TechFan #122 – Mavericks

On June 14, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson, David Cohen, and Owen Rubin discuss WWDC 2013, including Mac OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, the new MacBook Air’s, and of course the new Mac Pro. Also on tap is a look at the Epson XP-600, Mail problems on the Mac, and how much they hate printing technology.

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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The Mac OS X Lion Project Book Review

On September 13, 2011, in Book Review, Features, How-To, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Mac OS X Lion Project Book
Author: Scott McNulty
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-78851-1, 240 pages
Price: Paperback US$24.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$31.99, eBook only US$15.99

The Mac OS X Lion Project Book takes a look at stuff you can do on your Mac. It explores the new operating system along with additional popular software and hardware to further enhance your user experience.

The most common projects you would be likely to undertake are explored within this book. Projects ranging from managing the files on your Mac to creating a Podcast are explored in detail.

Each project is presented with the idea of achieving a specific task. It is assumed that you will have a basic knowledge of computing but the author does his best to simplify the process for new users to the Mac platform.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

Printing Problems in Leopard

On December 29, 2007, in Original Blog, by Russ Walkowich

Well, it’s been a month and a half since I upgraded to Leopard and overall, I really like it. However, what I would really like is to be able to print again without having to resort to restarting the computer just to have access to the printer.
Now, understand, the printer is there, my Mac sees it, knows it’s there but when I go to print, it tells me that it’s not. Yet, when I open up the printer/fax panel, there it is listed as the Default, sitting idle, just waiting for me to send it something to print. Yet, when I do, it tells me it’s printing, then says there is a fatal error, but doesn’t provide an error code. Error, yes, I know there’s an error, you’re not printing.
Now I’m using a HP Deskjet 5550 that if I start up on another hard drive running 10.4.10, I can print any time I want. Yes, I’ve checked the USB connection, it’s fine. Yes, I’ve switched the USB cable to another port… still doesn’t work. Yes, I’ve reset my PRAM…I cleared and then reset my printer system following Apple’s instructions… reset the PMU… Hell, I even resorted to trying HP’s online chat with a tech… does not speak MAC… so I sent an email form that I got an auto response quickly back telling me that they would respond back (or forward to the appropriate HP section to assist me) within a very short time period. That was December 8th… HELLO HP… did my email go to the dead email letter box by mistake????
Anyone have any suggestions?


About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Hewlett-Packard Photosmart 7280 All-In-One Printer
Company: HP
US $299.00

I’ve been a long-time user of HP all-in-one printers. My Photosmart 2710 has a reliable workhorse for me, in spite of a few small irritations.

While there are some drawbacks to having all your printing/scanning/copying/faxing eggs in one mechanical basket, I love the convenience of having only one box to deal with. When I was offered the chance to review the Photosmart 7280, I jumped at the chance.

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