Best Desktop Computer – May 2019

I’m often asked what I think is the best desktop computer. If a person wants a Windows computer and wants to buy local, then there’s one computer I would recommend.

It’s the HP Pavilion with a Core i5, 12GB Memory, 128 GB solid state hard drive and 1TB traditional drive from Best Buy for about $780. [View/Buy]

If you look at the other computers at Best Buy, whenever I’ve checked none have solid state drives so they will be slow and susceptible to hard drive crashes.

HP has a nice 17″ display for $180 that works nicely with the computer mentioned above. [View/Buy]

I’ve had many people purchase this computer/display combination and they have all been very happy with it.

Staples, Cosco, and other local vendors have desktop computers, but I don’t think they regularly have desktop systems in stock with solid state drives.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Apple MacOS 10.14.4 Safari Bug Results in Unwanted Enter/Continue During Login

Once you’ve updated your Mac to Mojave and have the MacOS 10.14.4 latest version of Mojave, you’ll notice that Safari now provides the username and password for your websites as it did in the past (if you use the feature) but now it will automatically press Enter/Return.

If you’ve recently changed your password, and it hasn’t been updated and saved to the browser yet, you’ll select the login username (perhaps a long email address that you don’t want to manually type) but then instead of being given an opportunity to type in your new password, the browser will immediately attempt to log you in, resulting in a failed login attempt.

Captcha systems will fail because you’ve not been given a chance to validate those.

Assuming the browser provides the correct password, you won’t have an opportunity to click on checkboxes indicating “please keep me logged in” because you’ll be logged in right away.

According to a discussion thread on the Apple support forum, there is no way to fix this.

What’s disappointing about this bug, as with others, is that it’s easily identifiable as a user interface problem within minutes of using the new browser. This suggests that little if any real world testing was done. This happens a lot. Apple will release a new version of something, and users will immediately identify a user interface problem. It’s as if nobody is actually using the software they are developing.

Saving Voice Memos to Your Apple Mac Computer

If you’re using the Voice Memo app on your Apple Mac computer, you may notice that the File menu lacks the Share or Export option found in other Apple software programs.

Follow these steps to save an audio recording to your Apple Mac computer:

  1. Start the Voice Memo program on your Apple Mac computer.
  2. Find and select the audio recording you would like to share.
  3. In the upper right corner of the program, click on the Share icon (a box with an arrow pointing up). You will see a menu of options.
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  4. You will notice that options to Export or Save to a destination are not available. If you click on More to explore other options, you won’t find those available there either.
  5. Choose the Mail option which will launch the email software and the file will be shown as an attachment. Right click on the attachment and choose to save it.

Apple AirPods Not Showing up on Apple Mac Computer [SOLVED]

Using AirPods with your Mac

If you already set up your AirPods with your iPhone and your Mac is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, they might be ready to use with your Mac. Place your AirPods in your ears and click the bluetooth icon in the menu bar on your Mac. Then choose AirPods from the list.

If you don’t see the AirPods listed as available in the bluetooth menu, you’ll need to pair the AirPods with your Mac following these steps:

  1. On your Mac, choose System Preferences from the Apple () menu, then click Bluetooth.
  2. Make sure that Bluetooth is on.
  3. With your AirPods in the charging case, open the lid.
  4. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes white.
  5. The AirPods should now be listed.
  6. Select your AirPods in the Devices list, then click Connect.
  7. Test the AirPods to make sure they are working.

Use AirPods with a non-Apple device

You can use AirPods as a Bluetooth headset with a non-Apple device. You can’t use Siri, but you can listen and talk. To set up your AirPods with an Android phone or other non-Apple device follow these steps:

  1. On your non-Apple device, go to the settings for Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is on. If you have an Android device, go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth.
  2. With your AirPods in the charging case, open the lid.
  3. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until you see the status light flash white.
  4. When your AirPods appear in the list of Bluetooth devices, select them.

More

This document is a close replica of the Apple support document found here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208718. It is being offered here for our site followers to make it easier to find. Some wording above has been changed to make the document more readable.

Editing the Custom Dictionary on Apple Mac Computers

If you’ve ever mistakenly added a word to you custom dictionary using right click and Learn Spelling for a misspelled or unknown word, you will want to correct this in your custom dictionary.

Follow these steps to update your custom dictionary.

  1. Open your user Library folder. To do this, hold down the Option key and then from the Go menu in the Finder choose Library.
  2. Open the Spelling folder.
  3. Open the Text Edit program found in your Applications.
  4. Click and drag the LocalDictionary file (found in the Spelling folder) to the Text Edit icon in your Dock. This will open the file in the editor.
  5. From the File menu, choose Duplicate to create a backup copy of the file. Give it a name like LocalDictionary Backup.
  6. Make the desired changes to the main file (not the backup file).
  7. If you’re on a newer Mac, the LocalDictionary file will update automatically.

NTFS for Mac – Read Windows Hard Drive in Hibernation Mode

If you are using an Apple computer and need to read hard drives formatted as NTFS for Windows computers you will want NTFS for Mac by Paragon. While it’s usually possible to read NTFS formatted drives on an Apple Mac computer, it’s not possible to write to such drives.

