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Bento 2

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Nancy’s Favorite Apple Utilities

3:00 PM, Jan. 10th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals


OK, so everyone else comes up with their end-of-the-year top list of this and that, so I have come up with the list of the Apple applications and utilities that I have found to be the most useful this past year. Taking away those things that are useful to me just because of special tasks that I have to do, these are the things that I use day in and day out and always recommend to other beginners.

Cool Leopard Tips & New Version of Nancy’s Tips Manual

3:00 PM, Dec. 13th, 2007 · · Computing with Bifocals


If you have already installed the new Mac operating system, OS 10.5 (Leopard) you are probably enjoying some of the great new features.  If you haven't, you might be interested in some of those features and how you make them work. I am also happy to announce a new version of my Mac OS X tips and hints book.