moment that involved returning a Macintosh that I was unhappy with.  Here is my experience with Apple. Continue reading »

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Oct 07

All Apple computers ship with 1 year international warranty. You can extend this to a 3 year applecare warranty anytime in the first year – before your original warranty runs out. If you are not sure if you macintosh is still under warranty, Apple keep a central record of all macs and you can check out if your computer is still under warranty by entering your mac serial number here. If you are buying a second hand mac this is a good way to check the warranty on it as well.

You can get your serial number by going to the Apple menu, About This Mac, More Info, and then you can copy the serial number from there and paste it into the Apple site.

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Aug 02

There’s no doubt about it – Macs are great computers, but they re not cheap, and it’s hard to find them on special! What you may not know is that you can buy iMacs, Macbooks, Macbook Pros, Mac Minis –  almost the entire Apple range,  refurbished from Apple, often at reduced prices. I always buy my Macintoshs  from the Apple refurbished store rather than new  from a retail store.  In my opinion the computers at  the refurbished  outlet  are BETTER   than a new one – as well as being cheaper!  Here’s why, and here’s some tips on how to go about  getting one.

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Jul 04

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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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Jun 14

It’s slightly off topic but this is so well done I simply could not resist posting a link to it…

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/06/09/excellent-mac-classic-converted-to-ipad-stand/

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Mar 13

I love the scroll wheel on top of the Apple mighty mouse, but after use the sweat and oil on your finger combined with grit and dust clogs the whole thing up. This manifests itself in the scroll wheel not scrolling down, or up, or in worst cases, not scrolling all. Here’s how to fix the problem. Continue reading »

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Nov 05

Christmas lights – my mac is controlling them via virtual pc with lightorama.

Check them out here

http://bit.ly/7NB2KP

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Jan 14

All macs that have a built in display also have a ‘video out’ port. It will look like one of these:

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Jul 08

You might have wondered how to get more RAM on your mac. You can replace it yourself, but you need to be careful where you buy it from.

In case you haven’t yet realised,  Apple Memory is different to normal PC RAM,  so if you go to a cheap PC shop or ebay and buy some memory it probably won’t work in your Apple computer. Here’s a reliable place I have found to buy RAM that works well in your Macintosh. Continue reading »

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Apr 20

When your computer is running a bit slowly, how can you tell if getting more memory will help?  The short answer is that if you have little or no ‘free memory’ or if your ‘page-out’ count is high, then you need more RAM. Here’s how to check those two things on any Macintosh running OS X. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

G4 ibook motherboard fault.

There is a problem with the logic board in the Macintosh G4 ibooks. It can appear after a year or more in some machines and the symptom is that after being on for a few minutes, the screen goes black (it looks blank, but the light has gone off) , the fan turns on, and the computer freezes. You might think it is a problem with the display but it’s actually a problem with one of the chips on the main motherboard. This article describes the problem and how to repair it.

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Mar 26

This is the results of a survey I conducted over a year to see what different models of the G4 ibook are affected by the logicboard fault.

The symptoms of the fault are as follows:

  • After being on for a few minutes, your ibook gets a blank black screen, the fan turns on, and the computer freezes.
  • You can’t do anything at all except power down the computer by holding the power button.
  • You restart and it doesn’t boot up.
  • You squeeze the bottom of the computer tightly together just to the left of the trackpad, and it boots up.
  • It tends to boot up when it is cold, but then stops working when it warms up.

Here are the results of a survey I conducted here on macintoshhowto.com over a period of 6 months regarding the affected models. It appears all models are affected.

In this article I described the fix for this G4 logic board fault. This survey was to test what models were impacted.

 

 

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Mar 09

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With so many different battery types, how do you know whether to recharge them or flatten them every time you use them, and does it matter?

It does matter. Some batteries can be damaged if you use them wrongly, others have a reduced life. Here’s a quick guide.
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Aug 28

The Optus D736 I think is a Bird D736.

1. Download and run this driver from here.
2. Put a memory card in the phone.
3. Plug in the phone and post a comment here if it works, or if you have to change some settings on the phone. (I have not tested on the bird phone).

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Jan 05

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t I have discovered there is an ipod repairer in Australia here is his URL:

http://www.dcoda.com/

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Jan 01

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Last year I bought 5 non-working ipods from ebay and fixed up 4 of them. It was not to hard, but there was a couple of tricks. I’ve finally found some time to write up the hard bits, just in case anyone is interested, so here goes. This is not for you to try at home, lest you break your ipod! Continue reading »

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