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MacOS Mojave 10.14 Will Not Install

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It took way too many attempts this morning, but I was finally able to upgrade to MacOS Mojave 10.14. When I first attempted to upgrade from High Sierra, I was able to download and run the installation app. It then proceeded to close other applications and restart. However, a quick check of About This Mac [...]

Sonnet Dio CF SD Reader Keeps Ejecting

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I purchased a Sonnet Dio CompactFlash and SD card reader a few years ago to read the CF cards from the Nikon D800. While I still use the D800 on occasion, I mostly shoot with the newer D750, which used two SD cards instead of the CF/SD combination. One advantage of the D750 is that [...]

T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan

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I switched to AT&T when the first iPhone was released and have had no coverage issues for the most part. Of course, if I ventured to the Grand Canyon or another remote part of the United States, all bets were off, but that is to be expected. The one thing I did not like about [...]

Apple iPhone Import Contacts from SIM Card

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Solved an interesting problem tonight. I had an old AT&T Z221 phone, and wanted to migrate the address book from the SIM card to a new iPhone. The AT&T website had a support page with information about copying contacts to and from the SIM card. Still, I had no idea how to transfer that data [...]

Free Wi-Fi v. Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE

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I’m sitting in the bleachers at a local ice skating rink on a Saturday morning wondering how fast the free Wi-Fi is. Speedtest.net reports the download speed as 1.25 Mbps and 0.35 Mbps as the upload speed. My experience is that the connection is perfect for reading text, but struggles with video. Fortunately, I also [...]

TurboTax Business

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I think every Mac user must have a love-hate relationship with Intuit. I still don’t understand why Intuit had dumped Quicken for Quicken Lite a/k/a Quicken Essentials for Mac. Ugh. But, I’m glad that I jumped on iBank instead of waiting around for the long-rumored Quicken Deluxe for Mac. I’m sure it is still just [...]

EyeTV 250 Plus and Winegard FlatWave Amped

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I’ve been looking at an EyeTV for a long time. Almost too long. A few weeks ago, a family member inquired about recording a television program for later viewing. I did not have a post-VCR solution for that. When I returned to the ElGato website, I couldn’t find any of their relevant products. Nothing from [...]

AT&T DSL to Sonic.net

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I’ve been with AT&T DSL for several years at the 6.0Mbps tier, which wasn’t bad at first. However, now that software is distributed almost entirely by Internet, I just got tired of the waiting. I could have switched to AT&T U-verse, which offers downstream speeds up to 45 Mbps, but I hate the introductory pricing [...]

iPhoto Missing EXIF Data After Crash

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Lately, iPhoto has been crashing quite a bit on me. Usually, it occurs after I had imported some photos and was browsing from photo to photo. The bad news is that the photos would disappear from iPhoto, which led me to this tip to Repair/Rebuild the Database. That usually worked to restore the lost photos, [...]

Online Pinyin Zhuyin Converter

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I haven’t touched ㄅㄆㄇㄈ since the 70s. While I can recite all the zhuyin phonetics, I can only read them with extreme difficulty. Writing is a lost cause. However, I’m great at pinyin. Our local Chinese school instructs children in traditional Chinese characters and zhuyin phonetics. I was using BoPoMo Help, an iOS app with [...]