by Jim Breen
from the June 2003 Newsletter
Actrix has many customers who are using Macintosh
systems and some information and tips on how these customers can get the most out of their
internet experience and be able identify and rectify common problems should be useful.
Last month Jim Breen dealt with Part 1 of two sections on Practical and System Tips. This month we feature Part 2 - Ed.
Disk First Aid Apple supply a useful tool which can repair many hard disk problems and it is a good idea to run it from time to time to keep things in good shape. It is usually found in the Utilities folder but if you have trouble finding it, go to File/Find and search for Disk First Aid.
Select your Hard Disk and click on Verify or Repair.
If the Desktop file becomes too large, the computer may have difficulty reading it efficiently and speedily. This can cause the Finder to access files more slowly. Rebuilding the Desktop file can clean up old information and speed up Finder access. To do this:
If you find your mouse pointer is too slow or you want to slow it down, you can adjust the speed by going to Apple menu/Control panels/Mouse.
Select the speed that suits you.
If you find your printer is slow to spool and print have a look at your settings in Chooser.
Go to Apple menu/Chooser.
Click on the printer icon and check if you have background printing on. If so select it off and printing will be much faster.
If your date or time is incorrect on your computer this affects the time that is placed in your e-mail headers and can be confusing for recipients. To correct your time go to Apple menu/Control panels/Date&Time.
Correct your time here and also check the time zone is selected to NZ.
Make an Alias for your Program
It is sometimes useful to have an alias to a program which you can place somewhere for easy access. To make an Alias for Remote Access:
A duplicate of Remote Access will now show beside the
original and you can drag this to a convenient place such as you desktop and use this to
connect and disconnect from the internet.
You can do the same with any program. For example, to make an alias for Outlook Express find the OE folder, open it and find the OE program. Hilight it and go to File/make alias.
You have probably been on a website and wanted to print just a selection of the page and not the complete website. There are several utilities available that will allow this but they are costly to buy. There is a shareware program available called Net Print which works very well. When this is installed all you need to do is select the portion of the text you want to print or save and then go to the Net Print icon showing at the top of your screen and select Print. This saves a lot of ink as well.
You can download Net Print at http://www93.pair.com/johnmoe/.
Silence your Modem
If the noise the modem makes during connecting is annoying you, it is easy to stop. Go to Apple menu/Control panels/Modem.
Sound - Select the Off button