Category: OS X

Record text to speech mac
March 19th, 2017 by ronny

Record text to speech mac

Record text to speech mac is an easy thing to do. All the software you need is included with your mac. You can also change between several voices and languages. If you need something else than American english you might need to download updates. That is easily done within your system preferences.

Record text to speech mac – How to

Record text to speech mac using only TextEdit and iTunes.

– Open TextEdit and write in the text you want to save as speech in an m4a file.

– Select all the text within TextEdit and right click (or double-tap).

– Add to iTunes as Spoken Track.

record text to speech mac

Next window click continue and the audio file will be added to iTunes.

record text to speech mac

You can now change to your iTunes window, it should already be open. And at the top you should see your new speech file. Right click it (or double-tap) and select show in finder. There is your new text to speech file saved as an m4a (mp4 or mpeg 4 audio). Most modern software where you can use audio files, can use m4a files. If not there is a ton of converters out there.

That is how you record text to speech mac.

This method uses the speech settings from your system preferences. If you need to change speech rate or anything. Go to System preferences -> Accessibility -> Speech

You can also watch the video below to see a demo on how it is done.

Thats it, happy speaking

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screenflick
November 27th, 2016 by ronny

Screenflick record gameplay or screen on a mac. You could also be using the preinstalled QuickTime software. It is great for recording the screen. If you want to record the sound as well, thats where it starts to get tricky. QuickTime doesn’t have an option for that out of the box. You need to install Soundflower to be able to record the sound from any game or other application you want the sound from.

An easier approach to the whole process is to buy Screenflick from Araelium. You can download a trial version to play with first. The only difference between the licensed version and trial version is that the trial version put a watermark on your video. However any recordings done with the trial version will have the watermark removed when you buy the full version.

Screenflick also helps you with installing the Soundflower, and use the correct settings to record any sounds. It also helps you with using the webcam if you want to put any recording of your self into your gameplay videos. All from a easy to understand control panel.

The price of Screenflick is only $29, and worth every penny if you are into screen or gameplay recording on a mac. And no I’m not affiliated to Araelium in any way. Doesn’t get a penny from them no matter what. Here is where you can download Screenflick.

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MacBook Air slow internet
September 30th, 2016 by ronny

MacBook Air slow internet. There are a few tips out there on how to fix a slow internet connection on a MacBook Air after upgrading to MacOS Sierra. One of the tips is to reset your wifi configuration. That didn’t do much for me. But it might do it for you. You can find the step by step How-To here.

The one tips that did help for me was to turn of the Bluetooth. I dont use Bluetooth all the time, so turning it off when not using it wasn’t a big issue for me. I only use it to transfer files from my phone to my laptop.

Go to your System Preferences, and on the third row I have an icon called Bluetooth. Click the Bluetooth Icon. Under the big Bluetooth logo there is a button saying “Turn Bluetooth off”. Or it might say “Turn Bluetooth on” if it already turned off.

For me my MacBook Air (Early 2014) became so much more responsive on the internet while surfing with the Bluetooth off. It might be a fix for it later, so you can leave your Bluetooth on all the time. For security reasons I recommend having Bluetooth off when not in use anyway.

If turning the Bluetooth off and reseting your wifi configuration didn’t help, you might want to consider downgrading to OS X again. And hope they will fix MacBook Air slow internet in the next macOS update.

Hope this will fix your MacBook Air slow internet connection.

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Mac crop pictures
June 11th, 2016 by ronny

Mac crop pictures

Mac crop pictures a how to tutorial. You don’t need any extra software to crop pictures on a Mac. You got everything you need built in with the OS X installation. The only software you need is the Preview program that comes with OS X.

So go ahead and open up a picture, either with double tap it, or right click and open with Preview. The we need to make a selection of the area we want to keep. Left click and drag the mouse to make a selection of what you want to keep. Everything outside the selection will be deleted.

