You might have heard on the news or web about the ‘heartbleed’ bug. I want to answer two questions: Does it affect Macintosh users? Do I need to do anything about it?
Web pages generally do not automatically appear on search engine results pages. To make your site appear in google and other search engines you need to manually add your site to their index. This is called submitting your site to a search engine. You don’t have to pay to do this – it’s free. Read on to find out how to submit your site to Google.
Macintoshhowto.com has been averaging 150,000 visits a month lately. It sits on a server with 5 or 6 other web sites but I thought it deserved a server of it’s own. I moved it across it today. You can read more about it here.
Apple have built in website filtering into OS X under the ‘System Preferences’ – ‘Parental Controls’ but Parental Control cannot be enabled for administrator accounts (which is probably the account you are running from) and Parental Controls also becomes hard to manage if you have multiple users because you need to set it up for each one. Here’s how to set up internet filtering on your whole home network at once using a free service called OpenDNS. Once it’s set up this can help block unsuitable content from reaching any computer, iphone, ipad etc connected to your internet. This approach can be used at home, school, or the workplace. Continue reading »
Yesterday Telstra turned on internet tethering for the iphone! (I think they are the only carrier in Australia to do this.)
Tethering is where you use your iPhone as a wireless modem to connect your computer to the web. It’s useful if you are out with your laptop and you don’t have access to the web. Just plug your iPhone into your laptop via USB and it acts as a wireless modem! Here’s how to get it going. NOTE: Apple have now changed this to be called ‘Personal Hotspot’ instead of ‘Internet Tethering’. It works the same though.
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A domain name server (DNS) is like the phone-book of the internet. Every time you enter a webpage in your browser, it looks up a DNS to find out where the website is before it goes there. Open DNS and google offer a free DNS service, but how do you know if it’s any faster that the one you have?
Your ISP will provide you with some numbers to put in your System Preferences/ Network / DNS Server. It’s probably best not to touch these, but here is how to find the best settings if you want to change them.
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A blog is like an online diary or journal, where you type entries and people can read them. A blog site is designed to be easily updated regularly. There are various ways to set up a blog, here are a few, I have listen them in order of simplicity… Continue reading »
NOTE: This article is for iWeb 08 and earlier. Click here for how to do this in iWeb 09.
SUMMARY: iweb normally publishes your website to your .mac account on the apple server. But it also has an option in the file menu called ‘publish to folder’ which means it saves the entire website onto your computer. (It puts it in your user directory in a folder called ‘sites’) You can then manually copy this folder to your own web account using a method called ftp.
That information may be all you were after, but if you need step by step instructions on how to do it, read on!
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I just found this great guide to how to login to your mac from over the internet from anywhere.
The new Telstra USB Next G modems (2007) work quite well but there are a few problems with the bigpond driver for OSX. The auto setup has a few problems, it misses some steps and describes some steps wrongly, ,so best if you have an experienced mac user with you while you install!
So you’ve made an mp3 file, and you want to turn it into a podcast. Here’s how.
A podcast is simply a small file called an ‘RSS feed’ that points to the audio (mp3) file that you want to podcast.
You can then go one step further and submit it to itunes to make it an official Apple podcast. The RSS feed file can be registered with any podcast site, but this post describes how to do it with the Apple iTunes site.. Continue reading »
Here’s a pretty good way to record speech on the macintosh, and have it sound OK for listening to over the internet. Continue reading »