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  • OSX Lion 10.7.1 Update – caution still warranted

    August 17th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Well the OSX 10.7.1 update is available now, and it purports to have addressed the WiFi issues, among a few other items.  It’s a very small update in terms of size. I have made the update on two desktop machines, an iMac and MacMini, and tested WiFi.  It was quite a struggle to get the iMac to … read full article

    OS-X Lion Screen Saver – WOW!

    July 29th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Here’a a new Lion feature I just discovered.  It’s a real WOW for a desktop machine. As you probably know you can select as your Screen Saver an animated tiling of the album covers of your iTunes library.  You can see the screen saver System Preference panel here – you select “iTunes Artwork”. Well in Lion the … read full article

    Mac OS X Lion and WiFi – beware

    July 27th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Mac OS X Lion really rocks. But if you depend on WiFi (e.g. you have a MacBook Air) BEWARE! Lion has a bug imbedded in its fur somewhere that makes WiFi problematic.  It will appear you have a connection, but you may not be able to access the Internet. There are many ways to temporarily resolve the problem (switching off … read full article

    In Praise of iPhone – and AT&T’s Microcell

    February 24th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    So yes, we know West Hill House is close to last in the world to buy a smartphone, but now that we have an iPhone we do need to talk about it! As followers of this blog know I (Peter) am a Mac consultant and I have been following the iPhone with interest ever since … read full article

    The new thin MacBook Air

    October 29th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    So having got your interest in my last Mac blog in Google Chrome, and ditching your G4 laptop for an Intel machine, what should you buy? The new MacBook Air may be the answer. This is one sweet machine, and now at a comparable price to the regular MacBooks. The key is evaluating your needs. … read full article

    Chrome is back in Vogue

    October 11th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    The Browser Wars have a new entrant, and it’s definitely worth trying. (At least on a Mac – can’t comment on that other OS that some people still use!). Google has done it again – Google Chrome in my view is currently the best browser out there. Better than Firefox, better than Safari. It’s fast … read full article

    Email desiderata

    September 15th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    There are few things more important these days to your interaction with the rest of the world than your email address. This blog offers some advice on your CHOICE of address. Interestingly this topic spans the divide between our interest as innkeepers and Peter’s interest as a Mac computer consultant. As innkeepers we interact with … read full article

    Mac Application & File Launcher plus “Snippets”

    June 28th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    You still miss the old Apple Menu from the pre OS X days? Me too! Well there’s good news – there is something even better now available… For a number of years I used Fruit Menu which worked well, but it initially had problems with OS X 10.6 so I went looking for something else. … read full article

    Reducing file size of PDFs

    April 5th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    One challenge with PDFs created by some apps,  by scans, or by saving a document as a PDF using the universal “Print/Save as PDF” command, is that sometimes the resulting files can be VERY big. Really large file sizes are not usually a result with text documents, but files containing images can sometimes be surprisingly … read full article

    Using Mac OSX Preview to manipulate PDFs

    March 28th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    The Mac OSX Snow Leopard Preview application does more than just open image files. It is also a much more flexible way to look at PDFs than using Adobe Reader. This short video shows a couple of tricks that are easy to do to manipulate a PDF, or create a new PDF document from 2 … read full article

    LogMeIn – Remote Access to your Mac

    March 24th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    So you have a desktop Mac and a MacBook for when you are traveling. You suddenly realize the file you need is on your desktop Mac at home. You are a MobileMe subscriber so you try “Back-to-my-Mac” – and as usual it does NOT work. Why? Because “Back-to-my-Mac” is VERY dependent on the router settings … read full article

    Mac Computer Tips & Insights

    March 12th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    As many of you know Peter, in his spare time, is a Certified Mac Consultant. As we have noticed that a large percentage of our guests are also Mac users, we thought you might be interested in some non-techie useful tips and insights from time to time. As this part of our blog will be … read full article