macOS

Post Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014

Intro

Safari is the Mac's default web browser, and it does all the usual web browser things - opens webpages, downloads files, plays audio, all that. It has some neat tricks, too, like the Reader that can show you only the meat of an article.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Finder

Finder is the Mac's file browser. With it, you can look at files and folders on internal, external, and network drives; copy, cut, and paste items; tag files for easier locating later; search for files; and more. The problem is that, particularly for those transitioning to the Mac from Windows, Finder is a confusing mess that makes you scared to even go looking for a file. I understand that, because I was there too. Hopefully, in writing down what I've learned over the years, I can save you a lot of time and frustration, and let you get on with your Mac much better.

Post Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Intro

When you first get a Mac, and are learning VoiceOver, it can be hard to remember the myriad commands available. Some are pretty easy, like control-option-w to read the current word. Some are quite complex or seldom used, such as control-option-command-f5 to move the mouse pointer to where VoiceOver is focused. Then there are the core concepts, like interacting, moving around dialogs, getting to menus, and plenty more. So, I wanted to offer a guide that does not explain most of the commands and concepts, but rather tells you where to go if you need help.

Post Date: Friday, March 6, 2015

By Scott Berry

I was wondering how I could get some kind of a sidebar back to make iTunes look like versions 10 and 11. There is a real easy way. On any of the screens where you see the radio button for Playlists you may click on that. No it isn’t going to look like iTunes from previous versions. But once you figure it all out you can do find the table that lists all the devices, movies, music and tv shows. In order to keep this table you must always either be have the playlist radio button checked or you may check it when necessary.

Post Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hello,

It is about Spotify desktop application on Mac and the steps to make it accessible.

My spotify version is 1.0.6.80 but any version later than 0.9.4 (released in September, 2013) would be fine.

There are two steps to make it happen.

Step 1: Open Terminal.app
Step 2: Type the following line and hit enter:
/Applications/Spotify.app/Contents/MacOS/Spotify --force-renderer-accessibility&

That's it. If Spotify doesn't launch, please check the path where Spotify is installed.

Post Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Partitioning a Drive

When you partition a drive, you essentially make your computer see two different drives where there used to be one. This is useful for a variety of reasons and is something you may find yourself needing to do, but the process on a Mac is a bit complicated. It may be easy to do visually, but using Voiceover, there are some tricks you should know. So, let's get started.

Post Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
This tip is intended for those who either have, or are considering buying a Mac Mini since it does not take up much space and don't wish to use a screen because you're a Voiceover user who don't need a screenI have created this tip because Apple's support article does not (yet) explain a solution that works. However, I know that they are going to investigate this issue. Can you use a MacMini without a screen?Yes, you can.
Post Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Intro

Recently, I was helping someone with their Mac and the question came up, “What is iCloud and what is the cloud?”

Post Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The other day, a few folks and I were comparing stories about switching to a Mac, and trying to build a case for some others to switch as well. The greatest complaint that evening was how Voiceover is less responsive than a screen reader in Windows. This got me to thinking of what the differences were, and through experimentation, have figured out a few tips to make Voiceover as responsive as you want it to be.
Post Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hello all
Here is how you install and set up Bootcamp on your mac.

Post Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

This guide has been written by myself so hope you like it.

Installing Mac OS X from a USB flash drive

Post Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
After much searching of the internet and lots of trial and error, I managed to do this successfully. I thought I'd add my steps here as I have seen it asked for and have found no steps specific to installing an 8.1 bootcamp without vision or visual aids such as talking installers.. As a bit of background, I made this work with a 15 inch macbook pro mid 2013 and os 10.11 updated to the latest version. These steps can be performed using newer macs from the last two or three years and running the latest version of Mac OS.
Post Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
I needed to have Windows 7 with JAWS on MacBook Airs. However, Windows 7 is nor supported on newer Macs via Bootcamp. When running VMware Fusion, the Caps Lock key was not passing through as the assigned JAWS key and there were issues with VMware Fusion's built in key mapping feature. Here is a workaround that I developed.
Post Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

Introduction

This guide will focus on completing the task of transferring a file via Wi-Fi from your Mac or PC to your iOS device, from one iOS device to another, and vice versa. The actions which can be carried out with the transferred file will also be discussed.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

With the release of Apple Music Radio, I've found the need for quickly checking the title and artist of the currently playing song in iTunes, even when I'm not in the app. I wrote an AppleScript to do that.
It can be assigned to a key in keyboard commander if desired. Here's the code, simply paste it into the script editor and save it where you keep your other scripts:

Post Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This is an updated and refined version of this guide, now that I've learned a little more, and stopped being so confused.

So we all know about the keyboard commander, and how you can make it read the time when you press option + t, but I personally find that method really really slow. In addition, for me at least, the date doesn't even read some times. So I set to making my own solution.

So, if you've got VoiceOver controllable by Applescript (in the General tab), you can make it say stuff etc.

Post Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

I want to share my current knowledge on achieving this. There may be better ways but this is what I know right now and it works! Follow the recipe below. It may not give you great lasagna but it will give you voiceover on any pdf file you want or need to read on your Mac!
1) Use ‘Preview’ to view the pdf document
2) Make sure you have ‘Single Page’ selected on Preview’s ‘View’ drop-down menu – You may also choose – to ‘View Thumbnails’ of the pdf pages

Post Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

This guide provides support ducumentation for the podcast in which I walk through the steps that enable Mac users to remap their keyboard so that they have the following capabilities:

Post Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

Hi all I have some good news if you want to use Windows on your mac using VMWare Fusion. I can now tell you how to re-map one of the keys on your mac keyboard so it becomes an insert key. Here we go.

Post Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Though I’m not always the best writer, I do enjoy writing down my thoughts from time to time. There’s just one problem with that. It’s not secure. Sure, there are all kinds of apps for the mac and your I device that allow you to journal. However, most of the apps I have seen are only somewhat usable, or just way too fancy for what I want to do. I played with the MacJournal app for the mac a few months ago, but I was not impressed. it would always crash on me while I was writing, and I finally just tossed it out the window, so to speak. So, now, what to do?