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Be Careful With Assigning ‘Hot Keys’ in Keyboard Maestro

While creating a new Macro in Keyboard Maestro, I almost wasted a day driving to the Apple Store, in addition to crippling the use of my iMac by using an alternative keyboard for a number of days. In a nutshell, if you create a hot key in Keyboard Maestro using a simple letter, you will/may find that the letter will not be typed during normal typing.

I was excited by a David Sparks Screencast which described creating macros in Keyboard Maestro in order to quickly size and place windows with simple keyboard hot key triggers. I found that you could a hotkey by typing the letter “r” four times in a row. It seemed reasonable since I would never ‘accidentally’ set it off.

The next thing I knew I could not type the letter “r” in any application. Of course, as I write this now, it seems completely obvious. At the time I barely thought about the hot key since I was moving so fast creating several other macros (all with combinations of the control, option, command, and arrow keys).

I had completely forgotten about this special “r” macro and just started noticing that every word with the letter “r” was failing. I assumed that it was time for my Bluetooth keyboard that came with my 2017 iMac had finally broken with a stuck “r” key. I needed to keep moving so I attached the only other keyboard that I had handy, an Amazon Basics USB keyboard, made for a Windows computer. I put the Bluetooth off to the side with the thought that I would make a Genius appointment with the Apple store that is 20 miles away and bring it in.

I was so sure that this was a broken keyboard, I didn’t even test to see if the “r” was now working. Several minutes later (while struggling using the windows style keyboard), I found that the “r” was still not typing.  It finally struck me. I went back into Keyboard Maestro, changed the hot key, and the “r” started working perfectly again.

What a fool I am.

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How to Sync Multiple Google Calendars to Your iPhone or iPad by Gabriel Seiden at Connet 4 Consulting

Gabriel Seiden wrote a perfectly clean and easy to understand article describing how to allow your IOS calendar sync with multiple Google Calendars. I spent a long time attempting to find something and after several failures, I found this one. I highly recommend this one to get your answer:

How to Sync Multiple Google Calendars to Your IPhone or IPad

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Use ‘Show Tab Bar’ in Evernote

In Evernote program, click on the ‘View’ pull down menu and choose ‘Show Tab Bar.’

This lets you have Multiple Tabs, like a browser, with your choice of Notebook in each tab. I am keeping my ‘1 Inbox’ Notebook in one tab, my ‘2 Current’ in another, and the current Notebook that I am working on in a third tab. This is much more efficient than clicking from one area to another and back.

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Airport Express Should Use 5GHz Band On Xfinity Wireless Gateway

I set up  an older Airport Express (MB321LL/A) at a friend’s house yesterday. He wanted to send his Pandora stream from his iPad/iPhone to his home sound system that feeds speakers located in six different parts of his house. I setup the Airport Express using the 2.4Band on his Xfinity Cable Modem/Router. There were several sound drop outs and even long periods of silence. While the distance between the Xfinity Router and the Airport Express was only about 20 feet, it sounded like a signal issue. Finally, during my troubleshooting, I changed the selection of the wireless network from 2.4 to 5 and the sound was perfect.

In my defense, this was an older Airport Express (era 2008) which I assumed did not have a 5GHz frequency. Then I found this on the Airport Express Wikipedia page:

An updated version (MB321LL/A, model A1264) supporting the faster 802.11 Draft-N draft specification and operation in either of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, with almost all other features identical, was introduced by Apple in March 2008.[4] The revised unit includes an 802.11a/n (5 GHz) mode, which allows adding Draft-N to an existing 802.11b/g network without disrupting existing connections, while preserving the increased throughput that Draft-N can provide.[5] Up to 10 wireless units can connect to this AirPort Express. []

Even now I am wondering why the 5Ghz band would perform so much better due to its distance issues. I never would have thought that the streaming of fairly low quality sound would make such a difference also.

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Sands Consulting was created in 1990 when IBM PCs and Macintosh desktops cost $2500 to $10,000 dollars. At the very beginning, we were there to make the experience in learning the basics, or moving towards the intermediate or advanced areas an enjoyable one. 17 years later, this is still our mission. The basic computer desktop has expanded into laptops, Smart phones, DVRs, and tablets. When you are ready to really start using, and enjoying one of these devices, we are here.