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How to Reset the TeamViewer ID After Cloning a Mac

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael Sheehan16 Comments

Recently, I set up a new MacBook Pro for my step-mom where I used Apple’s Migration Assistant to easily copy over all of her data, applications and preferences. One of the applications that I actually use on her machine is TeamViewer which is fanstanstic if you need to provide remote assistance to a Mac or PC (you can actually set up a free account – I highly recommend this service). So one of the first things that I do is to configure TeamViewer on any machine that I may need to provide remote assistance to. As part of the Migration Assistant process, …

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Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them. At home, we have …

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How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would be very careful attempting to do this type of …

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How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite [UPDATED X3]

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan147 Comments

Recently, my  version of Office for Mac (Office 2011), started crashing on my MacBook Pro. Every time I launched Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the app would crash after a few seconds with an error asking if I wanted to recover my work, reopen the Office app and send the error to Microsoft. It didn’t matter if I opened a document directly or one of the Office applications, within a few seconds, the Office App would crash. I went searching for a solution on various forums but only seemed to find other people encountering the same issue. Supposedly these crashes have …

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13 Tips to Optimize Your Mac After Yosemite Installation [UPDATED]

In Apple, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Technology by Michael Sheehan95 Comments

As most of us know, Apple’s latest operating system Yosemite (10.10), a free upgrade from Apple, is now available. And with it come a lot of nice new features, visuals and enhancements. But, as with any upgrade, there is always the possibility of having issues. While I had been running the Developer Preview on my MacBook Air and had not encountered any issues, when I upgraded my 2010 MacBook Pro, I started noticing that it was slow, laggy and simply not performing the way it had under Mavericks (the previous Apple OS). So, I decided to do some research and …

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How to Fix iTunes Error 1723 When Syncing iPhone or iPad

In Apple, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael Sheehan87 Comments

I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple’s iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while searching for “how to fix iTunes Error 1723” or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac. The error states “The iPhone [insert iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch name] …

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The Best Way to Install iOS 8 & Not Delete Apps & Data

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Apple’s iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade there prevents you from doing so if you don’t have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don’t have much free space on your iOS …

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How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

In Android, Apple, Application, Cellular, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Social Media, Software by Michael Sheehan

If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in …

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How To Change the Default Browser on Mac with Chrome Canary and Chrome

In Apple, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Software by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls “the bleeding edge of the web” type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my “regular” version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be “faster.” However, I ran into an issue. Since I already …

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Review & Giveaway: Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat (RTH9580)

In Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, How To, Technology by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

A little over a year ago, I installed a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat in my home, replacing one of those traditional, “dumb” thermostats that typically comes with a furnace or air conditioner. It was great being able to not only remotely connect to my home’s heating and cooling to turn it on and off, but also using the smart heating and cooling configurations, I was able to set a temperature and a time I wanted the temperature to be at and know that by the scheduled time, the temperature would be at the proper setting. Fast forward about a year, and …

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How To Install a New Hard Drive & Battery into a 2010 MacBook Pro

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Technology, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

There comes a day in the life of every laptop when it simply isn’t running as efficiently as it could be. This day came to my 2010 MacBook Pro recently when I looked to see that it only had about 18 GB of hard drive space left and the battery was only able to hold a charge for about an hour and a half. There are many things that you can do to breath a bit of extra life into your laptop. You can add more RAM which always provides additional help. You can delete files to free up hard …

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This Amazing Fix Will Get Your MacBook Air Charging Again!

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip by Michael Sheehan136 Comments

I have an older MacBook Air and absolutely love it. It has performed flawlessly and is well used by me and my kids. However, I have had a lingering issue that has appeared every few months or so that has often left me scratching my head. Sometimes, when I plug in my 45 watt power supply, the little green light on the MagSafe doesn’t come on and the MacBook Air doesn’t charge. And, it seems that this is a problem that others have encountered. So I wanted to share a couple of solutions that may help resolve this issue, one …

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Which Apple ID to use for iTunes App Store, iMessage, iCloud and Find My iPhone

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Apple’s iOS 7 introduced some confusion when it comes to Apple IDs. But the change was intentional because Apple’s desire was to make iOS much more secure. As part of the upgrade process, iPhone and iPad users are required to set up an iCloud account and associate it with Find my iPhone. This process will (hopefully) cause the number of thefts of iOS devices to decline because people will be required to enter their iCloud password in order to restore their device to factory settings. But this new requirement is causing issues and confusion for many iOS users, new and …

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Site Performance Optimization: MaxCDN, Nginx, CloudFlare and WordPress Caching

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Linux, Open Source by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

My blog has a problem. Or rather it had a problem but I’m making some big improvements to it to make it perform better. For many years, my site has suffered from slow performance. Much of that is my fault though. I tend to overload WordPress with lots of plugins. Plugins are bad, but they are in many ways, quite addictive. There are so many innovative features and functions that you can add to your blog using them that people often suffer from plugin-bloat. And having too many plugins will slow the responsiveness of your site way down. As I …