Sep 16

I’m not sure why – I must’ve changed a setting somewhere – but recently whenever I click ‘send an email’ in OS X it opens up a Chrome browser window and tries to send a new email through Gmail.

I wanted to send email with the old fashioned OS X Mail app. I went searching through the Apple ‘System Preferences’ and could not find a setting anywhere to set the default email client. Even if you search for ‘Mail’ in the System Preferences nothing comes up. That’s because the default app for opening email is set from within the mail app itself.

To set the default application that automatically launches when you open a new email, you have to open the OS X built-in mail app, go to preferences, and then select the app you want to use.

You set the OS X default email application from within the preferences of the mail app itself.

This is actually the way it works across all of OS X, although it is a little inconsistent.

So to set the default calendar application it’s the same. You go into the calendar application and from there you can choose any default calendar application.

Setting the default browser is slightly different. You cannot do it from Safari. You need to go into the browser that you would like to use, for example Chrome or Firefox, then select preferences, then select ‘ make this the default browser’.

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Sep 15

The latest iMovie has a minor bug in it. The upload to Vimeo button may not work. The way to fix this is to choose ‘Share:File…’ instead of ‘Share:Vimeo…’ from the File Menu.

Save your movie as a file.

LargeThen upload your movie to Vimeo using the Vimeo website.

This option to upload directly to video from iMovie does not work in the latest iMovie. Instead, choose ‘File…’ to save the video then upload it to Vimeo manually.

The problem seems to be that iMovie tries to upload the movie as a .mov file but Vimeo wants an mp4 file.

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Sep 08

I recently purchased a new Mac mini and it does not have a FireWire or Thunderbolt port. You will also have the same problem if you have purchased a very recent model MacBook Pro or iMac. The problem is I have quite a nice 3CCD Panasonic video camera that has a FireWire port on it. I need a Firewire to USB-C adapter but Apple don’t make one. They are changing ports faster than they can make new adapters.

Thankfully, as I found out today, you can plug your FireWire cable into a ‘FireWire to thunderbolt’ adapter and then you can plug this adapter into a ‘Thunderbolt to USB- C’ adapter. IT looks a mess but it works.

On the left you can see a USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter, in the middle is my Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, and on the right is the FireWire lead going to my digital video camera.

It may not be pretty, but the signal gets through. My computer was able to control the video camera and the video was able to import into QuickTime.

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Jul 15

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Jul 08
You can create a flow diagram like this in Pages by adding automatic’Connection Lines’ between shapes.
  1. Create some shapes in Apple Pages.
  2. Go to ‘Arrange’ and make sure ‘Stay on Page’ is selected. (Not ‘Move with Text’).
  3. Select the shapes you want to join. (Command-click to select more than one shape).
  4. From the ‘Insert’ Menu choose ‘Insert Connection Line’ and it will join the shapes with a line.
  5. Move the shapes around and the line will move with them!
Make sure that ‘Stay on Page’ is selected or the lines will not join to the boxes.
When 2 shapes are selected you can use a ‘Connection Line’ to join them.

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May 22

Since OS X Mojave my Apple mail stops getting new emails every few months. This seems to occur with each new OSX upgrade. (e.g. 10.14.3 to 10.14.4) The mail app loses the password for the Gmail accounts, a lightning symbol appears next to each account, and no new emails come in.

A lightning symbol indicated the account is no longer working.

There’s a simple fix, but it’s not obvious.

You need to click on the lightning symbol and re-enter the password for each Google Gmail account. In my case I needed to get each family member to click on the lightning arrow and re-enter their email account password.


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May 05

The hard drives in the new 2018 Mac mini are PCIe which means they are very fast, but also expensive. Unlike previous models, you cannot upgrade the internal hard drive. It is soldered in. But thanks to the USB-C interface on the new Mac Mini, an external SSD drive is now a good option. I chose to buy the smaller (and cheaper) 250GB Mac Mini and supplement it with a 500GB external SSD drive.

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Apr 16

Last month I described a bug in Apple Pages which caused Pages to place hidden color information in greyscale documents. This is fine if you are printing at home but if you take those documents to a commercial printer you will be charged at color copy rates instead of black and white. At our local Officeworks store this means paying 65 cents per page instead of 8 cents.

Today Apple support contacted me to say that they are very sorry but that this is not a bug. It is the way the software was designed. Apple Pages cannot print a greyscale document. It can only print in color. They suggested that I could put in a ‘feature request’ to request that Pages print in greyscale.

This is outrageous. Apple in its software clearly gives the impression that it is printing in greyscale. When users discover the extra costs they have been incurring this potentially opens Apple to litigation. The color selector tools in Pages are clearly misleading. Let me explain.

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