Jan 28

LED

Unfortunately this post is not entitled ‘How to fix flickering on an Apple LED Cinema display’  because as far as I can see there is no way to fix this problem.  There are however some ways to ‘improve’ the situation. Continue reading »

Dec 29

Displays

One of the features I use regularly in the display settings of OS X is the adjustment of the gamma setting of my monitor.  This is useful because it can lighten up dark movies when you are watching them on your Mac.  The gamma setting is only available in the “expert” mode of display settings which has disappeared in El Capitan.  Thankfully  expert mode is still there, it’s just hidden.  To get into expert mode on El Capitan hold down the option key when you select ‘Calibrate…’  in display settings. Continue reading »

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Dec 23

pegasus

Last week I had a hard disk crash.  If you’ve had a hard disk crash you may know it can take a day or two to get things up and running again, a day or two that I didn’t have.  I was flat our trying to get away on holidays before Christmas. Thankfully, I have a Promise Pegasus RAID array, and I can’t believe how great it was. I was up and running again in 30 seconds – I kid you not!  This article describes how it works for those who might be interested.

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Mar 08

util

You may not know that USB Thumbdrives come in different formats. This article explains why this matters and how to format a USB drive into the format that you want.

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Oct 27

Celestron Digital Microscope Imager

We recently moved to a small farm and we have been looking at our soil biology under a microscope. It was hard to see clearly so we bought a ‘Celestron’ Microscope camera (model #44421)  from Amazon for about $40. The packet doesn’t specify that it works with Apple computers, but it does and is very simple to use. It plugs into the usb port on your computer, and the camera replaces the eyepiece on the microscope. It doesn’t need any drivers or extra software. Read on to find out how we set it up.

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Sep 09

applewatch

 

After much speculation the Apple Watch was released today and…  it’s a watch! Continue reading »

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Aug 07

emflogo

Over the past few weeks I’ve measured the EMF levels of various Apple devices using a hand-held RF field strength meter. (It measures frequencies from 50MHz to 3.5GHz). I measured EMF levels of an Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, iMac, Apple Airport Base station, Apple LCD display, and Apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

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Aug 23

Crucial SSD
I just upgraded  the boot drive on my Mac Mini to an SSD drive. WOW!  It is 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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