Apple’s built-in Preview app has long had a way that you can reduce the size of a PDF by recompressing and downsampling the images in the PDF. Simply open a PDF in Preview and go to File > Export and then for Quartz Filter select Reduce File Size. Whilst this generally provides very good savings […]
NTP is built into all recent versions of OS X and OS X Server (and OS X with Server.app) If you’re running a server, the other clients on the network can receive time updates from the server – but only if the server is able to update it’s time to an authoritative time server on […]
I wanted to clean up my Sent Items folder in my email – I don’t have time to go through and manually sort them, nor do I have time to delete some and keep others. My main aim was to break them up so that I didn’t end up with over 20k items in a […]
Apple now have enabled 2 factor verification for iCloud – 2 factor means you need two things, such as a password and a code sent to your phone, to access your account. Enabling 2 factor authentication also means that your account cannot be accessed via ironically insecure security questions (i.e., what’s your mother’s maiden name). […]
I’ve spent too long this morning trying to install Windows 8 on a new Retina MacBook Pro. The first error I received was that “Windows can’t be installed in drive 0 partition 4” with more detail giving the error message “The selected disk is of the GPT partition style”. Great. Not very helpful. Then, after making a Windows […]
I’ve started putting up some how-to guides that I can direct people to so I don’t have to answer the same questions time and time again. Here they are: Automatica Guidebook – Automatica How To Guides
Thanks Sun, I know you were waiting to announce this once Apple oficially dropped support for ZFS like the proverbial hot potato. ZFS Deduplication You knew this day was coming: ZFS now has built-in deduplication. If you already know what dedup is and why you want it, you can skip the next couple of sections. […]
This post is a step-by-step guide to get Ubuntu Linux up and running on the BeagleBoard. There’s nothing much new here, more it’s gathering information that’s spread over a few different pages all into one place, so if I need to do it again from scratch I’ve got an easy reference to follow.
Interesting technote to read from Apple – they are changing the way that Mac OS X 10.6 reports the size of a disk. In the past, they have used 1MB=1024kB and 1GB=1024MB, but now in line with standard SI Units, they are using 1MB=1000kB and 1GB=1000MB. This is more in line with the measurements that […]
This is pretty well spot-on – print it out and keep it handy to save calling me. xkcd – A Webcomic – Tech Support Cheat Sheet.