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
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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
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    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…
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    15 Tweaks to Make When Moving to Lion or Mountain LionMountainlion
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    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…
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    Get to Know Your Apple Support Profile200x applecare
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    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…
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    A Beginner's Guide to Game Center on The MacGamecentreicon200px
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    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…
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    Remembering Just One Password is Easier and Safer1password
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    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…
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    How to Get a 20% or Higher Discount on All of Your Mac App Store PurchasesMac app store icon
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    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…