Sep 13

I just purchased exactly the same song from iTunes and Google Play Music to compare them. If you are interested, here are the differences.

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Sep 09

Call me old-fashioned but when I spend money on music I want to own the music myself. So I have not subscribed to Apple Music, Google Play or Spotify. I still purchase songs and albums as I want them. If that’s you, here’s how to share your purchased songs across iTunes and Google Play Music.

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Sep 01

Apple snow Airport base station

If you have one of these Snow Apple Airport Base stations you may have noticed that newer versions of the Apple Airport Utility do not support the older base stations. And older versions of the Base Station Utility won’t launch on newer macs. Here’s how to fix this problem and still use your old base station with a newer Macintosh computer.

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Aug 27

If you’d like to keep up to date with new articles on macintoshhowto.com there’s a simple way. Enter your email address in the field below and you’ll receive an email each time there’s a new post (once or twice a month). If you change your mind just click the ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of each email and they will stop. It’s that easy!

Aug 26

A lot of people ask me whether it is possible to get Microsoft publisher for the Macintosh computer, or whether there is an equivalent piece of software. Unfortunately the answer is no, there has never been a Macintosh version of publisher, and this article tries to explain why, and what the options are.

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Aug 20

Have you ever wondered which application is using up all your internet data? We live out-of-town on a rural property and I’m on a plan that only has 60GB per month. Sometimes I am tracking along fine when overnight my data usage spikes and I lose 10GB. Where has it all gone? After trying out various Apps that monitor and track your internet usage I have found TripMode to be great for tracking my usage. 

TripMode is a little menu bar application that monitors every application on your computer and it’s internet use per application. For example here is a display of my usage in one day:

As well as keeping track of how much data each application is using, you can manually enable or disable the internet for each application. For example, in the screenshot above I have disabled internet access for the ‘Slack’  \application. This is handy if you are low on internet allowance and what to control what each application uses.

Tripmode will also let you choose whether to view the data for a day, a week, or the entire month.

 

Tripmode costs $10, but there were no free alternatives that I could find, so after running the trial for 7 days I decided to purchase it.

I use it a lot.

  • It gives me a general feel for where my internet usage is going.
  • It allows me to see when new apps are trying to access the internet.
  • It allows me to see how much data the Apple software updates are using.
  • It allows me to see how much data I am using in Safari or Chrome when I access a youtube video.
  • When travelling I can control which apps I want to have access to the web. I can turn off apps off (eg software update) and only let the important apps (eg mail) access the internet.

I have no relationship with Tripmode, but I love it!  I purchased it for $10 and I think it’s well worth the price. You can download it here.

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Aug 14

I discovered this little application a while ago called ‘namechanger’.  It allows you to automatically change the name of a large number of files in one go.  It has lots of options. You can add something to the start of filenames or to the end. You can do search and replace of filenames. You can remove characters, add in a date or add in a sequence of numbers. It’s very handy.  You can download it from here: https://mrrsoftware.com/namechanger/

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Aug 09

Here’s a screenshot of my OS X menu bar.  I thought I’d walk you through them one by one in case you find any of them useful.  If you would like more information on one in particular let me know and I can write an article on it.

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