Category Archives: Apple Hardware

Methods for opening Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac

Reader says, “I’m a Mac user, and a friend of mine gave me several Microsoft Publisher files that were created in 2005 that contain text and graphics that I want to include in an article that I’m writing. How can I open and use these files on my computer?”

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I just bought Windows 10 to run on my Mac. Now what?

Start Windows10 upgradeMac users typically run Windows using virtualization software like VMware Fusion or Parallels and may be thinking of upgrading to Windows 10. Software developers are notorious for changing the look and feel of their company’s operating systems with each successive version, and Windows 10 is no exception. As a form of insurance in case you encounter a major glitch or want to revert to your previous setup, it is vitally important to make a complete backup of your Windows virtual machine BEFORE you upgrade.

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Can’t play that DVD? Try these workarounds

Hand Holding DVD DiscThe year-end holidays have come and gone. You have been exercising feverishly to reduce your waistline that expanded a few inches due to the endless partying, and everyone in your household has unwrapped all their gifts. However, one of those gifts is perched silently on the coffee table. It’s a homemade DVD gifted to you by a cousin who lives on the opposite end of the country that features highlights of your uncle’s 70th birthday celebration. Because you couldn’t get the necessary time off from your job, you couldn’t be there in person to share in the family fun and festivities. While other DVDs play back fine in your MacBook Pro, this disc just spins and spins before it gets ejected by the drive. You’ve never experienced this type of hardware problem before. According to your cousin, the DVD is not defective, because she said that before she wrapped her gift, she successfully tested the same disc in her set-top player in her living room.

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iOS8 has a new health app that could save lives

iO8 Health AppIn iOS 8 for iPhones 4s and higher, there is a new app that is not well publicized but may save your life or someone else’s. Everybody should know about it, especially first responders and EMTs.

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Advice when using a Mac to access the Slickdeals website

Slickdeals is a popular web portal offering a wide variety of product deals. This video explains why computer users running Mac OS X should use either Safari or Opera to access this site and not rely on either Firefox or Chrome.

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Connecting an iPad to a hidden wifi network

Customer writes: We just bought an iPad (wireless only). Problem is, our Airport router is not recognized by the iPad. I think that the problem is because we made our router invisible to all within its local reach, except for our old iMac computer running 10.4.11. How do we get our Airport to recognize our new iPad?

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Photoshop cloning tool is broken

From today’s mail bag
The cloning tool in Photoshop CS4 appears to be broken. When I take a cloning sample, Photoshop appears to select the entire image as I move the cursor around. While I also have a copy of Photoshop CS5 installed on my Mac, I prefer the way CS4 clones. Can you help?

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