Posts Tagged Apple

File and software associations

When you double-click a file that ends in “.doc” or “.docx” you expect Microsoft Word to start, then the file to open. Do you ever wonder why that is?

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Managing email contact lists

I ask certain experts for interviews whenever I plan to write my monthly technology column for Lawyers Weekly Magazine. My list contains 96 email addresses as of this writing. I’ve built this list over a few years and it’s indispensable when the time comes to write about technology

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Putting word counts in Word documents

As a freelance technology writer, I get magazine and blog post assignments in which clients ask I stick to a specific word count, or word count range (e.g. 400-600 words). I track word count using both the bottom frame of the Word window and a word count

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Handling Wi-Fi dead spots

People install wireless routers to easily deliver broadband Internet access to many places in a building. However, depending on where the router happens to be, certain places in a building might get weak signals. These places have earned the morbid name “dead spots” (or “dead zones”). In a

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Review: 2015 Subaru Outback

Driving south on Toronto’s Royal York Road one morning, I saw over the roof of a decade-old Subaru Forester in front of me, the blatantly utilitarian shape having since given way to today’s  modern SUV appearance. This sighting gave me pause. You see, I was driving a vehicle I once

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Controlling Flash using Firefox

Adobe’s Flash technology is practically a standard on the Internet. Web developers use it on all sorts of pages since it adds, well, “flash” to a page. Whether “flash” adds value to the page is a debate for another post… Unfortunately, Flash (Adobe’s) has its drawbacks. It has

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The power of Preview

Sometimes software developers cram more features into their products than most people know about, and they don’t think to go looking for them. Take the humble PDF reader. Not something to get excited about, right? Well, maybe I can change your mind on that.

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Revising documents using markup

I write. A lot. And I sometimes share what I write with other people who might revise what’s written. Conversely, I might review things that other people write. Whichever the case may be, I tend to work onscreen as much as possible. (If I work on paper,

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Manipulating images

There’s a widespread idea that image manipulation is difficult and only done with lots of expertise using expensive tools. Let’s put that idea to rest. Check out the video below for an idea of how easy it is using the Preview app. You might not get “professional”

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Working faster with spreadsheet lists

Several years ago, I published a blog post that shows how to create sequential lists in a spreadsheet. Truth be told, you can use tricks like this to more quickly create many different types of lists in spreadsheets.

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