Jan 08



I just purchased this Alcatel phone. It’s a bit of a dud, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do end up with one, here’s how  to copy  contacts across from the OSX address book. I assume this will work on any mobile phone. Continue reading ⟩

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Nov 01


On holidays I don’t want incoming calls on my iPhone but I still want my family to be able to call me. The iPhone has a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode that allows you to filter incoming calls and disable incoming texts. Here’s how it works.

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Dec 20

VOIP  is where you make phone calls over your Internet connection. VOIP can be good as it is a lot cheaper especially for STD and International calls. The problem is it can be hard to get VOIP working properly. If you are on the phone and the person at the other end is ‘chopping’  in and out,  it may be that you or they have a bad VOIP connection.  An added problem is that with a mobile phone it drops the call if the quality gets too bad but with a VOIP connection  it tries to keep going –  so the person at the other end may be talking away, blissfully unaware that you cannot hear them.

Even though I am  fairly good with audio and computers I have gone back to having a regular phone line simply because even at best quality VOIP  calls on a broadband connection don’t match the quality of a land-line phone or even a mobile phone, at least in Australia.

If  you do have a VOIP connection, here are some tips.

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Jun 02

This hint is not strictly Macintosh, but it’s so good I have to write it up. Did you know you can get what they call a Continuous inking system (CIS) for most big name inkjet printers? It continually feeds the ink into the printer so you don’t have to change the cartridges! You can see the big containers of ink in the photo above – they sit next to the printer.
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Dec 28

In this post I talked about the audio quality of the various iPods, and mentioned a mod for 4th and 5th Generation iPods that gives them excellent audio quality rivalling that of a $1500 CD player. Well, here is how to do the mod on a 4th gen color iPod photo – Apple model number A1099.

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Oct 18

In this post I posted some drivers for the Samsung D900 mobile phone. A lot of people contacted me asking how I wrote them. Well it was a bit of a fudge really. All I did was grab the Samsung D900i phone driver, and change every occurrence of D900i to D900!

I also did a version for the Optus D736 here and it seemed to work.  Here’s how I did it. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 20

Nuance have just launched  Dragon Dictate voice recognition software for the Mac. Anyone tried it out yet? It’s an upgrade of Macspeech Dictate but they have changed the name from Macspeech Dictate to Dragon Dictate. It’s powered by the dragon v11 engine.

Dictate 2.0 “learns” better than any previous version via training in the Recognition window, as well as through the Vocabulary Training feature.

Hopefully this means the problems I describe here regarding learning as you dictate have been addressed. It will be nice if it boots up straight away without having to manually select a profile… Let’s see – I’m just downloading an update now (1.2 GB – 1 hour to go!) so I’ll keep you updated after I install it… It requires OS X  Snow Leopard or later. The full version at $199 is still dearer than Dragon Naturally Speaking for windows, but the upgrade from Macspeech Dictate was only $49 – quite reasonably priced.

I’m hoping the fact that they now have put their ‘Dragon’ name onto it means they have a Speech recognition product that rivals the PC version in all aspects.

UPDATE: I now have a copy and you cna read my review here.

Other posts on Speech recognition:

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Feb 04

I’ve changed the look of the macintoshhowto.com. The orange and black is gone, replaced by a new WordPress theme called iblog that has more of an Apple feel. The entire site is also now iphone friendly.

The old theme looked like this.

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