How to Make a Good Password

-- How to Make a Good Password -- UPDATE: even though your passwords aren't stored as plain text at places like LinkedIn and Target it isn't terribly hard to figure out what those passwords are should there be a data breach. This video shows you how password cracking gets done. You've no doubt been hearing... Continue Reading →

2014 World Cup Soccer Calendar for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

UPDATE: here's a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, for your Mac, iPhone or iPad (in ics format). The World Cup is fast approaching. Wouldn't it be nice to have the World Cup schedule on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Or maybe all three? Turns out it's just a couple of clicks... Continue Reading →

iOS 7.1 Update: Get It

Apple continues to refine iOS 7. The 7.1 update is the latest and in my experience it's something you ought to install. The easy way to do it is through the air. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is plugged in and charging before starting, just to be safe. Then Settings, General, and Software Update.The... Continue Reading →

iOS 7: Coming Soon, and Why You Should Wait to Install It

Yes, iOS 7 is coming soon. Very soon. Tomorrow, in fact. Assuming your iPad/iPhone/iPod can handle it (more on that later), you can download and install iOS 7 through the air-- for free! The question is, should you install iOS 7? The answer is "probably." But not right away.My advice: wait. Wait for others to... Continue Reading →

How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad (2012 Edition)

NOTICE Things have changed since this article was written in December 2012. The Avery Templates Everywhere app is no longer available. The Avery Design & Print app is still available, but it's terrible (bad interface, crashes, buttons don't work-- you name it). Use myCardLists* instead. It prints labels perfectly. Here's a link to my how-to... Continue Reading →

Mountain Lion Hints and Tips

I've had Apple's $19.99 Mountain Lion installed here on an iMac (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5) for about two weeks, enough time to find a few niceties and doodads that you might be interested in. Here goes.Address Book has been renamed "Contacts" (matching the iPhone and iPad apps) and it has some improvements. First, the... Continue Reading →

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Advice and Info

Apple released Mountain Lion today, also known as OS X 10.8. This comes less than a month after the MobileMe-to-iCloud transition deadline, which means less than a month after a whole lot of people converted to OS X 10.7 (Lion). My advice, based on over 21 years of full-time Mac consulting, is wait. Mountain Lion... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

I'll keep it short: Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs (titled, simply, "Steve Jobs") is disappointingly shallow. It reads like a high school history book, touching many topics, but going into depth on none. The book serves as a good introduction to Steve Jobs, but given the countless articles that have been in circulation for... Continue Reading →

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