Tag Archives: Mac OS X

Digitizing documents using an obsolete Canon scanner and VueScan 9

Canon LiDE 80 and VueScan 9
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have a Canon LiDE 80 scanner that I bought in 2004 that still works when run under Windows XP but is unsupported on the most recent releases of Mac OS X. An annoying aspect about using the Canon scanner under Windows XP is that I will invariably encounter a ScanGear release lock error message that can take several minutes or more to resolve. The alternative to using the native Canon driver under Windows XP is to buy and install the VueScan application from Hamrick Software that can run under OS X, including Sierra 10.12. As a test, I tried a number of different scanning operations using VueScan 9 that produced satisfactory results in some cases, but not in others.

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February 14, 2017 · 21:33

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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Disk Utility is less useful using Sierra 10.12 – part 2

Disk Uutility 10.12 lost features
When I am evaluating whether to upgrade my Mac’s operating system, I naturally assume that any new release will have more features and improved functionality. If you are a Mac user running a discontinued yet perfectly usable OS like Mountain Lion 10.8 and have come to rely upon Disk Utility in your arsenal of everyday tools, you may be unpleasantly surprised at the menu options that are no longer available in Sierra 10.12.

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Upgrading to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

After an operating system update, users invariably encounter feature and interface changes and apps that no longer work. While I certainly don’t claim to be the definitive expert and authority about Apple’s newest OS, I’d like to share a few things that I discovered during the upgrade process.

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Yosemite keeps asking customer to install Java even after a restart

To view web content, install Java RuntimeCustomer writes: I upgraded my OS recently and am now getting this attached popup. It asks me to download Java for Mac OS X here, which I then do. I restarted my computer [but] the popup continues to appear throughout the day. Is there anything you can suggest I do to stop this message (To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment) from appearing?

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Sometimes it helps to revert to an earlier software version

Man pulling his hair outIf you’ve been using the self-hosted version of WordPress for the past few years and have periodically upgraded the software program as new versions became available, you may have at one time or another encountered a rather aggravating error message that prevents you from saving posts or pages that you’re trying to edit.

“Connection lost. Saving has been disabled until you’re reconnected. We’re backing up this post in your browser, just in case.”

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Did my Mac get hacked?

From today’s mail bag
My Mac acted very slowly for a week or so. Is it possible that it could have been hacked? The thing that concerns me is that it was slow for certain times, but then reverted to being okay.

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