Mac Apps

It’s exciting to find really good apps for your device or laptop. MacApps can be very reliable and helpful depending what you want to do with your MacBook. Beware apps which drain system resources . You can locate System Monitor in Spotlight to check which apps are heavy on system resources and would be draining your battery. Press the stop icon to stop them from running. My best cleaner for the MacBook is Onyx . It has been reliable over a number of years. The comments underneath the video mention Alfred and that is a very good app if it’s the sort of thing you want. The Mac lets you know about battery charge so I am not sure why you would want a third party one. The video lets you know about 30 good apps. You will probably know about Google Drive and Evernote but here are 28 other apps worth considering which you might not know about.

Messing with monitors

display settingsI bought a new , secondhand LG Cinema 3D D2542 monitor because I wanted to replace my old VGA only monitor which had served me well. I then moved the acer T230H into the second monitor position. Working on monitors is not my favourite job. The plugs and connections are down underneath at the back which is awkward to say the least. You can’t see anything easily and it’s a lot of fiddling around. I am not sure why they cannot be on the side or the back as on a TV set but there has to be a logical reason or they wouldn’t persist.

As the main monitor the acer T230H was crystal clear and very high definition. As the second monitor it is duller and this appears to be a common problem which has not been resolved. I am still working on it. There has to be a solution. With monitors there are so many things to consider.

On both the monitors I first adjusted the settings on the monitors themselves. With the LG that meant turning off all the 3D settings which were making the picture blurry. With the acer I have it set to video quality. I’d prefer a slider bar for brightness because essentially

Dual Monitorsthat is the issue.

With the acer monitor I adjusted the size of the text and apps in the display setting on Windows 10  under the settings icon in the start menu and that is such a convenient utility for the second monitor. For both the monitors I went into control panel appearance and then advanced settings and then the monitor tab to ensure they were both running at 60 Hz. The LG had set itself to 23Hz for some reason. I also adjusted the LG in the Radeon widget . I then downloaded drivers for the LG and rebooted. It was picture perfect now as a 2D monitor.

The acer is running on a DVI connection and the LG is running on HDMI. The last thing I can think of doing is swapping cables and also trying a VGA cable to the acer. It is a bit annoying I can only get it this far so I am hoping to find the solution. As it stands, though, I love my new, cool set up.

Troubleshooting tablet technology

aussieoutagesWhen things go wrong on a tablet or phone you have to keep calm and troubleshoot:

1. Check you have battery resources
2. Check you are connected to wifi/mobile provider if you should be
3. Check national and international outages
4. Close all the open apps
5. Turn off phone/ tablet and turn on again
6. Turn off modem, count to 10 and on again
7. If it is one app then delete it and reinstall it
8. Google like mad to see what the workarounds are.

The aussieoutages site is a good place to go in Australia because it lets you know if there is an issue. For the first time ever I had a problem on my iPad air. Instagram would start opening and then pop shut. Nothing. On my android phone there was no issue so I knew it wasn’t really an Instagram problem per se. I went to aussieoutages and sure enough there were a lot of people having a problem. There can be network conflicts which can create problems and with our current weather there could be things which affect wifi delivery. It was odd it was one device. This afternoon it started working again just fine and that was when I had gone to my iPad ready to delete the app and try reinstalling it. I had just used my phone in the meantime.

Windows 10

Windows 10 What they said originally about Windows 10 is right. It needs lots of RAM. It also appears to need a clean install and they said that too. My other version of Windows 10 was an upgrade from Windows 8 on an 8Gb computer. It improved Windows 8 , it ran okay but there were problems. The taskbar dismantled its function early on in the piece and no updates or fiddling around has ever fixed that. I installed a 3rd party start menu and at least got that functionality back because I lost the tiles as well. The customisations have held that version of Windows 10 together. It has been okay. Just okay. My Steam Castle has 16 Gb RAM and is very much graphics dedicated. It has an OEM version of Windows 10. I have Cortana, a functioning taskbar, the tiles in the menu and it all runs very efficiently and smoothly. Updates are fast and I am not there for ages waiting for downloads or installs. They do not take any time. This version will put up little pop ups bottom right about what is happening on my computer and that works well for me. The messages are by way of Did you know? Do you want to do anything about it? Just letting you know… That is all very helpful. Everything runs well and I can access everything easily. What I can’t find Cortana does and I use it like Apple Mac Spotlight . Now I have seen this version of Windows 10 I am more than happy with it and it is a pleasure to work on. Visually it is very good and technically it seems to be in control of everything. With Windows you get used to odd things happening and you just carry on anyway. This version of Windows 10 is competent in its capacity to function and troubleshoot.

Facebook video calling

Facebook video calling in Messenger is as easy as clicking on the video icon to call out or  tapping on the green phone icon when the call comes in. It works from an iPhone to an Android phone and can be very convenient because it does run from Messenger on your phone. The quality appears to vary from happiness + to frustration – . In this last couple of weeks I have had  Messenger calls from America to Australia. From New York it worked really well. Both video and sound quality were good. From Anaheim the sound was good but the video was not always smooth and worked best by the room window. From Las Vegas it was poor. The sound was intermittent and the video was lagging all the time. Again it was better by the window but the mesh on the window was probably interfering with wifi signals in the rest of the room. You get the impression it’s more like having to tweak the rabbit ears on a TV set to try to get video and sound. It’s a great option and hopefully Facebook and cities can work out the connectivity issues. Some places would just be on bandwidth overload and then there would be the other issues which affect wifi – walls, floors and competing networks…

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