My ClamXav Tutorial on ScreenCasts Online

There isn’t a lot of malware out there for the Mac even now, but there are still some nasty things out there attacking the platform. A while back, Bart convinced me that it was time to start using an anti-virus and he promised he had a very light, non-intrusive solution for us: ClamXav from clamxav.com. Since that time I’ve been running ClamXav and it doesn’t bother me, doesn’t interrupt me and doesn’t hog my CPU cycles, and yet I can check in on it from time to time and see the proof in the log files that it’s industriously watching my downloads folder just in case I ever pull down something nefarious.

Don McAllister of ScreenCastsonline just published my latest video tutorial on screencastsonline.com/mac/show/0487 where I walk through how to set up ClamXav to protect your system. I know it’s not a fun, happy making tool but even if you don’t use it for yourself, you might want to put it on the systems of the folks you do tech support for who might not be as careful as you. ScreenCasts Online is a paid-for subscription service but you can watch the trailer for my tutorial to see if you’re interested, and then maybe check out his free 14 day trial.

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Insteon Home Automation Will be Compatible with Apple’s Homekit

Allison interviews Joe Gerber from Insteon about their home automation devices and solutions. Joe showed Insteon devices and applications that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. They also announced that they are part of the “Works with Nest” and “Rush Hour Rewards” programs. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience at the Mirage Hotel.

Learn more at http://insteon.com


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Access All of Your Photos on Every Device with Lyve

Allison interviews Tim Bucher from Lyve their photo access service and application. Lyve works with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Macs, and Windows PCs. Once installed on your devices, the Lyve app will pull together your photos and videos into a single library so you can find, share, and view your photos wherever you go. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience at the Mirage Hotel.

Learn more at https://www.mylyve.com


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Wireless Power Consortium Supports the Qi Charging Standard

Allison interviews John Perzow from the Wireless Power Consortium about their wireless power charging solutions. The consortium’s mission is to establish a global standard for wireless charging that makes all wireless chargers compatible with all phones and other battery operated products. The consortium includes the Infrastructure Applications Group (IAG) which has selected the Qi standard for wireless charging and is dedicated to driving adoption of Qi in hotels, restaurants, sporting venues, and other everyday locations. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience at the Mirage Hotel.

Learn more at http://wirelesspowerconsortium.com


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Control Your Kwikset Door Locks With Your Mobile Phone

Allison interviews Michael Magnani from Kwikset about their new electronic locks. Kwikset’s new Kēvo lock connects to your mobile phone and is controlled with the Kēvo app for iOS and Android. Kēvo also connects to your Nest thermostat to better control your home’s environmental settings based on whether you are home or away. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Learn more at http://kwikset.com


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A Better Way to Reduce File Size in Preview

preview_1MB_default_resize_unacceptableIt’s that time of year again, time to make the annual family calendar using iPhoto. Every year I learn something new about the best way to do this. I couldn’t have been more pleased when Apple decided to let us use the same database for both Aperture and iPhoto so I don’t have to copy photos from one to the other to make my calendar. My process is to keyword photos with calendar_2015 as I scroll through all photos from 2014 in Aperture and then make a smart album for that keyword. That makes it easy to open up iPhoto, navigate to the smart album and create my calendar from there.

After I spend a few hours arranging them all, I print the whole thing to PDF and send it off to Steve and my kids to see if they have any objections or would like to add in any different photos. Here’s where this year’s learning came in. The calendar when printed to PDF is over 200MB! Even with Apple’s new Mail Drop service that lets you email giant files that end up as links, that seemed just a tad overboard for my needs.

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