Recently I’ve been trying to write a post on Firefox in Windows Vista using my MacBook…but there is this one little problem…my MacBook..and so as everybody else’s…doesn’t have the Print Screen key on the keyboard! (more…)
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It’s not he first time that I hear people saying:
If you install Windows (using Boot Camp) on your (Intel) Mac, it will make your Mac run really slow!
I always thought this is some kind of a joke because they (the two operating systems) are sitting on different partitions…so how can they interfere with one another? Well, it turns out that with / without installing Windows (using Boot Camp) on your (Intel) Mac DOES make a difference…at least it makes a difference on the Restart / Shut Down process. (more…)
Reinstalling your own operating system is kind of like a standard task nowadays if you are using your computer(s) extensively. No matter whether you are using a Mac or a PC, your operating system is kind of like “aging” everyday…getting slower and slower until the point you can’t stand it anymore and decide to do a reinstall.
Also…sometimes it takes less time to solve a problem by reinstalling the system rather than taking your time to find the solution itself…although you won’t learn much…but at least you will get the job out of the way.
Reinstalling Windows should be easy because most people are PC users; when you have a problem regarding your installation, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone to help you…but what if you are using a Mac? (more…)
From what I’ve seen this year on the ITS HelpDesk (@ the University of Otago), there are more and more students having Mac laptops…and I got a fair number of students asking for help with their Skype / Microsoft Messenger. Since the university network is behind a proxy, you need to have some proxy related settings in the software to allow it to go through the proxy. While you can use Adium for the MSN part, its hard to find something to replace the Skype on the Macs. So what can we do about it?
When are you NEW to computers, no matter its a PC / a Mac, it would be great if someone is sitting beside you and show you around on your new computer. But finding someone like that is not easy, let alone considering the cost. So what can we do? Well, video tutorial is one solution to this problem. Apple recently posted quite a few “Find Out How” videos (http://www.apple.com/findouthow) and its aimed at the “new comers”; people who are new to Mac / just switched to Mac. (more…)
The Dictionary Application (Dict App for short) is really helpful at times when you are reading an eBook / web page. I even define my own shortcut key so that when I high light a word and press “Control + Command + A”, the dictionary app will come up straight away and show me the meaning of the word that I’ve high lighted.
But there is just one little problem…the Dict App only comes with a few built-in dictionaries…for instance if I want to know the Chinese meaning of a particular word, I’ll need to search online / use something else. It would be great if I can add more dictionaries and make it the “one stop” app that I’ll ever need.
Well, it turns out that with the help of DictUnifier, you can add all kinds of dictionaries to the built-in Dictionary Application in Leopard. Take a look of my list (I only use a handful of the dictionaries, others are for my friends) (more…)
I have been keeping an eye on my Blog Stats and interestingly enough, I’ve discovered that there is a fair amount of people coming to my blog because they searched the term “k lite codec pack mac“. The actual search term may vary (E.g. some people might search for k codec mac instead), but as you can see, they are trying to find the “Mac version of K-Lite Codec Pack“. (more…)
Most of the eBooks nowadays are in either PDF or CHM format. While Windows have native support for CHMs (of course…), Macs have native support for PDFs. If you want to read PDF files under Windows, all you have to do is to install Acrobat Reader, but what if you want to read CHM files under Mac OS X? Since a number of eBooks that I’ve got are in CHM format, I was conformed with the task of finding a CHM reader for my Mac. So I did a little research online and found an application called xchm. (more…)
Is this a joke? All you have to do is to connect the USB cable to your Mac and that’s it…right?
Well, not quite unless your external hard drive is pre-formatted as Mac OS Extended / FAT32. Since most external hard drives are pre-formatted as NTFS; Mac OS X can only read data from the hard drive; but it can’t write anything to it (unless you install other 3rd party software. I didn’t know this until I got an external hard drive a few months ago, and my friends have been asking me the same questions lately, so I thought it might be a good idea to put it on my blog so that others who got the same situation can solve the problem without calling their friends / technicians
The Apple Remote is really useful at times when you want to watch / listen to something but don’t want to go near your computer. For me…I use it every time I have lunch in front of my iMac….I will sit far back with my lunch and use my remote controller (with the help of Front Row) to watch an episode of family guy But what if you have more than one Mac in your room / area? By default, Macs will work with any available remote, so how can we change that and pair our remote to one particular Mac only? Well, actually its very easy, and here is how:
Changing the system languages in Macs are really easy. So if your friends / parents aren’t comfortable with your English system, you can always switch the language to suite their needs. Below is a step by step guide that will show you how to change the system language in Mac OS X.
From time to time, we have to perform some checkups on our computers to see whether they have any problems. If you have previously use Windows, you probably got quite a few software that will help you to do the job or you simple just use Check Disk (a built-in software in Windows) to do the job. But what do we have on the Macs? Well, if you not planning to use any 3rd party software, why not give Disk Utility (a built-in software in Mac OS X) a try? Below is a step by step guide on how to use Disk Utility:
Video Player / Codec
In Windows, we have things like K-Lite Mega Codec Pack that enable us to play almost anything using Windows Media Player / Media Player Classic; In Mac OS X, you have Perian, which is like the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack. After installing Perian, you can basically play anything using Quicktime Player. (Quicktime Player is just like Windows Media Player under Windows).
For those who have used PCs @ most of their time…its quite hard to ask them to try something different, because they’ve got a whole set of software that they “feel comfortable in“. One of the questions that people ask when they saw a Mac is that:
Can I use my day to day software on the Macs?.
I have been using Leopard for more than a week now…and I am discovering new things everyday…which is the same with any operating system really The “artificial voice” (think its called Alex) in Leopard sounds a lot better and is quite close to human voice (at most of the time), but you do laugh at times when it do sound like a robot Anyway, with the speech service, you can let your Mac read out documents / lecture notes / eBooks to you! Its great for lazy people like me