Nancy’s Mac-Themed Cookie Recipe for the Holidays

6:27 PM, Dec. 19th, 2008 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

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The TMO editors have asked me to reprise my column on holiday cookies. This is actually a nefarious scheme on their part to get me to make a new batch of cookies so they can conduct "product tests." [Editor's note: NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.]

Clamshell Mode Follow-up

8:30 AM, Nov. 25th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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In a blog entry last month, I commented that neither I nor an Apple employee could get clamshell mode to work with a new MacBook Pro (MBP) connected to a new LED Cinema Display at the Apple Store. That is, once we closed the lid on the laptop, the Cinema Display turned off and would not turn back on. Subsequently, I contacted Apple about this and they assured me that clamshell mode does work with the new hardware. So I hoofed it back to the Apple Store for a retest.

Bento 2

3:00 PM, Nov. 19th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Bento Bento 2, FileMaker's new consumer-focused database application, is shipping and promises more features while remaining easy to use. Nancy Gravley took Bento 2 for a spin around the block and lets us know if it lives up to those promises and is a worthwhile upgrade.

Professional Beginners

4:00 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Being tagged as a beginner Mac user isn't a bad thing, and it isn't always a title that people want to shed as they gain more experience because there's always more to learn. Nancy Gravely shares her perspective on the Mac as a professional beginner, and offers a couple of tips for the beginner in all of us.

Simple Security Steps for Average Mac Users

4:00 PM, Jul. 28th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Nancy Gravley went digging to find out what the average Mac user should know about their computer's security. Read on to find out what she discovered, and what the average Joe can do to help protect their Mac from hackers and Internet bad guys with the tools that are included with Mac OS X.

Beginner Web Design with Freeway Express

4:00 PM, Jun. 8th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Nancy Carroll Gravley offers up a passel of tips on beginning Web design, and explains why Freeway Express 5 is a great choice for getting started in making Web pages of your own.

Bento: An Easy to Use Database App

4:00 PM, May. 28th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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When my son comes across something he really likes, his usual response is whoo-hoo. In this instance I would like to borrow from that younger generation and declare whoo-hoo for a new database product on the market called Bento.

Nancy Looks at a Couple of Outstanding Mac Products

4:00 PM, Mar. 30th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Two outstanding new products came my way in the past couple of weeks and I would like to bring both to your attention. The first is Attaché, from LapWorks, a company whose products I have written about before. The second is a great laptop bag from Crumpler.

How Time Machine Saved the Day

3:00 PM, Feb. 25th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals

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Last night, while working at my Mac, I experienced one of those heart stopping moments where you do something you didn't really mean to do, but once you do it, it can't be undone. I threw away all the items in my Keychain folder. Today's column is the story of how Time Machine saved the day