Mac crop pictures

Once you are happy with your selection, press CMD + K (Or select Tools -> Crop) to crop your picture. Or remove everything outside the selection. If you close your Preview program now, you will still have your original picture. You will need to save it manually to keep the changes. You can do that either by pressing CMD + S, or select File -> Save.

Please note that your original file will not be saved. If you want to keep your original file along with the cropped version of it. I suggest you make a copy of the picture before you crop it.

That is how Mac crop pictures.

You can read more about the Preview program, and its capabilities here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201740

Happy cropping!

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Disable mac autocorrection
June 1st, 2016 by ronny

Disable mac autocorrection

Disable mac autocorrection is usually forgotten when I reinstall my system. From time to time I reinstall my system. Either to clean up my hard drive or just want a clean system. Most of my work is backed up on a file server. And my source codes are stored on a local Gitlab server. So it is easy to copy my work to my computer again.

The mac autocorrection doesn’t always agree with my. So one of the first things I do is disable mac autocorrection. You do that by go to System Preferences. Click on the Keyboard icon to enter keyboard settings. In the Keyboard setting window click on the Text tab. In the Text tab, deselect “Correct spelling automatically“. Now the autocorrection will never bug you again.

There is another method if you want to use the autocorrection. If you type a word and the dictionary doesn’t agree with you. You can learn the dictionary the word. Just right click, or double tap on a laptop, and select “learn Spelling. You dictionary should know contain and know how to spell that word.

Thats how you disable mac autocorrection.

You can read more about it her at https://www.apple.com/osx/

Happy autocorrection!

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edit hosts file
May 10th, 2016 by ronny

how to edit hosts file on a mac

A short article on how to edit hosts file on a mac. I found an article on how to edit hosts file on a mac. That involved disabling SIP and other complicated stuff. Then I learned it is so much more easy than that.

First step is to download Text Wrangler from Bare Bones Software here http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

I’m not affiliated with Text Wrangler in any way. Just recommend it because it does a good job on what we are about to do here. I dont recommend TextEdit if you sometimes goes a bit to fast. As you might end up with saving your hosts file as a rtf file or something. Since the hosts file doesn’t have any extention from before.

When Text Wrangler is installed, go to your Finder. The hosts file is located in the /etc folder. But you can’t see that folder from Finder. So when you are in Finder, go to the top menu and select Go -> Go To Folder. Then you type in /etc/ and hit Go.

Once inside the etc folder, right click (or double tap) the hosts file. Select Open With -> Other -> Text Wrangler. When you try to edit the file, the system will ask you if you want to unlock the file. And you want that. If not you are not able to change it.

Once you have done your editing, go ahead and save the file. You will now need to enter your administrator password twice. Only the first time. Because Text Wrangler first ask you if you want to install the helper. The next time you will only need to enter your administrator password once. When the hosts file is save, your new settings are active and you can start using them.

Here is an example of an hosts file from a mac.

##
# Host Database
#
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
##
127.0.0.1 localhost
255.255.255.255 broadcasthost
::1 localhost
192.168.1.80 archimedes.home
192.168.1.81 db1.home
192.168.1.83 apt-cacher.home

Thats how to edit hosts file on a mac.

Happy editing!

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linux calendar
May 1st, 2016 by ronny

Linux calendar from the terminal

Linux calendar function is a neat and useful little tool. Getting the calendar directly in the terminal, if you need to, while working in the terminal.

Cal is a built in tool in bash, coming with all Linux versions. And OS X, BSD and other compatible versions of Unix. If you open your terminal and type cal, it will print this months calendar. Like in the picture below.

linux calendar

To print the calendar for the full year, there is two ways of doing that. You can type cal -y to display the current year. If you are wondering how 2025 is looking, just type cal 2025 to find that out. By the way 24th of December is on a Wednesday in 2025.

linux calendar

You can choose to display just december in 2025 instead of the whole year. Just type cal 12 2025 to display the calendar for december 2025. As shown in the picture below.

