Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member at any grade level. If you’re an elected or appointed member of a school board, or an elected or appointed officer of a PTA or PTO, you’re also eligible. Buy through the Apple Online Store for… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac

— Happy 4th of July — It’s the 4th of July, and that means fireworks. Here are some fireworks apps for your iPhone (or iPad) and Mac. Note: in the spirit of Freedom I am only recommending apps that are free. A fireworks app on your iPhone will help you pass the time as you wait for the sky to get dark enough for the real show to begin. Fireworks Arcade is the iOS fireworks app that I like the best. And it’s free. Fireworks Arcade is free. You can let the app launch fireworks… Continue Reading Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac

How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)

Looking for the first two parts? Here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 1) and here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2). This post focuses on the WordPress.com Dashboard. Let’s work our way down. At the top you’ll find a button labeled My Sites. Once clicked, it stays clicked. You need to click it once to get the rest of the options in the Dashboard. The next button down is Switch Site. I didn’t tell you this before, but you can have multiple WordPress.com websites under a single account. If… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)

How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2)

Looking for Part 1? Here it is: How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 1). You’ve created an account, you’ve given your blog a theme, and you’ve chosen a URL. At that point, WordPress shows you a sample blog post, or a mocked-up home page, depending on choices you made when first setting things up. Let’s write our first blog post, add a picture, and categorize it. Start by clicking the “Write” button. The button may have the word “Write” on it, or may simply be a picture. See below. It depends on how… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2)

How to make a free WordPress blog (Part 1)

Got something to say? Want to show off your pictures? Want to document your vacation, or the 4th grade, or comment on your favorite sports team’s season? You need a blog. Here’s how you make a free blog using WordPress. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection. WordPress is a very popular platform for blogging, and it’s free, and you can learn how in a hurry by reading this article. (The screenshots here are from a Mac using Google Chrome, but you can use Safari or Firefox or any other modern… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress blog (Part 1)

Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct

Whether you’re using an iPhone or a Mac, Auto-Correct is a real time-saver. Turns out you can set up your own “corrections” that expand into frequently-used words, phrases, sentences– even whole paragraphs! (On the Mac, they call them “text expansions.” On the iPhone, they’re “text replacements.” Either way, think of them as Auto-Corrects that substitute a lot of text for a little. Imagine typing a couple of characters in Messages on your iPhone and seeing it expand into a whole bunch of stuff that you didn’t have to type! That’s the power of these things.)… Continue Reading Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct

2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

— 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That way you get updates in case I have to change something. The calendar has all the important information (dates, times, teams, TV network, and if I get the time I will also update the scores). Click the link, remember to tell it to… Continue Reading 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Essential Mac Add-on apps

— Essential Mac Add-on apps — Whenever I set up a Mac I always advise adding three great apps that make using a Mac easier, faster, and just plain nicer. Those apps are Moom, Paste, and Alfred, and to me, they’re essential. Try them out and I think you’ll agree. MoomThe name “Moom” comes from “Move and Zoom,” which is what this app does. This is way, way faster than dragging the edges of windows to resize them and then, in a separate step, dragging them to position. If you routinely have to shuffle windows… Continue Reading Essential Mac Add-on apps

27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

It took a few weeks but Amazon now has the 27-inch iMac with the Retina display. You can click this link* to go straight there. The warranty is through Apple whether you buy from Amazon or the Apple Store, or anyone else, so you can simply shop on price. Comparing identical models, Amazon’s price is better than the Apple Store’s. Amazon also has the new Magic Mouse 2, which improves on the original Magic Mouse by having a built-in rechargeable battery (and you charge it using the included Lightning cable, same kind your iPhone uses–… Continue Reading 27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work

— How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work — I run into some really interesting problems. Here’s a problem I hadn’t seen before– and how I solved it. I got a call from someone with an iMac whose Finder didn’t Work. The Mac started up fine, and the user could sign into her account, but the Desktop files were missing and no menu bar appeared. The machine was running– the mouse worked, the screen was lit up, the Dock was present– but I couldn’t get to the Desktop to open a file, and… Continue Reading How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work