Feb 28


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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Jan 28


The Apple  24 inch LED Cinema display  and the Apple thunderbolt display have been a  source of frustration for many people.   They flickers, go black, the screens gets garbage on them, the fans turn on and off.   After reading lots of forums and trying various things I have practically completely eliminated all the flickering on my  24 inch LED Cinema display,  here is how. Continue reading ⟩

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Nov 01

On October 16 Apple released Keynote 6.6. I got caught out today because Keynote version 6.5 can’t read Keynote 6.6 documents. Just be warned that the Keynote 6.6 causes incompatibility problems both ways. This is a big blunder from Apple.


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Sep 17


Today I discovered a whole pile of messages in my “On my Mac: Outbox”  and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get them to send.   I use gmail as my mail server.  The emails looked like they were sending – there was no error message – but they didn’t actually send. They were still in the outbox.  When people started to complain about my slow email replies, I looked and discovered all the emails over the past three days were just sitting there in my outbox!

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Jul 20


Repairing a broken OSX.

There have been reports of OS X Yosemite freezing after a software update. This can happen to any version of OS X.   If your Macintosh won’t boot up firstly I’d leave it a few hours, maybe even overnight, and see if it comes good. If not, you should ring Apple as they will be able to talk you through how to fix it. Otherwise, if you are outside of your Applecare,  or want to have a go at it yourself, here’s what I’d do.

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Mar 18


If you’ve tried copying a file larger that 4GB to a thumb drive you might have received an error saying it’s full, when you know it’s not. Here is how to format a thumb drive in Apple format which will allow you to save larger files.

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Dec 04


Yosemite has just been released. Like any new OSX, it has various problems with the first release, so unless you really need it, I’d wait for the first minor update to come out to fix some of the buys.

If you decide to install Yosemite, here are a few things to be aware of before you upgrade.

  • By default Yosemite will default to encrypt your entire Hard Drive. This potentially means if you forget your password ALL YOUR FILES WILL BE UNAVAILABLE.  Make sure to turn this off unless you understand the consequences. I think this should have been opt in rather than opt out.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking There were some issues but this has been resolved.
  • Fuji Xerox printers don’t work.   Here is a workaround.
  • non Apple SSD as startup disk with TRIM enabled – there could be issues. See here for a more detailed explanation and here for a discussion.
  • Problems with Gmail and Apple mail where you cannot log in to check your mail – password error. Tis can be solved by deleting your gmail account from Apple mail then putting the Gmail settings in again.




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