Category: How to
This video is by far the best I’ve come across to show you how to record your guitar for YouTube.
I did a little experiment with creating a how to video from Keynote, just a starter but I quite like the idea of doing a little more video.
I needed to reset my MacBook Air, this wasn’t going to anyone else so didn’t worry about a complete data format like I would do if I was selling it. I didn’t even realise this but in macOS (I’m on Ventura) you can now erase all content and settings just like you do on an iPhone or iPad.
This is a big win for this sort of task.
- Open the SYSTEM SETTINGS app
- Click on GENERAL
- Click on TRANSFER or RESET
- Click on ERASE ALL CONTENT AND SETTINGS
That’s it, took about 5 minutes on my M1 MacBook Air.
If you run a WordPress blog you can link to your Mastodon profile and get a green check mark on your profile to show that you have validated the site as being yours.
To do this you need to log into your WordPress dashboard and then on the left menu go to ‘appearance’ then click ‘editor’.
Once you are in the editor you need to change it to view the code of the page. To do this click on the 3 dots in the top right then ‘code editor’.
Once in the code editor you can see the code behind your site. This is where you need to put the code that you got from Mastodon (In Mastodon click edit profile, then ‘profile metadata’).
I put the verification section from Mastodon before the last section of the code on my site.
I’m hoping your site looks something like this but for me this is how I did it. Once it was saved I waited around 1/2 day and I had the green verification on my Mastodon profile.
Hope this helps someone else out.
The official app is the fastest way to use Mastodon so far in my experience but it’s not the most intuitive sometimes. If you want to see what’s happening on the server that you are registered on, it’s a few more steps than I’d like but here is how to do it.
At the bottom of the app tap the magnifying glass as seen in the image above.
Scroll to the right a little bit on the top menu of items and you’ll see one called ‘community’, this is your local server timeline.
Yes, you can use Find my – kind of. You won’t be able to track your Android device but you can log into iCloud.com and use the web version of the app to track other devices. This might be enough of a solution if you’re looking to track other things but it’s all you’ve got access to over on Android.
Switching between iOS and Android taught me a few things I didn’t know before this little experiment. As a primarily iOS user all my data is on iCloud. If you’re looking to move to Android the only way you’ll be able to do this is via Chrome and navigating to iCloud.com.
I’ve gotten to the point where I can no longer watch YouTube via the app or on a large screen. I’m so disappointed at the way the algorithm favours showing you the extreme end of your interests or something completely against what you believe in (I’m getting bitcoin bros now in my feed). It’s more toxic than Twitter for me these days.
I’ve found a way to still watch my favourite channels by going to their main channel and simply bookmarking the latest videos page. I have a playlist for each of my favourite creators. When I want to spend 10 mins watching then I’ll just go to these bookmarks.
I also only watch on mobile, that way I see less recommendations and stick to my feed.
I’ve been playing more and more with the camera on the Nothing Phone 1 and I’m pleasantly surprised that like the iPhone 13 Pro it used the ultra wide to do it’s best to do macro photography.
To do this you need to open up the camera app, swipe along the photo type until you see MORE, tap this then choose MACRO.
One of the first things I did when switching to Android was to listen to Apple Music. My Bluetooth headphones of choice are still AIRPODS PRO and thankfully they work just fine on Android.
You have to tell your connected iOS device to forget about them in the Bluetooth settings first. Then you open the case and hold down the button on the case whilst pairing in the Bluetooth settings on the Android phone.
All of the controls on the headphones work and so does noise cancelling. To my eyes though the music quality doesn’t sound quite as good as they do on my iPhone.
I’ve been playing a lot more with the iPhone accessibility options as I’ve needed them and along with boldening the text across iOS and increasing the font I couldn’t sort out Safari. Well I’ve found the setting!
If you go to Settings, then Safari, then Page Zoom you can adjust the font size across all web sites. Mines currently at 125%.
With the introduction of iOS 16.1 us users of the iPhone 13 Mini can rejoice as we get the battery percentage again in the status bar.
Here’s my Mini showing my battery life.
You’ll either need to use the public beta of iOS 16.1 or wait for the public release to enable this.
To enable head into the settings app, then battery. You’ll see a switch for ‘battery percentage’ – turn this on.
With the new iPhone launch imminent it’s that time of year to think about what storage of iPhone will best suit your needs. It’s something I’ve always struggled with and always end up with more than I need through a fear of running out. The fact is a lot of people can opt for the base storage model and be fine, especially if you use iCloud for your photo storage. This’ll save you some money on an already expensive purchase.
With my current iPhone I went for the middle tier (256GB) out of this fear and for me it’s worked out given my storage is almost at the 128GB base model.
If you want to choose the best for you it’s pretty straight forward.
Head into the SETTINGS APP on your iPhone, then tap GENERAL, then scroll down a little and tap on IPHONE STORAGE. In here you will find how much space is being used on your iPhone and where it’s being used. For me I’m over 60GB of music, over 14GB of photos and then my Day One journal is over 2GB – all of this I want stored locally. This helps me to figure out that I needed that 256Gb after all.
Reeder 5 is my most used app, it’s how I consume almost all of my favourite publishers and blogs. One great thing you can do is add folders to help you organise your feeds.
Long press on one of your feeds and tap edit.
In the Folder box type the desired folder name.
When you want to add a new feed to this Folder simply do the same but select the folder rather than add a new one.