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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  • Computer Skills
    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…
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    Picking Passwords: Pitfalls, Practicalities and ProtectionPwd200px
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…