How to Encrypt a File or Folder in OSX

You need to email a file or folder of files to someone, but the information is sensitive. These slightly geeky but easy to follow instructions will show you how to do it.

We’re going to compress the file(s) into a single zip file that’s encrypted by issuing one single command into the Terminal.

When you email the zipped file to a Mac or Windows user, all they will have to do is double click the file and enter the password you used to encrypt the file. Please after doing this do NOT put the password in the body of the email! Call them, text them, direct tweet them, just don’t put it in the email.

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Keynote Theme Advice if You’re Blind

In order to narrow this down, I took a look at Apple’s best practices for creating a presentation on a Mac for use on an iPad. They suggest only 10 of the possible 44 options in Keynote for the Mac. In describing these themes, I chose to explain the colors, the contrast, and the overall feeling you get when looking at them. I hope this is of some help in choosing a theme if you’re blind. You can read Apple’s Best Practices here:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4114
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Garageband ’09 Get Rid of Reverb

for some reason GarageBand ’09 has reverb on the voices by default in Podcasts – This quick lesson shows you how to turn it off. There’s a lot more wrong with GarageBand ’09 for podcasting – the metronome is on, it doesn’t show the timer, instead it shows beats per minute, and number of beats, all kinds of annoying things are set wrong for podcasting. I recommend using Will P’s fantastic AppleScript he calls New Podcast. If you use this application script to launch GarageBand all those annoyances will be shut off by default. You can find this and other scripts for free download at iwillsite.110mb.com
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Audacity Setup for Podcasting

This tutorial will provide instructions on how to create an audio recording suitable for a Podcast using the Open Source software Audacity. This is not meant as an in depth tutorial on all of the functions within Audacity, but rather how to set it up so that you can record an audio file and save it in such a way that you can then upload it as a Podcast. All of the screenshots will be taken in Mac OSX, but you should be able to follow along in Linux, Unix, or Windows. This tutorial assumes you have already downloaded iTunes from http://apple.com/itunes

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FTP to WordPress Using Cyberduck

This tutorial is designed to aid in explaining how to download and configure a free FTP client on the Mac called Cyberduck, and then find, upload and enable new themes for your WordPress installation. This tutorial assumes you already have WordPress installed on a server, and that you know your login name and password for that WordPress installation. Free FTP clients also exist on Windows and you should be able to follow along pretty well with any FTP client. Some make it even easier than Cyberduck. Personally I’m fond of WinSCP on Windows.

Screenshots were taken using WordPress 2.7. Earlier versions of WordPress will show different screens because they redesigned the interface, but if you look for the words I highlight you should be able to muddle through. For example, Themes are always in Appearance, but where they put Appearance changed between revs.

I’m using as my example a website called Gangs Out of Downey.

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Feeder Tutorial

The steps below will give you an idea of how easy it is to create a Podcast feed using the software Feeder from reinventedsoftware.com by Steve Harris. A Podcast feed is a small text file that tells podcatching clients all about your show – what it’s called, artwork to be shown, and most importantly how to find the audio or video recording to fetch every time you post a new episode. This feed file created for you by Feeder is commonly called an RSS file.

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Automator & Shortcut Tutorial

Creating keyboard shortcuts for Automator Actions
by James Kocsis

Ever want to create a keyboard shortcut for tasks you do multiple times a day? Here is a really simple way to do it.

I use a combination of Automator and a utility called "Shortcuts" from: http://www.abracode.com/free/cmworkshop/. Shortcuts allows you to create keyboard shortcuts for contextual menu items in the Finder. And with Automator, you can add actions to that contextual menu.

In this example, we’ll create a keyboard shortcut that will attach a selected file to a new Mail message. This will eliminate the need to drag the file onto the Mail icon in the Dock or (god forbid) attach the document via a dialog box. Other uses can be: Quick upload of a file using Transmit, opening selected files in specific applications (instead of having to right-click and wait for a list of apps to show up), or testing web pages in multiple browsers (instead of opening the file in each browser manually).

I use this with TONS of workflows. It makes life bearable. In fact, between this and Quicksilver, I was able to COMPLETELY clear off my Dock (except for the Trash & Finder). Another reason to love the Mac.

Don’t worry, this shouldn’t be too advanced…

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