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Manage your Keynote slide footers!

Filed under: Tech Tips — subgalea @ 10:38

The set of themes that comes with Keynote doesn’t include a lot of footer material, but your organization may have so-called design standards that require them. If so, you’ve probably found that in Keynote, you have to update each master slide individually, whereas in Powerpoint, you can generally set the basic text fields of all your slide footers in a single action.

If you build your theme a little differently, though, you can get the same degree of convenience in Keynote.

In my organization’s Keynote template, all the footers are little two-cell tables with a cell for names and a cell for a date. There’s a separate table in each master slide. I changed the contents of all the footer tables except the first one to be the formula

=Title and Content::Table 1::A1

or … B1 for the second cell. “Title and Content” is the name of the first slide master that has a footer. Now I just have to update that one master and all the slides that have footers get the same text.



How to convert Pages 5.x to Rich Text Format (RTF)

Filed under: Tech Tips — subgalea @ 09:00

My daughter told me her professors want writing turned in as RTF. She uses iWork with Pages 5.x, which cannot export to RTF. (A pity, and I can’t think why Apple took away that capability, which existed in Pages ’09.) Putting aside my speculation as to why the professors want RTF, I came up two ways to do it. The first, and more obvious method, is to save the file in Word format (.docx), then open it in Word for Mac and save as RTF. She has Word on her computer, so this is sufficient.

The non-MS way is this.

  1. Copy the entire content of the Pages file with Cmd-A Cmd-C.
  2. Open TextEdit and paste with Cmd-V.
  3. As long as the file has not been saved yet, the “Save” function (under File, or Cmd-S) is actually “Save…” and you get to pick a format. If Rich Text Document is available as a choice, choose it and you’ll create a .rtf file and you’re done.
  4. But if your file had any graphics in it, you can’t choose Rich Text Document to save it. Choose Rich Text Document with Attachments. This creates a .rtfd file. (For the savvy, a .rtfd file is actually a bundle.)
  5. Now, the fun part. Go to the .rtfd file in the Finder. Right-click (or control-click) and Show Package Contents.
  6. Inside you find a file with the exact name TXT.rtf. That’s your Rich Text file, stripped of graphics. Copy it to another folder by dragging with the option key held down, then rename it as desired. Open it—it will open in TextEdit—and check it over to make sure the conversion did not do unacceptable damage to your formatting.

If your document had no graphics, this is pretty quick. If it did have, well, you get to feel like a Mac Wizard. Keep it under your hat.


How to downgrade an iOS Facebook app

Filed under: Tech Tips — subgalea @ 19:03

When Facebook introduced the separate Messenger app, with its voracious permission demands, I made myself a mental note not to update my app. Well, that held once or twice, then I thoughtlessly did an “update all” in iTunes and synched. Here is how I got the older version of the app back. I use a Mac. Windows users with a backup if the right age can adapt this method.

In iTunes, I selected the Facebook app in the Apps->All screen and did a “Show in Finder.” Saving that Finder window, I used iTunes to delete the app to the trash. I also deleted it from my phone.

Next, I went into Time Machine* and rolled back until “Facebook 13.0.ipa” was visible. I restored that, then dragged it from the folder to the Desktop. Next, I dragged it from the desktop and dropped it into iTunes, in the same Apps->All window from which I had deleted the current version of the app. Just putting into the proper Apps folder (iTunes>Mobile Applications) through the Finder is not sufficient to register its existence with iTunes.

Finally, I plugged in my phone, went to the Apps window for the phone, scrolled down the list of apps to Facebook, and clicked “Install,” the “Apply” in the lower right. Another sync and I was all set—a Facebook app with the built-in messaging.


* Footnote: Aside from Time Machine, you can probably still find older versions of the app in your Trash. Drag it to your desktop and drop it into iTunes as above.


Taboo knowledge

Filed under: Religion, The World — subgalea @ 11:41

Ask the next ten people you see what it is that Al Qaeda wants, or wanted from the 9/11 attacks.

If they say they don’t know, talk about why not.

If they echo the line, “They hate our freedoms,” suggest that, if so, we handed them a great victory.

What everyone is blogging about today …

Filed under: The World — subgalea @ 10:12

This day ten years ago was a boon for totalitarian and authoritarian governments everywhere. Terrorists help governments increase their power over citizens. Such governments, in turn, take actions which cause the terrorist organizations to gain members and supporters. It’s win–win, unless you’re not part of the government or the terrorists.

In the US, we got the ‘‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act.’’ This was 132 pages of law which created nine new sections of US law and amended 108 others. Much of it reads like this excerpt.

of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:
‘‘(A) any district court of the United States (including a magistrate judge of such a court) or any United States court of appeals having jurisdiction over the offense being investigated; or’’.
(2) PEN REGISTER.—Section 3127(3) of title 18, United
States Code, is amended—
(A) by striking ‘‘electronic or other impulses’’ and all
that follows through ‘‘is attached’’ and inserting ‘‘dialing, routing, addressing, or signaling information transmitted by an instrument or facility from which a wire or electronic communication is transmitted, provided, however, that such information shall not include the contents of any communication’’; and
(B) by inserting ‘‘or process’’ after ‘‘device’’ each place it appears.

The first version of this massive new act was introduced on October 2nd, only three weeks after the attacks.


Another Monopoly puzzle

Filed under: Games — Tags: , — subgalea @ 11:06

Under the strictest possible reading of the rules, what other card besides “Go To Jail” might send the player who draws it to Jail?
Granted, if you tried to enforce this during a game, you might get players to agree that the rules literally do imply jail in this odd circumstance, but few, if any, would agree that the author intended it to be so.

Monopoly puzzles

Filed under: Games — Tags: , — subgalea @ 10:43

When I was editor of a very modest puzzles section of a web site, I posed a three-part Monopoly puzzle asking what three-property colored set or sets could be purchased in a single turn? Following that link will give you three refinements of the puzzle, and the answer to each.


Mapping your own domain to a MobileMe web space

Filed under: Tech Tips, Uncategorized — subgalea @ 19:08

It cost me hours of searching and experimenting, but it worked. Here’s how to have the web content for http://www.your-domain.xyz/ served up from an existing Apple “Mobile Me” (a/k/a .Mac) account.

Use the DNS controls provided by your domain registrar to create a CNAME for “www” in your domain pointing to “web.me.com.”

Use the Mobile Me “Settings” page (the gear icon); pick “Personal Domain” from the left menu (a green @); click “Add domain”; fill in the domain; and Continue.

Put your content on your iDisk in the folder Web/Sites. You may have to create that folder. You may have trouble creating a new folder in Web and then renaming it to Sites. If so, create a folder “Sites” elsewhere and drag it into “Web” on your iDisk.


UPDATE: This is pretty much moot, since Apple will drop Mobile Me’s web site feature June 30, 2012, with the change to their “iCloud” service. Migration instructions are at Apple Support.


A political wish

Filed under: Uncategorized — subgalea @ 03:54

Just once I’d like to see a politician respond to some sensational crime by saying that the laws already in place are exactly right to deal with it.


Prairie dogs on a plane

Filed under: Living with bits — subgalea @ 20:52

The scene: a triple-7 at its departure gate at Frankfurt-am-Main airport. All passengers aboard.

The stimulus: “Would the passenger who left a laptop computer at security please signal a flight attendant?”

The response: At least fifty passengers popped out of their seats to look inside their carry-on luggage up in the overhead bins.

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