Category Archives: geek

Wireless Apple keyboard and mouse grow much better batteries

The new Apple wireless (BT) mouse and keyboard have much longer battery life than their predecessors, making them much more useful. But gawd, are they expensive! Keyboard tip to self: I’ve grown so used to my switched modifier keys (caps lock … Continue reading

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Removing Google Updater

Installing Google Chrome sneaks in a very annoying Google Updater app that is always phoning home, even after you decide to UNinstall Chrome. It is possible to remove the little bastard! Assuming it is in the /Library (rather than the … Continue reading

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Turn on Detect Displays with Option key

In System Preferences -> Displays, press Option to see the “Detect Displays” button if it is hiding.

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Apple broke f.lux

One of my all-time favourite apps is f.lux, which reduces the blue harshness of a Mac/iPad/iPhone screen at night by altering the color temperature of the screen. It has been consistently useful enough for me (and missed sorely when absent!) to … Continue reading

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Fixing El Capitan wifi issues

After installing El Capitan, I noticed somehow my wireless networking was broken, in the sense that (a) iTunes couldn’t reach any of my speakers plugged into Airport Expresses, (b) Airport Utility didn’t show any of my five wifi transmitters (a relatively new … Continue reading

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Removing LogMeIn detritus

I needed to remove LogMeIn detritus from Mum’s computer after their lowest level product went uberexpensive instead of free.  The following solution is reblogged from http://techenvy.com/hack/how-to-get-rid-of-logmein-on-your-mac-if-youve-deleted-the-app:- So here’s how to kill log me in completely and remove it from your Mac if … Continue reading

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iOS9.1 App Store vs jailbroken iOS 8.4

For weeks, my jailbroken iPhone 5 on iOS8.4 refused to download anything from the App Store. I don’t remember clearly when it started as I’ve been busy with physics, but think it might have changed about when iOS9.1 appeared, ish. Anyway, I … Continue reading

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Bloody iOS Keychain

Somewhere in amongst updating the OS on my iPhone 5 to iOS8.4, I hit some button that set up some infinite loop regarding Keychain. I try to turn it off in Settings, then it reactivates and demands attention at random … Continue reading

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Putting notification banners on screen for longer

Ever wanted to change how long notification banners stay on screen? The solution for OS X is here: http://www.defaults-write.com/notification-center-change-banners-display-time/#.UuF9Pf1EqKs By default all banners from the Notification Center stay 5 seconds on your screen. You can adjust how long Notification Center banners … Continue reading

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Keeping iPhone field test mode on

Excerpts from http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-see-your-iphones-true-cell-signal-strength-2014-11:- To be able to peek at your true signal strength number you need to get into Field Test Mode by dialing *3001#12345#* (yes, including the asterisks and hashes) and tapping “Call.” You’ll be brought to the Field Test App, … Continue reading

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