Upgrading to Mountain Lion on an older Mac

There are lots of reviews about the new features that Apple included in their latest OS X release, Mountain Lion but not much talk about running it on older Macs. I hope to explain some of the details to you. First of all, this is the first version of OS X that can’t be run on all Intel based Macs. Up until now even the oldest Intel based Macs could run the latest OS. There are specifics...
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Enabling emoticons on the iPhone

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but for over year after switching to the iPhone I missed those silly little icons from my older phones. But it turns out that the iPhone had them, but they have to be enabled. Here are the instructions: Go to Settings Go to General Go to Keyboard click on International Keyboards click on Add New Keyboard… Then choose Emoji The phone will walk you how to...
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The iPad for Content Creation

The iPad is a great device. I often have people ask me if they should buy an iPad instead of a laptop. I guess that depends on what you want to do with the iPad but it can’t replace a laptop for me. I started thinking about what it would take to make the iPad more functional and allow it to replace a laptop. And I am not going to jump on the “Flash” bandwagon. First of all...
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Let’s get rid of the microwave

When was the last time you cooked without the microwave? In our fast paced culture, the microwave fits perfectly; it cooks nothing well but it does it quickly. Does that sound like life? We need to concentrate more on the depth of a few things than the shallowness of many. We are all spread thin and we tend to do things “ok”, but not great. Just like the microwave. Our kids suffer...
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iPhone 4 battery

As of June, 2012 I have owned an iPhone 4 for 18 months.  In the past month the battery life has dramatically shortened.  A full charge in the morning is down to 40% or less by 5 PM.  I tried all of the normal tricks to improve battery life but it was obvious that the battery itself was worn out. A quick search on EBay turned up many vendors selling very cheap batteries, so it was worth a shot....
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