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

fuji xerox docuprint c4350

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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Sep 10

moogoo

Some people have difficulty controlling the touchscreen on an iPad or iPhone with their fingers, especially older people.  The iPhone touch sensitive screen works on capacitance and it does not respond well to dry fingers.

Read on for some experiments I did and how to fix the problem!

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Sep 09

U2

As part of their iPhone 6 launch Apple are giving away 500 million copies of the latest U2 album ‘Songs of Innocence.’ The album is available for free on iTunes for the next 5 weeks. I downloaded it yesterday and I’m loving it!

To find it you need to go to your ‘purchased music’ section on the iTunes store and click download.

This link will take you straight to your ‘purchased music’ in iTunes. Otherwise, here’s how to get there manually.

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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 31

You can set up Apple Calendar to send you an email reminder for any event. You can go to any event on your calendar, add an alert, and there is a drop down list of email addresses to choose from. But how do you change the default email address?  I was looking everywhere for where to change the email address that Apple Calendar alerts get sent to.  The answer: change your ‘work’ or ‘home’ address in your own contact in Apple Address book! Continue reading »

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