Episode 17 – 19/04/21 – Find my Pint?
Panel: Tina, Alastair, Craig, Martin,
Special guests:Christian Boyce, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Mark Ellis
Runtime: – 80 mins
Find out more about a amazing Guests via the links below:
Aidan Fitzpatrick – CEO of Reincubate Software -info
Christian Boyce – Tutor and Mac Expert -info
Mark Ellis – YouTuber, Videographer and Tech Reviewer -info
WWDC21 Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through 11, in an all-online format. Free for all developers, WWDC21 will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Building on the record-breaking participation and learnings from last year’s online conference, WWDC21 is an opportunity for developers to learn about the new technologies, tools, and frameworks they rely on to build innovative and platform-differentiating apps and games. Apple also announced that this year’s Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for young developers to demonstrate their coding skills by creating a Swift playground, is now accepting submissions.-info
Commodore 64 The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 or the CBM 64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, 7–10 January 1982, in Las Vegas).It has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent estimates placing the number sold between 12.5 and 17 million units. This claim is in spite of the Commodore 64 having three different Kernal ROM versions, two different SID sound chip versions, a few different motherboard versions and two different cases during its lifetime. Volume production started in early 1982, marketing in August for US$595…
iMac G3 The iMac G3 is a fascinating computer. It was the tool Steve Jobs used to help bring Apple back from the brink. It defined a generation of consumer electronics. -info
Amstrad Amstrad was a British electronics company, founded in 1968 by Alan Sugar at the age of 21. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in April 1980. During the late 1980s, Amstrad had a substantial share of the PC market in the UK. Amstrad was once a FTSE 100 Index constituent but since 2007 is wholly owned by Sky UK
10 more years or more ? Tim Cook appears on a podcast “Probably not. But I can tell you that I feel great right now. And the date’s not in sight. But 10 more years is a long time and probably not 10 more years.”-info
Apple News a Success? We believe Apple’s News app and the News+ paid subscription service (News platform) are well positioned to not only benefit from incremental subscriber additions but also accelerating advertising revenue growth,”-info
Find My network for third-party accessories Apple’s new Find My network accessory program means users can keep track of non-Apple devices and belongings through the familiar Find My app.-info
Father of the MP3 The MP3 was developed by the German company Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft, and also hold the patent for MP3 technology, which they license out now. In 1987 the Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen research centre, part of Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft, began research on high quality, low bit rate audio encoding. They named this project EUREKA EU147. Dieter Seitzer, professor at the University of Erlangen, helped with the coding. At the time he was working on a way to transfer audio file information over a standard telephone line. The main brain behind the development of the MP3 was Karlheinz Brandenburg; also know as the “father of the MP3”.-info
MacWorld Produced by Boston-based IDG World Expo, Macworld/iWorld is a trade show with conference tracks dedicated to the Apple Macintosh platform. It was held annually in the United States during January. Originally Macworld Expo and then Macworld Conference & Exposition, the gathering dates back to 1985.
Macworld is the most widely read Macintosh magazine in North America and a trademark of Mac Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group.IDG World Expo is also a subsidiary.
The conference tracks are taught by leaders in their respective fields and require large admission fees. They last for a few more days than the Expo, which runs generally three or four days. Attendees can visit the exhibits, set up by hardware manufacturers and software publishers that support the Macintosh platform.
On December 18, 2008, Apple announced that the 2009 Macworld Conference & Expo would be the last in which the company participates. On October 14, 2014, IDG suspended Macworld/iWorld indefinitely-info
AppleTv + Watch Apple TV+ on the Apple TV app, which is already on your favourite Apple devices. Just open the app, click or tap Apple TV+, and enjoy the shows and movies. You can also watch Apple TV+ on streaming platforms, popular smart TVs and AirPlay-enabled TVs with the Apple TV app — or watch online at tv.apple.com. -info
Plex Brings together all the media that matters to you. Your personal collection will look beautiful alongside stellar streaming content. Enjoy Live TV & DVR, a growing catalogue of great web shows, news and podcasts. It’s finally possible to enjoy all the media you love in a single app, on any device, no matter where you are. -info
Netflix Since 2012, Netflix has taken more of an active role as producer and distributor for both film and television series, and to that end, offers a variety of “Netflix Original” content through its online library. By January 2016, Netflix services operated in more than 190 countries. Netflix released an estimated 126 original series and films in 2016, more than any other network or cable channel.-info
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Apple Books Is the single destination for all the books you love, and the ones you’re about to. Browse the Book Store, join Oprah’s new Book Club, keep track of what you’ve read and want to read, and listen to enthralling audiobooks. All in one place.-info
iBooks Apple Books lets you lose yourself in the best books and audiobooks right on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch. You’ll find bestsellers, classics, up-and-coming authors, and more — all ready to instantly download and enjoy.-info
Do you have a favourite app?
