In Apple TV there’s an option called ‘Computer’ where you can stream movies that are stored on your computer. But these movies need to be shared from your computer to Apple TV. In Catalina Apple changed how you turn this sharing on and off from your Computer.
Previously you need to go into iTunes and select ‘Turn on Home Sharing’ from your iTunes App. In Catalina it’s been moved from iTunes into the System Preferences. (It’s not been moved to the TV app – that’s where I went looking!)
To turn on sharing for your media Library you need to go into System Preferences, then ‘Sharing’ and then select the box that says ‘Media Sharing’ and then select the box that says ‘Home Sharing.’ Now all the movies that were in your old iTunes Library will be available on your Apple TV.
If you want to add files from a media server or external Hard Disk to be able to view them on your Apple TV as well, you can leave them in place on your media server but you need to drag them into the new TV app on your computer. Before you do this make sure you unselect the option that says ‘Copy files to media folder when adding to Library.’ If that box is selected it will try to copy your movies from your external drive to your computer’s internal drive, and fill it up. If you leave that box unchecked, it will make a link to your external movies (so that you can play them from Apple TV) but it will keep them on the media drive.
Not strictly Macintosh but a mixture of very old and very new technologies. My 4 favourite gadgets this year have been…
1. Cold-Press Coffee in the Aeropress.
I’ve rigged up two Aeropress to give a consistently smooth rich cold drip coffee.
2. Nissan Leaf Electric Car
We bought a 5 year old second hand Nissan Leaf this year to try out. It’s been amazing. Very soon we will all look back and wonder why we drove petrol cars for so long. Last week I filled up our other car with fuel at the petrol station and pumping flammable liquid into a car felt so stupid. It felt like I was going back to the steam age and putting coal into a steam engine – it really did!.
3. Rode wireless Go mic
A very simple portable mic solution when recording on an iPhone or Google phone. Not perfect audio quality – a little too much compression for my liking, but unless your after a very professional result, this is fantastic. (The Leaf video above was recorded with these mics – thanks to Matthew Dickerson for introducing me to them!) They will be my go-to mics for recording interviews on the phone.
4. Hand Forged Mezzaluna
My boys bought me this fantastic hand forged Mezzaluna for my Birthday. Perfect for cutting home cooked Pizzas which has been our weekly tradition this year.
I’d like to set up some iPads so that our musicians can all follow along with what’s on the mac’s screen. This may also be useful for helping visually impaired people to see what is on a projector screen. Previously I’ve used VNC but it’s a bit complex to set up. There are various options around but sadly none of them worked seamlessly. Here’s a discussion that may save you some time!
To connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your home stereo you just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this cable above. The two RCA connectors plug into the back of your stereo and the 3.5mm plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone. Pretty much every stereo available has RCA inputs as the standard inputs on the back. If you want the best possible audio quality, then an Apple iPod dock will make it sound even better, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
Apparently there are a a few bugs in OSX when it comes to accessing a network drive. This was really slowing down my Synology NAS which I use to host my video and audio files. To fix it, create the following file in /etc/nsmb.conf
In this document I write about how to edit a PDF file using the built-in OS X preview app. But sometimes you need to add your signature to a PDF document. Well here is some good news – you can also sign a document right from within the preview app. Thanks to Bryson who pointed this out to me!
1. Firstly click the pen symbol as if you were going to edit the PDF file.
2. Then click the ‘create signature’ button.
3. Sign using the track pad or camera.
If you select “trackpad” you will be able to use the trackpad on your MacBook to sign your signature and the app will record your signature and keep it in preview for signing future PDFs.
If you select “Camera” you just need to sign your signature on a piece of paper in panel pencil and then hold it up in front of your computer’s camera. Preview will automatically adjust your signature and scan it.
Now you can just select your signature and preview will insert it into the PDF document when you need it.
Your signature will automatically be stored in preview so that you can use it in the future, but if you want it deleted for security purposes you can simply click on the cross on the right-hand side of your signature and it will delete it.
You can slide between shots from both cameras and compare them side by side. (Make sure you move the slider in the middle of the photos.)
I’m surprised by how consistently different the colours in the photos are. The iPhone photos look ‘nicer’ but they also look less realistic. It’s hard to know which is more realistic without seeing the original scene. The colours and saturation on the iPhone seem a little too enhanced to me. What do other people think?
I have been upgrading RAM in Apple computers since my first Mam, an LCIII, back in the 1990’s. I’ve pulled apart iPods to replace the battery, I’ve pulled apart iMacs with their glass screen and I’ve changed the hard drive and screens in macbook pro’s. But the hardest gig yet was changing the memory in my 2018 Mac Mini.
After my first attempt I rebooted my Mac to discover that one of the RAM modules was not working. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I needed to pull the whole thing apart again give the RAM modules a jiggle and then reassemble the Mac mini. Read on to find out more about my experience!