Johnny Winter
A regular contributor to Mac, iPad and iPhone AppStorm sites, Johnny has been online since 1995 aiming to use the internet for the creation and sharing of knowledge for the greater good. Via setting up forums and e-commerce businesses, Johnny is an accidental podcaster and Editor of Mac Computer Skills at hub.tutsplus.com
Latest Posts
  • Computer Skills
    Customization
    How to Create a World Clock AppClock400
    Such is the nature of my role that I find myself working not only with colleagues in the United Kingdom, but with those in Australia, Europe and the United States. These multiple timezones could easily hinder the planning of conference calls; I need a way to work out a convenient time for any team to get together on a Skype call. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a Dock icon that gives you ready access to the timezones that are important to you — and more besides. Whilst there are menubar applications that do this, in the Mac App Store, my method avoids adding another icon to your (already crowded) menu bar and it does not cost anything.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Apple ID but Were Too Afraid to AskAppleid
    Newcomers to the Mac will be requested to register an email address, and some other details, when they first start up OS X. This email address is often a yourname@mac.com, yourname@me.com or yourname@icloud.com, that can be obtained from Apple specifically for the purpose, or it may be your personal email address such as yourname@yourdomain.tld. What may not be immediately clear to the new Mac owner, or indeed some existing Mac owners, is why Apple wants you to do this. This article seeks to explain what an Apple ID is and why you need one together with some examples of how an Apple ID can be more useful than you perhaps first considered.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    Advanced VoIP: Making and Receiving Landline Calls on Your MacTlphn icon
    In the last article on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) we looked at how easy it is to set up a normal “land-line” telephone number using a SIP provider together with a fantastic, lightweight app — Telephone — from the Mac App Store. In this article, we’ll examine the Telephone app. We'll cover how to customize it, how to improve the quality of your calls, how to assert a different geographic presence and how to reduce your telephony costs.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Mac
    How to Upgrade the RAM in Your iMacRam200
    If you are cash-rich and time-poor, Apple will allow you to configure your Mac with more memory… at a cost. A pretty steep cost. For the rest of us, there’s the DIY route, which can end up saving a bundle and perhaps even endowing us with a sense of warmth and fulfillment.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    15 Tweaks to Make When Moving to Lion or Mountain LionMountainlion
    In the last two iterations of OS X — Lion and Mountain Lion — Apple has been making some bold moves in respect to the way the computer operator interacts with the machine. Bold in the sense that the changes are quite a departure to the way in which people have been used to using OS X in the past. While change can often be positive, some of us take a little time to adapt and are perhaps more resistant to change. This article examines some quick fixes to help you make Lion and/or Mountain Lion a little more familiar.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Apple
    Get to Know Your Apple Support Profile200x applecare
    As a Mac owner you’ll be pretty familiar with the concept of an Apple ID. OK, perhaps you’re not entirely familiar with it, but you know that you have one. It’s either a mac.com, me.com or an iCloud.com email address, or perhaps it’s your personal email address. Whatever you use as your Apple ID, you will have an Apple Support Profile. But what’s that? What does it do, how can it help you and where can it be found? Regardless of whether or not you have taken any AppleCare extra warranty, here's how the Apple Support Profile will be useful to you.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    A Beginner's Guide to Game Center on The MacGamecentreicon200px
    Game Center is a social feature that has been an app on the iPad and iPhone since iOS 5. With the advent of games in the Mac App Store, Game Center has now made the transition to Mac and introduced as a new app in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Game Center is intended to be a service that ties together games and gamers across all devices. It’s a means of discovering new games based on those played by others and it’s a means of competing for achievements and scores against your friends, and even against the rest of the world. 160 million* other gamers can't be wrong, here's how to join them...Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Security
    Remembering Just One Password is Easier and Safer1password
    In an earlier article, “Picking Passwords: Pitfalls, Practicalities and Protection”, we examined the requirements and problems of modern passwords and why they are hard for humans to remember but easy for computers to crack. We also touched on how we can manage this conundrum. In this article, we will have our cake and eat it; we will use complex, secure and unique passwords for everything. All of those passwords will confirm the specific requirements and rulesets of each service - even if that means that the criteria differs between services. And we will remember just one secure password to do this. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    How to Get a 20% or Higher Discount on All of Your Mac App Store PurchasesMac app store icon
    If I were to suggest that you could save 20%, or more, on all of your purchases in the Mac App Store, you might treat that statement with some caution, and you would be right to do so. But what if I were to tell you that this saving is entirely legitimate? This is not a scam, it is not a trick, it’s just a matter of playing your cards right. Your iTunes gifts cards, that is. Are you interested in saving money? Then read on!Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Security
    Picking Passwords: Pitfalls, Practicalities and ProtectionPwd200px
    Like many people, you probably have a password for logging on to your computer at work, another one for logging into your work email, and then there’s your personal email. Your Mac at home. The AppleID for your iPhone. Twitter. Facebook. LinkedIn. And more? Oh, and you have to use a capital letter, some lowercase, at least one digit, a punctuation mark or other special characters and it has to be more than 12 characters long. Perhaps you can’t use more than 16 characters? Or perhaps that particular service doesn’t, afterall, allow you to use special characters - even more confusing! Also remember that your employer wants you to change your password every 30 days, and that it can’t be the same as any previous passwords. What a nightmare! How can any normal person remember different, unique and secure passwords, conforming to different rule sets, for all of these services (and more) without resorting to writing them down in a little black book? There is a way...Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    How to Set Up Shared Reminder Lists in Mountain LionRemindersappicon
    One of the new features to included in Mountain Lion and iOS 6 is the iCloud-enabled reminders app. Reminders is a basic reminder list management application that incorporates the ability to wirelessly synchronize reminders across your iOS and desktop devices using Apple’s iCloud. Reminders can also share reminder lists with other people. Let's see how.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    How to Reveal Your Library Folder in Lion or Mountain LionLibrary200x200
    Did you know that you will find Library folders in three locations on your Mac? There’s a Library folder at the root-level of your hard drive, there’s a second Library folder inside the root-level System folder and another Library folder in each User’s Home folder. In the normal day-to-day course of events, you don’t need to worry about any of them, and that’s fine because they’re all hidden away from you by default. There are, however, occasions when you may need to access the User Library folder (also known as ~/Library) and this article will show you how.Read More…