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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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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Aug 26

Quicksilver is the first app I install on any Macintosh.

With Quicksilver you press the Apple key once and a window appears on top of everything else. From this window you can pretty much do anything:  launch an app, find a file, find a contact, email someone, you name it.  Here’s how to get it going…

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Jul 30

findmymac

Apple have a fantastic piece of software called ‘find my mac’ which can locate your laptop anywhere. But it needs to be tuned on… and once your computer is lost or stolen – it’s too late!  Here’s how to turn on ‘find my mac’ before you lose it! Continue reading ⟩

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Apr 03

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There are two main ways to backup your Apple computer.

1. Use Time Machine to automatically backup. This is the Apple way – the easy way.

OR

2. Manually backup your computer with some other software such as Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner.

If you are a beginner I recommend Time Machine. Look here.

Apple’s way (Time Machine) is a lot simpler. It’s automatic. It doesn’t rely on you remembering to do anything. The big disadvantage  is that the backup is not bootable.  So if your computer crashes you need to insert the original DVD and restore from the Time Machine backup. This process can take hours – not good if you are just heading out the door and need a file. But it will get your computer back to what it was like the hour before it crashed!

The second method takes a few steps longer to set up, but  your backup will be bootable. That means if  you plug your backup drive in, and then hold down Option-Command-Shift-Delete during startup,  you can boot instantly off your backup drive. In an emergency you can plug in your backup and be running from it under a minute. You can’t do this with Time Machine. The downside it it will only take you back to THE LAST TIME YOU BACKED UP.

I do both. I have time-machine running so my most recent work is always backed up, and I do a CCC backup monthly so I have an instant bootable backup ready to go for emergencies.

This article describes how to manually backing up using Super Duper. If you want to use Time Machine as well, here’s an article on how to backup using time-machine.

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Mar 27

The easiest way to connect a printer to a mac is to use the USB cable to plug the printer into the computer. For most printers, that’s all you have to do. There’s no need to use the CD that came with the printer – OS X already comes ready to work with printers.
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Mar 27

On a Macintosh the control key has two main uses.

Firstly, when using the mouse, if you hold down the control key while you click the mouse it gives you a contextual menu – a mini menu related to what you are doing at the time. Try it now – hold down the control key and click somewhere in this window. A menu will appear! This is exactly the same as a right-click with the mouse. The control key was more important in the days when Apple computers just had a one button mouse.
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Jan 03

I thought I ‘d kick off the year with a little series for new mac users, help out those people who got a Mac for Christmas! Lesson # 1 – The Apple key (also called the command key or Command key icon key) is used for keyboard Shortcuts. Continue reading ⟩

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