Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

8:40 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

No matter what browser you use, there are some neat built-in options that you’ve got for saving and working with the images you run across. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover what you can do and how, and Melissa Holt has promised us a little bonus tip for saving pictures, as well. 

Pages: Finding & Replacing Invisible Characters

8:35 AM, May. 9th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this tip, we’re going to tell you how to find those pesky hidden characters—tabs and paragraph returns, for example—and replace them. This’ll help a lot when you’re editing documents in Pages and you find, for example, that someone’s used tabs instead of setting margins or has typed two spaces after every period. This works in all of the recent versions of Pages (including Pages ’09) so come check it out!

iPhoto: Adjust the Date and Time of Your Images

8:39 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to discuss how to change the associated dates for your iPhoto pictures and Events, which is handy if you’ve ever imported from a digital camera that was set incorrectly. She’ll also go over sorting Events by date after you’ve gotten everything all cleaned up. It’ll be like spring cleaning for your iPhoto Library!

OS X: Manage Parental Controls from Another Computer

8:25 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, you can configure your child’s computer to let you manage its settings while you’re sitting at a different Mac. This’ll allow you to look at the logs of your kids’ online activity, control what applications they can use, and even stop them from being able to use their computers if they’re not behaving. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover it all!

Terminal: Exporting Text from Commands

8:25 AM, May. 1st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt’s love of all things Terminal is no secret, and in this Quick Tip, she’s going to prove her love once more. She’ll cover how to export data from the commands you run in a much simpler way than using pipes or other fancy stuff, so if you need to, you can save pages and pages of output into a text file for easy perusal.

Siri: Asking for Sports Statistics

8:30 AM, Apr. 25th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using Siri is a great way to see all sorts of information about your favorite sports team, and you can even go beyond asking about schedules or scores into getting pretty detailed statistics. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover just how you’ll do that for teams and for players. Who knew that Apple’s voice assistant could help you win bar bets?

Numbers: Fitting Your Content to a Printed Page

8:25 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

With both the old and the new versions of Numbers, you can easily configure your spreadsheet so that the columns fit to a single page—without having to jump through a ton of hoops (or change your headers!) to do so. In this Quick Tip, we’re going to go over how to do that in both versions of Apple’s spreadsheet software, so no matter which one you use, this article’s for you.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

8:40 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

There’s a neat feature of iTunes Radio that’ll let you create a custom station from what you’re currently listening to—or from any item in your library—with just a click or two. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna cover it, and if you’ve never tried out iTunes Radio, we’re telling you that now’s the time. It’s cool!

Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

8:25 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You can use Mavericks’ cool Maps program for all sorts of things—getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if there’s construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. We’ve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.