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Little Snitch Keeps an Eye on Your Internet Connections

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Apple’s built-in firewall makes sure incoming connections are secure, but do you know which applications are sending data out from your Mac and where? For that you need an app like Little Snitch. (And you need to take a look at my latest Working Mac column!)

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 2nd, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Fire Up Your Firewall

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Yolanda asked and I answered. She was looking for good firewall protection for her Mac. Fortunately, she needed to look no further than her Mac’s Security and Privacy preferences to fire up her firewall! June 25th’s most excellent Working Mac column.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 25th, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Spam filtering on the cheap

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Looking for the best way to filter your domain-based SPAM? Look no further than MX Guarddog. Top notch and, better yet, FREE.

Check out my Working Mac column on MX Guarddog here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 18th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what?

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In the latest edition of Working Mac I take a look at how your Mac handles viruses and malware and how you can avoid being an asymptomatic carrier of Windows viruses.

Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what? | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 27th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Save Your Bandwidth by Using a Caching Server

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Apple’s caching server, a service that’s part of Apple’s Server app, is easy to set up and something so simple to use that you should have one in your house and office.

My latest Working Mac column at Macworld takes you through the paces of setting one up. It’s easy! Just do it!

Working Mac: Save your bandwidth by using a caching server | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 14th, 2015 at 10:28 am

An Interview on Writing, with Garth Stein

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I have no idea who Garth Stein is, although I have heard of (but have not read) his novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

His take on how he writes (or doesn’t) squares with mine to a near perfect T.

When and where do you write? I write like writing is a job. I have an office. I go to it. I fart around in the mornings, tending to business, editing, reading. In the afternoon, I look at the clock and think, “oh, crud, I have to get something done! It’s almost time to go home and fix dinner!” So I write furiously until I go home and fix dinner.

I also liked this bit:

What’s your advice to new writers? Take acting classes. Actors need to know all about the motivation of their characters. They need to know where the character is coming from and where he is going to, what he wants, what he needs, what he will die without having, etc. Even though it might not all be in the text, it has to be in the mind of the actor playing the part.

You’ll find the entire interview at Advice to Writers.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 10:41 am

The power of Pomodoro

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Starting this week I will be taking over the weekly reigns of Working Mac at Macworld.com. This week I take a look at the Pomodoro Technique, something I use when my focus is at a minimum. Kicking off a timer will often help me get back on task.

Working Mac: The power of Pomodoro (or, how to slice your time to stay on task) | Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am