If you’re using the NTFS for Mac software, you may occasionally plug in an NTFS drive and see a Recovery or System Reserved partition show up on the desktop, but the main Windows OS hard drive will not show up.

This happens when the Windows computer was not shut down properly, but instead turned ‘off’ by going into hibernate mode.

If you go into the NTFS for Mac software you will see the OS drive listed in the left column. When you select the drive, and attempt to manually mount the drive, a message will indicate that the drive can’t be mounted because it was shut down in hibernate mode.

You will need to choose the “Mount in Read-only mode” option and then try mounting again. This will allow you to read the drive.

Evernote: How to view and edit Templates

The Evernote note taking app recently added a very helpful template feature. You can save any note as a template, and then later create a new identical note from that template.

Unfortunately, there is currently no obvious option to view or edit your existing library of templates. There’s no menu option that says “view templates” and there is no menu option that says “edit this template.” These are important features to be missing.

View Template Library

To view your collection of templates, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new note.
  2. Tap on the Template button.
  3. This will show you your existing templates.
  4. Once viewing your collection of templates, you can hover your mouse over any listed template and a three-dot menu … will appear.
  5. Click on the three dot menu and you will see there are only three options: Apply, Rename, Delete.

Edit Template

To edit an existing template, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new note.
  2. Tap on the Template button.
  3. This will show you your existing templates.
  4. Double-click on any template to copy it into the existing new note.
  5. Make the changes you would like.
  6. In the top right corner of your note, click on the three-dot menu … next to Share.
  7. Choose the Save as Template option.
  8. Give the template a name and choose save. Multiple templates can have the same name.
  9. Note that the above steps will create a new edited template. The old one will still exist in your library collection. To delete the old unrevised template, continue to the next step.
  10. Create a new note.
  11. Tap on the Template button.
  12. This will show you your existing templates.
  13. Once viewing your collection of templates, you can hover your mouse over any listed template and a three-dot menu … will appear.
  14. Click on the three-dot menu and you will see there are only three options: Apply, Rename, Delete.
  15. Choose Delete to remove any old version of a modified template you no longer want.

Backup a Template

If you accidentally delete a template, there does not seem to be an undo option. So, you’ll want to make sure that you have a backup copy of any lengthy templates you’ve spent a lot of time creating. To do this, just create a note from that template and don’t modify the note.

Conclusion

Hopefully in the future, Evernote will offer a simple way to view existing templates, and edit any of them with a single click.

SOLVED: “Cannot connect to Adobe update server.”

If you are an Apple Mac computer user, and get a notification stating: “Cannot connect to Adobe update server” it is likely because you have an older version of Adobe Reader installed.

The message looks something like this:

If you install the latest Adobe Acrobat DC, it should fix this problem. You can find the latest version on Adobe’s website here:

https://get.adobe.com/reader/



Android Google Fit App – How to change distance units from kilometers to miles

The Google Fit app is available on Android phones to keep track of your exercise and activity throughout the day. If you don’t see it installed, go to the Play Store to install it.

Setting Distance Units

The setting for distance units may show up as kilometers. Follow the steps below to set distance units for the Google Fit app.

STEP #1

Start at the main screen for Google Fit as shown below.

STEP #2

Tap on the Profile icon in the lower right corner. This will reveal the main Profile screen as shown below. Note that personal entries below have been hidden.

STEP #3

Tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner. This should reveal the Profile Settings options page as shown below.

STEP #4

Tap on Distance to reveal a pop-up selection menu as shown below. Then select Miles (or Kilometers) to set your preferred unit of measure.

STEP #5

Confirm your selection. You will be returned to the Settings page where your new Distance selection will appear as shown below.

Further Reading

Some people who have Android phones may not be aware that the operating system on their smartphone is called Android. Examples of Android phones would be smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Moto, Google Pixel, LG, or some other brand and model.

This document refers to Android 8 – Oreo. This is the version currently installed on Moto G6 phones. At present, the current version is Android 9 – Pie. Presumably these instructions would work with some older or newer versions of Android.

DYMO LabelWriter Wireless Printer – Resolve Offline Status Gray Print Button on Apple Mac

The DYMO LabelWriter Wireless Printer will sometimes show up as offline and not available on Apple Mac computers. This can happen even when thee printer has already been setup and is turned on. The print button will be gray instead of blue and the printer icon will be gray as shown below.

When this happens, follow these instructions:

  1. These steps assume you’ve already installed the printer and software for your Apple Mac.
  2. Make sure the printer is on. The middle power button on the right of the unit should be illuminated. Once the printer is turned on, the WiFi icon on the right side of the printer will illuminate.
  3. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences and then select Printers & Scanners. Click on the Demo LabelWriter. This will cause the system to check the printer’s status. It should say Idle with a green dot as shown below.

The DYMO Label software should now show the Print button as blue with white text and the printer icon should show a blue WiFi icon on the right in the software as shown below. The printer should now work properly.

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