Is It Okay To Use A MacBook Pro’s Power Adapter With A MacBook Air?

Have you ever wondered if you could use the power adapter that came with another model of Mac laptop with your Mac laptop? In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are a few details to be aware of. Apple’s Support article on the subject states the following. “You can use a compatible higher wattage adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. Lower wattage adapters will not provide enough power.” Let me elaborate on what Apple states in their support article. Read More

How To Simultaneously Select Multiple Files On Your Mac

An incredibly handy skill is knowing how to simultaneously select multiple files on your Mac. I’ll explain two of the most common ways to do this. Once you master these two fundamental skills you’ll be able to use them over and over again. For example, you’ll be able to select many email messages and move them to a folder. You’ll be able to select many photos and add them to an Album. You’ll be able to select many files and drag them to the Trash.

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Use Calendar’s Quick Event Feature

Do you use Apple’s Calendar application? If so, one of the easiest ways to add an event to your calendar is the often overlooked Quick Event feature. Here are instructions to add an event to your calendar using Quick Event.

Create Quick Event

  • In the upper left corner of the Calendar window click the plus sign (+) button.
  • Type in an event name, such as Haircut,
  • Type in a date, such as Mar 18 or Nov 1
  • Type in a time or time range such as 8 am or 2:15 to 3:15 pm
  • Press the Return key

Your event will be added to your calendar. You can now add more details such as an alarm or note.

If you only entered a start time, like 8 AM, the event’s default duration will be 1 hour.

The event will be added to your default calendar. To change your default calendar click on the Calendar menu, select Preferences, click on General and pick your preferred calendar to be your default.

If you like to use keyboard shortcuts you can press Command-N to activate the Quick Entry window. Type in the event details and press the Return key.

Rackspace Email Setup Assistant

Do you use Rackspace as your email provider? If so, Rackspace has a great email setup web page. This page provides illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to setup your Rackspace email account on computers, smartphones or tablets. You select which operating system is running on your device and it provides you instructions specific to your email account. You only need to know your email address and password. One of my favorite features of this email setup assistant is that it offers an automatic way of setting up smartphones.

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Visit The Wire Cutter For Great Product Reviews

Do you ever need to buy a printer, speakers, iPhone case or some other gadget for your computer or home? If so, check out the detailed product reviews and recommendations offered by The Wire Cutter. I’ve used this web site for a few years to do product research for myself and my customers. I cannot list all of the types of products that they review, but I have used the web site to select bluetooth keyboards, portable hard drives, USB flash drives, 27″ computer monitors, printers, bluetooth speakers, projectors, wireless routersTVs, and online backup systems. Read More

The First Ransomware That Attacks Macs Has Been Discovered

The days of Mac users blithely using their computers and not worrying about security issues are gone. Over the past few years the amount of malware that targets Mac users has proliferated. (Malware is a portmanteau of malicious software.) Your best protection against malware is to have a good backup system in place and to be cautious about what files you download and install onto your Mac. Another reminder of the need to be vigilant occurred this past weekend when the first ransomware targeting Macs was discovered. Ransomware tries to encrypt all of the files on your Mac and then literally requires you to pay a ransom to regain access to your own computer and data. However, if you have a backup then you could erase your Mac and restore from your backup, rather than pay the ransom. Read More

How To Securely Erase Your iPhone or iPad

Do you have an iPhone or iPad that you’d like to give away or sell? Before you get rid of it, you can easily get rid of all of your personal data and applications. The following procedure is irreversible so make sure that you have all of your data off of your device before you erase it. Here’s how to erase your iOS device:

  • Wake up or turn on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset
  • Tap on Erase All Content and Settings

If you have a the Passcode feature enabled, you will need to enter your Passcode.

If you have Restrictions enabled, you will need to enter your Restrictions Passcode.

If you have have the Find My iPhone feature enabled, you will be prompted to enter your AppleID password to disable this feature.

You’ll be notified that this process will delete all media and data and reset all settings. In other words, the device will look just as it did when it was turned on the very first time. If you’re sure you want to erase it completely then tap on Erase iPhone.