Nov 30

Here’s how to use Pages to quickly add a drop-shadow to an image.  This is what it looks like:

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Nov 12

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Some PC users complain that mail messages forwarded from Apple mail come out blank, with the entire message as an attachment. This can be caused by either the Microsoft mail server the person is using, or a bug in Outlook Express on their Windows PC.

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Nov 06

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The first three weeks of Yosemite has been painful because Dragon Dictate has not been working properly.   It would not read  my old profiles and would not let me train a new one without crashing. I rely fairly heavily on Dragon Dictate to do most of my  writing/typing  so this was a bit of a dud. I was going to write a post on a workaround for this problem, but Nuance released an update today – version 4.0.6 –  which fixes the problems. Training is working again and Dragon Dictate has stopped crashing.

Nuance should have had this all worked out before Yosemite was released, but at least we are back in business now.

 

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Nov 02

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It’s easy upgrade all your iOS apps directly on your iPhone – you just go into the ‘App Store’ app on your iPhone and press the ‘update All’ icon.  But it can be a bit tricky trying to find out how to upgrade all the apps from iTunes on your mac. Here’s how to do it.

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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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Oct 23

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The upgrade to OS X Yosemite broke my Fuji Xerox Docu-centre C4300 laser printer. When I tried to print it gave me this error: “Filter Failed”. Here is how I eventually fixed it.

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Oct 07

 time machine

If you’re like me after a year or two you may have outgrown your Time Machine backup and with Hard Drive prices dropping it’s time to get a bigger hard disk to host your Time Machine  backup. But starting a new time machine backup on a new hard disk means you lose the continuity with your old backups. Thankfully you can move an existing Time Machine backup from one hard drive to another. Here’s how.

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Oct 04

OK, so I know I am a bit behind on this but I’ve finally added drop down menus to macintoshhowto.com. (Thanks to moxdesigns @ freelancer).  Can you please check them out (on the menu bar at the top of the site under the logo) and let me know if you have any problems? e.g. menu’s not working. Thanks!

 

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