**VLC ** VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.-info
**Handbreak ** HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.-info
Reasons you’ll love HandBrake – Convert video from nearly any format Free and Open Source Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux)
MakeMKV MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray discs.-info
Don Melton probably best known as the person who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple. These days I’m just an aspiring writer and recovering programmer -info
Anita, Hi Guys, I recently brought a shiny new M1 Mac mini, and I’m now looking to sell on my older MacBook Air, I reset my Air to clear all my info in order to sell it. It now said enter Disk password? Help! I don’t recall ever having a disk password how can I override this?
Gavin, Hi all, I have recently subscribed to Apple One and over the lock down, like most I’ve put on a few pounds and thinking why not! let’s give Apple Fitness a go, However I’m having major issues with pairing my Apple Watch to the Apple TV. Any suggestions?
Carlo Hi, this isn’t really a tech question but I really love your tuning into your show from episode 5 (I’m also going back over the early episodes ), I would love to hear your thought on ….. ” do you think Apple will release an iPhone without a port and if so when?” Thanks
Episode 15 – 05/04/21 – Tiger Girl and the Geek-O-Meter
Welcome back! This week we look back at our first experience of MacOSX it celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we are joined Mac Expert, Author and Automation Bakari Chavanu of macautomationtips.com, the latest tech is being held up by a lack of chips, This week we are going to look at the best ways to save time when using your Mac, and delve into best practices to remaining organised
Panel: Tina, Alastair, Craig, Martin,
Special guest: Bakari Chavanu
Runtime: – 63mins
This we have seen the birthday of MacOS X – marking it’s 20th anniversary since launch on the 24th of March,
20th anniversary of macOS
The fact that OS X launched at all on March 24, 2001, was a relief and felt like an achievement if you were a long-time Mac user. Even though that very first “Cheetah” version, 10.0, lacked features and did not lack bugs, it existed and that wasn’t something you could say about Apple’s previous OS attempts. -info
Lack of Chips?
A chip shortage that started in a surge in demand for personal computers and other electronics for work or school from home during the pandemic now threatens to snarl car production around the world, but what’s it all about….. -info
- Factory blaze adds to computer chip supply crisis -info
Intel to build ARM chips for other companies as part of its new business strategy
Intel puts Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’ guy into new ads praising PCs
Intel has been getting quite aggressive in its recent campaigns against M1 Macs, as Apple is replacing the Intel processors in the Mac lineup with its own Apple Silicon chips. However, while trying to mock Apple, Intel showed exactly what we expect from the next generation MacBook Pro: an edge-to-edge display. -info
Mac OS X 10.0 shipped in March of 2001 – Now we are 20 years on
Apple bought NeXT in December of 1996. Mac OS X 10.0 shipped in March of 2001. As powerful and sophisticated as NextStep was, it took the new Apple software organisation—led by NeXT’s Avie Tevanian—more than four years from acquisition to a “completed” version of Mac OS X. (And stopping the clock 20 years ago this week is probably unfair. I’d mark the end of the Mac OS X transition as April 2002, when Steve Jobs held a funeral for Mac OS 9 because OS X was finally good enough.)-info
The Event date was wrong? On event in March this year! When will the new iPad Pro come out? Apple plugging leaks with a fake date / to fool the rest of us?
We had expected a new iPad Pro to launch at an event on 23 March 2021 after multiple leakers indicated that Apple intended to hold an event on that day. However it seems that Apple was misleading the leakers and their source based on this tweet from Jon Prosser, -info
Do you have a desktop full of so many mixed files that you can’t see the desktop wallpaper? Then is the episode for you! And today we are joined by not only a Mac expert but one of the Apples community best automation and workflow kings “Bakari Chavanu”. Are you guilty of trying to do organised, and have a folder on your desktop called “Desktop” with all your junk stored in one place? Then let’s get started….
This week we are going to look at the best ways to save time when using your Mac, and delve into best practices to remaining organised and most importantly productive! Are you one of those people that sit down at your Mac to get something done and then look at the clock and realise that you have wandered off on a tangent and feel that you have wasted an afternoon?
