Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

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Use iTunes Genius Mixes As Your Personal Music DJ

18th August, 2010

If you don’t have a lot of time to keep up with all the latest music you like, finding fresh tunes can often be a challenge. You might also have a rather a larger collection of albums and songs in your iTunes library, but you have very little time to organize and create your own […]


Get Notified About Everything with Growl [Mac]

16th August, 2010

I recently noticed that several MakeUseOf articles referred to Growl, a notification program that has been around for quite a while. However, Growl may be unfamiliar to many new Mac users and switchers. It is a program I highly recommend for Mac users who spend a considerable amount of time at their computer. What is […]


15 More System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Know About

13th August, 2010

In part 1 of this article, I covered some basic items in Apple’s Snow Leopard System Preferences. In this second part, we’ll cover a few more basic items””and for some Mac users, perhaps a couple of hidden items which are not regularly used. I’m skipping over the Internet & Wireless items in System Preferences””namely because […]


15 System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Adjust

11th August, 2010

System Preferences is a hubbub of settings and controls on your Mac computer. Yet, it’s quite possible that if you are a fairly new Mac user you probably have made changes to only a few of the many items found in the Mac System Preferences. You might have added another user account or set up […]


How To Use Photoshop Layers and Styles

9th August, 2010

We have covered 20 Photoshop Tips and Tricks You Should Know About, but in this Photoshop how-to we’re going to delve into what is called layer styles and effects such as drop shadows, bevels, color overlays, and textures; used in nearly all graphic design. Many of the graphic ads posted on MUO, for example, make […]


Five New Safari 5.0 Extensions You Should Definitely Check Out

6th August, 2010

The recent update of Safari 5.0 includes a slew of practical extensions that enable users to add and customize features of Safari. In the first extension update, we covered how to add extensions to Safari. Before we discuss five handy new extensions, here are a few more quick tips for handling Safari extensions in general. […]


How To Become An Amazon Vine Reviewer & Get Free Stuff

4th August, 2010

If you’re an customer who regularly reads product reviews by other customers, you may have noticed that some reviewers have a little badge (one of several) under their name identifying them as a ”Vine Voice” reviewer. These Amazon Vine reviewers were invited by Amazon to receive a monthly newsletter of pre- and recently-released books […]


5 Useful Apps for Learning Spanish with iTunes

2nd August, 2010

Hola, amigos y vecinos. As with any language, if you want to learn to speak Spanish, it can be very challenging. But there are several useful resources that can help you get started, or are useful if you”˜re taking a Spanish course or need a refresher. These resources are a mix of websites and Apple […]


How To Boost The Colors In Your Photos Using iPhoto ’09 [Mac]

30th July, 2010

Although Apple’s iPhoto is not a high class professional image editor, it is still a powerful tool for editing and enhancing photos. It can transform a dull, bland and low contrast image and make it pop and sing with just a few added effects and exposure adjustments. In fact, after going through this tutorial, you […]


How To Launch Your Favorite iTunes Playlist With A Keyboard Shortcut [Mac]

28th July, 2010

One of the most hackable applications on a Mac computer is probably iTunes. This program is no longer just a music jukebox, it’s a multimedia player that includes not only song and movie files, but Apple mobile apps, PDFs, audio books and e-books, and several powerful file management features such as smart folders. If all […]


6 Quick Fixes To Common Cell Phone Camera Problems

26th July, 2010

Back in May, MakeUseOf published 10 Tips to Take Better Digital Pictures With Your Phone’s Camera. In this article, I will address some particular common cell phone problems that users run into when taking photos with a cell phone camera; and we all know, there are plenty. The problems addressed in these article will apply […]


Turbocharge & Customize Your Mac Finder Windows [Mac]

23rd July, 2010

If you are relatively new to the Mac and you rely on the default setup of the Mac Finder, you are probably taking longer to find items on your hard drive than you actually need to. The Finder, like other applications, can be customized and turbocharged so that you can access and open items faster. […]


How To Create 5 Smart iTunes Playlists For iPad, iPhone & iPod

21st July, 2010

If you’re a music junkie, your iTunes collection probably contains several thousand songs, taking up over 30 gigabytes of memory on your computer. However, when it comes to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you may not able to sync your entire iTunes library to your mobile device(s). But you can create what are called […]


The Basics Of Photo Cropping That You Should Understand

19th July, 2010

Often times when we shoot photos, we get so caught up in what we’re shooting (as we should be) that we often don’t think about how we’re composing the shots we take. Or sometimes when taking candid shots, there’s little time to think about composition because we’re trying to capture the moment. But thanks to […]


Take Better Pictures on iPhone With Free Camera Plus

14th July, 2010

Although the new iPhone 4 sports a significant 5 megapixel upgrade to its camera application, many of us are still happily using our iPhone 3G or 3GS camera. Some are still using the iPhone 2G! With each upgrade of the iPhone, the camera improves, but if you want better functionality to take better pictures on […]