Windows 8 will frustrate you

EDIT: I wrote this almost one year ago and have since upgraded the 8.1 and put decent effort into learning it. I am actually enjoying using the operating system. If you need something that looks like Windows XP, then stick with Windows 7.  But 8.1 isn’t bad if you are open to it. (Except that it crashes far more often than 7 does on the same hardware.)   Let me first say that I am a...

Reload iOS on the iPad (and how to save your data!)

I still own an “ancient” first edition iPad that I bought in the fall of 2010.  I have created a lot of documents on it and religiously backed it up to my iTunes at home.  But after updating to the multiple version of iOS 4 and then to two versions of iOS 5, it was getting slow.  Safari crashed all the time and it lagged frequently.  (Recently Apple decided not to allow the iPad 1 to...

5 steps to make a tutorial video

Over the weekend I created a video tutorial for Messages on a Mission. This shows a video of my screen, a video of me, and a video of the output from my MacBook on a second monitor. So how did I do this and combine everything? Read on for my five steps. Messages on a Mission – ProPresenter tutorial from Aaron Crabtree on Vimeo. Step 1 – Lights, camera, action! The first step is to...

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...

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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