Posts Tagged Apple

Personal reflections on dictionaries in e-readers

I’ve been reading books and articles using various apps on my iPad for years. I’ve even used a Kobo for a little while. It’s much slower and less capable (and much less expensive), but the good folks at Kobo did not cheap out on one important feature it shares

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Working from external monitors

Whether I work in my office or my girlfriend’s office, I connect my Mac to external monitors (two at my place, my girlfriend’s 27” iMac at hers). The extra screen real estate means I spend less time flipping from one window to another. This saves time and keystrokes when,

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Speeding up the Mac Calendar.app

Computers can experience slowdowns for esoteric reasons. A machine can have maximum RAM, a capacious and speedy SSD, a processor that moves, and still occasionally leave owners puzzling over why it’s slow to react. Here’s a story about a slowdown I experienced in the macOS Calendar.app.

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(Etre) Checking Your Mac

Browsing Apple support forums is a great way for do-it-yourselfers to learn about what issues might plague a Mac or other Apple product. That’s where I learned about Etrecheck, a free utility (donation requested) that gives me insight on what’s going on with my Mac.

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Activities on my computer

If your Mac is running slow, a good place to start troubleshooting is in Activity Monitor, a utility built in to every Mac.

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Apple Support – the Twitter Handle

My apologies to people who don’t want to read a fanboy account of Apple. This isn’t that. This is a narration of the facts, and just the facts. I keep track of issues that crop up with my out-of-warranty Apple products. My MacBook Pro is 6.5 years

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Checking a computer's hard disk drive

Every computer contains a device it uses to store information even when the power is off. Up until a few years ago, that device was always a hard disk drive (HDD). Increasingly, computers ship with solid state drives (SSDs) instead. Why? SSDs deliver better performance than HDDs, especially

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Adapting to change amid tech enhancements

Some firms are boosting choices for work devices Henry Ford is quoted as saying: “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” For the longest time, IT departments the world over have used similar reasoning in procurement

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Troubleshooting Apple Mac Mail

Sometimes Apple’s Mail.app doesn’t perform the way you want it to. This can happen for several reasons. Here are two common methods you can use to troubleshoot and fix Mail problems.

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Screen shots/capture made quick and easy

We all have issues with our computers from time to time. Sometimes those issues show themselves via odd behaviour on your computer’s screen. Odd behaviour like this is a great reason to take a “snapshot” of the screen. Screenshots let you show other people everything that happens on your computer screen,

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