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
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    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…
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    The OS X Recovery Partition: What It Is, Why It's There and How to Remove ItDiskutility
    When you upgrade your Intel Mac from Snow Leopard to Lion, Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion, or even Snow Leopard to Lion and then again to Mountain Lion, the installation process creates a special “Recovery Partition”. There are, however, certain circumstances where you will want to remove this recovery partition. This article looks at what the Recovery Partition is, what it does, and why you might want to remove it. I'll also walk you through the removal process.Read More…
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    How to Enable AirDrop on Ethernet Connected and Unsupported MacsAirdrop 200x200
    AirDrop has been designed to be the quickest way to share files between two Macs, whether or not they are on the same network, even if there is no wi-fi network present. AirDrop creates an immediate, temporary, ad-hoc connection when the users of both Macs navigate to AirDrop in Finder. This is great for MacBook users on a train or plane wanting to share a file quickly and easily. But what if you want to use AirDrop and Apple tells you that it is not supported on your Mac? Why won't AirDrop let you easily share files over an ethernet network in the office? It turns out, it is possible to enable AirDrop on some Macs that don't currently have it. Read on to see how.Read More…
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    How to Set Up and Use VoIP on Your MacTlphn icon
    With the advent of faster broadband, the viability of using your data connection for voice communications has become increasingly reliable. VoIP has lower startup and ongoing costs than traditional, fixed-line telephones and has a wealth of flexible features that are often additional cost options from your dinosaur-era fixed-line phone network. If you are a freelancer, a business owner, or even just home user who requires a separate telephone from your home number, then VoIP is for you.Read More…
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    How to Keep Your MacBook Safe: Theft Prevention and Recovery Tactics200x200 findmymac
    Many thieves are opportunists. They will steal your Mac, given the opportunity, if it is left alone at the coffee shop, in the workplace, in your car or even in your home. There are deterrents that you can use to prevent your Mac from being stolen and there is technology that can be employed to locate your Mac (and even who is using it). Let's examine the deterrents and technology.Read More…