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If you think you might need to depend on Find My Mac, read on to learn how to prevent it from being disabled.
It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in.
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10,000 solar-powered miles on our all-electric Nissan Leaf! And it's the most fun car we've ever owned.
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10,000, dang, that's impressive. 
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We need your help! Could you please upvote our "Take Control of Slack Basics" and "Take Control of Slack Admin" books on ProductHunt? We desperately need to get them in front of more people using Slack. ProductHunt has a huge collection of Slack-related resources, so we’re hoping that more exposure there will help. (If you haven’t used ProductHunt before, it’s a quick OAuth sign-in via Twitter or Facebook that isn’t used for anything beyond sign-in.) Thanks! http://tid.bl.it/1Y9FkE7 http://tid.bl.it/1Y9EUh8
Take Control of Slack Admin - Learn how to make your Slack team sing! (Not literally.). (Mac and Messaging)
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Good to know. We’re trying to find places that might be interested in site licenses of the Slack Basics book to train users...
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Why would I get this error when Option-copying a file from one folder on a mounted server volume (OS X Server file sharing) to another folder on the same server volume, but not when copying from the Desktop to the same remote folder? Even moving a file from one folder to another on the mounted server works; just not copying. Restarting both my Mac and my server made no difference. Nothing has changed of late, so I'm completely at a loss.
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and if you copy the other way round? (Thinking of a permissions problem, but of course you've thought of that yourself already). There is this checkbox "ignore permissions on this medium" or words to that effect.
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Fascinating! Taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) reduces empathy, according to some Ohio State studies.
Acetaminophen, the most common drug ingredient in the United States, reduces empathy as well as physical pain.
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This story gives me a headache. I feel bad for them. Maybe I can fix that.
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Another argument for running cross-country in the fall...
More than 40 percent of retired NFL players showed signs of traumatic brain injury
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Best explanation of Hillary Clinton I've seen yet.
Why we keep missing Hillary Clinton’s greatest strength.
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+1 to Quartz for the term “post-factual democracy” that perfectly captures the insanity of the political landscape.
Brexit and Trump show that a powerful story can spread regardless of facts, and the social validation of a given narrative can be turned into votes.
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Ithaca mayor's tweet of local election signs hits Vox!
After a bitter and sometimes acrimonious primary, supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton can hopefully agree on this.
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Another 117 million leaked passwords posted online. This is why reusing passwords on multiple sites is a terrible idea.
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we need something better than passwords. password managers are not very friendly on physical and cognitive levels. my 82 yr old mother (active and sharp enough to work with linux) has given up on password managers and is back on her paper notebook. I've given up password managers becasue they do not work well with speech recognition.
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UserVoice is the latest security breach showing why you need a password manager. https://status.uservoice.com/incidents/fb7ml8b3nphf See "Take Control of Your Passwords, Second Edition" for how to protect yourself from such breaches. http://tid.bl.it/VNthg2
UserVoice's Status Page - Important: UserVoice Security Incident.
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Make sure your Mac is getting necessary security data! I previously had this setting off, because the interface is completely confusing.
There’s a poorly worded checkbox buried in the App Store pane of System Preferences that, if you misinterpret the interface, can result in your Mac failing to download critical anti-malware data. Adam Engst unwittingly had it set wrong, and if you do too, read on to learn how to get it right.
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Oh man, Usenet! Those were the days. :-)

I’ve asked on TidBITS Talk, where there are people with old systems, if anyone can check these system data updates. They strike me as different from normal security updates, since there’s no code involved; they’re just data that Xprotect and File Quarantine use, much like virus definitions. So I could imagine them being made available further back than Mavericks. We’ll see! 
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  • Cornell University
    Hypertextual Fiction and Classics, 1985 - 1989
  • Newark Valley High School
    1981 - 1985
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Publisher of TidBITS and the Take Control series of ebooks
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Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to tens of thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles - thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993 (with Northwest Nexus for Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh), and the highly successful Take Control electronic book series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared on a variety of internationally broadcast television and radio programs. His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition at the highest levels. In the annual MDJ Power 25 survey of industry insiders, he ranked as the second (2000), third (2001, 2002), fourth (2003), fifth (2004), and third (2005/2006) most influential person in the Macintosh industry. He has also been included on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community for both 2006 and 2007, and he was named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And how many industry figures can boast of being turned into an action figure?
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4:47 mile, 10:20 2 mile, 16:36 5K, 35:43 10K, 1:19:45 half marathon, 2:48:00 marathon
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Publisher, Writer, Editor, Raconteur
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  • TidBITS Publishing Inc.
    Publisher and CEO, 1990 - present
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Ithaca, NY
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Richford, NY - Redmond, WA - Renton, WA - Issaquah, WA