Tag Archives: Apple

The best camera is not a camera

I knew my new iPad would take better photos than my ancient iPad 2, but the ease of taking an excellent, well-balanced photo every single time makes using my Canon 6D now seem cumbersome and pointless. Wide angle, portrait, 4K video, it does it all equally well and effortlessly.

No filter.

Force Favicons to Refresh

Having the wrong favicon on a Safari bookmark isn’t a big deal when facing an almost-pandemic and climate emergency, but a couple of websites I visit frequently both ended up with the YouTube favicon for some reason and it was driving me a bit squirrelly – I wanted to at least fix this one tiny thing!

I tried deleting a bunch of files that I probably shouldn’t have in my library and it didn’t make a bit of difference. A helpful thread on an Apple community forum lead me to this trick of visiting a website in private mode to force its favicon to refresh. I don’t understand why this magic spell works, but all the wonky little favicons are back to normal and I can now worry about stocking up for a pandemic in peace. I hope this helps some other distracted soul.

Keynote Magic

One of the MacOS updates knocked out Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 a couple of years ago. Instead of paying for another MS product, and seeing as I seem to live in Apple world, I decided to try to figure out how to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

Except for never having figured out the keyboard shortcut to centre text in Pages (I don’t think there is one), these apps do all I need to do. It’s an MS world for most people, and I collaborate on a lot of documents by times, but “translating” to MS versions mostly goes pretty smoothly.

I gave a presentation at the Inspire Learning Centre in Summerside on Tuesday at the invitation of EPSI and wanted to up my game to match the neat A/V equipment they have in their Key Family Room. My last MacBook Pro had an IR function that allowed me to pair the remote from our AppleTV to use as a presentation remote, but my newer 2015 MacBook Pro does not have IR, so I’ve just always used the keyboard/trackpad.

I started to look for a third-party solution, but of course Apple makes it simple. I downloaded Keynote onto my husband’s iPad (my Gen 2 iPad won’t play this game!) and easily paired it through Bluetooth with Keynote on my MacBook so I didn’t have to worry about wifi passwords. I could preview the next slide, read the notes and prompts, click to the next slide, and it worked perfectly.

p.s. The Inspire Learning Centre has what looks like a self-serve online booking system if you are ever looking for a room to do something in Summerside. Library staff say high school students will book some of the smaller rooms for group study, and craft and community groups use them as well. The library staff are patient and helpful, and they even have a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI dongle!

Clean Screen

What happens when you drop your iPod Touch in a bucket of water for two seconds while you are washing your floors?

Clean Screen
Still podding!

Nothing! Didn’t skip a beat.

Yes, I still have an iPod Touch (6th generation) and am deluded enough to think my letter to Tim Cook asking him to retain and update the Touch led to Apple releasing the 7th generation earlier this year. Touch+wi-fi+Samsung flip phone = smartish phone!