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Using Dropbox For An Easy Restore Of All Your Computer’s Settings

Just to be clear, Dropbox isn’t backup software; it’s a syncing service.  If you delete a file and that change is synced, and your file no longer exists. I really love the things you can do with Dropbox.  And since I’m stingy, I wanted to use Dropbox for backing up–and more importantly–restoring my computer. One thing […]

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Roll-your-own Anonymizing Email Server

This post isn’t about a specific security breach, but rather a post to educate you on how to better protect your online identity.  The term “anonymize” is used loosely for lack of a better word. TL;DR Create a unique email address that forwards to your real email for every site you sign up for. Create […]

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Merge PDFs Natively With A Right-Click In OS X

UPDATE: If you installed this script today (2016-08-15), you may need to update it.  I added a line in the script that should prevent duplicate pages from being appended. There are plenty of apps that help you merge PDFs into a single file, but if you want something faster with a “native” feel, you can set up […]

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Use Wired Ethernet On Your iPad or iPhone

iPads and iPhones do not have an Ethernet port, but there are cases where you might want to use a hardwired connection.  You can actually run your iOS device over Ethernet with some adapters.  This is useful for quickly downloading large iOS updates or if your wireless is slow or you want to take advantage […]

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Automatically Change .om to .com To Prevent Malware

Malcontents are sneaky.  In their latest ploy, they are counting on you misspelling “.com” so they can send you to one of their fake domains.  So instead of going to netflix.com, you end up at netflix.om–a phony site determined to infect you with malware.  If you are not paying attention, you might not realize you […]

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Convert DOCX to PDF Natively With A Right-Click

Microsoft Office for OS X is usually very sluggish and slow.  This is one reason I don’t like working with DOCs or DOCXs in OS X.  Yes, you can easily view the document using QuickLook (pressing the Space bar while the file is highlighted), but if you actually want to open the file and manipulate it, you […]

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Prevent Ransomware By Automatically Finding The Checksum Of Downloaded Files

Apple has already shut down the ransomware found in the Transmission torrent client.  You can easily prevent this from happening to you in the future by adding a Hazel rule to your downloads folder, which will automatically determine the checksum, so you can compare it with the one the legitimate file has.

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Customize The Dropbox Syncing Icon To Whatever You Want

You can create your own icons to replace the Dropbox badges that appear that the bottom-right of folders in your Dropbox.  All you need is an image editor and an app to convert images to icons.

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Turn Your Useless GameStick Into A Powerful Emulator

The GameStick I had high hopes when I backed the GameStick Kickstarter project.  After finally receiving mine, it was underwhelming.  The UI was slow and sluggish, there were not many games, and the controller had considerable lag. Many of the issues were fixed, but you can turn your LGameStick into an old school emulator.  You […]

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Give Your Work Phone A Custom Ringtone

This may work for other devices, but the one I used was a NEC DT700 (original PDF instructions).  I have seen these models in several different workplaces.  The process can probably be adapted for other phones, too.