At our meeting held on the 14th May we were joined by guests from the London Mac User Group. We had a presentation showing interesting troubleshooting and tips stemming from a monitor problem, some iOS tips and lots of friendly discussion and advice.
DaveK told us about a problem with his monitor which has become increasingly unwilling to turn on (but works well once it finally does come on). To overcome this in the short term he’s trying to keep his Mac from putting the monitor to sleep but this proved surprisingly difficult. During his investigation he came across quite a few useful tips:
- Hot corners, found in System Preferences/Desktop & Screen Saver and Mission Control can be used to put the display to sleep by moving the mouse to a screen corner. They can also be used to quickly access other features like Mission Control and viewing the Desktop.
- You can set the display to never sleep in the Energy Saver preferences.
- There are a number of apps that give you more control over your Mac sleeping (or not). Dave mentioned Amphetamine and Craig mentioned Lungo.
- Dave also tried using Automator with a Run Apple Script action to simulate keyboard input at regular intervals.
- All the above failed and Dave found his monitor was still going to sleep! He eventually found this was being caused by a sleep Schedule set in the Energy Saver preferences which overrides all the other settings and apps.
LMUG will be hosting a live on-line watch of Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote presentation, keep and eye on their news letter for more details.
Robert had some quick iOS tips:
- Setting notifications to persistent.
- Taking full page screenshots in Safari.
- Choosing lossless recording in voice memos for higher quality (especially if the recording is to be edited).
- Dragging from the number button on the keyboard to type a single number or punctuation mark.
We discussed some recent Apple news including:
- The NASA Perseverance Mars rover uses the same processor as a 1998 iMac.
- The new Apple for Kids page provides advice on setting up Apple products for children to use.
- Users experiment with posting AirTags. Denesh mentioned that one of his friends tried this.
- The purple iPhone 12 is the first Apple product to use a new randomised serial number format. The old format could be decoded to determine details of the device.
- Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference will take place digitally this year from the 7th to 11th June.
- Liz recommended the film Excalibur.
- Ann-Kay had published a new music video on YouTube, Many Happy Returns with Chelsea Flower Show.
- Alastair recommended the Accidental Tech Podcast and in particular John Siracusa’s iPhone case recommendations. He also suggested William Gallagher’s YouTube video Looking for AirTags in all the Wrong Places.