linux calendar

There is also an alternative layout. The cal function can not display week number, and we weeks always starts on Sunday. That can not be changed with parameters or attributes for the function. Where I live, Norway, weeks starts on Monday and not sunday. You can use the alternative layout to have weeks starts on monday. First lets try the alternative layout by typing ncal. This will display the alternative layout. To have the Linux calendar starts on monday, just type ncal -M. Both are displayed in the picture below.

linux calendar

How about week numbers, can Linux calendar display week numbers? Yes, but only through the altnerative layout. The cal function can not display week numbers. Lets try and see if we can get some week numbers here. Try that by type ncal -w. If you live in a part of the world where the weeks starts on Monday, type ncal -M -w to have the week starts on monday and week numbers. Check out the picture below for an example print out.

linux calendar

If you are interested in getting a weather report from linux terminal, check this out: http://soltveit.org/command-line-weather-report-linux-os-x/

These examples on the screen prints was done in Debian. If you want to try out Debian, a rock solid linux distribution but not the latest apps, you can get it here: https://www.debian.org

Thats it about Linux Calendar.

Happy date!

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command line weather
April 28th, 2016 by ronny

Command line weather report in linux and OS X

If you are on a Mac with OS X or using a Linux computer you can request a command line weather report directly from your command line window. You can probably use other operating systems as well. Just as long you have access to the finger command you should be ok with this method. I have only tested it from a OS X and a Linux computer.

The format of the command line weather is:
finger city name@graph.no

Lets assume your city is London. To get your command line weather report open up your command line tool, and type this into the command line window:

finger london@graph.no

Here is an example of the ascii weather report from Bryne, a city near me.

command line weather report

As you can see from the left side of the scale, the temperature is in Celsius. And there is no fix for that. In Norway, where this weather service is locates Fahrenheit is not a very popular temperature scale. You can always use google.com to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit if needed. Or another of the millions converting tools out there.

There is also a shorter command line weather report. Or a very much shorter is probably more correct.

In your command line tool, type this:
finger o:london@graph.no

The output should be something like this.
london at 01:00: 4 C, 0.5 mps wind from SSE.

Thats how you get a command line weather report from OS X and Linux.

Happy weather reporting!

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July 1st, 2015 by ronny

Disable spotlight indexing

Disable spotlight indexing
To keep my WD Passport online, I had to learn how to disable spotlight indexing. I had this issue with my Western Digital “My Passport” kept disconnecting. After disabling the spotlight indexing my passport kept connected. It could be that the drive is drawing too much power from the USB when indexing.

To disable the spotlight indexing can be done in a few ways. You can disable the function for your entire mac. That will also disable the spotlight search (CMD + Spacebar). Maybe not the best solution if you only want to keep your WD Password online.

In Terminal paste in this:
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

It will ask for your admin password.

If you need or want to enable it again. Paste in this:
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

Your spotlight indexing will now be enabled again.

If you only want to disable spotlight indexing from certain areas, like your WD passport. You can do that from your System Preferences. Then click on Spotlight. Click on the Privacy tab. Click on the + sign at the bottom left corner, and click one time on your drive and click Chose. Your WD Passport should now been disabled from indexing.

disable spotlight indexing

This is how you disable spotlight indexing
Happy indexing!

Posted in Mac, OS X

June 22nd, 2015 by ronny

Stop Safari from open downloaded files

stop safari from open downloaded files
By default Safari opens all “safe” files automatically you have downloaded. So here is how to stop safari from open downloaded files without your wanting it to. This is kind of annoying sometimes. When I download pictures, music, pdf’s they always get open by safari.

Here is how to fix that.
1. Open your Safari browser.
2. Click Safari in the menu, and the click Preferences.
3. In Preferences make sure you are in the General tab.
4. At the bottom deselect: Open “safe” files after downloading

Stop safari from open downloaded files

 

 

 

And that is it. This was how to stop safari from open your downloaded files. You have now fixed it.

Happy stopping!

Posted in Mac, OS X

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