It’s been a while since we’ve had an open mic for mac questions. So ask them here—you’ve got questions, we hopefully have answers. Just add your question to the comments.
John – I’m still concerned about the battery life of my machine. Is there a bullet by bullet procedure that we could use to check the health of the battery, all the way from making some adjustments through to having the battery replaced?
Hi! I took my MacBook to the Apple Store where they ran diagnostics on my machine. The first piece of information given to me was about the health of my battery.
When I open up a student audio file, it opens up in iTunes. I’d rather have it open up elsewhere because it is difficult to find and store these files in iTunes (I think). Help!
This is a pretty good guide: Laptop Battery Guide. There is a lot of discussion on the internet about whether you do or do not need to calibrate your battery. Apple Support says generally no. If you really want to do some calibration, there are step by step guides and even an app to help you do it.
I want to know if it is possible to Delay Send on an outlook message.
I also want to know if it is possible to make a shared outlook calendar with my homeroom.
Does anyone know how to do those two things?
It doesn’t look like this is a feature that outlook for mac supports directly. 😦 Nor does apple mail support this easily. This is a link to a discussion site that talks about some ways to do this by adding some scripts to your computer which isn’t terribly hard to do.
Another option is to use the boomerang plugin for gmail, which does exactly this very easily. You can configure your gmail account to check your wms outlook account, and even send email so it appears to come from your wms outlook account if you so choose.
I think you can set up a share calendar using outlook. This link may help. I need to research this more.
Thanks John! You’re the greatest! PS. Does everyone know that John was featured on 11 alive news for his work using Angry Birds to teach Physics??!!! Awesome John.
When I print PDF files in Adobe, each page takes one minute. This does not happen with Word or other applications. Any advice?
If the pdf file contains a bunch of images, and you are printing to the HP 1200, it is going to be slow, simply because the printer does not have a lot of memory to store those images (this is also true if the pdf is text, but the text was scanned). There isn’t a real way around this, unfortunately, other than to use a printer with more memory, like one of the lab printers.
You need to change the default application to handle audio files. The best way to do this is to drag one of the audio files sent to you to the desktop. Then follow these steps:
Thanks, John. When I clicked on Command + I, it asked me to connect to iDisk, and my network username and password didn’t work. However, I right-clicked using a mouse and chose Open With then Quicktime for each individual recording. However, I wasn’t able to change my default setting.
I think you are pressing command+shift+i, you simply want to press the command key and the “i” key. Or you can go to file > get info.
Do yall know if we are going to be able to get locks for our computers? My little butterfly lock from last year won’t work, and I’d love to be able to lock it. I’m going to buy a Kensington lock myself if we aren’t, but I don’t want to spend the money if we will be receiving them.
That is being actively looked into at the moment. I’ll report back when I know something.
Why do I have to log in every single time I want to access my U drive? Will this eventually be fixed?
Right now you need to login because of the authentication process we have in place. There are hopes to move away from this in the near future. In the meantime, you might also look at dropbox and sugarsync as two free alternatives that offer lots of storage space in the cloud, with the ability to sync with mutiple computers, share documents/folders with others, and almost no hassle.
Not sure I got the answer about how to make an email group in Outlook. Also, in the deluge of passwords I set over the summer, I apparently don’t have the correct username and password for dropbox. While I can open directly from my toolbar, I frequently get messages that I need to insert password to update. What gives? (if I need to recover my password, not clear how to do that, as it goes directly to a bunch of info about (insert acronym here!). PS Thanks, John, for advice about using dropbox to store my files.
You should be able to go to dropbox.com and reset your password to get things squared away. You can probably also tell the dropbox application to remember your password.
To make a email group, follow these steps:
Note that this creates a local group—you cannot send mail to this group using the webmail outlook client or your smartphone. It’s one of the (many) annoyances of the mac outlook client.
Many thanks, John. Not the last of many thanks!
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