Printer Recommendations

Would you like some guidance on selecting a new printer? Clients commonly ask me to recommend a good printer or tell them which printer they should buy. These requests are actually surprisingly difficult. There are numerous printer manufacturers and each company makes a range of printer models which are often updated yearly so it is tough to keep track of all of these devices. Additionally, individual people’s needs vary more than you might realize. Consequently, rather than recommend one or two particular printer models I often start by outlining the range of printer features that are available to help people select an appropriate type of printer for their needs. This article contains a summary of my guidance. I intend to update this article as the printer market changes so check back before you buy your next printer.

[Aside – If you’d like to look for specific printer model recommendations check out The Wirecutter which tests and offers recommends for The Best Cheap Printer, The Best Multi-Function Printer and maybe other types of printers. ]

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How To Delete Multiple Emails On Your iPhone

Do you have dozens or hundreds of messages that you want to delete from your iPhone? Here are two ways to delete multiple messages. [Be aware, that if you’re using an IMAP or Exchange email account that when you delete a message from your Inbox on your iPhone that it’ll be deleted from your Mac’s Inbox as well. If you don’t want this happen then you might not want to delete the messages from your iPhone. If you’re not sure what type of email account you have, then please delete just 1 message from your iPhone and see if it vanishes from your Mac in the next couple of minutes or not.]
  • Wake up your iPhoneiPhone Inbox Edit Button
  • Tap on the Mail application
  • Navigate to your Inbox
  • Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner
  • On the left side of the email messages a new “column” appears with empty circles. Tap in the circle to select a message that you want to select
  • Click the Trash button in the lower right corner.
[Important Note: Before you click on any circles there is a option to “Trash All”, click this button only if you want to delete absolutely every messages in the Inbox]

Save Photos and Videos From iPhone Text Messages

Do your friends send you a lot of photos and videos as attachments to text messages? If so, these photos and videos could be consuming a fair amount of space on your iPhone or iPad. I recommend that you periodically review these images, save the ones that you want and then delete them. Here are instructions on how to save these images first to your devices’ Camera app and then to your Mac and finally delete them from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

When To Consider Restoring An iPad Or iPhone

Some iPhone or iPad problems are only resolved by restoring your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. Apple’s support article details how to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Restoring a device is definitively one of the last techniques I invoke when troubleshooting iPhone or iPad problems. I have only invoked it when more traditional troubleshooting steps have failed to fix a problem. Read More

When Should You Not Click On The Unsubscribe Button

Do you get emails that you do not want to receive? We all do. I hope you know that you should often click the unsubscribe button which appears at the bottom of these emails to truly stop receiving those messages. But, do you know when you should not click the unsubscribe button? Here are some guidelines:

Use the unsubscribe button when the emails come from a legitimate organization or familiar person like AAA, Radio Shack, Martha Stewart, etc. or any online vendor that you recognize and with whom you have done business.

Please don’t use the unsubscribe button when the email is advertising viagra, offering to enhance a body part, refinance your mortgage or offer you sexy woman who are waiting to meet you. The reason for this is that the sender of these emails won’t honor your request since they do not really want to give you a way to unsubscribe. Instead, by clicking the button you are only confirming that your email address is active and thus, you are more likely to continue receiving these messages. Consequently, this action can be counter-productive.

Is It Okay To Use A MacBook Pro’s Power Adapter With A MacBook Air?

Have you ever wondered if you could use the power adapter that came with another model of Mac laptop with your Mac laptop? In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are a few details to be aware of. Apple’s Support article on the subject states the following. “You can use a compatible higher wattage adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. Lower wattage adapters will not provide enough power.” Let me elaborate on what Apple states in their support article. Read More

How To Simultaneously Select Multiple Files On Your Mac

An incredibly handy skill is knowing how to simultaneously select multiple files on your Mac. I’ll explain two of the most common ways to do this. Once you master these two fundamental skills you’ll be able to use them over and over again. For example, you’ll be able to select many email messages and move them to a folder. You’ll be able to select many photos and add them to an Album. You’ll be able to select many files and drag them to the Trash.

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