Category: Miscellaneous


Posted by on December 17, 2012 | Comments Off on SPAM :(

There’s a really interesting discussion going on at slashdot at the moment regarding malware, email address spoofing and “all kinda other groovy things”.

I’ve had a number of inquiries from friends and clients about spam email arriving addressed from people that they knew, and some of the /.ers commenting in the article give great insight into how it is that comes about.

LinkedIn and iPhone / Android Calendar Security Issue

Posted by on June 6, 2012 | Comments Off on LinkedIn and iPhone / Android Calendar Security Issue

Hot on the heels of the LinkedIn password database leak, arstechnica today posted an article alerting users to a potential security vulnerability in the most recent versions of the LinkedIn app on Android and iOS devices. You can read more about the issue over at ars, and about LinkedIn’s response on the company’s blog.

The lastest advice for users of the service is to log in to the LinkedIn website and change your password as soon as possible, and to disable calendar syncing in the LinkedIn App on your phone or tablet, as well as making sure to update to the newly released version on Android through the Play store. Apparently an iOS update is pending Apple’s approval and will be available soon.

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Printing and Chrome

Posted by on January 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Printing and Chrome

As Safari continues to choke on Flash-centric websites, and Firefox has lost my interest, I have found myself daily more reliant on Google’s Chrome browser on my Mac. One of it’s “features” is the built in printer handling, which inserts itself between the user and the “how do I make it all fit on the same page?” button.
A screenshot of Chrome's print dialogue.
To bypass Chrome’s “Print Dialogue”, hold down the Option / Alt key when you select “Print” from the “File” menu, or use the keyboard shortcut “Command-Option-P”. This will take you straight to the regular Mac-style “Print Dialogue”, where you can make all of your usual adjustments.

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Opening old WordPerfect files

Posted by on September 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Opening old WordPerfect files

An excellent tip from Eric Godfrey on macintouch’s Reader Reports pages:

I accidentally discovered that some old WP files which are a mess in TextEdit open neatly with proper formatting in AppleScript Editor, from which they can be copied and pasted into a modern word processor.

You can find AppleScript Editor in your Utilities folder, accessible through the Go menu in the Finder.

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Signature capture in Lion

Posted by on July 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Signature capture in Lion

Apple’s new operating system, Lion, came out a couple of days ago, and thanks to people like Robin Parris at, there are already some excellent “hidden” features coming to light. It is now possible to capture a digital copy of your signature to paste onto PDF documents requiring it.

To save your signature:

  • Open Preview (you can find it with Spotlight, the magnifying glass at the top right of your screen, if you’re not sure where it is…)
  • From the “Preview” menu, next to the Apple menu (top left), select “Preferences…”
  • In the Preferences window, click “Signatures” and then “Create Signature”
  • Follow the instructions on-screen!


It took quite a bit of adjusting the piece of papering front of the camera before my chicken-scratch was recognized by the system, but it worked, and I am now ready to digitally sign my life away 🙂

Note that you can save and make use of more than one  signature at a time, should you want to save the one with the hearts over the ‘i’s for pleasure, and the skull’n’crossbones one for business!

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Firefox colour woes

Posted by on December 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Firefox colour woes

Today, I thought I took a whole pile of beautiful photos. Turns out, they weren’t quite as marvellous as I thought.

“No problemo,” says I, “I’ll just fix them up in Aperture, and they’ll be right as rain. Then I can Flickr ’em, and it’ll all be swell.”

… Mere minutes later, checking on the end results of the Flickr upload, I’m horrified to find dull, lifeless colours, vaguely resembling my pre-edit snaps. Misery! Disappointment! Cup of tea!

Re-editing, exporting, flattening, versioning, uploading with a different client: none of these seemed to help. It all looks great until it’s online. At every turn, I am defeated by drabness. Flickr forums to the rescue!

EVERYBODY needs to do this (or my photos will look bad ;P):

Type “about:config” into the location bar in Firefox.

OK through the “you’ll break your stuff button” guff.

Search for “gfx.color_management.enabled” anddouble click on where it says “False,” to change it to “True’

Restart Firefox, and check out my beautiful photos!

Thanks Patrick Costello @ flickr forums and mozillalinks!

Safari 5.0 speed issues, and potential resolution

Posted by on July 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Safari 5.0 speed issues, and potential resolution

Since updating to Safari 5.0, I’ve noticed that it seems to hang frequently, partway through loading new pages, but before blanking the window or displaying any of the new information. Sometimes it will work its own way through the slowdown, but more often I find myself forced to click back and then forward again, or hitting refresh multiple times, in an attempt to force the page to load.

According to a piece on today, the problem is “anecdotally” traceable to Safari being a little overzealous in its attempts to anticipate our every need, and dispatching what many ISPs’ servers deem to be an excessive number of DNS requests in preparation for the user’s next click. The solution, as seems to be the vogue at the moment, is to direct your computer to make use of the free, and incredibly useful, OpenDNS service.

To use the OpenDNS servers instead of the ones provided by your local router:

Open up “System Preferences” from the Apple menu
Select “Network”
Select your active network interface. This would be the one at the top of the list on the left, with a green light next to it – usually AirPort or Ethernet…
Click on “Advanced options…”
Click on “DNS”
Click the “+” button at the bottom left of the DNS pane, and then type into the text box.
Click the “+” button again, and type into the second box.
Click “OK”
Click “Apply”

et… voilá! Safari 5, with all the speed I had come to expect: no need to try to downgrade to version 4!

Site overhaul, new features

Posted by on July 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Site overhaul, new features

Just in time for the holiday weekend, we’ve updated the BATS website, relaunched the blog, and added the Setster widget (the big red “Appointment” button on the right…) to help streamline the process of scheduling a visit.

Konica Minolta 2300w & 2400w drivers for the mac…

Posted by on February 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Konica Minolta 2300w & 2400w drivers for the mac…

Courtesy of the LInux Foundation.

Also requires installation of GhostScript & Foomatic-RIP: download links available on the driver page…


Posted by on July 15, 2009 | Comments Off on SMS

Did you know that the old Nokia text-message sound actually spells out SMS in Morse code?!

Thanks el Reg

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