Turn off birthday notifications in Mac OS X

In this Best Mac Tip I’ll be showing you how to fine-tune aspects of the Notification Center in Mac OS X. For example, we’ll look at how to turn off birthday notifications which come through from the OS X Facebook integration.

Current versions of Mac OS X have the new Notifications center. It sits on the right side of the screen and is accessed via an assigned touchpad swipe and/or clicking the little icon at the far right of your Mac menu bar. Newer versions of OS X also have Facebook integration, which for some people is useful. One downside is that birthday data is pulled through from Facebook, and if you have a lot of Facebook “friends”—many of whom are basically strangers—seeing birthday notifications can be a real nuisance.

Turning off birthday notifications

In Calendar you can view your calendars on the left panel. If that’s not showing, go to the View menu and select Show Calendar List. At the end of the list you’ll likely see a section called Subscriptions. There you’ll likely see a calendar subscription called Birthdays. If you deselect this it will prevent birthdays showing up in Calendar. It is up to you whether you want them showing or not. If you have Facebook synchronisation set up on OS X you may have birthday entries for more people than you care to know about. I know. Over 800 of them!

But this won’t prevent them showing up as Notifications. To do that select the Birthdays calendar and hit Command-I (to bring up the Info panel). There you’ll want to select Ignore Alerts.

If you want to hide the Birthdays calendar entirely, go to Calendar, then Preferences (Command + , [comma]), General, and at the bottom you’ll see an option to Show Birthdays Calendar. Deselect that option.

Disable other potentially useless Calendar alerts

If you are subscribed to Shared Calendars, you might want to turn off alerts for these calendars. You can do that under the Alerts section of Calendar Preferences. You’ll see the option one up from the bottom of that Preference panel.

Hopefully that’s fixed the issue for you.

How to securely erase hard drives

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How to Remove Twitter Caches from iPhone and iPad

How to Remove Twitter Caches from iPhone and iPad

Twitter for iPhone and iPad has manual cache clearing features built into the app, offering a way to forcibly dump excessive caches and data stored within the application in iOS, thereby freeing up some storage. This is particularly nice because iOS does not offer a way to manually clear caches from an iPhone or iPad, so instead if you want to delete an apps Documents and Data in iOS you have to either force the iOS “cleaning” process on a near-full device, or delete the app and re-download it.

But that’s not the case with the Twitter app, which is nice enough to include a way to manually clear out its own documents and data cache storage within the iOS app.

How to Empty Twitter Caches on iPhone, iPad

Clearing Twitter caches on the iPhone and iPad is easy, here’s all you need to do:

    1. Open the Twitter app and go to your profile page
    2. Click on the gear icon

Clear caches on Twitter for iOS

    1. Click on “Settings” in the menu options

Clear caches on Twitter for iOS

    1. Choose “Data usage” from the settings menu

Clear caches on Twitter for iOS

    1. Under the ‘Storage’ section look for and choose “Media Storage” and “Web Storage” – alongside each will show you how much storage each is taking up

Clear caches on Twitter for iOS

    1. Tap on either Media Storage or Web Storage and then choose “Clear Media Storage” or “Clear web page storage” to remove the caches for those items in Twitter app

Clear caches on Twitter for iOS

  1. Repeat with the other cache type if desired

This is a great tip for heavy Twitter users, particularly after the Twitter app has grown in size with a large “Documents & Data” storage burden, since manually removing those caches and storages will free up a notable amount of space on an iPhone or iPad.

Of course if you have practically no data in the Twitter app with nothing cached and the app not taking up much storage, this won’t be particularly helpful to you. And obviously if you don’t use Twitter this won’t be useful to you either.

Hopefully at some point Apple will introduce a feature in iOS that allows users to force any apps on an iPhone or iPad to dump and clear out their built-in storage and documents and data without having to rely on the delete and re-download trick. But for now, only certain apps have manual cache clearing functionality, including the aforementioned Twitter app, and you can manually clear Google Maps caches on the iPhone too.

The difference between deactivating and deleting a facebook account?

If you deactivate your account:
  • You can reactivate whenever you want.
  • People can’t see your Timeline or search for you.
  • Some info may remain visible (ex: messages you sent).
If you delete your account:
  • You can’t regain access once it’s deleted.
  • We delay deletion a few days after it’s requested. A deletion request is cancelled if you log back into your Facebook account during this time.
  • It may take up to 90 days to delete data stored in backup systems. Your info isn’t accessible on Facebook during this time.
  • Some things aren’t stored in your account. For example, a friend may have messages from you after deletion.
  • Copies of some material (ex: log records) may remain in our database but are disassociated from personal identifiers.

How do you deactivate a facebook account

You can deactivate your account temporarily and choose to come back whenever you want.
To deactivate your account:
  1. Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click General in the left column
  4. Choose Manage your account then follow the steps to confirm
If you deactivate your account your profile won’t be visible to other people on Facebook and people won’t be able to search for you. Some information, such as messages you sent to friends, may still be visible to others.
If you’d like to come back to Facebook after you’ve deactivated your account, you can reactivate your account at anytime by logging in with your email and password. Keep in mind, if you use your Facebook account to log into Facebook or somewhere else, your account will be reactivated. This means your Facebook profile, including things like your friends, photos and posts, will be completely restored. Remember that you’ll need to have access to the email address you use to log in to reactivate your account.
To permanently delete your account: Permanently deleting your account means you won’t ever be able to reactivate or retrieve any of the content or information you’ve added. If you’d like to permanently delete your account with no option for recovery, please contact us.

Using Cyberduck

Cyberduck is another free ftp program, below are the simple steps to use. There are 7 steps listed below for downloading to your computer or uploading from your computer.

Step 1. go to https://cyberduck.io/?l=en to download and install program. Once program is installed, you should see the window below. If program is already installed, go to step 2.

Step 2. click on Open Connection to access your server. You should see this window below, just enter your server, username, and password information and select connect

Step 3: Click continue at this screen

Step 4: This is the inside of your server, just click upload to go to your harddrive where your file is

Step 5: This window will appear when you select upload. Select your file and upload. 

Step 6: This window will appear when you select download. Select your file and download. 

Step 7: This window will appear to let you select where to put files on your harddrive. 

I cannot see the changes you made

If you cannot see the changes that were recently made to your project, there are a few simple solutions.

  1. You need to reload the page where the changes were made. Because your computer stores a copy of each page you visit in a temporary file, it will quickly return to the page you visited at the same spot. This is why reloading the page is the first step.
  2. Clearing your browsers temporary file, reload then view again.
  3. Restart computer and view again
  4. View your project on a completely different device.
  5. Confirm changes were made.

If you still cannot see the changes, email us at support@affordablewebsites.net or call us at 478-922-8979.