NOTE: This doesn’t work anymore, it’s broken in Mojave, I’ve written an updated article here about the fix.
If you plug an Android phone into your computer the Photos app will open like it does with an iPhone, but it may not see the photos on your Android Phone. This happened to me on my Nexus 5X phone and I needed to give the phone permission to share the photos with my computer. It’s the same for any Android phone.
I just purchased this Alcatel phone. It’s a bit of a dud, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do end up with one, here’s how to copy contacts across from the OSX address book. I assume this will work on any mobile phone.
On holidays I don’t want incoming calls on my iPhone but I still want my family to be able to call me. The iPhone has a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode that allows you to filter incoming calls and disable incoming texts. Here’s how it works.
VOIP is where you make phone calls over your Internet connection. VOIP can be good as it is a lot cheaper especially for STD and International calls. The problem is it can be hard to get VOIP working properly. If you are on the phone and the person at the other end is ‘chopping’ in and out, it may be that you or they have a bad VOIP connection. An added problem is that with a mobile phone it drops the call if the quality gets too bad but with a VOIP connection it tries to keep going – so the person at the other end may be talking away, blissfully unaware that you cannot hear them.
Even though I am fairly good with audio and computers I have gone back to having a regular phone line simply because even at best quality VOIP calls on a broadband connection don’t match the quality of a land-line phone or even a mobile phone, at least in Australia.
If you do have a VOIP connection, here are some tips.
This hint is not strictly Macintosh, but it’s so good I have to write it up. Did you know you can get what they call a Continuous inking system (CIS) for most big name inkjet printers? It continually feeds the ink into the printer so you don’t have to change the cartridges! You can see the big containers of ink in the photo above – they sit next to the printer.