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My favorite TextExpander snippets If you asked Macworld editors to name their favorite utilities, many of us would mention TextExpander. If you type for a living, as we do, TextExpander—or a similar app such as TypeIt4Me or QuicKeys—quickly becomes indispensable. As you probably know, TextExpander and utilities like it enable you to insert fixed bits …

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Creating playlists in iTunes can be as simple as dragging a few songs, or as complex as creating smart playlists that refer to other playlists and use nested conditions to pick songs that meet specific criteria. In this week’s column, I answer three questions to show just how complex smart playlists can be. While perhaps …

Just a few short years ago, cloud storage services that synced files and folders across multiple PCs and mobile devices were just a dream. But thanks to the rapid rise of entities like Dropbox, SugarSync, and Google Drive, cloud storage and syncing services are nearly ubiquitous today, acting as hard drives in the sky that …

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In weeks past we’ve talked about configuring the Mail and Calendar applications. Without the third leg of this personal information trio—Contacts—using the first two could be a lonely proposition. In this lesson we’ll look at the cans and can’ts of Contacts. Contacts was called Address Book in previous versions of the Mac OS, and that’s …

Sibi Marcos asked about removing a laptop’s battery to increase it’s life. Here’s one of those sad facts of life that you just can’t avoid: Like cars, clothing, and people, batteries wear out. You can’t stop this process, but with proper care you can slow it down. What wears down a battery? Charging and discharging. Obviously, …

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Ever hear a Mac’s desktop fans go into overdrive under normal operating conditions? Or felt a Mac laptop go from a normal temperature to a more-than-toasty lap roaster in under a minute? Those are times when a Mac was running hotter than it should have been. What are the long-term effects of overheating on a …

As I documented last week, I’ve been having intermittent problems with my Internet connection. Just when I thought I’d solved it, I woke up this morning to yet another massive slowdown. Using the method I described previously—running SpeedTest on at least two devices—I verified that this wasn’t a local hardware problem. Something was amiss with …

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Faithful reader Dick Fiddler has a question regarding cordless phones and Wi-Fi interference. He writes: I’m having interference issues with my AirPort network and cordless phone. Repositioning has helped some, but I’d like to pursue restricting the channels used by the Extreme. Unfortunately, I need a little more information to make it work. My Uniden …

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Much as we depend on text, a lot of us deal with images, audio files, and movies as part of our workaday world. And it’s not unusual that when working with such files you need to perform a minor tweak—rotate a picture, convert a music track to something that better harmonizes with iTunes and your …