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  • Wayne 12:17 am on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: EMF   

    Reduce 95% of your EMF exposure with 5% effort 



    It might be time to get rid of your cordless phone….

    I’m not completely paranoid about EMF. I still use a mobile phone. We have fixed wireless NBN.

    But I did some measurements of EMF levels around our house and it was surprising how easy it is to reduce 95% of your EMF exposure with about 5% effort.

    Take a look at this graph – it says it all…

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  • Wayne 5:33 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: inventions, osx, quicksilver   

    Single Modifier Press 

    In 2006 I send a message to Alcor (Nicholas Jitkoff  @alcor ) on the blacktree forum with the idea of a single modifier activation for Quicksilver.

    My thinking was this…

    When you press a modifier key (such as command or shift) OS X  is expecting you to press another key.

    You never use a modifier key by itself.

    We are short of function keys etc, so I proposed that Quicksilver be activated by the single press of a modifier key. (The command key).

    There was a potential problem though, it is possible that you press down a modifier key (e.g. Command) and then change your mind and let it go.

    So I suggested that Quicksilver  look for how long you held the modify key down, and if you hold the modify key down for under 100 milliseconds,  then Quicksilver treat that as  invoking Quicksilver.   Because, realistically, you never just press a modify key down briefly like that.

    Alcor responded fast and within a week this  functionality for ‘ Modifier-only activation’  was introduced into Quicksilver!




    I am not aware of anyone else using modifier only activation…


    In 2012 Apple introduced dictation into OS X  and the had a feature to ‘press function key twice’ to activate dictation.

    Take a look at the  keyboard shortcuts for dictation in the current Apple OS X system preferences…

    function 2x

    Granted, it’s not single modifier-only  activation, but it’s close.

    I don’t know if they borrowed this idea of me (via Quicksilver) or they came up with it themselves but I am happy to claim the credit!




  • Wayne 11:51 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    migrate time machine backup to new machine


  • Wayne 10:14 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    How to force a Promise RAID drive online 

    How to force a dead drive online in a Pegasus Raid Array.

    Open the Terminal and type:



    phydrv -a online -p 4 exit

    Where ‘4’ is the drive number to force online.


  • Wayne 6:03 am on December 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    How to rebuild a failed Disc in a Pegasus promise Raid array 

    Remove the failed disk and put in a new formatted disk.

    It will say ‘Pass Through’

    Click on the drive and change from ‘Pass Thru’ to ‘Unconfigured’

    Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.17.11 PM


    Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.17.33 PM


    Now click on ‘Rebuild’ and it will rebuild the failed disk from the other disks.

    Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.17.49 PM


    wait for it to finish – 3-6 hours!

    Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 6.32.31 PM

  • Wayne 3:14 am on August 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: recipe   

    healthy honey mustard dressing 

    good proportions for a healthy honey mustard dressing

    10 olive oil

    4 lemon juice

    check balance


    4 mustard
    1/2 honey

  • Wayne 5:46 am on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    How to move all your messages to a new gmail account via your mac 

    Got Your Back (GYB) is a command line tool for backing up your Gmail messages to your local computer. It uses the standard IMAP protocol but also takes advantage of some custom Gmail IMAP extensions.

    Here’s how I used it to move all my email messages from one gmail account to another one.

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  • Wayne 12:21 am on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Saying No: How Successful People Stay Productive 

    Why to-do lists are rarely as effective as scheduling time…

    Saying No: How Successful People Stay Productive.

    It’s really easy to add things to a to-do list. Because it’s so simple, these lists tend to grow and grow. Even worse they encourage us to say yes to almost everything because, well, we can just add it to our list. This means we’re not discriminating and we’re not as conscious about controlling our time as we should be. As Steve Jobs said, it’s easy to say yes but the real value comes from saying no.

  • Wayne 1:42 am on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: admin,   

    Override WordPress Default Attachment “Link to” Setting

    via Override WordPress Default Attachment “Link to” Setting.

  • Wayne 10:34 pm on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    how to move wordpress site to new url on the same server. 

    1. Setup new directory and copy across all  old files.

    2. Edit functions.php of old site.

    Add these two lines to the file, immediately after the initial “<?php” line.


    reload admin pages a few times. remove the 2 lines

    3. Update URL’s in database tables.

    On new site, replace all URL’s in database. Use ‘Better Search replace’ plugin on database with old url to new url (serialised that’s why you need this
    plugin) on all tables

    4. Redirect old site.


    • Thomas 8:29 am on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Wayne, nice blog! Looking for a follow button so I can see all your posts on my WordPress reader on my iPad. Do you have one? Thanks! Also looking for a follow button on your MacintoshHowTo blog but – can’t find one. Thanks. 😀

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