Mar 12

osx installer

It’s very handy to have a bootable version of OS X on a thumb drive.

I have written how to do this using a program called DiskMaker X,  and I have written about how to do it from the command line here,  but after doing this a few times I find the most reliable method is the one outlined below.   It uses Apple’s built-in disk utility.This works with any version of OS X. Mountain Lion, Yosemite, El Capitan etc. You’ll need an 8G USB thumbdrive.

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Mar 11

install OSX

Since OS-X Mavericks (10.9)  Apple have been releasing their OS X upgrades for free. This means if you have any version of OS X newer than 10.9 then you can upgrade it to the latest version for free.  There are three ways you can upgrade.

  1.  Download the Installer from Apple directly to the computer that you want to install the new OS X onto.
  2.  Take your computer into the nearest Apple Store and they will do the upgrade for you.
  3.  Make a  USB thumb drive installer that you can plug into your computer to upgrade it.

Method 1 is Apple’s suggestion method, but if you have more than one computer it requires you to download the OS X update more than once.  Method 3 gives you a thumb drive that you can use multiple times to install OSX,  and you can even boot off it  in an emergency if your hard drive crashes.  It is very handy to have a bootable version of  the latest OSX on a thumb drive lying around  So I suggest option three

This article tells you how to make a USB thumb drive installer so you can upgrade any computer to the latest OS X.

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Mar 03

seagate 2

 

Seagate make two external USB drives.  The Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Expansion.  They are both USB 3 compatible.  They both come with a three-year warranty in Australia, although in the USA the expansion only has a 1 year warranty.  The Backup Plus model costs $20 more.  A lot of reviewers say that the backup plus is more reliable (e.g. this one). But is there any difference?   I pulled them apart to see!

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Feb 28

dir-ms-dos-command

I don’t like to say this but Apple is starting to be not so crisp, not so sweet, not so Apple.

2 days Ago Apple released a software update that crippled everyone’s ethernet. This meant that unless you used wifi, your internet was gone. Today Apple released a ‘fix’ that you can read about here. It requires you to go into the ‘Terminal’ and type in some lines that will fix the problem.

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Feb 27

If you woke up today and your ethernet port is not working, it’s because Apple put out a secret release last night that broke it.  (You didn’t even need to download a software update, it came overnight…)

Apple haven’t released a fix yet but nurds all over the world are trying to solve it.

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Feb 25

booklet.jpg

Some people have reported that the create booklet PDF action that I wrote about here does not work with El Capitan.  I can verify that it does work perfectly with El Capitan.  If it’s not working after the upgrade to El Capitan you could try reinstalling it.

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Feb 22
keynote
There are lots of different ways you can set up a computer and projector at your church but after 15 years playing around with various options here is the system we have ended up with at our church.  We want the words up the front for people to sing along to and we want the singers to be able to read from a screen in front of them as well.
I guess all the requirements of our system can be described as follows:

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Feb 08

safari

Have you ever searched the internet with lots of webpages open at once? You could be doing research or booking a holiday, you might even have ten pages open at once. Then, all of a sudden, you get interrupted and have to do something else. Don’t worry, you can bookmark all of your tabs at once to have them saved and ready to go for next time. Continue reading ⟩

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