Bugs & Fixes: Slow Wi-Fi reconnect after MacBook wakes up

Many Mavericks users report that their MacBooks take an irritatingly long time to reconnect to their local Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep. While this symptom had been occasionally reported prior to Mavericks, there has been a resurgence of complaints following the release of OS X 10.9. Something new seems to be at fault.

I am one of the users who have this symptom. In my case (13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display), the length of the delay varies. Sometimes it’s just a few seconds longer than I would otherwise expect. At other times, it can take a few minutes before I’m back online.

When I initially check the Wi-Fi menu while waiting for a reconnect, no network names appear. After a while, my previously connected network—as well as any other nearby networks—eventually do show up. A successful reconnect typically occurs shortly thereafter.

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Troubleshooting Yahoo/AT&T password issues

Reader Henry Ingram has a new problem with an old email account. He writes:

What with all the security breaches going on I’ve been changing passwords. The problem is that I have an old email account that was taken over by AT&T a few years ago but is now run by Yahoo. I’ve had a heck of a time changing the password plus my iPad won’t accept the new one. Is there a way out of this misery?

I’ve been in a similar situation and quite honestly the AT&T/Yahoo relationship in regard to account settings is a nightmare. You go to Yahoo to do something as simple as change your password and you’re passed along to the AT&T site because it controls these kinds of settings. A one-stop shop it is not.

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How to sync bookmarks with two iCloud accounts

Reader Shannon Riley believes two iCloud accounts are better than one. He writes:

I’ve set up two iCloud accounts on the iPad Air that my girlfriend and I share—one for her iCloud ID and another for mine. The problem is that I see only my account’s bookmarks in Safari. What do I need to do to have her bookmarks appear as well?

If, on the iPad, you travel to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and take a long look at those two iCloud entries, you’ll find that one has more options listed in fine print beneath it than the other. Specifically, one will list Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, Keychain, Photos, Documents & Data, and Find My iPad. The other includes just Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes.

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How to make exported iPhoto image titles "sticky"

Reader Ed Dorroh, like many people, is perplexed by what goes on when moving images out of iPhoto. He writes:

When I add a title to a photo in iPhoto and then drag that photo to the desktop, the file name reverts back to its original name—“IMG_0697.jpg” for example. Is there any way to title a photo in iPhoto and make it “stick” when I export it?

There is, and you’ve unwittingly uttered the key word—export. As you’ve observed, when you drag a file from iPhoto to the desktop it retains its original file name. In the case of images that were originally in the JPEG or PNG formats, it also retains those formats. Raw images are converted to JPEG images. Any metadata you’ve attached to an image—title and description, for example—are lost.

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How to share presentations in Messages

Reader Keith White has a concern regarding remote presentations. He writes:

I’m giving a presentation to a remote group next week and, as in the past, I was going to use Messages to do that. Now that I’m running Mavericks it doesn’t seem to work. What am I doing wrong?

The glib answer is “You’re running Mavericks.” The less glib answer is that Messages’ iChat Theater feature is gone in the Mavericks version.

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Create a reminder on your Mac in an instant

Reader Robin Lee wants a bit more convenience from the Finder. She writes:

I’m accustomed to creating quick reminders on my iPhone by using Siri. Obviously Siri isn’t on my Mac but is there an easy way to quickly create a reminder without having to launch the Reminders app?

My colleague Kirk McElhearn covered something like this in Create Reminders When You Aren’t in Reminders, where the key to success was Automator. I too have an Automator solution, but one that requires a single action.

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Add Calendar events in a flash

Reader Andy Gillman is frustrated by iOS’s Calendar app. He writes:

Why does it take so much work to create an event in the Calendar app? I’m tired of tapping the plus button and then entering day, time, details, and so on. There must be a better way!

As a matter of fact there are a couple of better ways. The first is to use Siri. Rather than launch Calendar, tap plus, and then go through the various machinations to create an event as simple as a Friday lunch meeting with your cousin Jo-Jo, just press and hold the Home button and say:

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