Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #268: The “Secret” Apple Tax

There’s more news about Twitter, as Elon Musk has called out the “secret” Apple tax of 30% that large developers pay, that wasn’t so secret. We also look at the various types of drives that you can use to back up your Mac: hard drives, SSDs, and NASs.

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Get to Know the Scrivener Inspector

The Scrivener window has three main elements: the Binder, the Editor, and the Inspector. Previous articles have looked at how you manage files and folders in the Binder, and how you can customize the Editor.

The Inspector contains information and metadata about your project and your files, bookmarks to other items, snapshots, and comments and footnotes.

In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the Inspector, the third of the main elements in Scrivener.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.


Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #267: AirPods as Trackers, Hacking Hackers, and Apple Tracking

In this week’s security news, a stalker used AirPods to track a woman, since they don’t sent alerts like AirTags; Australia is hacking hackers in a sort of precrime operation; and we give a few tips for the annual Black Friday shopathon.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #266: Twitter, AirDrop, and Continuity Camera

The situation at Twitter is changing daily, and we have some security tips for staying safe with Twitter’s new verification system. We look at some changes that Apple is making to AirDrop in China, which would be good for everyone. And we discuss the new Continuity Camera feature of macOS Ventura.

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Use Bookmarks in Scrivener Projects to Link to Internal and External Files

Your Scrivener project is a container for a lot of things. It contains your manuscript, with its files, folders, and sub-folders, but it also contains elements like character and place documents, research, front and back matter, and more. Rather than thinking of it as a file, you should think of it as a package.

If you store a lot in your Scrivener project, especially if you have a lot of research, it can get very large, making it harder to move around and back up.

In this article, I’ll tell you how you can use bookmarks to link to items in your projects, to access them easily, and how to link to files on your computer but not add them to your Scrivener project.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #265: Extreme Security and Privacy on the iPhone

Apple’s new Lockdown Mode provides extreme security and privacy on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. We discuss how it works, and what the downsides are of using this feature. We also talk about how TikTok’s new privacy policy states that staff can access user data, how Zoom mandates new client updates every 30 days, and how the US is planning “nutrition labels” for IoT devices.

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9 Things You Can Do With an Old Mac

Every year, when Apple releases its latest version of macOS, there’s a good chance that another generation of Macs won’t be compatible with the new operating system.

While this is not necessarily a problem — if your Mac was working well last year, there’s no reason why you can’t continue to use it this year — it can be potentially dangerous from a security perspective. Apple generally provides security updates for the current and two previous macOS versions. However, you may not be aware that Apple often doesn’t patch some vulnerabilities in the two previous Mac operating systems.

So, if you have an old Mac that’s no longer supported by the current version of macOS, what should you do with it? Here are several ideas.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Should you Outline Your Novel or Not?

There is no more contentious issue around writing fiction than whether an author should outline their novel or not. Planners – those who outline – insist that it’s the only way to write, whereas pantsers – those who write “on the seat of their pants” – claim that their way is best.

Of course, neither is best, but each of these approaches suits different writers. There are valid reasons for and against each choice. Here are some of them.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #264: The Dangers of Verified Accounts on Social Networks

We discuss this week’s Apple security updates, explain why some apps have issues with full disk access in macOS Ventura, and we discuss the dangers of verified accounts on social networks, such as Twitter. We also take a close look at one of the biggest changes in macOS Ventura, the System Settings app.

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