Fix for failed SuperDuper backup

SuperDuper failed backup message

Prepping for the fall rollout of macOS Catalina, I unsuccessfully attempted a SuperDuper 3.2.5 clone of my Mojave 10.14 configuration. I contacted Shirt Pocket, the developer of SuperDuper, whose support technician provided the easy fix.

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Fix for cannot locate Internet or proxy server error

Cannot locate Internet server

Received a Word file via email that contained embedded URL links that would not open in any of my installed browsers on my Mac. In researching the issue, I found a website that suggested opening the file in a Windows version of Word. While I have various flavors of Windows installed in Parallels and CrossOver, neither has a copy of Microsoft Word or a Word for Windows reader. I chose a different approach that worked.

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Case Study: Repairing damaged photos using Photoshop

Imagine that you are planning to fly to a family reunion where attendees will be invited to share their family photos as part of the show-and-tell program. You would like to participate, but you are discouraged because your best images are marred by dust marks, improper exposure, or very noticeable scratch marks. You wonder if it is even possible to fix the images so they can be seen as presentable at your reunion.

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Should I upgrade my macOS to Mojave?

MacOS Mojave

With Apple having released macOS 10.14 (codename: Mojave) in late September, I found myself maintaining and running an operating system that was now two generations in arrears. Should I take the plunge to upgrade? Read on to learn the basis for my decision.

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Integrating old and new technology required an innovative solution

Funny Life With Internet

Enabling a client of mine named William to upload and print photos taken with his iPhone 6 using the Canon printer attached to his Power PC iMac proved to be a challenge, but I eventually came up with a solution.

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What is the Internet of Things?

If you have been following the tech news even a little bit over the last few years, you’ve heard of the Internet of Things. The IoT, we’re told, is supposed to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and will fundamentally change the way we live our lives.

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Case study: Redesigning a website

web designI serve as webmaster for four sites (including this blog). In this post, I summarize several factors that motivated me to redesign the online store that I manage.

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