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Fix: User accounts don’t show on the OS X login screen

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:11:43 +0000

Odd problem on one of the Macs here ... on reboot the user accounts didn't show on the login screen, only the admin. It would appear if we used the Log Out command though, which was strange. The problem turned out to be with FileVault, and the fix was painless. Open System Preferences Choose Privacy […]

Beware when downloading iTunes!!!!

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 14:36:03 +0000

If you're looking to download iTunes, don't, whatever you do, search for the download using a search engine. Why? Because there's no end of malware and junkware in the listings. Unless you know what you're doing, you can find yourself downloading nasties in the process. Most of the time you don't just get iTunes, but […]

Shout out from Tim Cook

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:15:12 +0000

It's not every day I get a shout out from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Clogged printhead coaxed back to life

Fri, 30 May 2014 12:31:41 +0000

Went to use my Canon Photosmart Plus printer the other day - a device that admittedly gets little use these days - only to find that it wouldn't print black. I tried the self cleaning utility but with no success. Ho hum, so off I went in search of new cartridges. Installed new cartridges (man, […]

Time to change that eBay password

Wed, 21 May 2014 13:53:00 +0000

Cyberattack results in password leak. eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data. After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting […]

Dymo tape woes

Wed, 21 May 2014 13:29:06 +0000

Sometimes I'm overtaken with the urge to be tidy. One such example of this wildly errant behavior is when I decided to label the USB cables coming from my storage and input devices with my Dymo tape labeller. A while ago I switched from the paper tape to the plastic variety, the idea being that […]

The two best Surface Pro 3 features, and one big worry

Tue, 20 May 2014 19:18:52 +0000

Here's what I think are the two best Surface Pro 3 features: It's only 9.1 mm thick, the thinnest Intel Core product on the market today. The full-friction kickstand. It apparently too Microsoft three year to develop this hinge. My worry is heat. The top-end Surface Pro 3 features a Core i7 processor, and even […]

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet PC

Tue, 20 May 2014 18:49:03 +0000

Today Microsoft unveiled the latest in the Surface tablet lineup, the Surface Pro 3. This, according to Microsoft, is the tablet that can replace your PC. The Surface Pro 3 replaces the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets that were released 8 months ago. Here's a rundown of the basics: 12-inch display 4:3 aspect ratio (just […]

The $30 Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:09:55 +0000

Looking for a cheap Bluetooth keyboard for an iPad Air? For $30 the Anker Keyboard for the iPad Air seems like a good buy, and ZDNet's James Kendrick has a review of it over on his Mobile News column. The claimed battery life of 6 months is certainly an attractive feature for me, beating the competition hands-down. […]

Removing a stripped screw

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:53:27 +0000

Some good tips in this video. If you use a quality screwdriver with the appropriate sized head in the first place and you reduced the chances of chewing a screw up enormously. If things get chewed up big style, there's always is Neji-Saurus – the screw extracting dinosaur!

Three ways to increase your computer’s performance

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:09:37 +0000

Three cool tips from the gang at CNET on speeding up your computer. Yes, computers feel fast when they're new, but over time they get kludged up and tired. All three of these tips are valid, and there's no voodoo there or stuff that can harm your system. I'd add a fourth tip - update […]

My Latest Toy: Western Digital My Passport Pro

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:16 +0000

As well as being a PC Doctor, I'm also a pro-am photographer (Shameless plug: Check out my Flickr page!), and one of the side effects of being a photographer that doesn't delete anything but the worst of shots is that you create masses of data. Data I don't want to lose. Dealing with the data […]

The 1TB MacBook Pro drive is FAST!

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:04:30 +0000

The 1TB PCI-e solid state drive that comes as an optional extra for the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is crazy fast. Here's a benchmark of a late-2012 MBP featuring a 256GB Mini-SATA 6 Gbit/s SSD: And here is the early-2013 MBP featuring a 1TB PCIe 2.0 x2 5.0 GT/s SSD: This is fast. […]

USB 3.0 radio noise can interfere with 2.4GHz wireless devices

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:50:49 +0000

Interesting research by Intel on the negative effects of radio interference generated by USB 3.0 devices on 2.4GHz wireless devices. Improving the shielding on the USB 3.0 receptacle connector can help reduce the amount of noise radiated due to USB 3.0 signaling. In addition, shielding of the USB 3.0 peripheral device plays an important role […]

How easy is it to scratch the iPhone 5’s screen?

