Jul 25

Google play

If you live in Australia and you have a pre-paid Telstra Plan you can use your spare credit to make purchases in Google play on an Android phone.  This does not work on an iPhone.  But you can use an Android  phone to sign up for some subscriptions that you can then access on an iPhone.   I have been playing around with this recently…

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Jul 25

Apple Keynote

This is a feature that is sorely missing in Apple keynote. The ability to create a loop within Keynote. For example you may want have a loop of 4-5 slides at the start of a presentation while people are waiting, and then start the presentation without having to exit and open a new presentation.  Or you may want to have a loop in the middle of a presentation, for example some photos that rotate while someone is singing, and then continue on with the presentation when you are ready.  There is no way of doing this within Keynote itself but here is a workaround that will get you out of trouble.

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Jul 24

samsung

I am a diehard Mac fanatic.  But only because Apple is the best.  So I am the worst kind of fan. I will switch if something better comes along.  At Christmas time I had a play with my cousin’s Samsung Galaxy S6. It was very nice. It’s the first time I’ve considered switching to Android.   I know I am flirting with the enemy here but I was wondering whether it might be time to do a series on switching from iOS to Android?  I reached out to Samsung. Read on to see how they responded!

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Jul 23

movie

iTunes has copy protection on their movies called HDCP which will not allow you to play iTunes rentals or purchases on some older data projectors.   Thankfully there is a simple solution. You just need to watch an SD version  of the movie and it does not have the HDC P protection.  This is not mentioned on Apple’s support webpage but I was able to find out about it when I rang Apple iTunes support.  Read on for how to do this step-by-step.

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Jul 21

osx

Apple releases a major update of OS X every year or so and for the past 10 years I have just done an automatic update, installing the new OS X on top of the old version and keeping all the existing applications and settings.  When I upgraded to El Capitan I decided to do a completely fresh installation. I started with a new hard drive (SSD).  I installed OS X.  Then I copied everything across  manually.  This took about half a day and some things didn’t work but overall I think it has been a good spring clean. This article is not so much a step-by-step guide but a  rough summary of what I did.

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May 14

Preview app

This might be a bit obscure, but if you ever need to do it then this will save you a lot of time! Today I had 33 separate pdf files that I wanted to print out.  I wanted them all printed out in alphabetical order. It took me 3 attempts.  Here is how to get them to open in Preview in alphabetical order first go so you can print them in bulk.

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Apr 10

ram

When your computer is running a bit slowly, how can you tell if getting more memory will help?

If you run out of free memory then your computer will be forced to use some of your hard disk as memory, which is VERY SLOW because hard drives are much slower to access than your computer’s RAM.  Here’s how to check that you have enough RAM to stop this happening on any Macintosh running OS X.  Continue reading ⟩

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