Keyboard Maestro Improve Your Productivity! Whether you are a power user or just getting started, your time is precious. So don’t waste it. You can quickly benefit from Keyboard Maestro. Let Keyboard Maestro help make your Mac life more pleasant and efficient -info
Better Touch Tool You can use any of the supported trigger/input types and choose from a large and always growing list of actions to automate almost any task. Actions can be chained to handle complicated things. Additionally BTT includes various handy tools that every Mac owner should have. For example: Customisable Window Snapping & Resizing & Moving tools, Screenshot Tool & Editor, Clipboard Manager, Window Switcher -info
Hazel Want to automatically organise? Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organising your files according to the rules you create. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site it came from and much more. Automatically sort your movies or file your bills. Keep your files off the desktop and put them where they belong.-info
Screenfloatapp Use ScreenFloat to keep a reference of almost anything always visible, no matter what application or Space you’re in.Create a screenshot of the relevant portion of your screen with ScreenFloat and it will float above all windows. This way, you don’t have to move or resize windows around to keep information visible. With ScreenFloat’s Shots Browser, you can organise the screenshots you take in Categories and Smart Categories, give them a title and tag them. Double-click on a Shot in the Shots Browser to make it float again. -info
Timely Timely time tracking software, Making teams tick, Timely automates company time tracking, so everyone can focus on the work that matters. Timely solves the pain and inaccuracy of manual time tracking by automatically capturing everything you work on. To do that, it collects basic information — namely, the title and active timestamp of web and desktop applications. Unlike some time tracking tools, Timely offers user privacy by design, meaning all the information Timely collects stays completely private to you. -info
Timing Stay on Top of Your Time. Without Timers. Just keep focusing on your work while, Timing records your time automatically, then review your time when it is convenient for you. Whether you worked from home or in the office, you see how you spent your time and how productive you were. The timeline even shows when you worked on what, making smart suggestions to record hours of time with just one click. -info
Aperture is a discontinued image organiser that was developed by Apple for the macOS operating system. It was first released in 2005 and was discontinued in 2015. The software handles a number of tasks common in post-production work such as importing and organising image files, applying corrective adjustments, displaying slideshows, and printing photographs.
Features of Aperture included non-destructive editing; organisation of photographs by keyword, faces (using face recognition), and places (using GPS metadata embedded in image files); brushes for applying effects (such as dodge and burn, skin smoothing, and polarisation); and exporting to Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug, and iCloud.
On June 2, 2014, Apple announced Photos as a replacement for Aperture and iPhoto. Aperture 3.6, a final update adding compatibility with OS X Yosemite, was released on October 16, 2014. Aperture was discontinued and removed from sale on April 8, 2015. Mojave is the last version of macOS to run Aperture.
Photos Photos is where all the amazing photos you take with your iPhone and iPad live. And now it’s even smarter and more personal, with intelligent new features that help you find, edit and share your best shots.-info
Run Aperture on Big Sur or earlier? With – Retroactive Can Run Aperture, iPhoto, and iTunes on macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina. Xcode 11.7 on macOS Mojave. Final Cut Pro 7, Logic Pro 9, and iWork ’09 on macOS Mojave or macOS High Sierra. -info
Dragon dictate Dragon Naturally Speaking (also known as Dragon for PC, or DNS) is a speech recognition software package developed by Dragon Systems of Newton, Massachusetts, which was acquired first by Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products and later by Nuance Communications. It runs on Windows personal computers. Version 15 (Professional Individual and Legal Individual),which supports 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8 and 10, was released in August 2016. The macOS version is called Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, version 6 or Dragon for Mac.
Sadly the software is no longer produced for MacOS however there is IOS based App.
Nimbus One place to manage all your notes! Transform information chaos from multiple sources into an organized workplace. Empower yourself or your team to get things done faster with fewer iterations and meetings. -info
OmniFocus OmniFocus is powerful task management software for busy professionals. With tools to help tame the chaos, you can focus on the right tasks at the right time. More to do than you can keep in your head? OmniFocus makes it simple to capture tasks from anywhere. And because it’s deeply integrated with Apple devices, OmniFocus becomes a seamless part of your workflow. -info
Todoist Organise it all with Todoist Ranked as “the best to-do list right now” by The Verge, Todoist is used by 25 million people to organise, plan and collaborate on projects, both big and small. Use Todoist to: • Capture and organise tasks the moment they pop into your head. • Remember deadlines with reminders and due dates. • Build lasting habits with recurring due dates like “every Monday”. • Organise your projects in kanban style with Boards. • Collaborate on projects by assigning tasks to others. • Prioritise your tasks with priority levels. • Track your progress with personalised productivity trends. • Integrate your tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Slack, Amazon Alexa and more. -info
Notion Notion is an application that provides components such as notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders. Users can connect these components to create their own systems for knowledge management, note taking, data management, project management, among others. -info
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Episode -14 – The Skateboard Mac – 21/03/21 –
Panel: Tina, Alastair, Craig, Martin,
Special guest: Gary Rosenzweig
We are very excited to say that we are joined this week by our special guest Gary Rosenzweig of MacMost.com
Coming up on this weeks show, Apple has been busy having a spring clean as we say goodbye to the iMac Pro, and the HomePod, will we finally see and the AirPods 3’s and I challenge the panel with your tech questions, As well as a few other surprises…….
With the AirPods 3 rumoured to be launching as soon as this month, we’ve been seeing an increasing number of leaks showing off the design of the new earbuds. Renders were shared yesterday, and today, 52audio has published a series of images said to feature the third-generation AirPods.
