What is the Internet of Things?

If you have been following the tech news even a little bit over the last few years, you’ve heard of the Internet of Things. The IoT, we’re told, is supposed to revolutionize the way we interact with technology and will fundamentally change the way we live our lives.

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Case study: Redesigning a website

web designI serve as webmaster for four sites (including this blog). In this post, I summarize several factors that motivated me to redesign the online store that I manage.

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Don’t fall victim to a tech support scam!

Received a phone call from a customer who described his recent experience that sounded very much like a known scam effort run out of a call center in India.

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Connect USB mics to an iPhone or iPad

You bought a USB mic to make live audio recordings with your computer and it works great! At the same time, you are often disappointed by the quality of the recordings that you can produce using the built-in mics in your iPhone and iPad. You ponder whether there is a way to connect your USB mic to your iOS devices. Read on to find out how it’s done using a pocket-sized adapter.

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Use an online converter to remove a virus from a PDF

Here is a simple procedure you can use when your anti-virus program prevents you from opening a PDF email attachment because it detected a virus that you believe to be a false positive.

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Assessing Your Equipment When Making a Documentary

Submitted by J Miller
Jen Reviews
(abridged by Macsolvers)



In this guide that is targeted primarily but not exclusively to Visual Creatives and Storytellers, we’ll review the subject matter that makes up film documentaries and many of the equipment options that should be considered.
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How can I get my MacBook Pro to run faster?

Reader says, I’m running El Capitan 10.11.6 on my macbook pro with superdrive that I bought in 2012 and am frustrated by how slow everything loads and runs. It doesn’t matter whether I’m opening documents on my desktop or watching videos in any of my browsers. Rebooting doesn’t seem to help, either. My mac is a 2.5 gHz system with 4 gigs of ram. What do you suggest?

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