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How to Disable Auto-Play Videos in Facebook

Recently Facebook decided that we wanted our feeds littered with auto-playing videos.  The only saving grace is that the audio doesn’t also play but it’s still distracting and annoying to many of us. Luckily, there’s a switch to turn it off from the web-version of Facebook, and in a completely different place to turn Read More…

Checklist to Limit Data Use on Travel

Problem to be solved:

I have a shared data plan between her Mifi and her iPad. Under normal use at home I never go over my 4GB plan (not even close) but about 2 days into a vacation I get a 75% usage warning. I had Katie Floyd of the Mac Power Users Podcast Read More…

Doodle Simplifies Scheduling

Doodle is a freemium service that makes scheduling a group of people easy instead of dreadful.  Doodle is available at http://doodle.com

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use Doodle to schedule an event.

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Use Custom Fields to Tell Your Contacts Apart

The Apple Contacts application isn’t really designed to handle how many different ways we have of contacting people these days. In particular it’s awful at handling couples in a single card entry.  Let’s say you’re friends with Bob and Sally Schwinkendorf.  You send them a holiday card every year so you want both of Read More…

Networking

Activity Monitor for iOS Using Instruments in Xcode

Activity Monitor is a great utility on the Mac to monitor what applications and services are chewing up CPU cycles, energy hogs, and other things that might slow your Mac down. in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to engage a version of Activity Monitor to track your iOS device. My particular interest in Read More…

Dumb Question Corner – How to Stop Safari from Offering Push Notifications

David Bogdan sent in our Dumb Question for this week. He wrote:

Hello Bart and Allison, Hello from Japan. It’s been awhile, though I’ve been listening to you on podcasts and it sounds like the two of you are doing well.

I wanted to ask another dumb question regarding security. Recently, I’ve been getting occasional Read More…

How to Stop Safari Offering Push Notifications

Many websites recently have started causing Safari to pop up a window offering to send you push notifications from that site.  This is a new feature in Safari that allows websites to do this, and it’s turned on by default. If you like it, great! If you find it annoying and intrusive, then follow Read More…

How to Update OpenVPN for Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

After the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability was exposed, Donald Burr of otakunopodcast wrote up instructions on how to verify the version of OpenSSL we’re running, and how to update it. Here are his instructions:

If you run the command:

port deps openvpn

it will show you what other MacPorts ports that openvpn depends on. If Read More…

How to Restart IP Forwarding on VPN Server on Mac

I have been running a VPN server on my Mac for a while now, per Donald Burr’s most awesome instructions here. One day while out and about I tried to use my VPN from my Mac and iOS devices only to discover that while I could connect and get an IP address internal to my Read More…