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When I upgraded to iOS 7.0.2 today, I noticed this message appear:

There are purchased items on the iPhone Jay Docherty’s iPhone that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPhone.

This is an unusually un-helpful message from Apple: there are too many unanswered questions here. Which items haven’t been transferred? How do I transfer these items? Doesn’t that happen automatically when I sync?

Well, the answer is simple: just right-click on the iPhone in the iTunes sidebar and choose ‘Transfer Purchases.’ Wait for it to do its thing and you’re all done!

iwork Numbers chart

A gripe about chart colors in Apple’s iWork Numbers

Q. I think Apple’s iWork Numbers is brilliant for charts, but I want more colors. For a chart with more than a few items in a series, when using the default color fills the colors get recycled. How can I set my own colors for each item?

A. Ok, just to illustrate the issue: say you have the chart in the screenshot above (it’s one of the spreadsheets built in to Numbers). The row ‘Cornflakes’ is using the same color as ‘Home.’ It seems that Numbers just recycles the available colors. This just makes most charts confusing to read. The solution is not immediately obvious, but we can do better. Let’s set the color manually… (more…)

Whether you are a developer switching to the Mac or you’re just shopping around for a nice new editor, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to text editors. Here are my candidates for best text editor for Mac OS X, with some pros and cons of each. Check out my recommendations (more…)

terminal command ref book

My new reference ebook: covering the mac terminal, and with primers on bash, Automator, AppleScript, and other scripting tools. It also features a guide to the /etc/hosts file. Check out the info page here:

Mac Terminal Ebook

If  you find your wi-fi network is getting slow, there may be interference from another network. If another Wi-Fi network nearby uses the same channel, or even a close channel, the two networks will collide, reducing speed for everyone. Here are some tips about how to troubleshoot Wi-fi… (more…)

Did you know that future updates to Minecraft are always previewed in weekly snapshots? Big parts of the ‘pretty scary update’ were available for weeks before it was officially released! Here’s how you can get access to the cool stuff in upcoming versions of Minecraft on your Mac… (more…)