Paula DuPont
Paula DuPont is a New Orleans-based ukulele player, writer, and geek. She has six cats, but only one has a Twitter account.
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  • Computer Skills
    Email
    How to Combine All Your Email Accounts Into One Gmail AccountEnvelope icon
    If you’ve collected several email addresses over the years, you may be at a loss as to how to keep up with all of them. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use Gmail to forward your email to a single account, send email from any account using a single Gmail login, and how to keep all of those different accounts organized in your Gmail inbox.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Google Chrome
    Use Chrome Remote Desktop to Access Your Computer AnywhereChrome remote desktop
    Chrome Remote Desktop is a simple and effective way to share your desktop with another user or to remotely access your own computer when you’re away. In this tutorial, I’ll walk through how to securely set up Chrome Remote Desktop on all of your computers.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    Quick Tip: Make a Chrome App Shortcut For Any Web AppChome app icon v2
    Chrome apps are useful, but even some of your most-used apps may not have made it into the Chrome App Store. Chrome app shortcuts work better than bookmarks and you can make your own to have quick access all of your web apps before they’re added to the Chrome App Store.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Automation
    Put IFTTT to Work: 6 Unique Ways to Use IFTTTIfttt400
    While the possibilities of IFTTT are nearly endless, it can be hard putting the pieces together to create seamless and useful automation. In this tutorial, I’ll describe how to use IFTTT to solve common problems and make your workflow run more smoothly.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Automation
    Introduction to Automator ServicesAutomator2
    Automator can be intimidating, but it’s a great tool for completing lots of small or large tasks. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to put Automator to work in contextual and application menus. I’ll create four simple Automator services that can be accessed almost anywhere, and you’ll gain the tools to create services that can do almost anything.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Automation
    How to Automate Anything with IFTTTIfttt preview
    IFTTT can do so much more than just run pre-made recipes. Here's how you can get it to automate anything you want.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    Techniques to Share Apple and Google CalendarsCalendar in osx and google 00
    Calendars are most useful when they're available everywhere and not locked into a single device or service. That's often easier said than done. In this tutorial, I’ll show you the techniques to get Apple and Google calendars talking to each other.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Quick Tip: Hide Files and Folders From Spotlight SearchSpot400
    Many of us have files that we don’t want falling into the wrong hands but to which we still need easy access. I’m less worried about encrypting my files and more concerned with camouflaging a few folders that contain personal data. The most obvious way to keep my files flying under the radar is to remove them from Spolight’s search results. There are several simple ways to do this, and I’ll run through three in this Quick Tip.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    Introduction to MessagesMsgs400
    Messages is an easily overlooked app, but it can be a messaging powerhouse. In this tutorial, I will look at how to sync your iMessages with your Mac and iOS devices and add all of your third-party instant messaging accounts. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have learned to create and set statuses, initiate video and audio chats, and even how to use Messages for screen sharing.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Security
    Retrieve a Lost or Stolen Mac With Find My MacFmm400
    Find My Mac is one of the more useful features of iCloud, and while I hope your Mac is never lost or stolen, it’s a good idea to set up Find My Mac in your System Preferences and know how to make use of all of the functions, in case the worst ever happens. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn on Find My Mac, track down your Mac, find a lost device in your home, and even lock or erase a stolen Mac.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    How to Turn Your Mac Into an Alarm ClockAlarmclock400
    It's easy to get just about anything done on your Mac with Automator. Need to make sure you get up in the morning? Your Mac can help! In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Automator to create a simple alarm clock and I'll briefly explore System Preferences to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. It’s a pretty simple task to turn a Mac into an alarm clock, and I won’t even need any third-party applications to get the job done.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Force Empty the Mac OS X TrashTrash400
    Just about everybody has tried, at one time or another, to empty their OS X Trash and received an alert that the Trash couldn’t be emptied, usually for an opaque reason that's not well explained. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if I'm not sure why it’s happening. Even if I identify the problem, it’s not always easy or even possible to fix without a lot of effort. In this tutorial, I’ll look at several ways to force the Trash to empty using the command line in Terminal. For users who are not comfortable doing that, though, I’ll also use a dead simple app that will get rid of any problem files or folders in the Trash. When we're done, you'll be able to tackle any problem the OS X Trash throws your way.Read More…