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Create a Shared Family Address Book with Contacts and iCloud

NOTE: “Apple Family Sharing” is good for sharing the in-app purchases, iTunes, iBooks, and iCloud storage. But, it doesn’t share address books well, at least not yet. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this lately. I figure Apple will solve this problem eventually by changing the way the address book works. But, for now,…

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Block Facebook From Your Computer

UPDATE: It’s not just a time waster. It’s slowing you down. When I first wrote this article a couple years ago, it took 3-4 rules to block Facebook, now takes about 30. Facebook has their fingers in more pies I guess. This last time I blocked it, I noticed something interesting. My browser speed improved.…

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How to make a bootable OS X El Capitan USB Drive

Question I purchased El Capitan through the app store a while back for my Macintosh and there is no disk. Now I need to reinstall the operating system. How can I do this? I would really like to have a clean install of my operating system. Answer Make your own bootable disk of El Capitan…

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Create a Shared Family Address
Book with Contacts and iCloud

We are a two-person household. Each of us has iPhones, Macs, and iPads, so it makes sense that we would want to share the same Contacts/Address book. We tried having separate Contacts, but someone will update something and the other won’t have it — and it’s a hassle. So, then we tried just sharing the…

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Macintosh Mail Custom Email Signatures

Logo email signatures without attaching or embedding! This article will explain how to make a logo signature for your Macintosh if you are using Mountain Lion (10.8) or higher. If you are using 10.7 or lower or a PC, please go to this article that explains how. Reasons to do this It looks nice to…

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iTunes 12 and Yosemite. How can I update all my apps?

I know. You thought Apple removed it. But, it was just a little hidden. The good news is we have more ways to customize our iTunes experience. The bad news is you probably pulled your hair out before googling the answer. Read below for the answer or watch the animated gif below. Connect your iPhone/iPad…

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Show and Hide Hidden files on a Macintosh

You have a lot of hid­den files on your Mac, which is a good thing — mostly. See­ing them all the time would clut­ter your expe­ri­ence. How­ever, some­times you really need to see them. Here is how you can show/hide files on OSX. Show Hidden files Launch the Terminal Application: Finder –> Applications –> Utilities.…

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Help! I lost the password to my TimeCapsule!

Question I had TimeCapsule set up and then got a new machine and moved things around. Anyway, when I go to my Airport Utility it wants to know my TimeCapsule password and I have no clue what it is. How can I retrieve it? Answer This is an easy one! You need to give TimeCapsule…

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Does your Magic Trackpad have a mind of it’s own?

My Apple Trackpad is going crazy. My Apple Trackpad is possessed. My Apple Trackpad is pissing me off. My Apple Trackpad is clicking on things by itself. My Apple Trackpad is skipping around without me touching it. My Apple Trackpad has phantom clicks. If you have found yourself saying one of the things above you…

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Trackpad Battery Life Getting You Down?

I love my apple Trackpad. It’s awesome. Natural movement. Good for my wrists. I love it. However, I do not love the battery life. I feel like I’m changing the batteries out way too often. I did some research and found out a couple of things. Rechargeable batteries don’t seem to last as long. The…

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Where is my Library Folder?

Question I am trying to follow some instructions on my Macintosh. It is telling me to go to my user folder and then the library folder. But, it’s not there? Answer You must have upgraded to Lion. Lion’s operating system hides some important folders including your user’s library folder. Presumably, it is to prevent you…

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