• Equaliser on Apple Watch for Spotify

    Equaliser on Apple Watch for Spotify

    I’ve posted a feature request on Spotify for an Equaliser in their Apple watch. This would allow you to turn the bass and treble up or down. I don’t think it’s mainstream enough for many people to want it, but it’s great for people with hearing loss. If you want to help ‘upvote it’ as…

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  • Running a static website from Amazon S3

    Running a static website from Amazon S3

    How to serve a static website using an Amazon S3 bucket, and upload to it using the Amazon Transfer Family, via Transmit software on a Mac.

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  • Voice Control in Mac OSX Sonoma

    Voice Control in Mac OSX Sonoma

    In MacOS 14 Apple have introduced Voice Control that has correction of dictation, selection of buttons, good on the screen and more. It’s great for full voice control of your computer. Here’s a little video I found showing off some of the features. You turn on Voice Control in the setting here: Then you can…

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  • How to find missing OSX fonts in Keynote

    How to find missing OSX fonts in Keynote

    Last week I installed a new font, but it was not available in my keynote. It turns out the Apple font dialog doesn’t display all the fonts anymore. (Not sure how long it’s been doing that!) But here’s where to find them.

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  • Adding a device to Home Assistant

    Adding a device to Home Assistant

    I am running home automation using Home Assistant. It’s a very good option of you want to tinker with things like turning appliances on and off, monitoring solar generation, turning pumps on and off, etc.Here is a series of videos showing how to connect a LoraWAN end device into Home Assistant.

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  • Hearing Test apps on Apple and iOS

    Hearing Test apps on Apple and iOS

    Here’s a summary up of how you can do a hearing test at home using an iPhone or Macintosh computer and what the quality is like.

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  • Sync from Notion to Google Calendar

    Sync from Notion to Google Calendar

    I have just spent (way too many) hours trying to sync a simple Notion database to a Google calendar. Wow what a mess! And the winner is… notion.cafe

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  • Macintoshhowto has been running 18 years!

    Macintoshhowto has been running 18 years!

    As we draw towards the end of year, I’m proud to say that macintoshhowto.com has now been running for over 17 years! Here’s the story of how it began. How it all started I was working at Dubbo Presbyterian Church in Australia with two other Mac users, Bryson and Paul. Every now and then a…

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  • Creating ‘shorts’ from videos

    Creating ‘shorts’ from videos

    Ever wondered about the simplest way to turn talks or sermon videos into snappy shorts? I tried out 4 different platforms that do just that. Opus Clip, Sermon Shots, Vidyo and Descript. I started with a 20-minute Talk on Matthew 1:1-16. I wanted to grab a snippet to use in a Facebook reel and add…

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  • How Google rewards websites for making articles harder to read

    How Google rewards websites for making articles harder to read

    I have been running a Macintosh how site for 17 years, long before ‘how to’ websites became popular. I’ve noticed in that time a change in Google’s search algorithm where Google penalises sites when people leave. My Experiment Do you see the problem? Did the user leave because of bad content, or did the user…

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  • Can you use Galaxy Buds2 on an iPhone?

    Can you use Galaxy Buds2 on an iPhone?

    I am not sure if I am unusually gullible, naive, or just optimistic, but after listening to a great review of the Galaxy Buds2 by Crinacle I ordered a pair of Galaxy Buds2 for my iPhone from the Samsung online store. (I even checked there was a Samsung Buds app on the Apple App store…

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  • Is the iPhone wedding dress in the mirror Instagram photo real or not?

    Is the iPhone wedding dress in the mirror Instagram photo real or not?

    If you have not come across this story yet, firstly check out this photo and see if you can spot the problem. It’s a bit of fun. (Used with permission from here.) Once you’ve spotted the ‘glitch’ read on – spoiler alert.

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  • Broken iPhone button

    Broken iPhone button

    This post is just me being a bit sad. I have an iPhone 12 mini. It’s under 3 years old. The power button just stopped working. This means you can’t verify any Apple Pay Purchases when you are shopping and you can’t even verify any App Store downloads.

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  • How to change the iPhone headphone balance while on a call

    How to change the iPhone headphone balance while on a call

    You can’t! Here’s a problem I don’t have an answer to. If you use the built-in balance control on iOS to move the balance to left or right, this setting is over-ridden during a mobile phone call. Worse still, even high-end headphones like Sony or Bose rely on the built-in iOS balance. (They do not…

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  • CIST therapy with an iPhone

    CIST therapy with an iPhone

    CIST is a therapy for SSHL – sudden senero-neural hearing loss. I have been using this therapy for my own hearing loss. I created a separate website explaining how to do it on an iPhone using spotify here.

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  • How to speed up screenshots in Sonoma

    How to speed up screenshots in Sonoma

    You can easily take a screenshot of your Macintosh computer screen by holding down Shift-Command-4. A cross-hair appears and you can click and drag over the area you want to screenshot. I just upgraded to MacOS Sonoma and there is a delay of 2 seconds for the cross-hair to appear. Here’s a very simple fix!…

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  • How to get an Apple ID

    How to get an Apple ID

    To register a new Apple device you need an Apple ID. You can register for a new ID on your iPhone when you first start it up, but I find it much easier to create an Apple ID from the Apple website. If you are on an overseas holiday be careful about using your temporary…

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  • Automatically update the name of a Google sheet

    Automatically update the name of a Google sheet

    There are some times that I use Google Sheets instead of Numbers. One example is to create our weekly run sheets for church. A runsheet looks like this: You will notice the tabs across the bottom of the spreadsheet. It was getting a bit tedious changing the tab name every week. So I wrote/modified/hacked together…

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  • New Theme

    New Theme

    I’ve released the macintoshhowto theme to wordpress for others to use. You can check it out on wordpress.org here.

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  • Can I zoom the MacBook Pro camera in a Zoom meeting?

    Can I zoom the MacBook Pro camera in a Zoom meeting?

    Sometimes when I’m in a Zoom meeting I am a little far from my camera and wish that I could zoom in closer to my face without having to move the computer. I haven’t found a way to zoom or pan the built-in MacBook camera when you are using it as a camera in the…

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  • How to sync your iPad without using your iCloud data

    How to sync your iPad without using your iCloud data

    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…

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