Mac vs iPad or iPhone: Do you still need a Mac?


Have tablets and smartphones replaced the Mac?
iPads and MacBook
iPads and MacBook
The computer landscape has changed immensely since Basics4Mac started in 2006. In fact, the landscape has changed quite a bit since I took a break from publishing Basics4Mac last June. Apple now sells about 5 iPads and 9 iPhones for every Mac sold.

With the iPad and the iPhone outselling the Mac by such huge amounts, is anyone still using Macs? Is there any reason to own a Mac these days when an iPad or iPhone can do much the same thing?

This tip takes a look to help you decide.

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"Protecting Your Digital Life" Video Conference by Tidbits


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As we are storing more and more information about ourselves online, the security of our information is an important part of our "digital lives." The fact is that there are lots of bad guys out there looking to flat out steal your personal information or trick you into giving it to them willingly.

TidBITS, one of the most respected sources of information about the Mac world, recently held a live panel discussion featuring two security experts, both for the Mac and the world at large. The video cast was held on August 22, 2012, but it is available on YouTube.

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Quick Access to Common System Preferences Panes


Directly from the keyboard
Displays System Prefs Panel  <br>Click to see a larger image
Displays System Prefs Panel
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The Option key is a never ending source of shortcuts and tricks in OS X. This trick uses the Option key to quickly open commonly used panels in System Preferences.

(Works in Mountain Lion and Lion. I don't have any way to test Snow Leopard and earlier.)

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Changing Notification Types in Notification Center


Setting notification types
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Notifications System Preferences panel
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Notification Center shows on-screen banners and alerts when they come in and a way to see all of your previous alerts. You can set on an app by app basis how notifications work for that app.

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Working with Notification Center


A see all of your notifications in one place
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On-screen notifications
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Prior to Mountain Lion, every app used its own method for sending you notifications such as reminders, new mail messages or software updates. Mountain Lion has a new feature called Notification Center that allows apps to use a central system so that notifications are uniform and you have a way to go back and see any notifications you might have missed.

If you have an iOS device, you will quickly see that Notification Center was borrowed almost exactly from iOS.

Here is how Notification Center works.

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