Nov 09

In OS X you can install software using the App Store but there is no option there to uninstall the software. Here are two ways to delete software in OS X. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 11

I have a friend who  has a 120 GB MacBook Air and his hard drive was filling up. There were lots of suggestions on the Internet as to what might be causing it – Spotify cache,  system files, movies,  but what’s the best way to find out what is using up your hard disk space?  An old but I think still the best application for doing this is Disk Inventory X.  I wrote an article back in 2010 on how to use it here: Disk Inventory X.   Seven years later disc inventory X is still the best app for this so here’s a bit of a reminder on how to use it.

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Aug 28

Over the past couple of months our family has discovered a strange little problem. Our emails have been getting mixed up! My daughters have been sending emails, but the replies have been coming to me. I have been sending emails, and they have appeared as coming from my wife. And in the worst case, some emails have been sent from a separate ical calendar that I don’t even check.

I have finally figured out what is happening, and I can’t believe I didn’t notice it earlier. Read on for what’s causing the problem and how to fix it!

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May 27

I’ve been trying out the world of Android Phones recently with a Google Nexus and more recently with a cheaper LG Nexus 5X.  The best way to sync Android phones with OS X is over the web.The sync is not done via wifi directly to your computer.  Each App syncs its own data across the internet. From your phone, to the web, to your Mac.You don’t need to plug your Google phone into your computer.

Here’s a list of Apps that will share data between OSX, iOS and Android over the web.

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Jan 11

I have a friend who has just changed from a PC to a Mac and she has asked for an alternative to Quicken. Apparently the OS X version of Quicken does not have support for Australian customisations such as Australian banks, GST, BAS etc. The PC version of Quicken did. So do any Aussie users know of some good software for the Mac that works in Australia?

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Nov 28

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We live in a post-DVD world now but there are still occasions where you may need to burn a DVD.  My son recently played in a piano concert and he wanted to burn a DVD of the concert for his grandfather.   iDVD  is the best option for doing this. Here’s how to get hold of it and what it can do.

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Jul 21

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Apple releases a major update of OS X every year or so and for the past 10 years I have just done an automatic update, installing the new OS X on top of the old version and keeping all the existing applications and settings.  When I upgraded to El Capitan I decided to do a completely fresh installation. I started with a new hard drive (SSD).  I installed OS X.  Then I copied everything across  manually.  This took about half a day and some things didn’t work but overall I think it has been a good spring clean. This article is not so much a step-by-step guide but a  rough summary of what I did.

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Jun 15

You can imagine with a blog like this one that as an author I want a way to write new posts that is both easy and fast.

Macintoshhowto.com is run by a piece of software called WordPress. WordPress is a little bit clunky and so there have been several attempts to write software that will simplify the blogging process and automatically upload your post to WordPress.  Over the past few weeks I have  trialled various pieces of blog writing software and here’s what I found.

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