Apple and Wi-Fi: what to do next?

I suppose it was inevitable or at least one of only 2 possible outcomes but Apple is killing off Airport line of WiFi stuff.

I’m looking for advice here. I have lots of friends and associates that are way better at current WiFi than I am (I’ve been out of the industry for a couple years now). I’m not big on swapping my home networks and my Apple crap has been stable for multiple years.

So my question is this: What’s the best replacement for home WiFi in a house with lots of streaming boxes, distance and interference galore? A couple of Ethernet drops but not everywhere. Ideally one SSID with good handoff capability and decent security/config controls (without being and engineer’s CMD line interface).

I’m serious. This switch will be hundreds of dollars for me so I’m looking to virtual experts’ thoughts.

Anyone? Please leave your thoughts as a comment so we can ask questions!

How to Snooze in Gmail…and other stuff…

So this article is about Bananatag – a Gmail extension that allows you to track engagement in emails. I don’t use 95% of what this extension does because it does one thing that I desparately need – SNOOZES GMAIL!!!

Install it and you will have a “snooze” button in your Gmail inbox to have emails surface later. And it works G_R_E_A_T!!!

Yes, please.  Thank you. <mic drop/>

Ever wish you could find out whether someone actually opened that email you sent, or whether they just ignored and trashed it? A service called Bananatag can tell you—but if you find that a little creepy, we’ve got the lowdown on how to protect yourself too.

Source: How to Track the Emails You Send (and Avoid Being Tracked Yourself)

How to setup a roaming wifi network over ethernet with an Airport Extreme and Airport Express – Dafacto

In the past, all the devices in my home operated over a single wifi network—including four Macs, an AppleTV and several iOS devices. I’ve long suspected I was probably overtaxing the wifi, and listening to the recent “taming wifi” episode of the Technical Difficulties podcast inspired me to do something about it. So my project […]

Source: How to setup a roaming wifi network over ethernet with an Airport Extreme and Airport Express – Dafacto

Truly replacing Post-it note mess

Man, its been ages since I’ve posted but here is a quick tip.  I’m perpetually on the quest to move off of my Post-it note organization skills.  I’ve pretty successfully replaced straight up notebooks with Evernote.  And when I do use a notebook, I take a picture and file it in Evernote.  Success there.

The one thing that keeps me going back to Post-its is very basic – “Out of sight, out of mind”.  Too true.

I love the Mac/iOS reminders app but again – out of sight, out of mind.

Here’s what I’m trying now – keep it on top of my apps so that its effectively “Posted” to my monitor.  To accomplish this, I’m using “Afloat” (check the link).  Fingers crossed!

[Mac]: Keeping Your Application Window ‘Always On Top’.

Divvy Window Organizer On Sale for $6.99 in the Mac App Store

Divvy Window Organizer On Sale for $6.99 in the Mac App StoreDivvy Window Organizer On Sale for $6.99 in the Mac App Store OS X: Divvy, the awesome app that splits up and organizes your windows for maximum productivity, is half off in the Mac App Store right now at only $6.99.

Divvy is just one of many, many, many apps that brings Windows’ Aero Snap-like functionality to your Mac, but it’s arguably the best. Not only can you split windows up side by side, but you can do them in pretty much any configuration you want: left side and right side, top and bottom, two quarters and one half, and more. You can even assign keyboard shortcuts to your favorite window layouts, too, which is great. It used to be $14, but it’s currently on sale for $6.99 if you buy it from the Mac App Store, so head over and grab it now if you haven’t before. Windows users, sadly, still have to pay full price on Divvy’s web site. Though frankly, it’s still worth every penny.

Divvy | Mac App Store

This App is an awesome, incredibly easy window manager for Mac OS X. Resizing windows and what not. Massive productivity enhancer.

iMessage: same Apple ID for multiple family members

Everyone can still use the same Apple ID. What you need to do is go into – “Settings” , “Messages”, “Receive At”, and add a different Email for each user for where they can be reached for messages at. Once you have added a new Email to each device delete the original Email that was there which should have been the same as your Apple ID. Then when you send a new message, send the message to the Email for that person that was just added to their iPhone. There is no need for each family member to create their own Apple ID just to use iMessage. Each family member would only need to create their own Apple ID if everyone wanted to use iCloud and not have all family members data, contacts, calendars, etc sync together. If you are also using FaceTime between iPhones do the the same thing in the FaceTime settings.

 

 

Hope this helps.

Finally got an answer to this minor vexing question

iMessage: Using the same Apple ID for each family device

Everyone can still use the same Apple ID. What you need to do is go into – “Settings” , “Messages”, “Receive At”, and add a different Email for each user for where they can be reached for messages at. Once you have added a new Email to each device delete the original Email that was there which should have been the same as your Apple ID. Then when you send a new message, send the message to the Email for that person that was just added to their iPhone. There is no need for each family member to create their own Apple ID just to use iMessage. Each family member would only need to create their own Apple ID if everyone wanted to use iCloud and not have all family members data, contacts, calendars, etc sync together. If you are also using FaceTime between iPhones do the the same thing in the FaceTime settings.

 

 

Hope this helps.

No idea why this problem perplexed me so much but finally got the answer I needed.