Apr 05

If you are on a free iCloud plan, you may be looking to save space. I found that my iPad backup took 2 GB of iCloud space that I didn’t want to waste. Thankfully it’s possible to back up your iPad directly to your laptop without using iCloud. You can do it directly in the finder. Here’s how.

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Mar 01

Here’s how to merge 2 PDF files in MacOS Ventura. You don’t need any extra software, it’s built right in to Preview as in previous versions of macOS.

Open the first PDF file in Preview

If you double click on any pdf file it should open in Preview automatically. It’s possible that you’ve installed Acrobat Reader and made it the default application instead. If this is the case, you’ll need to open Preview manually.

With the first PDF file open in Preview, click on the “View” menu and select “Thumbnails” to open the thumbnail view of the pages. This will enable you to see a small preview of each page on the left.

You can see the ‘Thumbnail view’ on the left.

Open the second PDF file

Open the second pdf file in a separate window. Make sure you can see the thumbnails of this pdf file also.

Merge the PDF files

To merge the PDF files, you need to drag the any thumbnails from the second PDF file onto the thumbnail view of the first PDF file.

Click on any thumbnail, and while you keep the mouse button pressed, drag the PDF over to the thumbnail view of the first window, then release the mouse button. The page from the second PDF file will be inserted into first PDF file.

If you need to merge more than two PDF files, you can drag multiple pages in.

Notice the green circle with a ‘+’ sign as you drag the new pdf page onto the thumbnail view.

Step 5: Save the merged PDF file

Once you have merged the PDF files, you need to save the file. Click on the “File” menu, and select “Save”

NOTE: This will save the merged PDF file into the original file.

If you want to save it as a new file, you can do so by selecting “Save As” instead of “Save” from the “File” Menu.

Feb 25

I recently purchases a Raspberry Pi 4 to run Home Assistant. It’s an open source home automation solution. All the instructions are here:


It worked fine doing it from a Mac. The process was exactly as described.

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Feb 12

The MacBooks from the 2015 era have a design fault where the anti-glare coating rubs off, leaving a very messy display. It’s most obvious when the screen is dim. It look terrible! Flaky. Dinted. Stained. Scratched. The glass screen is actually still in tact. It’s just the anti-glare coating that has rubbed off.

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Jan 02

In Apple Contacts you can drag any contact into a group to add them to that group. Sometimes dragging the contact into a group does not work. The way to fix this is to quit Apple Contacts and re-open it and the problem should be resolved.

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Jan 02
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If you get a protected pdf file, it’s possible that ‘printing’ is turned off. If you try to print this page the printer will print our a blank page with no error! If you have the password to the document you can turn printing back on. This can happen if a bank or other institution send you a password protected file with a password to access it. Once you enter the password you can ‘see’ the file, but it still may not print unless you turn on printing under file permissions.

1. Go to the ‘File’ Menu then ‘Edit permissions’

Find ‘Edit Permissions…’ in the file menu

2. Click the ‘Printing’ check box

If ‘Printing’ is not checked, this will cause the page to print blank.

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Dec 29

The normal way to access your Google drive is to go into your browser, login to Google, then browse the files. Thus is a bit clunky. Thanks to a macOS app from Google, you can incorporate Google drive directly into the Finder to make it easy to access. Here’s how.

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Dec 23

I was locked out of my Apple podcast creator account. It was an endless loop of entering name and password, then entering verification code, then back to name and password. At times I could catch a glimpse of my personal information, so it was logging me in, but the page was then disappearing and throwing me back to the login page. It turns out this is a common problem, but thankfully there’s a simple fix.

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