iMessage vs. Text Message

This is a very cool article on how to tell an iMessage (no cost to you) from an Text Message (cost $, probably to an Android phone). Obviously, if you have unlimited texting this does not apply, but if you do not it is nice to know when you are spending dollars. Give it a read, it is interesting so say the least.

Doug

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FinderPop Update

I have used a very cool Preference Pane called FinderPop as an application launcher for many years. After it is installed you add aliases of applications to the FinderPop Items Folder in your home user Library. Then when you right click on the Desktop or Menubar FinderPop drops down a menu of those applications (or folders) for launch.

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Slow Bootup

I have had the slow boot up in my Mavericks install in the past and have, at times, boiled it down to connected devices. On these occasions I have done the usual things, zapped the PRAM, SMC reset, fixed Permissions, etc. with little or no effect.

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File Sharing

If you have more than one user account on your Mac you may end up needing to share files. This article describes several different ways to do that. Give it a read. If you have no need to share files presently, you may need to do so in the future.

Doug

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Bartender

No, this is not an article about a new career! It is about Bartender, a menubar control application. I have heard of Bartender in years past (it’s been around since 2012), but recently decided to try it out. Here is how it works.

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Customized Desktop

You cannot believe how many Mac people I worked with when doing tech support who had Desktops that looked like a maze. They could not find files they needed half the time. It was a real drag on their productivity. But, Desktop chaos can be prevented!! This article shows how to organize your Mac Desktop using Finder settings.

Doug

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Yosemite Beta 2

Apple released Yosemite Beta 2 yesterday. Of course, I downloaded and installed it right a way. It took quite a long time to get installed, but now that it is I must say there are some nice improvements. 

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Preview Tips

This is a really good article on things you can do to make the Preview app in OS X a more productive tool. I have implemented these settings previously and they work great. If you are a Preview user, especially for PDF viewing, give this a read. There are great suggestions here.

Doug

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