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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Simple Trick to Upgrade Low Resolution Music With Music Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"Yesterday we walked you through everything you need to know about using iTunes Match. Today, Macworld highlights a super-fast new trick to help you upgrade all your low-resolution music to the service's excellent 256 kbps AAC files."

So simple but clever. Just have faith that the music will still be there when you delete these old tracks. At least that is what Macworld says will happen.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Use Reminders for Your Shopping Lists

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"Cliff Joyce of Pure Blend Software introduced me to my favorite way of putting together shopping lists in Siri."

Not only works with Siri, but if you have an iPhone without Siri you can do it manually using Reminders. Never even thought about this but it is pretty handy.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Improve Your Speed!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"Power users work their Macs faster than regular folk do for a variety of reasons. More important than a speedier processor is a speedier computist."

And to become a speedier computist, you really need to get your keyboard combinations down pat. This is good reminder of the most common ones (CTRL-C, CTRL-X, etc) but also goes over how to create your own and provides some of the not-so-common ones that do come in handy if you want to be fast on your keyboard. Besides, your fingers are already on the keyboard so why not use them and save the trackpad? What are your thoughts, do you use keyboard or do you rely on the mouse or trackpad to get your work done? What are some of the more useful keyboard combinations you do use?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Save iWork on iDisk

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"In iWork for the iPad, there are options to transfer documents by email, sharing on, copy to iDisk, copy to WebDAV, or send via iTunes to a USB connected computer. An option which is not available, but often very useful, is to get the document into Dropbox for sharing. There is not an easy way to do this if you don't have a computer handy to connect with."

But thanks to a tip from the Dropbox Help Forums, there is a workaround to save your iWork documents in iDisk. It is a lengthy process, so I just wish iWork would add Dropbox support. Alternatively, Dropbox could add WebDAV support. Either way would work fine with me!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tips For Printing Envelopes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 AM

"Mac OS X's Address Book app is capable of printing elegant envelopes, but if you use the default settings, you'll churn out envelopes that are workmanlike, but dull. With very little effort, you can create a custom envelope template, adjust the sizes of the address blocks, and spice up your envelope with a new font, a splash of color, or even a company logo."

This certainly can save you some custom envelope printing charges. I found this article today after having to do just this over the weekend. This is a great step-by-step article on how to print your own envelopes and use custom logos if you so choose. Well worth the read. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Possible Solutions to iPad Wi-Fi Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 AM

"Having some problems with your iPad's WiFi connection? Apple's aware of the problem, and has some ideas on how to fix them. According to Apple, the iPad might not automatically rejoin known WiFi networks using third-party routers that are dual-band capable (802.11 b/g and 802.11 n) when each band's network uses the same name or use different security settings."

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Of course the first step to the solution with any problem is to admit you have a problem, which Apple has done fairly quickly by posting this support article. An Apple employee has also posted an FAQ on the wireless problem with possible fixes at the discussion forums on Apple. I haven't experienced this yet but I know some of you have, so here are some resources to hopefully help you. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Welcome Update to PayPal App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"PayPal has released a major update to its mobile iPhone application. Along with a complete redesign, PayPal 2.0 now adds support for withdrawing funds and requesting money as well as an integrated tip calculator for splitting restaurant bills and requesting everyone's share via PayPal."

I have this app but never really used it much as it lacked functionality, which appears to have been added with this update and the ability to withdraw funds from your account. The tip calculator is a nice touch, as is the bump feature, but since most of my PayPal usage is for people that aren't standing right next to me, I doubt I'll be using the bump function too much. Perhaps when I add money to the account my daughter has, but then again, now that she has her drivers license she isn't home much! I joke of course, and the app is available in iTunes as a free download.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Gomadic, For ALL of Your Charging Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

The title of this really rings true, as this device works for ALL of my charging needs. The company, Gomadic, makes charging adapters but they do it with a twist. Instead of making a different cable for each device, they use what they call "Tip Exchange" so that you only have to buy one cable and the initial charging tip. Once you accumulate devices, instead of buying all new cables, just buy the tip you need and you are good to go. The cables are made by Gomadic and have a lifetime warranty on them (For the first thirty days after your purchase we replace or refund all Gomadic products no questions asked. After the thirty-day grace period has expired, we ask our customers to provide a brief explanation of the problem and if there is indeed some product defect, we're happy to replace any Gomadic product for as long as you own it.) as well as a high output of 1000mAh. On top of that, according to Gomadic, they use "advanced internal circuitry to protect from power surges, overcharging and short-circuiting." These chargers are also built to work anywhere in the world with their international adapter kit.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's Not All Bad With Snow Leopard

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"David Pogue tweets a pretty cool little tip for those of you who've upgraded to Snow Leopard: <Option-clicking> on the sound menu item at the top of the screen allows you to quickly change your sound input and output options."

See folks, there are some good things out of the upgrade! I kid of course, there are plenty of good things with the upgrade and this is just one quick tip that David Pogue relayed via Twitter a couple days ago.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Learn About Aliases

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Aliases in Mac OS X are essentially equivalent to shortcuts in the Windows world. They work by creating a link to an original file located somewhere on your Mac or network and maintain the link even if the original is moved or renamed."

I never took any formal classes or training when I started using Macs, and I'll wager a lot of you didn't either. I always like to find quick tip articles on things that I think are useful in my daily use of my Mac and this is one of them. The article gets right to the point in clear language, on how to use aliases with your Mac.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Apple 101: How to Correctly Use the Mighty Mouse

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"Here's a simple one-finger solution for Mighty Mouse right-click problems: Use only your index finger for both buttons. Using the index finger for left-clicking and and right-clicking provides reliable operation of the buttons on both sides of the mouse. Your thumb should not be further forward than the side button on the left side of the mouse. The position of the fingers on the right side of the mouse is relatively unimportant."

As maligned as the Mighty Mouse is, it's still my favorite mouse ever. Apple did a great disservice making it not take-a-partable, and the silly roller ball (which is really the best part of the Mighty Mouse) really does get gunked up a lot, but other than that, I thoroughly love my Mighty Mouse and wouldn't trade it for any other mouse I've ever used. I haven't had too much trouble getting it to pick up right clicks, but I've also learned to make a distinct click on the right side. Maybe it just takes practice!

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