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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 3

Apple has been waging an effective marketing campaign during the macOSX/iPhone/iPad era, enabling the firm to attain dominance in a number of categories. Their promotional ads might contain a message similar to this: “Version 99.0 of our most popular widget has been updated so you can take full advantage of the latest technologies that enable you to enjoy life to the fullest and have fun in the process.” While product upgrades certainly serve a useful purpose and I’m not opposed to them in principle, the changes should not be so dramatic that they disrupt a company’s or a person’s workflow.

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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 2

Installing High Sierra on My Mac

I use a MacBook Pro for my daily computing tasks. A while back, I installed a 1TB solid state drive that I purchased from Other World Computing. When I decided to test the upgrade process, my laptop was running macOS 10.12.5 (Sierra).

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Upgrading your macOS without forethought could cost you money – Part 1

Apple recently released its latest macOS known as High Sierra (version 10.13). The technology firm continues its fairly recent practice of offering its latest OS upgrade as a free download from the App Store. While you may be tempted to take immediate action and initiate the upgrade process without much forethought, you need to be aware of the risks involved and what steps you should take first, especially if things don’t work out as expected and you need to restore the current OS that you’re running.

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Fix for common Final Cut Pro 7 import error

I recently encountered an error involving the use of Final Cut Pro 7 that has been discussed at great length on a multi-year forum thread posted on Creative Cow.

Dreaded File error: 1 file(s) recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown
Creative Cow Thread started on Oct 20, 2009
https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1058696

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CASE STUDY: Upgrading My Data Management and Backup System

What can you do when your data management and backup systems are not as efficient and effective as you would like them to be? Below is a recap of proactive steps that I took to address this problem.

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Using a hair dryer to completely fix a printer problem

Epson Stylus Photo 2200 and Magic Bullet Solution
I have an Epson Stylus Photo printer that I obtained in exchange for a consulting job that I completed years ago for a professional photographer. The printer is a Stylus Photo 2200 that was manufactured and sold at a time when LPT ports were installed as standard equipment on Windows PCs and Mac OS 9 was still being run on Apple desktop computers. Despite its age, this Epson printer is usable under the latest version of Mac OS X. Virtually problem-free during my period of ownership, I recently started to notice repeatable smudges and patterns of black ink on all my printouts that I couldn’t fix by changing cartridges and cleaning the print heads using the Printer Utility tool in System Preferences. Searching online for a solution, I ordered a pack of Inkjet Cleaning Sheets (S041150) from the Epson Store, but later found out when I opened the package that they were incompatible with the Stylus Photo series of printers. A follow-up search led me to order a couple of bottles of the Magic Bullet Printhead Cleaning Kit from Marrutt USA, whose parent firm is located in the UK.

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February 28, 2017 · 22:03

Text-to-Speech wasn’t eliminated in Sierra—it was moved

Sierra 10.12 About This Mac

I know that Mac OS X 10.12 (aka Sierra) was been out for a while, but I’m still getting used to some of the subtle changes. With Siri’s voice recognition technology now included as a standard feature, it seemed odd that the list of synthesized voices that could be installed and played back in earlier iterations of OS X were nowhere to be found. Or, at least that’s what appeared at first glance.

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