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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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Mavericks and older Airport Utility

Reblogged from http://coreyjmahler.com/2013/10/24/airport-utility-5-6-1-on-os-x-10-9-mavericks/ (I take no credit for this hack: it’s all his) AirPort Utility v5.6.1 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks As I stated in the previous version of this post, the issue with AirPort Utility v5.6.1 under OS X 10.9 … Continue reading

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Lion external HDD encryption bug

MediaKit reports block size error, usually caused by not being a multiple of 512. Let’s just say that this has been my least favourite OS X error this week. It occurs in Disk Utility (and Time Machine) and buggers up … Continue reading

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Lion RAM hoggery

My early Intel Mac Pro running OS X Lion has been really bogged down lately in terms of RAM. After chasing various apps around for a week, I appear to have found the (a?) culprit — Spotlight’s indexing of big … Continue reading

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Finding Airport clients in OS X since Airport Utility v6 update

At first it looked like Apple really screwed the pooch with their v6.0 update of Airport Utility. One thing (among many) that became harder was finding information about wireless clients on your network. If you click on the Base Station … Continue reading

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Making iPhone ringtones

It’s easy to make a ringtone. Open iTunes. Add the sound file you want to use to your Library if you haven’t already done so. It should be 30 seconds or shorter. Open up iTunes Preferences, then click General, then … Continue reading

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How to make CMD-k be your Google Search keyboard shortcut in Safari

Open up System Preferences and select Keyboard. Select the tab for Keyboard Shortcuts. Click on Application Shortcuts. Press “+” to add a new one. Select Safari, name the shortcut “Google Search…” [exactly!], and type CMD-k. Save. (Note: it won’t work … Continue reading

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Buy US iTunes cards online

Foreigners who use the Apple iTunes Store constantly get frustrated because Apple will not let us buy into the much greater US content variety without a US credit card. Which is inaccessible to internationals without a proper mailing address and … Continue reading

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Hacking AppleTV via Mac

The instructions looked easy enough. But my machines chose not to cooperate with the instructions at http://lifehacker.com/5138423/cut-the-cable-for-good-with-boxee-and-apple-tv and http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/. The problem presented itself as a nonfunctional Software Menu – the entire part the hack was supposed to install. Turns out … Continue reading

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Apple put ads in QuickTime Player 10?

Apple, WTF?!?!? If I open “About QuickTime” from the menu, and leave the small info window open, this is what I see initially, but wait…. … After only 15 seconds, the window lengthens and shows … ads every 3 seconds?!?

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