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Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi Network Without Revealing the Password

8 hours, 3 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the app. Users receive an attachment that they tap [iOS] or click [OS X], and the next time they are near your network, their iPhone, iPad, or Mac will automatically connect. You can also set expiration dates so the settings will be deleted [from] the device on the expiration date." The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or OS X 10.7 or later. The recipient will never see your network password.  You can set an expiration date, but if you want to provide  semi-permanent access, you set set an expiration in the far distant future. Using  Guest Pass provides finer control over who and how long access is allowed than the "Enable Guest Network" found in the Apple AirPort Utility.

4 Ways to Restart the Mac Finder

3:45 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · How-To

There are times when it's necessary to restart the Mac's Finder. (It is, after all, just an app.) Perhaps it's locked up. Or perhaps you've made a configuration change that requires a Finder restart. John shows four different ways to handle the Finder with a view to a kill.

A Mad Magazine Experiment with iPad Gone Sour

4:03 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

An iPad Magazine Esperiment Gone Sour

Back in 2010, John Martellaro said good-bye to paper and started moving all his magazine subscriptions to digital versions on an iPad. Here's an update on how that project went. Hint: the technology didn't develop well, and John is going back to paper. For now.

Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone Displays

3:00 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Smartphone display growth

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.