A repair to my wife’s Mac Mini

My wife's computer is a unibody, late-2012 Mac Mini, model A1347 with Fusion Drive, which we've had since then, having ordered it to our specs directly from Apple. We're happy with it. It's a lovely little computer with more than enough oomph for my wife's needs (she is an author). The HDD on her Mac [...]

Here’s to the simple solutions

For the past couple of days, Mail had stopped working. It couldn't connect to the email servers for some reasons and kept taking my accounts offline. I knew I hadn't changed any of its settings. In all my years of using a Mac (since 1994), I'd never run into a situation where Mail settings had [...]

A short iMovie wishlist

I do love the way iMovie keeps getting better and better, but I have a few wishes I'd love to see as features: The ability to truly archive a project and all its files. I know that I can drag and drop a project onto an external hard drive through iMovie, and I'll get the [...]

File corruption rears its ugly head

During the last few weeks, I've seen the following error in Adobe Lightroom 3. There I am, editing photos, minding my own business, and when I try to view a photo for editing, I get the error message you see above: "The file appears to be unsupported or damaged." When I try to view the [...]

CableJive SoundDock and iStubz cables

Back in 2008, I bought a SoundDock cable from CableJive, which allowed me to connect my 1st gen Bose SoundDock to my Mac. Since we bought our SoundDock, Bose has come out with a 2nd gen SoundDock, which has a built-in auxiliary input, making the cable unnecessary. Still, we weren't about to buy a new [...]

Gmail, please stop messing with my contacts

When I sync my Gmail Contacts with my Mac's Address Book, I always discover "uninvited guests" -- occasional people with whom I converse but who don't need to be in my Address Book. What happens is that Gmail will identify people to whom I reply and insert them in my Contacts automatically. It used to [...]

Hardware review: Elgato Turbo.264

I've been using the Elgato Turbo.264 hardware encoder since February of 2008 (see item 5 here) and am happy with it. When I first saw it on the Elgato website, I thought it was a gimmick. After all, what could a little USB stick do that my iMac's or my MacBook Pro's CPU and GPU [...]

Hooray for Netflix Watch Instantly abroad

❗ Updated 8/11/11: The loophole detailed in this post has been closed off by Netflix, but there's a simple way to bypass their new rules, provided you have a US credit card and mailing address. I've written a new how-to article that details how I've been watching Netflix from outside the US for the past [...]