Dan Beeston
I work as a web designer and also as a performer. I love to spend far too much time figuring out how to save seconds using a computer and MacTuts now gives me an excuse to justify that. BAM!
Tutorials
  • Computer Skills
    Understanding Password SecurityPassword icon
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    You'll be familiar with being told to use capitals, numbers and special characters in our long and complicated passwords but if you don't understand why, you're still going to end up with easy to crack security. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Setting Up an SSH KeySshpreview
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    Entering secure passwords each time you log in to a server can be slow and painful but there is a better way. It's time to jump in and set up an SSH handshake.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Move Your Keyboard Cursor Like a NinjaCursor400
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    It's faster to move your cursor with the keyboard than to drag the mouse around. If you're editing your thesis, writing your great novel or typing commands into terminal, this screencast will tell you everything you need to know to move that little cursor from here to there in the shortest length of time.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Introducing Audacity: the Free Sound EditorAudhi
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    There are plenty of expensive options for working with audio but you don't need to spend a dime to get started. Audacity allows you to record, edit, reduce noise, mix, compress, filter and export. It's one of those intimidating open source programs so let's dip you in the shallow end and get you started with a surprisingly powerful free audio application.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Speed Up Your Podcast Editing With Every Button on Your MouseControllermatehi
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    It only takes two seconds to remove an umm from your podcast audio, but do it 200 times and it'll drive you nuts. In this screencast I show you how to set up Controllermate to reduce each edit to a half second click. This can reduce a four hour edit process down to a two hour one. Getting rid of silences and stutters will make you sound like a genius who never needs to pause to think? I guide you through a step-by-step set up process for both Audacity and TwistedWave .Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Cutting a Swathe Through Your Gmail Using Keyboard MacrosGmailhi
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    If you are anything like me, you'll find yourself having to deal with ever-increasing numbers of email. It can all get a bit overwhelming, at times, and not all of that email needs my immediate attention. Having to sort through all of the email demanding my attention is time-consuming and, frankly, quite tedious. In this screencast I'll show you how to quickly, and easily, categorise your unimportant emails. I'll show you how to use shortcuts, hotkeys and macros to help you achieve the zen of inbox zero.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Taking Control of Your Browsing Experience With StylebotStylebotimageret
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    Now, the best thing about the internet is that anyone can publish to it no matter what their skill level. The worst thing is that anyone can publish to the internet no matter what their skill level. In this short screencast, I take an irreverent look at a serious issue: that of badly designed websites. I examine the style inspectors in Safari, Firefox and Chrome, to demonstrate how you can improve your browsing experience. An in-depth look at the Stylebot extension, for Chrome, shows how you can make ugly websites look beautiful. Almost. Does anyone (apart from me) really visit websites this ugly? If so, this screencast if for you! Let's make ugly websites beautiful.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Advanced Search and Replace With RegExRegex400
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    It's time for you to learn Regular Expressions. These impenetrable codes will become your search and replace superpower that can prevent you from ever having to do repetitive manual text changes again. I'll be starting at the very beginning and illustrating three common use case examples. These will help you understand just how easy it is to get your head around regex and why it is so powerful. 1. I'll change every instance of 'Dept. of Defence' with 'Defence Department' 2. I'll change sets of double apostrophes with left and right quotation marks. 3. I'll rename a mish-mash of different image files into a coherent list. These three, real-world examples demonstrate the true power of regular expressions in search and replace. You will soon be manipulating text like magic!Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Record a Skype CallSkypeicon 030113
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    Recording the audio from Skype should be easy, but there are couple of hoops to jump through if you want to achieve a professional, multi-track recording. In this screencast, we'll walk you through the process step by step so you can get set up with Skype recording on your Mac.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Adding Metadata to Your Garageband ProjectMicbutton
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    Adding metadata to an audio file can be confusing and unintuitive. In this screencast we'll take a look at some common pitfalls and find the fastest, easiest way to solve the problem.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: How to Create a Pages Template for Writing ScriptsPagesicon
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    Formatting scripts, whether for plays, sketches or screenplays can be tedious. In this Quick Tip, we'll learn how to set up hotkeys for each character in your work using Apple's Pages. In the end, you'll be able to create and switch between multiple characters and different styles of text formatting for dialog and even insert scene change and effects notes.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Getting Video Onto Your iPhone: The Fire and Forget MethodFirebutton
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    Video processing is a tedious chore and getting that video onto your iPhone can be an exercise in patience. This screencast shows you how to set your mac so that you can start the process and forget about it, knowing that the content will show up on your phone as soon as it's ready. [disclaimer/]Read More…