Jan 29

timer

When your computer first turns on it needs to load the system software (OS-X) and some settings from the hard drive. This is called ‘booting’.  Boot time can slow down over time as you accumulate more software and hardware connected to your computer. Here are some tips to make your Mac boot faster.

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Dec 04

A few things to be aware of before you upgrade to Yosemite.

Dragon Naturally Speaking There were some issues but this has been resolved.

Fuji Xerox printers  Here is a workaround.

non Apple SSD as startup disk with TRIM enabled – there could be issues. See here for a more detailed explanation and here for a discussion.

Yosemite will now default to encrypt your entire Hard Drive. Make sure to turn this off unless you understand the consequences.

 

 

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Nov 06

TRIM

Some SSD drives are crashing in Yosemite do to an issue with something called ‘TRIM’.  Thankfully if you followed the method in my article entitled “How to speed up your mac with a Solid State SSD Drive” you will not have this problem. But if you have used an SSD that needs TRIM, read on to find out about the problem and how to fix it.

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Jul 13

If you hold down the SHIFT and COMMAND  key and then at the same time press the number 3, your mac will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it as a .png (picture) file onto your desktop. Try it right now! Press SHIFT-COMMAND-3, you will hear a camera shutter style sound, and a new file will appear on your desktop. Double click the file – it will be a picture of your screen at the moment you pressed SHIFT-COMMAND-3. This is built right in to all versions of OS X.

You can also capture just a small part of your screen. See this article on how to take a partial screenshot using shift-command-4.

 

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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 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

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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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