Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Can I delete apps from my iTunes app to free up space on my laptop?

Periodically the space on my laptop gets lower than I like.  So, yesterday I decided to get rid of the numerous apps that I have stored in my iTunes app.  I was able to recover over 10 GB of much needed space. 

Did  you know that you do not need to keep copies of your iphone/ipad apps in iTunes, as you can re-download purchased content from the iTunes or App stores anyway. 

However, there may be a reason to keep some in your iTunes library.  If the developer pulls a particular version of an app and replaces it with another version, the only version available for re-download will be the current one, regardless of which version you originally purchased or want on your device.

So for any older devices you still have, i.e. an iPad 1, this may be the case for keeping an old app.  An iPad 1 cannot be updated beyond iOS 5.1.1 and many apps in the stores have been updated and now require iOS 5, 6 or 7.  In that situation, an iPad 1's owner may have only their own saved copies of compatible apps for re-installation if necessary.

So there are a few circumstances where you may want to keep some app's installers saved locally for yourself.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Annoying message "plugin container app needs to install osaka font"

This morning, I was confronted with an annoying message box  requesting that I install  the Osaka font when I tried opening Firefox Browser (Developers Version 51).  I kept clicking on "Skip" as it is not my nature to install files that I do not recognize a reason to do so.

First, I searched for any problems that had been reported with the Firefox Browser and did see that this has been a recurring problem that has been reported by various users for other versions of Firefox.  So I spent most of the day, trying to open in safe-mode, refreshing my browser settings, searching for online solutions.  Nothing seemed to help with the annoying popup box.  I disabled plugins and tried various other means to solve my problem.

Finally, after a brief break to do some household chores, I returned to my laptop.

I tired one other thing which I will describe below:

(1)  I opened Font Book application from my Applications folder on my Mac.

(2)  Clicked on "All Fonts"

(3) Scrolled down the list to see "Osaka"  which is evidently a real font available for my Mac.

(4) I highlighted "Osaka"

(5) Clicked on "Edit" menu and selected "Download Osaka Family  - I figured that if  I downloaded this font through the Apple app that it would be reliable.

(6)  It appears that the Osaka Mono family was somehow not complete. And, with this downloaded, I quit Firefox and ran again.  Hurray!  No annoying message to download the Osaka font!

Hopefully, this has resolved my problem and will help others who might be experiencing the same problem with Firefox.  Good luck and have a nice day!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Great Site for Free TV links and Guides for Disabling Cable TV Subscription

Trying to figure out how to use my Apple TV with an existing HDTV television.

When the time came for the mandatory switch from analog to digital cable subscription almost a year ago and due to the fact we were not watching much cable TV, we decided to disconnect for awhile.

I have been researching the best way to use Apple TV and airplay with our TV.  I stumbled across this great site which provides a great guide for this switch:  disablemycable.com

On this site is various guides and helps outlining using antennas for local channels, using streaming boxes (like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, etc)  and a page with buttons (links) to all the free TV sites.

I plan to test this out with Safari on my iPad using airplay to connect to the Apple TV that will be used with my HDTV.


As I work through some of the details and tests, I will post any interesting observations at that time.  In the meantime, if you use Apple TV with your existing TV without cable subscription, you may find this site a very useful central place to find all the free TV programs quickly.  Enjoy!

Update:  We got the TV and Apple TV up and running yesterday.  Have all the devices: ipads, iphones and even my Apple Watch working as "remote" to access the wonderful Apple TV menu that has all the buttons one might need to find some free programs, movies and tv series to watch.  I am finding it is pretty nice to be able to watch a program on my time and not tied down to watching a program during a certain time period.  I suppose recording programs is an option for those who continue with cable, but as most have pretty busy lives the Apple TV option works okay too.

The website above would be okay for those streaming boxes that might not have all the menu options and links programmed into their menu setup or for running from a Mac laptop using Airplay and mirroring techniques.