Dec 29

Displays

One of the features I use regularly in the display settings of OS X is the adjustment of the gamma setting of my monitor.  This is useful because it can lighten up dark movies when you are watching them on your Mac.  The gamma setting is only available in the “expert” mode of display settings which has disappeared in El Capitan.  Thankfully  expert mode is still there, it’s just hidden.  To get into expert mode on El Capitan hold down the option key when you select ‘Calibrate…’  in display settings. Continue reading ⟩

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May 04

 

icloud

Apple has updated their iPhoto app to ‘Photos’ and included some pretty cool iCloud syncing.  All your photos are available everywhere all the time.  It keeps smaller copies of the photos on your iOS device while allowing the larger original ones to stay in the Cloud and it can download the larger files to your computer if you want. It’s easy to email a photo to someone from iCloud, even big movies. All in all, it’s very nice.  There are some major drawbacks with this approach though, and you need to be aware of them.  All your photos are now going to the internet, not just to your computer, and this can use a lot of bandwidth.  So here are 3 reasons why iCloud syncing of your photos might be a bad idea, and how to disable it and go back to manual syncing if you’d like to.

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Jan 04

gamma

I noticed when watching movies on my 27 inch iMac that they are too dark especially in dark scenes. What I mean is that there are a lot of details in the blacks missing compared to watching on a normal DVD player.  I’ve also noticed the same thing when watching a movie on a projector  hooked up to my macbook air. Turning the contrast or brightness up doesn’t work as it just washes out the blacks. Here’s the cause of this frustrating problem and how to fix it!

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Feb 17

dvd

 

I just set up my Apple TV and was very surprised that when I played a DVD from my Macbook  it came out all grey on the Apple TV. This thread claims that you cannot play a DVD on Apple TV due to copyright. Here are two ways to get around Apple’s DVD viewing protection.

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Feb 15

Apple TV

Here’s how to stream a movie from you laptop or iMac to your Apple TV.

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Jan 30

macbook13

This 13″ refurbished Macbook for sale on the US store for $999 is a good one. For those readers from Australia, it’s $1139 here from the Australian store.  (If it’s out of stock – it’s worth checking back in a few days, they are released a few at a time.) Read on for why it’s so good.

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Oct 02

Copy DVD

Here’s the process for how to copy a DVD to your iPad to watch on a plane or in the car. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 11

keynote

There have been many times that I have been given a keynote file from someone, and I want to get the movie out of it and save just the movie  (or a picture) as a separate file.  You used to be able to right click and select “view package contents” but  that doesn’t work anymore. Here’s how to do it now.

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