How to Export & Import All MySQL Databases

Jan 19, 2017 - 1 Comment

Exporting and importing databases in mySQL from command line

Many developers and pro users rely on MySQL for their database needs. We’ll walk through how to export or dump all databases from MySQL, dump a single database, and also show how to import all of those databases from a database.sql file back into MySQL.

While there are GUI based tools to interact with MySQL, we’re going to focus on the command line here. The MySQL commands work with any version of the database software on any unix OS, including linux, Mac OS and Mac OS X, or whatever else you happen to be running mySQL on.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Highlight in Pages for Mac

Jan 18, 2017 - 9 Comments

How to highlight in Pages for Mac

Frequent Pages users may find it helpful to know how to highlight selections, words, sentences, and paragraphs of documents opened within the app. Highlighting is particularly useful for students, writers, editors, educators, and office workers, but it’s valuable to nearly anyone who spends a fair amount of time in the word processing application on a Mac. While the highlighting ability may not be completely obvious at first, highlighting in Pages is quite simple and is actually part of a built-in commenting feature that is easy to use and fast to implement throughout documents opened in Pages on Mac OS.

We’ll show you how to highlight in Pages app on the Mac by applying an initial selection highlight, and also demonstrate two different methods to adding additional highlights to other selections if desired.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Get Info on Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS

Jan 17, 2017 - 10 Comments

Spotlight icon You can quickly access “Get Info” for any file or application from within Spotlight search results in Mac OS and Mac OS X.

Getting file info from Spotlight requires a set of two simple keystrokes, first to get into Spotlight, then the next is to Get Info on the item in question.

Let’s run through how to use these two features together:

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Share Calendars from iPhone, iPad

Jan 17, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Share Calendars in iOS

Sharing Calendars offers an easy way for family members, coworkers, or partners to see what’s on each others schedule. The shared calendars will even update automatically as events are added or changed, thanks to the calendar syncing through iCloud.

We’ll show you how to easily share an entire calendar from iOS with any other iPhone, iPad, or Mac user.

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How to Enable Read Receipts Per Contact in Messages for iOS

Jan 16, 2017 - 10 Comments

Set Messages Read Receipts per contact in iOS

Read Receipts offer a way for a message sender to know you have viewed their message, and vice versa. This can be a nice messaging feature in iOS, but it has obvious privacy implications and can become problematic in other situations. Fortunately the latest versions of iOS offer more granular controls and allow you to enable Read Receipts for individual contacts on a person by person basis, while still turning off all Read Receipts in Messages for iOS for everyone else. Or, conversely, you can enable Read Receipts for everyone, but turn the feature off for specific individual contacts too.

This is an excellent feature for iPhone and iPad users, and it’s easy to enable and to customize to specific contacts.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

New AirPods Commercials Airing on TV

Jan 15, 2017 - 8 Comments

AirPods synced to iPhone in new AirPods commercial

Apple has released a series of TV commercials for AirPods, their new wireless headphones. The set of AirPods advertisements are set in black and white, and several follow a guy wearing AirPods as he dances around the street defying physics, while another uses the physical AirPods units as music notes as they play across the screen.

Additionally, a new Apple Watch commercial is airing focusing on the activity tracking feature of the device.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 8 Comments

A Better Way to Access the Camera from iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 10

Jan 15, 2017 - 11 Comments

iPhone camera accessed by lock screen

Ever since Apple redesigned the iOS lock screen to remove swipe-to-unlock and require users to press the Home button instead, some iPhone users have discovered that accessing the Camera from the lock screen might be a challenge. The potentially difficult scenario is this; if you press the Home button to show the locked display which you would then swipe to access the iPhone Camera from, pressing the Home button also unlocks the iPhone and skips the lock screen with the camera access. I recently ran into someone who was convinced this set of actions meant their iPhone lock screen camera wasn’t working or no longer existed, so the behavior can lead to some degree of confusion as well.

Fortunately there’s a better way to access the iPhone camera from the lock screen in iOS 10 and newer, and it doesn’t involve using the Home button at all.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

How to Change the Chrome Download Location

Jan 14, 2017 - 3 Comments


When you download any file in Chrome that file defaults to saving into the downloads folder, which resides int he users home directory. It’s generally recommended to preserve the default setting to save Chrome downloads into the user Downloads folder, but some individuals may wish to change where Chrome saves files to.

You can adjust the Chrome download location and set it to any other directory or folder by manually tweaking the apps settings.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC

Jan 13, 2017 - 5 Comments

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC

If you have an iPhone and Windows 10 PC, you probably would like to know how to transfer photos from the iPhone to the computer. With Windows 10, there are several ways to quickly copy files to the PC, and we’ll show you two of the best approaches using the Windows 10 Photos app to directly import photos to the PC (similar to copying pictures from iPhone into Photos app on Mac), and the more hands-on method of using Windows Explorer to copy photos to Windows 10 via the file system.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Beta 4 of iOS 10.2.1 and MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 Released for Testing

Jan 12, 2017 - 5 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the fourth beta versions of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 to users participating in the beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

How to Kill a Process by Name Instead of PID via Command Line

Jan 12, 2017 - 1 Comment

How to kill a process by name

Command line users rely on the ‘kill’ command to terminate a process as defined by the appropriate process identifier (PID). While there’s nothing wrong with targeting processes by their PID, another approach which is often easier is to target a process by name, rather than its unique identifier.

There are a few ways to kill a process by process name, we’ll review two primary methods using killall and pkill. These will work the same in Mac OS / X and linux, and they can be used to target GUI apps and processes as well as those running in the background or exclusively at the command line. Either command can be prefixed with sudo to terminate root level tasks or those owned by another user.

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Use Tabs in Maps for Mac

Jan 11, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Use Tabs in Apple Maps for Mac

Tabs offer an excellent way to manage multiple windows without overly cluttering the screen of a Mac, a feature which is particularly valuable for smaller screen displays. Like many other apps in new Mac OS releases, the Apple Maps app for Mac now includes the ability to have multiple tabs of maps open concurrently, either in conjunction with multiple Maps windows or as a replacement for juggling multiple maps windows.

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