Jun 27

If you get a warning like this be very careful about clicking ‘Allow.’  I’ve noticed that lots of websites have been asking to send me notifications.  What you may not realise is that these notifications do not come through your web browser. They  come through the OSX  built-in notifications that appear on the right of your screen.  This means that the notifications can appear when you’re working in a word processor,  typing an email,  anytime!  What’s worse is when a notification pops up there is no simple way to turn it off. You can dismiss it as read,  but you can be sure you will get another notification from that same website pretty soon.  I personally find this quite intrusive and it gets very annoying.

To turn off these notifications you need to go into your ‘System Preferences’  and then click on the notifications tab,  then scroll down to the website that has given you the notification,  and delete it. There will be an entry in the  notifications settings for any time you have clicked ‘Allow’ –  you need to go and delete them all one by one.  It’s quite a process!

Notifications

Once you have accepted a notification from a website in order to stop it you need to go into system preferences and notifications and delete it.

 

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Jun 24

I just upgraded macintoshhhowto.com to be a secure website. It seems to be the way websites are going. You will now be able to see the little padlock before the website in the address bar (if you use Safari) or the green ‘secure’ sign (if you use Chrome). This means that the link from the web server to your browser is secure and no one can intercept the data.  If you notice any problems with the site in the next week or two please let me know!

If you run a WordPress self-hosted website and you want to know the rough steps involved in making a WordPress website secure, here they are. Some of it was a little over my head but I got there in the end.  There were lots of websites explaining how to do this but they only had 2 or 3 steps. Here are my 10 steps!

 

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Jun 18

Apple as usual have been putting out software updates regularly, but some of them are very big. Software update 10.13.5 is over 2GB and 10.13.4 was 2.5GB. We have 4 Macintosh computers in our household so when they each download it, that ads up to approx 10GB of downloads. This  is not a problem if you are on unlimited internet but if you have a small plan or if you are using your mobile phone hotspot for internet this can chew through your downloads pretty quickly!

Did you know that you can download the update once then copy it across to each computer by hand to save space? Here’s how.

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Jun 16

I have a Fuji Xerox Apeosport IV (Docucentre) printer with a stapler/booklet folder.  I had an A5 booklet that I was printing but the fold was the wrong way so that the inside of the booklet was on the outside.   Thankfully there is a little setting from the print dialog box under ‘Printer Features.’ If you change it from ‘single fold’ to ‘booklet fold’ it just reverses the direction of the fold.

 

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Jun 03

I just received this email yesterday.  I want to encourage people that Apple don’t send out emails like this – it is a scam.

One way that you can tell this is to look at the link in the email and see that it does not actually go to apple.com.  It looks like it goes to apple.com but if you have a look in the top of the browser window  after you click on it, it will be a different address.

If you are unsure about anything like this your best bet is to ring Apple on their advertised number – that way you are sure to actually be talking to Apple.

(In Australia their number is 133 622 or in the USA 800 275 2273. You can verify this from Apple’s website.)

 

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Apr 29

Many businesses have a G-Suite account, Google give them to non for profit organisations for free. A G-suite account includes 30GB of Google Drive space free to each user. It also has a clever permission system where certain folders can be shared with members of teams. So you can set up various teams, put people in those teams, and any files placed in a folder for that team will be automatically shared with the users of that team.

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Mar 27

Last October I posted here about what apps were incompatible with High Sierra.

I need to add that Filemaker Pro 11 is completely unusable. It crashes whenever you do anything. (And according to a comment below FileMaker 12 does not work either.)

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Feb 25

This morning I went to go for my run and my iPod shuffle was completely dead. No power light. It would not play.  The computer wouldn’t recognise it. It wouldn’t even charge. My iPod is almost 10 years old so I figured it had reached the end of its life.  Then I discovered this little article on the Apple website on how to force-restart an iPod. I tried it and now my iPod is going again.

All you need to do to reset any iPod Shuffle is:

  1. Make sure it is not plugged in.
  2. Turn it off for 10 seconds.
  3. Turn it on again.

A good reminder that in the tech world the FIRST thing you should always try when something isn’t working is turn it off and turn it on again!

 

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