Tech Tip: Stop “Local Items” keychain prompts on Mac

Mac ScreenOne of the most annoying things that can happen when you start up you Mac is to be prompted repeatedly for a keychain password for various  applications. This sometimes happens after you have changed your login password. To make matters worse the password that these applications request is the previous one and not the most recent password.

The solution to this problem can be found on Apple’s support website. It requires you to delete a folder in the location ~/Library/Keychains/ which has a long alphanumeric name. After you have deleted this folder you should restart your Mac immediately. This should prevent the problem from reoccuring on subsequent logins.

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Tech Tip: MAnage Context Menus with CCleaner

Tech Tip: Manage Context Menus with CCleaner

CCleaner logoContext menus are those handy menus that pop up when you right click on Windows or control-click on a Mac. The content of these menus are specific to the area that is clicked and programs you install may modify the menu items that pop up in the context menu. While this might be useful, your context menu may become cluttered with menu items you do not use or no longer need. You can use CCleaner to help manage your context menu by deleting or disabling menu items.

  1. Download the free version of  CCleaner and install it
  2. Start CCleaner and click on the Tools tab
  3. From the Tools area choose the Startup menu
  4. In the top tabs select the Context Menu tab
  5. Select the context menu item you want to modify
  6. Use the buttons on the left to Enable, Disable or Delete the context menu item

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Tech Tip: Bootable Linux on a USB drive

ubuntu_bootable_usb_Ubuntu Bootable USB200x200Windows may be the most popular operating system but there are alternatives. The Macintosh operating system is also popular but it is proprietary and like Windows it is not free. Linux is a free and open source operating system that can be used together with or in lieu of the other more popular operating systems.

In the unfortunate event that your operating system gets corrupt you may risk losing all your data by reformatting the hard drive. Your data may be saved, however, if you can boot into your operating system using a bootable version of Linux saved on a USB drive.

Instead of booting into your standard operating system you install Ubuntu onto your USB drive and boot from the USB drive at startup. This may require changing the boot order in your computers BIOS. You can do this by pressing the appropriate BIOS setup keys shown when your computer is starting up.

Once you ave booted into Linux you can either install the operating system on a different partition or use it from the USB drive. Be very careful if installing Linux to ensure that you do not inadvertently overwrite existing files by formatting the a hard drive if you do not want its contents erased.

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Tech Tip: Customize your folder icons

Customize folder iconsYou can keep  your computer files and documents organized by using customized icons to represent different files and/or folders. Using different icons makes it easy to quickly differentiate between folders and allows you to change the icons into something more pleasing.

How to change a folder icon on Windows:

  • Right click the folder icon that you would like to change
  • Click on Properties
  • Select the Customize tab
  • Click the Change Icon… button
  • Browse for the icon that you would like to use as your new folder icon
  • Click Ok
  • Click Ok  again

How to change a folder icon on Mac:

  • Press Control and click on the folder icon that you would like to change
  • Click Get Info
  • Drag the new icon to the top left icon in the folder information dialog box

If you do not already have the new icons you can find some free icons for download at Icon Archive. This site offers icons for both Windows (.ico) and Mac (.icns) so you can choose the appropriate format to download.

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