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How to Separate (or Combine) 2.4GHz and 5GHz Bands with AirPort Utility

Many modern routers support two frequencies for wireless access, 2.4GHz and 5GHz.  The 5GHz band is much less congested, so if you have devices that support 5GHz you want them on that band. At the same time you probably have older devices that can only do 2.4GHz.  

The Airport Extreme from Apple allows Read More…

How to Turn On Automatic Updates for OS X and Apps

One of the best ways to protect yourself on your Mac is to download and install patches as Apple and app developers release them. Rather than doing it yourself, here’s how to have it happen automatically in the background.  You might want to turn this feature off when you go on a limited data Read More…

Checklist to Limit Data Use on Travel (Updated)

Problem to be solved:

I have a shared data plan between my Mifi and my 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…

How to Install and Configure ClamXav Anti-Virus for Mac

ClamXav can be downloaded directly or through the Mac App Store.  The Mac App Store version does not contain the Sentry tool that allows constant scanning for changes by folder, so this tutorial is for the download version which you can get at  http://www.clamxav.com/.

Note:  ClamXav used to be free but as of Read More…

The LastPass Breach – Don’t Panic!

When I do Security Lite with Allison as part of our Chit Chat Across the Pond segment I often tell people that there is no need to set your hair on fire. This is one of those times. Before I explain what happened and why it’s not a catastrophe, I want to start with a Read More…

How to Get Alpha Geek Media On Your Roku

Watch/listen to live streaming video or audio on Alpha Geek Media using a Roku with these simple instructions. You can find Alpha Geek Media at alphageekradio.com.

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How to Enable Three Finger Drag on 12″ Macbook

Before the advent of the Force Touch trackpad on the 12" Macbook (and the new 13" Retina MacBook Pro), you could enable a gesture entitled Three Finger Drag. With that gesture, using three fingers you could touch the top bar of any window in OS X and drag the window around.  I personally prefer Read More…

How to Block Unwanted Flash in Google Chrome Settings

Google keeps Flash up to date in their Chrome browser so it’s a less risky place to allow Flash content. However you can be bothered by Flash playing against your will with Chrome. Instead of getting a plugin to disable Flash you can set it to only play when you choose to click on Read More…

How to Record Skype Call Including Audio from iOS

This tutorial explains how to use Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack 3 (http://rogueamoeba.com) to capture both sides of a Skype call to separate channels and also include high quality sound coming from an iOS device plugged into a Mac.  This technique can be used to capture music, podcasts, games, VoiceOver, any sound coming from an Read More…

How to Make 2D Excel Graphs Look 3D

1. Problem to be solved

Flat 2D graphs are boring, 3D graphs are hard to read. 2D graphs made to look 3D are the best of both worlds.  We’re going to do is add a 3-color linear gradient to the bars and then if desired throw in a background texture to add a little Read More…