Paula DuPont
Paula DuPont is a New Orleans-based ukulele player, writer, and geek. She has six cats, but only one has a Twitter account.
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  • Computer Skills
    Automation
    How to Automate Anything with IFTTTIfttt preview
    IFTTT can do so much more than just run pre-made recipes. Here's how you can get it to automate anything you want.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    Techniques to Share Apple and Google CalendarsCalendar in osx and google 00
    Calendars are most useful when they're available everywhere and not locked into a single device or service. That's often easier said than done. In this tutorial, I’ll show you the techniques to get Apple and Google calendars talking to each other.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Quick Tip: Hide Files and Folders From Spotlight SearchSpot400
    Many of us have files that we don’t want falling into the wrong hands but to which we still need easy access. I’m less worried about encrypting my files and more concerned with camouflaging a few folders that contain personal data. The most obvious way to keep my files flying under the radar is to remove them from Spolight’s search results. There are several simple ways to do this, and I’ll run through three in this Quick Tip.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    Introduction to MessagesMsgs400
    Messages is an easily overlooked app, but it can be a messaging powerhouse. In this tutorial, I will look at how to sync your iMessages with your Mac and iOS devices and add all of your third-party instant messaging accounts. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have learned to create and set statuses, initiate video and audio chats, and even how to use Messages for screen sharing.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Security
    Retrieve a Lost or Stolen Mac With Find My MacFmm400
    Find My Mac is one of the more useful features of iCloud, and while I hope your Mac is never lost or stolen, it’s a good idea to set up Find My Mac in your System Preferences and know how to make use of all of the functions, in case the worst ever happens. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn on Find My Mac, track down your Mac, find a lost device in your home, and even lock or erase a stolen Mac.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Productivity
    How to Turn Your Mac Into an Alarm ClockAlarmclock400
    It's easy to get just about anything done on your Mac with Automator. Need to make sure you get up in the morning? Your Mac can help! In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Automator to create a simple alarm clock and I'll briefly explore System Preferences to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. It’s a pretty simple task to turn a Mac into an alarm clock, and I won’t even need any third-party applications to get the job done.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    Force Empty the Mac OS X TrashTrash400
    Just about everybody has tried, at one time or another, to empty their OS X Trash and received an alert that the Trash couldn’t be emptied, usually for an opaque reason that's not well explained. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if I'm not sure why it’s happening. Even if I identify the problem, it’s not always easy or even possible to fix without a lot of effort. In this tutorial, I’ll look at several ways to force the Trash to empty using the command line in Terminal. For users who are not comfortable doing that, though, I’ll also use a dead simple app that will get rid of any problem files or folders in the Trash. When we're done, you'll be able to tackle any problem the OS X Trash throws your way.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Customization
    Customizing the OS X Menu BarMb400
    The Mac OS X menu bar is a great tool for increasing your productivity, but left unchecked it just ends up a big mess. There may be icons up there for unidentified applications or icons you’d like to get rid of if you just knew how. Worse yet may be the OS X system icons, some of which you never use but can’t seem to remove without a herculean effort on your part. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the process of customizing and removing third-party and Mac OS X system menu bar icons, look at how to replace application and system menu bar icons with your own and try out a couple of third-party applications for managing your menu bar. If you don’t like the Apple menu icon, we’ll even take a swing at hiding that, too.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    Preview: OS X's Secret Weapon Image EditorPreview400
    Preview is the default PDF and image viewer in OS X, but many users never get further than that. While Preview is certainly a great app for browsing images, it’s also got a lot of options for editing and refining images, too. We’ll take a look at some of the often overlooked tools inside Preview and walk through each of them individually. By the time we’re done, you’ll know Preview inside and out and have a new respect for this neglected image editor.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    OS X
    How to Hide Your Desktop Icons in OS XAutomator400
    Even the most organized among us will still end up with a cluttered Desktop from time to time. You never intend for things to get out of control, but before you know what’s happening, you’ve got a Desktop full of downloads and screenshots, and you're hooking your laptop up to a projector with thirty casual acquaintances from work about to see just how many cat gifs you’ve got downloaded. You could throw everything into a random folder, but then you have a folder full of junk. It would be great if you could just hide all of that mess temporarily but then get all of your files back, wouldn’t it? That’s just what we’re going to do. In this tutorial, we’ll use Automator to create a set of Desktop-cleaning AppleScripts that run from the Finder menu. Our first script will hide everything on your Desktop, and the second will put it all back!Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Customization
    Use GeekTool to Add Your Calendar to Your DesktopGeektoolcalicon
    GeekTool is a great app for customizing your Desktop and making your workspace your own, and we’ve already covered some of the ways you can put GeekTool to work. Today we’re going to look at how to put a calendar on your Desktop with GeekTool, and because GeekTool is all about customization, we’ll talk about how to get just the calendar you want.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    App Training
    How to Create Fillable PDF Forms on Your MacPdf
    Most of us have filled out at least one PDF form but may not have been sure how the trick was done. We’re going to take a look at two surprisingly simple ways to make PDF forms with fillable fields. It may seem like a complicated process but going through it, step by step, we’ll be creating our form PDFs in no time.Read More…