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!

 

Feb 16

I almost got hooked by a facebook scam today.  This is not strictly Macintosh but it’s computer related.

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Feb 08

Gmail seems to be the main email provider and no wonder – it is free and it has the best spam filtering and protection. But the Gmail web interface is a bit clunky so it is nice to be able to use Gmail with the built in Apple mail program. Here’s how to set up Apple mail to work with Gmail.

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