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.
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.
Yosemite will now default to encrypt your entire Hard Drive. Make sure to turn this off unless you understand the consequences.
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.
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 »
A few important tips before you install Mavericks that could say you a lot of time and agony… Continue reading »
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.
If you have a Lion installer on a USB thumbdrive, you can use it to upgrade your Mac from Snow Leopard to Lion, but if you have an older version of OS X you can’t upgrade. You need to first upgrade to Snow Leopard OR you can erase everything and do a completely fresh install of Lion. After installing Lion on my iMac, I wanted to delete everything on my laptop and do a fresh install of Lion. But the installer will not install over an older version of OSX. I had to delete the old version of OSX, then install Lion from the USB thumbdrive. Here’s how to do a fresh install of Lion.