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Multiple sound outputs

I wondered if it might be possible to send sound output from my teeny Macbook to both a USB-C display and a bluetooth headset simultaneously, with different volume setpoints. Turns out, it’s extremely straightforward! Open Audio MIDI Setup app. It … Continue reading

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How to skip to first/last page in Preview.app

Reblogged from here:- You can do page up/down and home/end on a compact Mac keyboard [Macbook, minimal BT keyboard] by using the function (fn) and arrow keys: fn + up-arrow = PageUp fn + down-arrow = PageDown fn + left-arrow … Continue reading

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How to download CBC videos

Sources: https://gist.github.com/primaryobjects/7423d7982656a31e72542f60d30f9d30 and https://www.tubeoffline.com/download-M3U8-videos.php. Instructions listed below work on a Mac running OS X High Sierra with web browser Google Chrome latest version. YMMV if you are on Linux or Windows and/or using a different browser. Ensure that you have … Continue reading

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How to disable Spaces

System Preferences > Mission Control: uncheck everything. Set shortcut for Mission Control to “-“. System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control: uncheck everything. In a Terminal.app window, enter: defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -boolean TRUE

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Scottish gritter truck names

Today I learned that Scotland names its gritter trucks! 😂 Here’s the map link: http://scotgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab (from https://trafficscotland.org/wintergritterinfo/) My personal favourites: Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Luke Snowalker, Sir Andy Flurry, and Sir Salter Scott.

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Landscape printing bug in High Sierra

I noticed this annoying bug when using Numbers.app in High Sierra: if my page setup says landscape, when I print the page it is chopped off and in portrait mode! (The king of annoyingHigh Sierra bugs is still the blurry … Continue reading

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Setting Reader mode in Safari for particular (or all!) websites

Reader mode in Safari is one of its best features, for me. I absolutely hate the gaudy clutter on most news websites — especially anything that moves (video autoplay is pure evil). So imagine my joy when I realized that … Continue reading

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Fixing icalBuddy

icalBuddy — or, more accurately, the way I was using it — broke in Yosemite, and I only recently found the solution. Using brew.sh instead of macports restored my GeekTooly calendar goodness: yay!  

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Tanya Tagaq appreciation

On November 25th 2016, I went to a live Tanya Tagaq concert at Trinity-St Paul’s church in downtown Toronto. It was absolutely astonishing. Such musical talent, vocal range, political voice, and rhetorical fire! She and her musical colleagues on stage were intellectually, emotionally, … Continue reading

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How to stop voice activating on iPhone 7

VoiceOver and Siri on the iPhone are revolutionary for blind or partially sighted folks. Great accessibility innovation. I am sure I will need it someday myself. But at the moment, I can’t stand either of them, because they totally mangle comprehending … Continue reading

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