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[3 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 392 views]

OS X Mavericks finally made fullscreen mode on dual monitors useable. For some folks, however, having the menu bar in the second monitor is, at best, a distraction — here’s how to get rid of it. As Mavericks tips go, …

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[25 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,373 views]

Honestly, even though iWork ’09 found its way onto SWIM’s “new” (2011 refurbished) iMac and upgrading to Mavericks, I’ve hesitated publishing this tip. Now, an A-list pub has run the story and, well, that was that… Here’s how to get …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[20 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 683 views]

Recently upgraded to OS X Mavericks and discovered a visitor at the root level of your Mac’s boot drive called “Incompatible Software”? Here are some answers about this little understood feature that’s been part of OS X since Snow Leopard.
Mac …

Books, Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 615 views]

When it comes to off-the-shelf text-to-speech solutions, the Macintosh is pretty darned good. Although that functionality hasn’t changed in OS X Mavericks, Apple is offering new English language, both US and overseas accent, voices available for download.
So, how do they …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[14 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,078 views]

OS X Mavericks has lots of cool new features, among my favorites are the new text-to-speech voices. Yes, Siri (aka Samantha) is still in there, but so are some new and even better ones — here is how to get …

iPad, Reviews, how to »

[9 Nov 2013 | One Comment | 1,197 views]

The iPad is great for doing real work, especially blogging, and even better when you mate it with a keyboard case. With the release of iOS 7, Apple has significantly boosted tablet efficiency by adding support for new iPad keyboard …

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[6 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 662 views]

Looking to get things done quickly and efficiently on your Mac? Tired of mousing around? Here is a keyboard shortcut that brings up the Mac Emoji character palette with minimal fuss.
Whereas there are a couple different ways to access the …

Mac, Reviews, how to, Software »

[28 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | 757 views]

Gonna say it again — Apple’s OS X Mavericks rollout, though not perfect, has been pretty darned smooth. However, some folks are reporting that Google Chrome scrolling only functions intermittently after applying the Mavericks upgrade.
And, there seems to some variability in …

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[28 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | 7,936 views]

Apple’s OS X Mavericks rollout, though not perfect, has been pretty darned smooth. Of the relatively few issues that pop up repeatedly, the Mavericks SMB2 connection problem is perhaps the most vexing. Although there isn’t fix yet, there are workarounds.
The …

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[24 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 1,038 views]

Whether you want to be disaster ready or you’re an administrator that sets up lots of Macs, it is good to have a hard copy, or two, of OS X Mavericks. Here is a tutorial on the things you need …

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[21 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 782 views]

Does your MacBook sound like a jet engine? iMac fans roaring after a hard drive upgrade? Boot Camp Windows whine? There is a easy and free app to take control of your noisy Mac.
Crystal Idea’s Macs Fan Control (MFC) is …

iTunes, Reviews, how to »

[18 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 512 views]

Sometimes when Apple does “stuff,” it’s cool and prescient, like killing the floppy in the original iMac. Other times, like MacBooks with no user serviceable parts, not so much. Recently, after updating to iTunes 11.1, many users were left wondering, …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[6 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | 3,743 views]

Delete stubborn files and leave your OS Mavericks Mac smelling lemony fresh! Some files simply will not delete. Sometimes it’s just one and other times your Mac gets stuck “Emptying Trash” for hours. Here are fast and simple ways expunge …

iOS, Reviews, how to »

[1 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 820 views]

As operating system rollouts go, or not, iOS 7 has been virtually trouble-free — a stunning achievement given the fact that hundreds of millions of people are already using every day. The iOS 7 Messages issue is the one (notably) …

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[28 Sep 2013 | 4 Comments | 2,025 views]

It’s not unusual for Geekbench benchmarks for unreleased Macs to appear on the Primate Labs website. However, whereas Apple has announced a 12-core configuration, today we have news of an 8-core 2013 Mac Pro model running an older (unique?) build …