Discontinuation of the full-size HomePod
Apple on Friday announced the discontinuation of the full-size HomePod, adding that it plans to focus on development of the HomePod mini.-info
iMac Pro has been discontinued
Apple in March confirmed that the iMac Pro has been discontinued, with no additional updates or refreshes planned going forward. Current iMac Pro stock will be available only as long as supplies last, with Apple already selling out of the machine in the United States and Canada -info
Virtual Sessions with today at Apple
Today at Apple is bringing more of its free creative sessions online for anyone to attend. Beginning in March, Product Skills sessions covering the basics of iPhone, iPad, and Mac will be available in a new virtual format.Creativity never stopped online. Virtual sessions are now hosted online,
Do’s and Do not’s when buying preloved Apple tech
Top things to check when buying a Second hand Mac
Require proof of purchase If bought online there is a digital copy stored on your account. When the seller “have lost it” you know something is up.
Check how much is left of battery Learn how to determine the number of cycles your Mac notebook’s battery has.-info
How to find the model and serial number of your Mac -info
Confirm all keys are functional make sure you test Space and arrow keys as these are more exposed and more common problem keys than the rest of them for some reason. Ensure the Space key works evenly across the whole key, not just centre.
Run Apples built-in hardware test “AHT” This is by far the most important thing, It doesn’t just report what is broken, but also gives you health indicators on what the wear and tear components of the computer such as the disk drive (yes, even SSD wear out) and battery.-info
If your Mac was introduced after June 2013, follow the steps for using Apple Diagnostics instead. -info
Check for dead pixels Try to find a dark background or object on the screen you can move around and then search for a white pixel on the screen. Do the opposite for black pixels.
Apples’ online refurbished store You can save pounds when buying thought the apple refurbished store.
SECOND HAND IOS DEVICES
Most of the above apply however…
Check the IMEI number How to and now the new Barcode mode in IOS
Check the seller’s return policy Some offer a return policy, which gives extra peace of mind. These sellers are often big resellers who have an established brand or shop. You’ll not find private sellers offering a return policy, as there are no laws surrounding the sale of secondhand purchases.
Check for an iCloud account, reset and set up the iPhone you should request the seller to charge the phone before bringing it to you
Always meet in a safe public place At a coffee shop, train station or even in front of an Apple store; these are all great places to meet a private seller. info
Preparing to sell or pass on you device
What do I do with a Mac that still has personal data on it? Do I take out the disk drive and smash it? Do I sweep it with a really strong magnet? Is there a difference in how I handle a hard drive (HDD) versus a solid-state drive (SSD).
…….. Tech Questions …..
Hi, does anyone here have experience with the old thunderbolt monitor? Since Big Sur, I’ve had some performance issues and I’m wondering if it is to do with this monitor?
Any thoughts on this or do we have to just wait for bug fixes?
Use the Thunderbolt port of this adapter to connect your Mac to a display that uses a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable. For example, you can use this adapter to connect your Mac to an Apple
Thunderbolt Display or LG Thunderbolt 2 display.
Apple Support Specs
How to turn off the alert sound for a specific app? Certain apps make unnecessary beeping alerts too often, and this is driving me crazy 🙁 I just want to turn it off for certain apps only.
If you can it’s always best to try and contact the developers.
- Adjust volume levels for each of your applications, all in one place. Make one app louder or softer than others, or even mute it entirely.
How do I change the Big Sur login wallpaper to something of my own?
1 System Preferences > Users & Groups.
2 Open lock to make changes.
3 Right click on user in left column > Advanced Options.
4 Copy UUID value.
5 Go to /Library/Caches/Desktop Pictures.
6 If it doesn’t exist create Desktop Pictures folder.
7 Inside Desktop Pictures create folder with UUID value as name.
8 Right click on folder > Get Info.
9 Open lock to make changes.
10 Grant permission to Read & Write to user, admin, everyone.
11 Make sure FileVault and Guest user are deactivated.
12 Change desktop wallpaper.
13 Restart computer.
Big Sur will now always create a lockscreen.png file in the UUID folder matching the current wallpaper.
Tested on a 2018 MBP.
Since its release in 2008, the Adobe AIR runtime has enabled developers to create and deploy Flex, ActionScript and HTML-based content as standalone desktop apps, as well as native iOS and Android apps running on mobile devices since 2010. We’ve been impressed by the broad set of AIR apps and games created by the developer community – reaching hundreds of millions of desktop and mobile devices. Adobe values the work of the developer community, and we’ve incorporated feedback received over the years into our runtimes and product roadmaps. info
Swift is a robust and intuitive programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. It’s designed to give developers more freedom than ever. Swift is easy to use and open-source, so anyone with an idea can create something incredible. info