Mac OS

How to restore the sidebar and column view in iTunes 12

iTunes 12 default viewiTunes has had a bit of a makeover for version 12, as included in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Unfortunately, it’s still a jack-of-all-trades beachball-fest on my Mac. Worse, however, is that Apple has added to the woe by dumbing down the interface still further.

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How to select a Bluetooth adapter in OS X

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After plugging in the Belkin Mini BluetoothV4.0 USB Adapter to fix my erratic Magic Trackpad problems on my MacBook Pro, there was no obvious way to tell if it was identified or working.

The solution was to download the Bluetooth Explorer app, which is part of the Hardware IO Tools for Xcode bundle. This is only available from the Apple Developer site, which requires free registration to access.  (more…)

How to fix a Magic Trackpad with an erratic Bluetooth connection

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I use a 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro as my desktop Mac, sitting on a Rain Design mStand. That makes the keyboard and trackpad unusable, so I work with a wired Apple keyboard and a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad has never worked — or worked properly, at least. (more…)

Use QuickBoot to restart with Windows and Boot Camp

QuickBoot is a free utility that fixes that annoying problem of forgetting to hold down the Alt key when you restart your Mac to boot into Windows via Boot Camp. It sits in the menu bar and let’s you restart your Mac and boot into Windows with a mouse click.

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Samsung ML-1510 laser printer incompatible with Snow Leopard

This is just a heads up if you can’t get your Samsung ML-1510 laser printer to work with Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard. The current Samsung driver for Mac OS 10.3 doesn’t work with Snow Leopard and Samsung’s advice to reinstall the 10.5 driver isn’t much use — there is no 10.5 driver.

With regard to your ML-1510 and the recent issue you have experienced with Mac OS 10.6, as with previously released versions of the Mac OS, Samsung Electronics will provide support for this platform and will provide drivers for the new OS once they have been refined. In the mean time a number of our users have reported that simply reinstalling the 10.5 driver will allow users to continue using their printer.

Once the drivers have been refined for this latest Mac OS release they will be posted on the download centre of our website, we suggest that you monitor the website for their release.

Fortunately, Samsung is at least working on a 10.6 driver for this cheap and cheerful laser printer, but there’s no word on when it will appear. When it does, look for it here.

Why does Disk Utility crash under Snow Leopard?

disk-utilI’ve just (thanks Royal Mail!) installed Snow Leopard on my iMac and immediately ran into problems with applications not behaving properly. In some cases, they wouldn’t run at all and crashed upon launch.

For example, Activity Monitor reported some apps as using 16,777,216TB of hard disk space (I have no idea which SI unit that works out at – yottabytes..?) and Disk Utility crashed as soon as it was started. After a few minutes of panic about having to wipe and reinstall due to some mysterious bug, I figured out the problem — it’s all due to the Snow Leopard installer. (more…)

How to change the ‘Today’ highlight colour in iCal

iCal 1I love Mac OS X iCal, but there’s one thing that bugs me — the pale blue highlight that denotes ‘Today’ in the month view is all but invisible.

There’s no way to tweak this colour in iCal and the best the internet could suggest was to tilt the monitor back a bit… In fact, looking at the screen from a lower angle does make the pale blue more obvious, but not obvious enough.

While hunting around for a hack to fix this, however, I stumbled upon a partial fix. (more…)

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