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How to install Dell v715w AIO printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion

How to install Dell v715w AIO printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion

I had a client who was having issues installing the Dell v715w All in One printer on Mac OSx 10.7.4 Lion.

Dell doesn’t actually manufacture their own printers, they have Lexmark make them, and they slap their name on them.  Needless to say, Dell doesn’t announce that to many people, and those having a hard time getting their printers to work tend to find themselves at at dead end.  In order to use the Dell v715w AIO you need to download and use lexmark pro700 driver from here and download also need Gutenprint for Mac OS X.

Install the Gutenprint first, then install the lexmark pro700 driver, and you should able to print to the Dell v715w AIO from your Mac.

Replacing the Hard Drive in Macbook Pro

Replacing the Hard Drive in Macbook Pro

I wanted to update to replace the hard drive on my Early 2011 Macbook Pro.  Since I have had my computer for over a year, my drive was getting bottled down, and I only had about 40GB left.  Most of the space was filled with videos from my GoPro, pictures, and my extensive music colleciton, and I wasn’t willing to part with any of it.

I decided to go with the Western Digital 320 GB Scorpio Black SATA Notebook Hard Drive – WD3200BEKT from Amazon.  It was an affordable drive, with very good reviews.

There are plenty of guides on how to replace the hard drive on an early 2011 Macbook pro online.  My problem came when I was reinstalling OS X.  The version of Snow Leopard I was installing was 10.6.7.  When I went to boot from the DVD, my Macbook was emanating 3 POST beeps.  The 3 beeps indicate an issue with the memory (RAM), which I had recently upgraded by purchasing 2x 4GB RAM chips.  However, I hadn’t touched the RAM, and it was working perfectly fine before I touched the hard drive.  Upon further research, the 3 Beeps on start up on my Macbook Pro from early 2011 indicated that I was using an install DVD that was not supported on my Machine.  I ended up digging out the box that I got back in early 2011 and pulled out the install DVD that came with the computer.  It was version 10.6.6, and after booting into that by holding Command + C at startup, it went right into the installation process.  The installation took about 50 minutes, and my Macbook was running just like new, if not faster (due to the upgraded RAM and a fresh HDD).

The great thing about my MacBook Pro is that I can still boot into my original hard drive.  I picked up a Macally PHRS-250CC FireWire 400/USB2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 2.5″ SATA HDD and all I need to do to access my old OS X installation is hold the option key at startup, and select my Firewire hard drive from the list.

Using the new with your Gmail

Using the new with your Gmail

Microsoft has released their new version of today.  Their goal according to them was to have a modern and fast UI.  If you take a look at the new (link), you can see, it has a very modern look, very much like that of the Windows Phone, and the new Windows 8 OS.  They also designed the new outlook so you, the user, can easily be connected to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and soon, Skype).  They have also included smart tools to manage and filter messages.  Another important point they brought up, was that they are prioritizing your privacy.  In other words, they don’t serve ads based on the contents of your email, like their competitor Gmail does.

I went ahead and signed up for a new e-mail address to see what all the hype was about.  After creating an account from here, you are automatically logged into the new interface.

The left hand navigation shows your folders and quick view choices.  On the right, you are presented with your ads.  In my case, they are all items somewhat relevant to my recent searches.  Microsoft said they are not using the context of your e-mails to base their ads off of, but they are definitely using some sort of cookie from your browsing through their site.

The new Preview is encouraging Gmail users to make the switch to their service, or at least forward their e-mail to their new address.  Switching is as easy as setting up forwarding in Gmail, and you can also POP all your old mail into your new account.

On this page you will need to click on the ‘Add Forwarding Address’ box at the very top of the page.  It prompts you with this box:

Enter your new e-mail address into the box and your e-mail will now be forwarded.  There are a few other options I have selected, such as only forwarding new e-mail that comes in, and not all my old messages.  I also have it storing a copy of all my Gmail e-mails in Gmail, just in case.

The last step I am going to do, is import my contacts from Gmail into my new account.

From that page, you need to select Google contacts.

The following box will pop-up:

You need to grant access to your Gmail account (click connect).

Since I was already signed into my Gmail account, I was prompted with this box to authorize the access into my Google contacts.  Click on allow access and you will have all of your google contacts into your new account.


There are a few downsides, a major one is that there is no IMAP support yet.  According to the new support team, they are are planning on adding it eventually.

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