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:38:06 +0000

I've not bothered with screen protectors for a while. The truth is that one day I realized I was putting up with a horrible screen experience so that one of my kids to get my scratch-free handset at some point down the line. No more. My iPhone 5's screen goes commando! That said, I do […]

My portable storage solutions

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:20:20 +0000

Can we – or at any rate, I – ever have 'enough' storage? I don't think so. My renewed – and somewhat vigorous – interest in photography has put pressure on my storage needs. This is amplified by the fact that I use my retina display MacBook Pro for processing. While the machine is super […]

How to keep gear charged up when off the grid

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:31:41 +0000

I spent a week off the grid, without access to either fresh running water or electricity. However, despite there being no power outlets, I managed to keep my iPad and iPhone charged up the whole time. Want to know how I did it? No problem! I documented it over on Hardware 2.0. I had some […]

Why the iWatch will need to be stylish, not nerdy

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:29:24 +0000

Everybody is going nuts over the possibility that Apple is working on a wrist-mounted device, dubbed the iWatch. But while it is all too easy to geek out on the possibility of having an iPhone companion close to hand, Apple will have to nail both the tech and the style of the thing. But it's […]

Stop your Mac from going to sleep

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:29:02 +0000

As my regular readers over on Hardware 2.0 will know, I've now got a Mac. It's a Core i7-powered, Retina display MacBook Pro, and it is amazing! It's a great portable system, and I use it for work, and for processing photos and videos. Because the MacBook Pro is a portable system, Apple have optimized […]

I’m baaaaack!

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:26:01 +0000

Wow! How time flies … and how I've neglected this blog! It's amazing how life, work, other writing commitments, and a whole bunch of other stuff has come between me and writing for this blog. But no more! I'm back, and things are going to change! Expect a regular stream of posts on this blog. […]

Mac OSX Mavericks

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:45:28 +0000

Apple have just announced their latest version of the OSX operating system. Named "Mavericks" which will be available from the Mac App store. New features include "massive performance" improvements to Safari, tabbed finder windows, menus and docks across multiple monitors, integration with Apple TV. Tagging will be a major feature as will the integration of […]

How-to: Burn your Windows 8 .ISO to DVD disc

Sat, 22 Oct 2011 13:59:49 +0000

It seems that some of you who have downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview .ISO files are a little uncertain as to how to get that file onto a DVD disc. Fear not, here's a quick rundown to get you going! #1 - Download the Windows 8 .ISO file(s)! Well duh! Download them from here […]

X-ray cross-section of the iPhone 4S camera

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:10:15 +0000

This is an awsome image: This is an X-ray cross-section of the 8 megapixel camera in the new iPhone 4S. It was taken by the great folks at Chipworks. I encourage you to check out the original, high-resolution image. It's breathtaking. Also thanks to Chipworks, we know who built the camera: Sony. This shot was taken […]

It’s iPhone 4S release day!

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:28:27 +0000

The day has come that Apple fans have been waiting for! It's iPhone 4S release day! It might look (exactly) like an iPhone 4 on the outside, but on the inside there are some key differences: Dual-core A5 processor - Up to twice as fast Improved antenna 512 MB of RAM Updated 8 megapixel (3264×2448 […]

Hey, Firefox 3.6 users, look out for Firefox 7.0.1!

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:55:40 +0000

Today Mozilla will start pushing Firefox 7.0.1 onto people who are still using Firefox 3.6. It's all part of the plan: * We will be offering an advertised update (also sometimes called a “major update”) for Firefox 3.6.x -> Firefox 7.0 on 2011-10-06 (1 week and 2 days after Firefox 7’s release) * The advertised update has […]