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#781: How to Rename Bluetooth Devices, Reader Feedback and Questions, What Is the Archive Utility?

 
     
 

Happy Tuesday,

As part of our summer promotions in our retail stores in South Burlington and Waitsfield, VT and Manchester, NH, we are offering a free subscription to our Top Dog Plus program with the purchase of a new Mac. The benefits of the program include, among other things, free priority repair, free backups while in for repair, discounts on iPhone/iPad/iPod repairs, discounts on accidental damage repairs, free loaner computer while yours is in for repair, 10% off in-store consulting and much more. It’s our answer to Apple’s ProCare product, and is a much stronger offer if I do say so myself! It is meant for customers close to our retail stores.

I received so many responses to last week’s issue that I decided to share many of them in this week’s issue. I love hearing from you, so keep the responses coming. Next week I’ll share the much-requested green tomato pickle recipe.

As always, thanks for reading, and keep in touch.

Matt
matt@smalldog.com

 
   
     
  Tip of the Week: How to Rename Bluetooth Devices  
   
 

Whenever you connect a new iPod or wireless device to your Mac, you get the option to name the device. Many times when I get a new device, I like to come up with a funny name for it. For example, my new little pink iPod shuffle is called “Little bubblegum shuffle” (don’t judge!).

However, when I plugged my shuffle into my computer today, I realized how stupid that nickname is. I had never actually changed the name of a Bluetooth device, so I had to play around for a little bit until I realized how to do it.

You want to go to System Preferences from the Apple menu at the upper left corner of your screen. In the System Preferences window, go to the third row down, and then select the Bluetooth icon (third icon in).

You will see a column on the left side that shows your connected Bluetooth devices. Click on the device that you would like to rename. Click the little gearshift icon toward the bottom of that column and you will see the option to rename the device. Select Rename and there will be a pop-up window that will allow you to rename your Bluetooth device to whatever you desire.

 
   
     
  Reader Feedback and Questions  
   
 

Matt,

You say that AppleWorks files can be opened in Pages. This is not universally true. If the file is from an earlier version, it will not open. In order to open the file, it must be of a later “vintage.” This also seems to be true of spreadsheet files, as Numbers will not open many of my older files. If you want to migrate any files from AppleWorks to the iWork application, you have to make sure it is saved from the latest version of AppleWorks.

Also, there are several file types (Paint, Draw, Database) that iWork does not support. Because there are several databases that I have kept for several years, it will be a while before I migrate to Lion. I have looked at Bento, but it doesn’t seem as straightforward as AppleWorks. I may just have to play around with the demo version a bit more, but I really don’t like the “automatic” creation of a database linked to the address book. This seems like something that Microsoft would come up with.

Thanks for the interesting articles in the newsletter.

Bruce

Hi Matt,

I’ve never had a serious problem with old text files, and I was a fan of WriteNow. But the loss of other kinds of files has been semi-disastrous for me. For 15 years I did all my accounting in MYM (Managing Your Money). It’s not been supported for a long time. One can use Quicken and other things for contemporary accounting. But what is terrible is that there is no conversion path for the older files. So far as I can tell, the only way I can access those important files is by keeping an old laptop computer on hand, a nuisance at best, since I live and work in three different countries. Then there is HyperCard. Remember it? I devoted hundreds of hours to developing my own Japanese/English dictionary. Sure there are better dictionaries online, but they do not have my extensive notes and examples. Here, too, there is no conversion path that I can find. I don’t know why, but SuperCard was no help, and maybe it is dead by now.

So that is my experience progress. Not altogether happy.

Cheers,
Gene

Matt,

I remember the days of AppleWorks/ClairsWorks. I sure do miss that suite of software. I loved to use Draw. That was my favorite program in the Macintosh Quadra days.

I no longer have a copy of those programs. Do you know where I can get a copy of AppleWorks to run on my Snow Leopard MacBook Pro? It is a far better set of programs than iWorks offers today.

If you know where I can get a copy please let my know.

Thanks in advance for your help and support.

Sincerely,
Leigh

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Leigh,

Unfortunately AppleWorks is no longer available for purchase or download. There are plenty of copies available on eBay right now though!

Matt

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Hi Matt,

Just thought I’d send you a quick reply to say that I, for one, am greatly disappointed I no longer can use my AppleWorks with Lion. In fact, that is one reason I have put off making the switch.

Yes, I know there are many other choices out there—Pages, Word, etc.—and I have them all, but I still find myself using AppleWorks daily. It’s like the easy chair that is soft in all the right places.

When I have to finally make the switch, it will be like losing a dear friend. At least that’s my view!

Dean

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Matt –

Just read your item about ClarisWorks/AppleWorks going away with Lion, and your asking what other digital items we’d hate to lose. I only have one: a recording I made with my 6-year-old son sitting on my lap speaking into a microphone attached to my Mac 512K. He was telling me to have a nice day. For a while I used it as a startup sound on my work computer.

I guess I’m prompted to write this now as that same son is getting ready to go back to begin his senior year in college this week. And he’s got his own Mac to take with him. I hope it holds some memories for him as mine still does for me.

Patrick

P.S. I enjoy all the stuff you guys write, by the way.

P.P.S. I did my master’s thesis way back when on that 512K using ClarisWorks, so I guess that’s a memory as well.

 
   
     
  What Is the Archive Utility?  
   
 

A long-time Small Dog customer asked me about an item that fleetingly appeared in his dock. It was a generic-looking green icon with a zipper on it called Archive Utility, and when he used Spotlight to search for it, it was nowhere to be found.

Many of the items you download and receive in your email are compressed files. File compression is nothing new and is exactly what you think it is: when you compress a file, you make it smaller. This reduces bandwidth loads and expenses on the server side, and can help you save disk space on your computer. However, compressed files cannot be directly accessed; they must first be decompressed.

Back in the days of 20-megabyte hard drives (my LC II had a 20MB drive in the early ’90s), file compression seemed more relevant for conservation of hard disk space. These days, it’s more often used to shrink email attachments and other downloads. Mac OS X has always included a built-in compressor and decompressor. By right-clicking on any file or folder in the Finder and selecting “Compress” from the contextual (pop-down) menu, your Mac will create an archive in zip format.

When you open a compressed file, Mac OS X launches an application called Archive Utility. Its sole purpose is to compress and decompress files. It’s located in /System/Library/CoreServices, and Spotlight doesn’t search there. If you poke around the /System/Library and /Library areas of your hard drive, there’s plenty to learn if you Google intelligently and use extreme caution when moving or deleting anything. Actually—don’t move or delete anything. Just explore and learn!

 
   
     
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