How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X to Fix Annoying Printer Problems

Jan 9, 2015 - 3 Comments

A Mac Printer Printer problems are notoriously frustrating for any computer user, and while Macs get off a bit easier than the alternatives out there, there can still be some pretty annoying issues that pop up with printing in OS X due to flakey third party printing support, bad software, or just a low-grade printer. Whether it’s a broken print queue with a hundred pending jobs that remain unprinted, or a printer outright not responding regardless of how many jobs you send to it, sometimes the best thing to do is just start over from scratch and reset the entire Mac printing system in OS X.

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Clear Font Caches & Font Databases in Mac OS X to Resolve Unusual Font Problems

Jan 8, 2015 - 8 Comments

Terminal in OS X In some unusual and admittedly rare situations, fonts in OS X and various Mac apps may display erroneously, or outright fail to display. Typically this happens after a font has been modified or a font has been installed outside of the standard ~/Library/Fonts directory, but it can happen out of the blue in some situations as well. While some font issues can be fixed by repairing permissions, more obscure issues may require you to dump the font caches and rebuild them.

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Change the Slow Motion Video Recording Speed on iPhone by Adjusting FPS

Jan 8, 2015 - 2 Comments

iPhone Slow Motion video recording speed

All new iPhone models can capture and record high quality slow-motion video by flipping to the ‘slo-mo’ setting in Camera app. Perhaps lesser known is that you can change the Frames Per Second (FPS) capture speed for slow motion video, which basically determines just how smooth and slow the video playback is, but also has a more practical benefit for casual users that reduces the movies file size, which we’ll discus momentarily.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Jan 7, 2015 - 55 Comments

OS X Yosemite Macs

Apple has released the fourth beta build of OS X 10.10.2, arriving as build 14C94b, to those registered with the Mac Developer program. The latest release continues to focus on improving bugs, including problems with Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver, some of which are issues that have persistently bothered a number of Mac users even after updating to OS X 10.10.1.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 55 Comments

Change the Selection Highlight Color in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2015 - 9 Comments

Highlight color in Mac OS X

Many Mac users probably don’t think twice about the color that shows up when they select and highlight text or some app elements in OS X, which defaults to being blue. But if you’re the type of user who likes to customize things a bit, you may appreciate knowing that you can choose nearly any other selection highlight color, including the preset options of red, orang, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, graphite, or going all out and picking your own through a color picker.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Disable Auto-Correct on iPhone Completely

Jan 6, 2015 - 5 Comments

Turn Off Auto-Correct in iOS

If you’re fed up with auto-correct on the iPhone erroneously changing words to things you did not intend to type, you can opt to disable the auto-correction feature completely in iOS. Doing away with this feature is not recommended for most users, but choosing to turn off autocorrect can be a reasonable solution for some unique situations where the typo prevention feature is persistently a nuisance or just outright wrong.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Make the Window Resizing Animation Speed Instant in Mac OS X

Jan 6, 2015 - 24 Comments

Speed Up Window Resizing Animations in Mac OS X

When you hit the green maximize button to resize windows on a Mac or send things into full screen mode, a fancy visual animation shows the redrawing of the window size as the active window expands outwards. While this looks great and many users will be happy with the default resizing animation time in OS X, it can feel sluggish to some users, and others may just not be a particular fan of excess eye candy effects in general.

For Mac users who want to dramatically speed up the animation time of window resizing events, you can turn to the terminal and adjust the window resize time with a defaults command string. In fact, by shortening the window redraw time to a tiny fraction of a second, you can basically make the resize animation instant, which can give the feeling that OS X is a bit faster.

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Increase Line Spacing in OS X Terminal to Improve Readability

Jan 5, 2015 - 4 Comments

Terminal If you’re a Mac user who finds the text output shown within Terminal app to be a bit too confined and tightly spaced, you’ll be pleased to discover that you can adjust the line spacing to accommodate your preferences. You can boost line spacing within Terminal dramatically or just a little bit (or if you really want to, shrink the line spacing too), and you may find that even a small increase to the line spacing can result in dramatically improved readability of text and command output within Terminal app.

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Disable Raise to Listen for Audio Messages in iOS to Prevent Weird Voice Text Behavior

Jan 4, 2015 - 1 Comment

Audio message in iOS

Raise To Listen is a handy feature in modern versions of iOS that allow you to literally raise your iPhone to listen to a received audio message and to respond by sending a new voice text. But the feature is not entirely reliable for all users (particularly those who use an iPhone case, more on that in a moment), and as a result it can cause some annoyances where a message is inadvertently marked as listened or played, and because audio messages remove themselves by default, those audio messages may disappear from your iOS device without ever actually listening to them. Perhaps even more annoying is that some third party cases and protective screen products may cause the Raise to Listen response feature to trigger at inappropriate times or cut off in the middle of a voice text, sometimes sending an audio message that is incomplete.

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Mac Setup: The Desk of a Senior Scientist & FPGA Developer

Jan 4, 2015 - 8 Comments

Mac Setup of a Senior Scientist and FPGA Developer

It’s time for another featured Mac setup! This time we’re sharing the workstation of Daniel W., a Senior Scientist and FPGA Developer who has a great Mac desk to learn a bit more about:

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 8 Comments

How to Rearrange, Hide, & Show Hidden Instagram Filters

Jan 3, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Arrange Instagram Filters

Have a few favorite Instagram filters that you want easy access to? Never use some of the other filters and you want to hide them? You can now do both, rearrange your photo filters so that your preferred choices are in whatever order you’d like, and you can hide the filters you don’t like or don’t use. Of course if you hide a filter or many and decide you want to access them again, you can do that too. There are two ways to change your filters list, one uses a simple drag trick similar to changing home screen icon layouts, and the other uses the Instagram apps filter management tool.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

A Few Ways to Make the iPhone Alarm Volume Louder

Jan 2, 2015 - 15 Comments

iPhone Alarm Volume

Many of us use the iPhone as our primary alarm clocks, but if you’re a heavy sleeper then the volume of the alarm may not be sufficient to pull you out of a deep slumber, and you can easily dismiss the alarm in a half-awake state which doesn’t help much either.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

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