When you have a baby, it can be helpful to keep track of their feedings, sleep habits, and diapers. BabyConnect is an extremely useful website and mobile app that allows you to track all of these things and more (pumping, medicines, doctor visits, weight, etc). It also has useful charts and graphs, and can be accessed by other members of the family and caregivers. You can enter data via the website, your phone, or iPad/iPod.
If other people in your house (or visiting guests) use your computer, you might not want to allow them to access all of your files and programs on your Mac. It’s easy to set up a guest account that doesn’t require a password and can be restricted to use certain programs/websites (using Parental Controls). Once they log out, all the information and files in the guest account are deleted.
Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Users & Groups.
Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then type an administrator name and password.
Select Guest User in the list of accounts.
Check the “Allow guests to log in to this computer”
If you let guests log in, you can also set up parental controls for guests by selecting “Enable parental controls” and clicking Open Parental Controls to manage those settings.
To let guests use your shared folders and their contents from another computer on your network, select “Allow guests to connect to shared folders.”
If you need a physical document scanned and turned into text, don’t type it up yourself! Online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a free service that will convert PDFs and other image files (TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF) to editable Word, Text and Excel formats.
Just upload your file, choose the format you would like, and the program will convert it so you can download the editable version.
Financial information, passwords, account info, and other sensitive data on your computer should be protected securely. Here are a few pieces of software I use to encrypt my important data so only someone with the password can access it:
Knox (Mac): Create a special encrypted drive to store data using either a portion of your local hard drive or an external hard drive or thumb drive.
1Password (Mac/PC): Encrypt passwords, bank account information, and any other secure notes with this amazing Password manager. It also syncs with Dropbox, which enables you to use the software on multiple computers and access your passwords via the web.
Apple FileVault (Mac): Encrypt your entire home directory. Be careful! If you lose your recovery key, you lose all your data.
VeraCrypt (PC): A popular free encryption software for PC. I haven’t used it myself, but it looks similar to Knox.
Over the years, Facebook has added a lot of obnoxious features to their website (i.e. Top Stories, App Requests, Gifts, Ads, etc). Thankfully there is a free browser plugin for Safari/Firefox/Chrome that will allow you to customize and remove many of the things you don’t like.
Go to F.B. Purity and install the plugin for your browser of choice.
After you install the plugin, you will see a “F.B. Purity” link at the top of your Facebook feed. If you click on the link, it will open a window where you can make all sorts of customizations.
Did you know that Dropbox saves versions of your files from the past 30 days, including files you’ve deleted?
Restore earlier versions of files: Find the file in your local Dropbox folder, right-click and choose “View previous versions”. Or if you’re viewing your Dropbox folder on the web, highlight the file (click on the space next to the name), and click on More > Previous Versions in the top blue bar. To restore the file, select the radio button next to the version you want, and then click the blue Restore button.
Restore deleted files: Go to your Dropbox folder in your browser and navigate to the folder your file was in. Click on the Trash Can icon at the top of the screen to display deleted items. Click on your deleted file, choose the version you want, and click the blue Restore button.
Don’t have a Dropbox account? Sign up now, it’s free and awesome!