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
Tutorials
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    Mac mini Media CentreMediacentre400
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    According to analysts – Gene Munster, of Piper Jaffray, in particular – Apple is soon to launch a revolutionary Apple TV device. Don’t mistake this for another Apple “hobby”; it’s not going to be a set-top box. This is going to be the real-deal, Siri-enabled, iCloud-attached, iOS-controlled, large flat-panel to dominate your living room! Apparently. But since Gene has been banging on about this for three years or more (Apple has it’s “hobby”, and Gene has his), the Mac mini makes for a pretty good media centre in the meantime. In this tutorial, I’ll examine some of the possibilities and options for making a Mac mini into a media centre.Read More…
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    Keeping Your Cool With Apple Mac Operating TemperaturesTemp400
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    Apple’s Mac range of computers are, literally, the hot technology of the day with shipments of some 13.5 million portable MacBooks Pro and 4.65 million Mac minis and iMacs in the most recent quarter. Compare this with the longest decline in PC sales history and you can see what I mean. But Mac’s are physically hot, too, sometimes. If this is something about which you are be concerned then this tutorial will explain a little more about the causes, the problems and the solutions to your hot Apple.Read More…
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    Using an iMac as a Monitor in Target Display ModeTdm400
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    One of the things about the iMac, in fact any Apple-made display, is it’s extremely high quality image and colour-depth. It’s not that you’ll necessarily notice it immediately, but if you ever move back to a PC monitor, you’ll become acutely aware of the difference in quality. Given that the iMac has a superb display, it could be useful to share that with another Mac, on occasion. In this tutorial I will explain a little known feature, named Target Display Mode, and show you how to use it.Read More…
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    How to Fix Slow and Non-Loading Webpages in SafariSafari400
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    There is little that is more frustrating than a webpage that takes a long time to load, or never loads at all. It’s even more frustrating when you’ve got one of the latest, fast Macs that is connected to a superfast broadband (or normal broadband, for that matter) connection. You can be close to tearing your hair out wondering why webpages are slow to load. If this is your experience then this tutorial may have the answer.Read More…
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    The Best Time to Buy a Brand New MacImac4001
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    If you are reading tutorials on Mactuts+, or on the computing section of hub.tutsplus.com, then you’re likely either a Mac owner wanting to learn more, or you are looking to get into Macs. And why not, a Mac running OS X is an enjoyable experience that makes work that little bit easier and pleasure, well, more pleasurable I suppose? Previously, we have looked at the best places to purchase a new Mac. In this tutorial it’s slightly different in that I’ll be giving you tips on the best times to buy a brand new Mac.Read More…
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    How to Upgrade the Hard Disc Drive in Your Mac miniMacmini400
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    In my last tutorial I showed you how to upgrade the RAM in your Mac mini. Whilst you have the lid off, or now that you know how to get into the machine, you might like to make another modification that will help extend the viable functional life of your Mac mini. As shown previously, despite being – to all intents and purposes – sealed boxes, it is possible to upgrade these devices in order to further their useful lifespan. With a Core 2 Duo processor, upgrading the 80 or 120GB hard drive to, perhaps, a 500GB HDD brings the machine up to a more modern specification capable of housing large iTunes and iPhoto libraries. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to upgrade the hard disc drive (HDD) in your Mac mini. For the purposes of the tutorial, I’ll be using a Mac mini Core 2 Duo machine, model A1283.Read More…
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    How to Upgrade the Memory in Your Mac miniMacmini400
    The Mac mini is a much underrated member of of the Mac line-up of computers, in my opinion. This diminutive little box is versatile Mac that can be used either as one’s main computer or as a media centre, or even a computer that is easily portable on those occasions when you might need it elsewhere. Despite being – to all intents and purposes – sealed boxes, it is possible to upgrade these devices in order to further their useful lifespan. With a Core 2 Duo processor, upgrading the standard 512MB or 1GB RAM module to, perhaps, 4GB or 8GB RAM brings the machine up to a spec capable of running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to upgrade the memory (RAM) in your Mac mini. For the purposes of the tutorial, I’ll be using a Mac mini Core 2 Duo machine, model A1283.Read More…
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    Repurposing a Mac mini G4 as an iTunes ServerG4 400
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    If you’ve been an avid user of Apple Macs for any length of time, the chances are that you have a PowerPC G4 Mac that pre-dates the Macs with Intel processors. You might also think that these machines are slow and, relatively speaking, useless. That’s not the case. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to get your G4 Mac up to speed in order that you can use it as an iTunes media server for your household.Read More…
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    How to Create a World Clock AppClock400
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    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…
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    Everything You Wanted to Know About Apple ID but Were Too Afraid to AskAppleid
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    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…
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    Advanced VoIP: Making and Receiving Landline Calls on Your MacTlphn icon
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    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…
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    How to Upgrade the RAM in Your iMacRam200
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    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…