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Delete old iOS backups to reclaim disk space

Just yesterday Apple released a critical patch that fixes a major security flaw. That Mac OS update required 3GB free on my machine.  That’s trouble! I have an older MacBook Air with a 128GB hard drive so I’ve been hovering

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Interactive Fiction as Tutorial?

I don’t play interactive fiction but I was thinking about writing a tutorial-like website that could benefit from the http://twinery.org/ – Nice HTML based IF builder. http://inform7.com/ – Create Z-code IF games https://code.google.com/p/parchment/ – Publish z-code IF games to the

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HP Photosmart C4480 incompatible print cartridge

Long-story short: Buy a new printer if you have this error. My mother-in-law has an older color printer that she got with her iMac in 2009. HP Photosmart C4480 says “incompatible print cartridge” on its screen and will not do

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Chrome Remote desktop saved me a ton of time

Remote Desktop for Chrome is magic. I’m glad that it’s here now. I used to do RealVNC and then try  to figure out my mom’s IP address over the phone but that was agony from 2,000 miles away. All I need

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US Passport Photo Maker

a.k.a. How to make Passport Photos with a Mac a.k.a How to make Passport Photos with a PC The US Department of state has a Flash tool to properly size and crop a passport photo. Since it’s Flash and works in

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MacWorld 2013

Cool notables from MacWorld 2013 Izik by blekko. A search engine user experience designed specifically for use on a tablet. iPole is an iPhone/iPod-holding retracting stick for taking self portraits. Fully collapsed the iPole mini is about 18-inches long. The key

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Tiny House resources

Humble Homes, Simple Shacks Smart Guide: Sheds How to Build Treehouses (David Stiles) Sheds: The DIY Guide (David Stiles)

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ReadyNAS – Time Machine completed a verification of your backups

Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you. Fix using the instructions: Fix Time Machine Sparsebundle NAS Based Backup Errors [NOTE] Although the instructions above do indeed work to

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Net10, Tracfone, or Straight Talk Customers try the third SIM chip.

Have an iPhone but can’t use your data because you’re using Net10, Tracfone, or Straight Talk? Try swapping the Net 10 SIM. When I bought my Net 10 SIM activation kit it came with 3 SIM chips: 1 micro SIM

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Free EPUB readers for Mac Desktops

My iPad has iBooks which allows me to read EPUB format ebooks and PDFs. However, your lovely Mac cannot alone does not come with an EPUB reader. There are a few paid options in the Mac App Store but luckily

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