Kobo Touch/eReader/eBook Home & Index

All about the Kobo Touch…

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General Information about the Kobo Touch & Reasons for buying one:

Installing Fonts and other Languages on a Kobo Touch:

Kobo Extras – Sudoku, etc.:

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All about eBooks…

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Managing e-Books (Calibre):

Finding Free e-Books:

e-Books: The search for free books online

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Essential Free Software for Mac OS X: My Personal Top 10 Indispensables (plus a few handy extras)

I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.

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Crazy!!!

I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs.  And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.

My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME. 

And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.  

There is NO payware or shareware included.

So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life.  These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading

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How to Stop Downloaded Files Opening Automatically

So I thought I’d write a quick post about this as it was a problem when I installed Firefox on my new system.  Basically what it boils down to is this:

Safari = Evil

Seriously.  Don’t ever use a browser that does things like this by default.  But I digress.

So, I had my Macbook Pro back all fixed and such and I installed Firefox and everything was working fine.  And then I downloaded a couple of pdfs using Firefox and they opened themselves automatically.  And it kept happening.  Whenever I downloaded a file, regardless of type – pdf, mp4, png or whatever, it would open automatically. 

Now, I do NOT like my computer to open things without me asking it to.  EVER. 

I assumed the issue was with the browser I was using, so, naturally, I was looking for a solution in the Firefox preferences.  I should have remembered that this had never ever happened before in all the ten years I have been using Firefox. But thinking logically, if you were having problems with files automatically opening after being downloaded using a browser, you’d think the problem would be with the browser, right?

WRONG!! 

The problem is NOT with Firefox!!  It is with Safari!!!  Stupid stupid Safari.  If you have Safari installed it is causing this problem!!!

But yes, rant over here’s the fix.  Continue reading

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Airport Issues Part 2: Self Assigned IP Address

Recently I had problems with my Airport assigning itself a “self-assigned IP address”.

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I tried various suggested methods for fixing this and none of them worked. However I managed to fix it in the end without any online help, just some common sense and various stages of trial and error. So in case it helps anyone else, this is what worked for me. 

What you will need:

  • an Ethernet (network) cable (and an Ethernet port on your Mac)
  • access to your network both Wired and Wireless (WiFi)**

**I am working on the assumption that your Wireless and Wired network are the same (both from the same router)  Continue reading

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Quick Query Response – Re: silver Bamboo tablet matching the Macbook Pro’s colour

I don’t know why WordPress.com doesn’t let you post pictures in the comment replies section. Perhaps I’m just not doing it right.  Oh well. 

In response to your question about the colour of the silver Wacom tablet matching the MacBook Pro, I would say:

Yes! It matches pretty much perfectly.

Unfortunately, my Macbook Pro is away for repairs after a complete hard drive failure -I am getting it fixed by Apple for free as it is under Apple Care and they admitted that the way it failed was clearly a mechanical failure- otherwise I would send you a picture of how well it matches.

But I have done the next best thing! I have borrowed my friend’s Macbook Air (which is the same colour as my Macbook Pro) and taken a few pictures of them next to each other.  I would say that the tablet is a miniscule fraction darker but it’s an almost indistinguishable difference.  But have a look at the photographic evidence, and see what you think.  It’s also useful if you want to check the size (this is a 13″ Macbook Air). Continue reading

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How to downgrade from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7 + Solutions to Error (-42408) and iPhone Syncing Issues

After using iTunes 11 for about a month, to give it a chance after my initial disgust (see this post), I couldn’t stand it any longer.

And, after weighing up various options, including various alternative players, I decided to downgrade to iTunes 10.7. iTunes 10.7 supports iOS 6 so I would still be able to sync my iPhone while enjoying all the features and aesthetics which are sadly (and annoyingly) lacking in iTunes 11.

I can confirm that by using this method my iPhone, which is currently running iOS 6, does not get the “restore factory settings” error and has no problems syncing and accessing all the apps I downloaded using iTunes 11.

I also did not get the dreaded error message (-42408).

I had both these problems when I tried to downgrade previously.  So this guide also provides a solution to these errors.

I would also like to add that my iPhone is not jailbroken (just FYI).

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Working Around the Regressions of iTunes 11

I decided I wanted to upgrade to the newest version iTunes as I had just bought an iPhone. I would have quite happily carried on using my old iTunes 10.2.1 which had never let me down but I wanted the iTunes setup option for the iPhone ready just in case of emergencies.  And it said I should get the latest one.  So I updated to the newest iTunes (at the time of this post 11.0.1).

I have to say, if you don’t have to update, don’t do it! The new iTunes is hideous and also really annoying in so many ways. It was probably marketed as “sleek and simplistic”, or some other rubbish, which just means it has less features, looks more boring, and is less user friendly.

Anyway.

There are several things you can do to make using the new and regressed iTunes more bearable.

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A Decent Colour Wheel for Adobe Photoshop

Thought I’d post this up quickly as I had to do it for someone recently.

I have been told that Photoshop does actually have a colour wheel somewhere but I couldn’t find it.  In any case, the general online consensus is that it is not worth the time it takes to find it, being completely and utterly deficient on so many levels.  And the fact that there are so many payware programs available which provide a colour wheel suggest that I am not the only one who has tried to remedy this.

So I had a quick surf around and came up with this:

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 22.02.34 Continue reading

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