May 15

All applications and documents on your Macintosh computer have something called icon.  An icon is the picture that you see next to the filename of the file.  For example, the picture above is a picture of the icon for the Apple messages application.  Normally you won’t want to go messing around with icons but sometimes there may be an occasion where you want to change an icon. For example Apple have a generic ‘folder’ icon for every new folder  that you create,  but you may want to give the folder your own icon to make it more visually recognisable.

Here I have change the icon of a folder called ‘Places’ to a cartoon of a house to make it stand out.

Read on for how to do this.

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Oct 27

sierra

Overnight Apple released an upgrade for macOS Sierra,  but it doesn’t seem to have addressed the Time Machine backup issue.  If you have not yet upgraded to macOS Sierra I would hold off a little longer.

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Oct 01

sierra

Just a heads up that Mac OS Sierra has some major issues:

  • windows redrawing slowly and funny glitches on my screen. (still not fixed)
  • time machine backup is broken –  I cannot backup or restore from time machine back up.  (still no fix. Apple have some suggestions about  resetting the PRAM but that didn’t seem to change anything.)
  • downloads not working in Safari –  they stop before the download has completed. (now fixed – Dec 2016)

So if you are thinking of upgrading to Mac OS Sierra, I would be holding off until at least the first software update.

 

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.

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Feb 06

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Here’s how to make a bootable installer of El Capitan on a USB Thumbdrive.  It is the quickest way but it uses the terminal so it is for advanced users. If you want a way that is slightly longer but easier for beginners download and run Diskmaker which does the steps below for you automatically! Continue reading ⟩

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