How to Use Reminders

November 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Keeping on top of all the tasks, both big and small, that life throws at us, often we need to write stuff down. When I was younger, my memory was all I needed. Now, in my old age, I need to have something tell me what to do. Enter Apple Reminders.

Here’s how Apple sells it:

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Organize your life on your Mac. It’s all in a list. More than one, in fact. Make as many lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you’ll get alerts as deadlines approach. Set a location from your Mac, and your iPhone or iPad will remind you when you get there.Check items off your lists as you go and keep track of what you’ve completed. iCloud keeps your reminders up to date on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so you don’t forget anything.

Read on to learn how to setup and use Reminders across all your Apple devices.

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John Hancock signatureOur email signature can be used for many purposes. For some, it’s an opportunity for self expression. Or, it can be used (and misused) to excuse poor grammar, typos, or curt responses (ie. ‘Sent from my mobile device, please excuse tpyos‘). For others, and the primary use, is to provide your contact information in a succinct manner and to help convey the best way to communicate with you. I might even suggest referencing the Email Charter when designing your signature.

Some of us that enjoy working remotely want to be able to respond without tipping our hand that we are not at our computer. After all, isn’t the dream to be able to be just as functional and efficient regardless of where we are physically located?

Here’s how you can change your iOS email signature to work for you.

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Apple has posted excellent instructions on how to setup iCloud on Mac. To make these easier to navigate, to preserve the instructions, and follow my other tutorials, these have been reposted verbatim from the Apple site.

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Setup iCloud on Windows

October 22, 2012 — 3 Comments

Apple has posted excellent instructions on how to setup iCloud on Mac. To make these easier to navigate, to preserve the instructions, and follow my other tutorials, these have been reposted verbatim from the Apple site.

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Setup iCloud on Mac

October 22, 2012 — 3 Comments

Apple has posted excellent instructions on how to setup iCloud on Mac. To make these easier to navigate, to preserve the instructions, and follow my other tutorials, these have been reposted verbatim from the Apple site.

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I’ve been asked a couple times recently about syncing photos between a computer and iPhones and/or iPads. Fortunately, Apple’s Photo Stream (part of the free iCloud service) automates this – a nice service considering so many of use primarily (if not exclusively) use our phones to capture memorable moments.

I use Photo Stream to automatically transfer photos I take on my iPhone to my master photo library on my computer.

And in addition to syncing photos between your iDevices and your computer, Apple even gives you the ability to publish Shared Photo Streams for family and friends to subscribe to. In these Shared Photo Streams, selected pictures are synced to their iDevices and computers automatically.

For now, let’s discuss what it does and how to turn it on.

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This is Part 3 in a series on protecting yourself from hackers. I would recommend reading the first posts before this one.

Yesterday, we covered how to setup 1Password and begin converting your insecure passwords (and habits) to secure and unique ones. That’s great! But what about logging in to facebook on your iPhone or iPad? If that’s the first one you changed yesterday, I’m guessing you either haven’t accessed facebook from an iDevice or you cursed me.

Either way, let me show you how easy it is to setup automatic syncing between 1Password on your computer to the 1Password Pro app on your iPhone or iPad. (TIP: Buy the 1Password Pro version for $14.99 as opposed to the iPhone and iPad versions individually at $9.99 each.)

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This is Part 2 in a series on protecting yourself from hackers. I would recommend reading the first post before this one.

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1Password for your Mac

There are other password apps on the market. I’m going to review and recommend 1Password because that’s the solution I use.

In the end, you’ll want to buy and install both the version for your computer (they have a Windows version, too), and the companion app for your iPhone and/or iPad. I’ll cover the iPhone and iPad versions in subsequent posts in this series.

I prefer to purchase 1Password from the Mac App Store as it helps notify me of updates when available and is one less online account – though you can buy it directly from the software developer (Agile Bits).

Here’s how to get started with 1Password.

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I’ve heard a few recent stories of friends (and friends of friends) having their email accounts accessed by hackers/scammers. Also, I’ve received direct messages on Twitter and Facebook from friends’ accounts that were obviously not posted by my friend.

The truth is that hackers gain access to your accounts due to your mistakes and not by exploiting flaws in websites. A practice known as phishing works by convincing you to willingly, but unknowingly, hand over your personal information. To be frank, you are the greatest threat to your online security.

And couple this with the fact that most people use the same password for everything. These passwords, along with your email address and/or username that you also handed over, are then used repeatedly at other websites (such as bank websites). This means that if you use the same password for Facebook that you use to log in to your bank, a legitimate looking request for you to “confirm” something for Facebook could jeopardize access to your online banking.

The solution, then, is to not use the same password for anything. But how?

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We are all busy. And it seems we are only getting busier. In fact, we are “drowning in email”, according to the Email Charter. I’d extend this sense of being overwhelmed to all forms of communication.

So what can we do about it? One step is to start respecting other people’s time and advocate for the same in return.

Thus, this post is about saving yourself (and your family, friends, etc…) 30 seconds each for every text message exchange. It doesn’t sound like a lot now, but start counting throughout the day how many times you respond to a text or email with a simple ‘ok’, ‘got it’, ‘thx’, or some other form of confirmation.

Instead, let your phone do this for you! We do this by turning on the Send Read Receipt feature.

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