Category Archives: Average Joe’s Tips

How To: Use Parental Controls

Parental Control is a great way to keep your children supervised without having to watch their every move. Parental Control is located in System Preferences under System. To use Parental Control, you will first need to create or use an existing account that does not have administrative controls, and then use an Administrator’s account to control the other account. Parental Control is able to limit computer usage time, websites, and many other things parents may worry about. A feature that I feel many parents will appreciate is the Weekday and Weekend time limiter and bedtime controls. These allow you to choose how many hours your child will be allowed to use his or her computer during the weekend or weekday. Setting the time is easy enough, just click the Limit Computer Use box and drag the bar to how many hours you will allow. The bedtime setter can be used to make sure your children are not up all night playing on their computers. For setting Bedtimes, select the checkbox and then punch-in the bedtime to wakeup time. In the Web section you are able to choose from allowing all web sties or customizing which websites to allow access to. Customizing websites can be a long task because you will need to type the URL of every website into the system, yet is viable if there are specific websites you would like your child to refrain from using. To do this click Customize in the Web section of Parental Controls. A new window will be brought up, and after there will be two sections, with an “always allow” and a “never allow” option. To add a website, just click the plus sign and type the URL in, and to take out a website press the minus sign. These are just a few of the many features Parental Control offers, check it out in System Preferences.

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For Those of You Who Have Trouble Sleeping


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Having trouble sleeping at night? One problem might be that you are using your computer before you goto bed. Instead of going into the complex science of eye stimulation (which I do not quite understand myself), I will give you the brief over view. On f.lux’s website they explain it to us that the blue lights that your computer emit can keep you up late at night, so the purpose of f.lux was to eliminate these blue lights. They have done this by making your computers screen adapt to the time of the day. For example, on there website they state: “When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.” Overall, f.lux has personally been a great help with my tendency to work late into the night. So for all of you people out there like me I would recommend downloading f.lux. For more information behind the science of f.lux click here.

Customizing Your Mac’s Trackpad

Tapping the track pad in order to click has become a very popular way for selecting application or texts when using a Macintosh. Its popularity comes from the convinces factor of not having to press down completely on the trackpad every time. However, tap to click tends to be annoying for new users, who may find themselves selecting texts or applications when not desired. Other than tap to click, the trackpad has many other potential capabilities like secondary click, zooming, rotating, and a multitude of gestures. To find these trackpad customizations locate your System Preferences application, then open the Trackpad pane under Hardware. From there you are free to explore. Bellow is a quick overview of my most commonly used trackpad click and hand gestures.

Tap to Click

As described above, tap to click gives the user the connivence of being able to tap their trackpad (instead of pressing down to select) in order to select text or apps.

Secondary Click

This allows the user the ability to secondary click (a.k.a. right click), instead of pressing control + click.

Zoom and Rotate

Found in the Scroll & Zoom section, zoom and rotate is a quick way to zoom into or rotate photos in selected applications like iPhoto.

Swipe Between Apps

In my opinion this is the best gesture ever created. Although it is simple this gesture enables you to four finger swipe between your desktop screens.