Mar 25

I use a spark as my OS X email client but my mail is hosted by Google. After about seven years I found that I reached Google’s free 15 GB email limit and I could not receive any more emails. I could have started all over again with a new Gmail account but I wanted to keep my existing Gmail address. I could have deleted some old emails but I wanted to keep a record of them all. What I did is I created a new gmail account to keep a record of my old emails before I deleted them. I copied all my emails to this account. Then I could delete all my emails and get some more room on my everyday Gmail account. Here’s how to do that.

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Mar 02

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Dynamo.

Dynamo allows you to play videos faster, slow them down, and skip ads. Ever been bored by the slow pace of training videos? Speed them up! Annoyed by the ads when watching on demand TV or Amazon Prime? Skip them!

You’re welcome!

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Feb 25

During COVID our church ran a livestream online and the best way to speak straight to the camera was to use a teleprompter. Setting up the iPad and camera was the easy part. There were a few tricks to get it to display how we wanted. Here’s how we did it.

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Feb 18

This is a very simple setup to get 2 microphones into an iPhone.

These rode mics are exceptional quality.

If you live in Australia they are $100 off this week here:

https://www.videoguys.com.au/deal-zone

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Dec 08

I wanted to print a large Christmas banner and the printer wanted an image file (png or jpg). Our file was in a pdf format. I needed to convert the pdf file to a very high resolution png file so that it would look good on a large banner. Here’s how to do it using Apple’s built in Preview app.

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Dec 08

There’s a bug in Apple’s software that means you can’t clone your hard disk on a Silicon Mac yet. You will be able to use Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a backup, but you can’t yet make a bootable backup.

Here’s the message from Carbon Copy Cloner:

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Nov 30

If you don’t yet have an SSD in your Mac, it’s time to upgrade!

By far the biggest speed boost on a Mac comes with upgrading the Hard Disk to an SSD. A faster processor (i7 etc) will improve the speed of some tasks, more RAM can avoid a slowdown, but a faster SSD improves the speed of everything. If you still have an old Hard Disk I can’t say how strongly I suggest upgrading.

a faster SSD improves the speed of everything

I received an email today from Amazon telling me that 240GB SSD drives are AU$42.19. I just checked the US store and you can get a 1TB Crucial MX500 drive for $94.99. These prices are ridiculously cheap.

This article back in August 2018 is about how to upgrade to an SSD drive. But back then a 480GB drive was $1579.99!

If you are running a 2012 MacBook with an old SATA drive, or even a 2018 iMac without an SSD, grab one, and install it. It’s not complicated.

There are good instructions at macfixit.

How to pull apart an iMac

How to pull apart a macbook

How to pull apart a Mac mini

Check out your Mac first to see if the Hard disk is upgradable.

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Oct 29

If you own a new Apple magic keyboard or extended keyboard you may not realise how to use those extra function keys on the top right of the keyboard. You can set them up to launch and control applications. For example I have my f-19 key set up to toggle my Dragon Dictate microphone and I have f-18 set up to launch my Google Calendar calendar in a specific browser.

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