by Michael Miller on September 6, 2013
The logo itself is hardly anything to write home about, but the entire 30 day lead up, the great excitement, and all the media coverage after it show that she, or someone she is allowing to make these decisions gets exactly how one builds buzz and keeps attention on a company without frantically screaming ‘Look at me! Look at me!‘.
by Michael Miller on July 1, 2013
A little while ago, I had the following conversation over dinner:
Michael, speaking with the same enthusiasm with which he is chewing his dinner (which is a lot, considering it is delicious):
“So I’m trying to decide. Should I write about how to scan on the mac, or something different?”
Everybody at dinner:
So it’s possible, I suppose, that ‘how to scan on the Mac’ isn’t the most riveting of subjects. But I actually get that question a lot, and here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on June 11, 2013
You know one of the best advancements in modern computing? I shall tell you: autofill. Long ago, in ages past, a world existed where every time you had to input information into a field, you had to type in the entire thing manually. The fact that you might have to type in the same thing every day, or even every other minute, was of no matter, you still had to do it! But the ultimate principal of computing wasth applied; to reduce repeatable tasks. And so, today, when you type in the first few letters of an email address into your to: field in your mail client of choice, then it automatically fills in the rest for you. Magic! Genius! The masses rejoice.
Masses are never satisfied for long, however. What, they now clamor, if we all we ever do is rely on that feature, instead of ever adding someone to the address book? How do we export that list of people we have sent emails to?
First: please start using your address book. Thank You.
Second: Here’s how you do something about it.
- On the Mac (assuming you are using the default Apple mail client):
- Open Mail.app, go to the ‘Window’ menu in the menu bar, and click on ‘Previous Recipients’
From there, you can select the recipients you want and click on the ‘Add to AddressBook’ button in the lower right hand side.
Easy, right? Now, if you don’t want to add them to your AddressBook, but still want to export them, it gets a bit trickier. There are a variety of fancy-pants methods for getting that done, which are ably covered here and here.
On Windows (assuming you are using Outlook, and instructions largely borrowed from SuperUser.com):
- Outlook 2007: Click on ‘File’ and choose ‘Import and Export’
- Outlook 2010: click on ‘File’, then click on ‘Open’ and then choose ‘Import’
- Select ‘Export to a File’
- Select ‘Microsoft Excel 97-2003’ or a CSV file
- In the next Window you’ll be able to select an Outlook folder.
- Click on Browse to select a location and then type the file name to export the information to (for example, contacts.xls)
- Click on Map Custom Fields. This will bring up a list of all the available fields that are available in that folder.
- Since we are only interested in Email addresses, click on Clear Map and then from the Left side click on From: (address) and drag that to the Right list
- Click OK
- Click Finish
Open the output file using Excel and remove duplicates
by Michael Miller on June 3, 2013
From time to time, I get an emailf rom clients on the road about a specific problem. I’ll paraphrase:
When I left my house, my perfectly well-behaved Mac went completely mental and pops up gibbeirsh sounding messages what seems like ever two seconds. These messages are always saying the same thing, something about ‘A PPPoE server cannot be found TECH BLAH BLAH BLAH’ Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on March 9, 2013
One of the most important questions of our time is this: how are we, as a species, going to cope with the technology we create?
There is an article on the Wall Street Journal website that wrestles with some of the ramifications of that question. It’s titled ‘Are Smart Gadgets Making Us Dumb?’ and it’s dumb. Read the rest of this entry »
by Michael Miller on December 17, 2012
Special Guest! Len Sawyer with Mat Su Central School will talk about his storied career with IT in Alaska, and current distance learning awesomeness.
We’ll also be covering topics such as: Anon vs Westboro baptist church, Google Maps App now on iPhone – again, and computers that smell you – as predicted by IBM. Not to mention our usual collection of tips, tricks, and call ins!
Always remember: You can tune in at 8pm on 89.5 KVRF, or online at RadioFreePalmer.org or on your iPhone using the Radio Free Palmer App. Huzzah!
by Michael Miller on October 22, 2012
This is fascinating enough that I have to mention it. We’re all familiar (most of us, anyway), with the LoL cats internet meme.
The bane of Facebook pages today, there are actually some legitimately funny entries. But there have been pictures of cats with funny quotes for as long as there have been cat fans, and there is a fascinating article here on just that, and a mind boggling pictorial example of a minds decent into mental illness.
by Michael Miller on July 20, 2012
With apologies to Richard Murphy.
Extra special note: I am not a photographer. I do not take good photos. But I like taking photos, and as such that places me squarely in the demographic of most other iOS users out there. I wrote this after showing these examples to a number of clients who had this question – to very positive reaction, so I figured I’d save myself the time and just write it up. If the advice here gives you, a professional photographer of fame and talent,an ulcer, I sincerely apologize. Please make sure to write something angry about it and link to this blog, so that I can finally become famous via outrage, the current path to fame du jour. Thank you!
HDR, I’ve found, is a mystery to many people who have an iPhone. The most common emotion seems to be that it makes your built in camera take worse photos slower, which hardly seems like a winning proposition.
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by Michael Miller on June 25, 2012
Q: How do I have my printer remember my last settings?
Has this happened to you? You pull up your beautifully crafted document, go to the ‘File’ menu and choose ‘Print’. In the helpful little dialogue box that comes up, you realize that, no, you don’t want to print all 80 pages in glorious full color, and in fact, while you might not consider yourself a tree hugger per se, you wouldn’t consider yourself a tree-sucker-puncher either, so you would like to print two-sided. You click around on some menus, fiddle with some buttons and voila! The document prints the way you would like it to. Feeling well pleased with yourself, and rightfully so, you wander away from your trusty Macintosh to save the world/defeat an army/bring about world peace/go to the bathroom.
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