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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Nov 12


Some PC users complain that mail messages forwarded from Apple mail come out blank, with the entire message as an attachment. This can be caused by either the Microsoft mail server the person is using, or a bug in Outlook Express on their Windows PC.

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Sep 10


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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Jan 05


With Snow Leopard Apple have made the pause button on the remote control ALWAYS start and stop itunes. This means if you are watching TV on your mac, and you go to pause it, iTunes starts playing! There is no way to disable this.

The best workaround it to open itunes, and go to the itunes store. From here the play function will not work. You can then minimise itunes and watch TV!

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Sep 27

In Snow Leopard if you try to install a program while another is installing you get an error message saying “Waiting for other installations to complete.” But what do you do if the message stays there after the program has finished installing?
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