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Here's a random rant, if you will all indulge me a moment. Every time I ask Siri the temperature and it's below freezing, she does this creepy "Brr!" aloud and then tells me the temp. (You can see it on the screen too.)

Look, all you Silicon Valley programmers, in a lot of places besides San Francisco it's below freezing for most of the winter. Can we dispense with your attempts to bridge the uncanny valley and just tell me the weather? The constant "Brr!" gets old after a while. Thanks.
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The papal message for the next World Day of Communications was released in Rome today and it's theme is communications in the family. Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts?
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Now that I'm responsible for a parish bulletin I find myself needing to find good material of a catechetical or informative nature to make it more than just a list of announcement.

If you are a writer or blog collective or ministry that publishes articles, consider making your material available to parishes in lengths of about 350 words, free of charge, using an attribution-required license. Personally I would take stuff from good established writers about family, parenting, Scripture, morality and ethics, the Lectionary, culture, being a man, being a woman, the single life, vocations discernment, books, you name it.

If you're not a writer by a web developer with time on your hands and a burning desire to find a mission, how about creating a clearinghouse where such things can be aggregated?

I know, I know, but I can dream, can't I?
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Ask Magnificat if they'd share?
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The gospel, if it is indeed the "good news," should go together with social media like peanut butter and jelly. When we're honest, most church social media is barely present, failing to be social at all, and definitely not embodying the joy of the gospel. Most church social media starts like ...
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The Mac App Store just upgraded my Evernote this morning to 6.0.6 and now all of my PDFs in all my notes have the .pdf extension stripped from them,which makes the PDFs unusable! I can no longer quicklook them and if I click to open, they open in Text Edit as gibberish. I have to download the file to my computer and manually add the .pdf extension back to open it. But if I drag that PDF with the extension back into the note, it strips it out again! Gah!

This is bad.
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You should have had a ticket number immediately - if you're premium and  go back to the support request page you should be able to see a Chat option.
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Here's an odd one. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro running Yosemite. I have it running on battery next to me, but not actively using it. The screen goes dark, the hard drive spins down and it goes to sleep. I tap the trackpad to wake it, see the amount of battery life left, and then let it go to sleep again. The screen goes back, but the cursor stays on the screen.

I go back to the MacBook later, The screen is dark and the cursor is still on the screen and the fans are running, but it completely unresponsive. At least it appears so. I unplug the USB cable to the USB hub and get a notification warning about unplugging a drive. I tap the power button to see if it reacts (but DON'T hold it down) and then tap enter a few times. I get the bonk sound but not much else. A minute or so later, the computer reboots. Because when I hit the power button and enter it started the reboot cycle?

So what I have is the display becoming unresponsive, but the computer itself is responsive. I can't screen share in (tried Teamviewer while in that condition and no joy). If I knew more about ssh I might try that through the Terminal.

Any ideas?
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I'm running Yosemite on a brand new iMac, and when I shut down the machine, I'll get the "sleep" screen with the cursor on the screen, and it's completely unresponsive too.  The only thing I can do is a hard restart.  Annoying!
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The members of this community may be interested in my review of a new book on Catholic social communications, Connected Toward Communion.
Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome is a survey of the Church’s teachings on social communications since Vatican II’s Inter Mirifica with an eye primarily toward how pastoral workers–ordained, religious, and lay–could be formed both to use media and to help others use it well.
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+Katie Floyd has mentioned several times, including most recently in MPU236, putting photographs of her credit cards into 1Password. I was wondering how she manages to do it securely. If I take photos with my iPhone, do I have to turn off Photostream and transfer the photos to the Mac via cable if I don't want them to go into the cloud? I didn't see a way to get the photos into secure notes in the iOS app directly or to add an attachment in the credit card entry itself.

Katie, could you outline your secure workflow for this? Thanks.
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Oh good. Thanks. I didn't realize that's what that link was. 
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I put some of the tips from the Live show to good use, especially those about starting off the new year auditing my subscriptions, my passwords, and my online accounts. I was able to remove over 150 old apps and websites that were hooked into my Facebook account alone.

Here's a 1Password tip that might be old news, but which has been helping me a lot lately. 1Password 5 brought us Vaults, which I've used to keep work and personal passwords separate, but I found another use as well.

I've created an Archive vault, where I send any login or password that I don't use currently or which is outdated, say for web sites where I've deleted my account. I also send passwords created by the password generator there as well (because the security audit sees them as re-used passwords for some reason).

Why keep old logins? Disk space is cheap, I have strong passwords to protect the vaults, and once my unique unbreakable passwords are gone, they're gone forever, right? Better safe than sorry.

To move an item from one vault to another, select the item and then in the menu bar, select Item > Share > the Vault you're targeting > Move. If you're doing this a lot, you can make a keyboard shortcut in Keyboard Maestro or System Preferences.
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I was just thinking about this yesterday. I went through and found I had several passwords for websites I don't even remember ever using. When I tried to log in to them, most of them didn't even exist anymore, so I could just get delete them, but moving them to a vault is probably a good idea if you want to 'retire' some and don't want to take the time to check to see if you can log into them.

One case in particular is for those accounts which seemingly cannot be deleted. I found a few phpBB accounts which don't seem to have any way to delete my account, but the account is still active. As long as there is a strong, unique password, I guess there's no harm in keeping it around, but I don't necessarily need it in my search results, etc.
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The recent Family Tech Support show was great, especially since that's my role in my family. I'm proud to say that I've helped my family become savvier and less reliant on me to the point where my brother doesn't ever need to call me any more, but can usually figure out a solution on his own.

A few things I would add to your fine list:
1. When visiting and doing a Mac/iOS checkup on your family member's gear, don't neglect the network. Check the router, make sure firmware is up to date, the best wireless security is being used, etc. They may have complaints that could be solved by an Airport Express being added to the network or running an Ethernet cable instead of relying on wireless or some such. Or, while they may have new gear capable of higher network speeds, they may have an outdated router running an old wireless protocol slowing them down and an upgrade might be in order.
2.Teamviewer can be set up so that it can be accessed without intervention on the other end. I have found it to be a good replacement for Logmein Free and even superior in some ways (because their software is less intrusive basically.)
3. Another good checkup item is look at their email. My sister once complained that Mail was running slow, taking a long time to open new email, etc. That's because she had 15,000 emails in her Sent folder (this was in on a POP account and so everything was resident on the disk). With their permission, triage and clean out folders, set up some simple mail rules, set up SpamSieve or other spam filtering software. I'd say that email and web browsing are the primary activity of 80% of computer users and making those work efficiently should be our top two tasks.
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Some of these I can vouch for through personal experience. But I still prefer reading on my Kindle.
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"My vocation is husband and father. That's who I am. My job is writer. It's what I do."

Father of a growing family and husband to a brilliant wife. I'm currently working as Communications Director of a collaborative of three Catholic parishes and a Catholic school. Before that I was Creative Director of the Pilot New Media at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and producer of The Good Catholic Life radio show. And before that I worked as a donor relations manager for the archdiocese and then previous to that I was a Catholic journalist for 10 years in both print and online media.

I'm also one of the pioneer Catholic bloggers, although my current job prevents me from blogging much about Catholic affairs today.

I'm also a technology geek. I've used and owned Apple-brand computers since 1982. I wrote my first web site in 1994.We have no less than 5 Macs currently working in our home and several more stashed away. I'm the guy family and friends call when they're having computer problems.
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I was a charter subscriber to AOL back when it was called AppleLink Personal Edition. I had one of the first Catholic blogs. My boss tells me I'm the leading social media expert in the Church in Boston. All that and a buck will get me a cup of coffee.
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