Updating a Harmony Remote with updated software

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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes in with a question about an answer.

In a recent Mac 911 you mentioned that Logitech’s Harmony Remote Software was behind the times in regard to modern devices. And while that’s true, the company created the MyHarmony app that replaces that software on newer Harmony devices. I’ve found it much better for dealing with newer devices.

I’ve now added the hashtag #mybad to that article (and have updated it). You’re correct, the MyHarmony app is the way to go if you have a modernish Harmony remote (meaning a Harmony Ultimate; Harmony Ultimate Hub; Harmony Smart Control; Harmony Touch, Harmony Ultimate One; Harmony One+; Harmony 700, 650, 600, 300, 200, 350; or Harmony Link). For those who haven’t discovered it, here’s the gist.

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How to restore deleted Safari bookmarks

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Reader Aaron Drake did the bad thing with his bookmarks and would like to undo his actions. He writes:

“I recently went on a cleaning binge and as part of it I wiped out what I thought were unnecessary Safari bookmarks. A couple of days later I realized that I need some of them. I have a Time Machine backup but don’t know where to find the old bookmarks. Help!!”

Since you asked so nicely, sure. Follow along.

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How to create a Screen Sharing shortcut

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Reader Jim Mullen seeks a swifter way to screen share. He writes:

I use a Mac mini as a media center connected to my TV. Because I use it to store and play my media, I routinely screen share to it from my iMac to copy media from one to the other. But the process is so cumbersome—selecting the mini in a Finder window’s sidebar, clicking Share Screen, and then logging onto the Mac. There must be a faster way!

There is, and you’re going to love it. Try this:

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Making Harmony remotes aware of Roku devices

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to address the MyHarmony software, which is far more current than the Logitech Harmony Remote Software originally discussed.

Reader Doug Dyson has what may be an unrelated-to-what-I-normally-write-about question. He asks:

I’ve heard you say that you like Logitech’s Harmony Remote universal remote control. I have one too, but I can’t seem to make it work with my Roku set-top box, yet it’s fine with all my other gear. Any ideas?
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Devices disconnecting? It's about the hub, bub

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Reader Micha Warwick has a problem with power. He writes:

I recently purchased a powered 10-port USB hub because I have a lot of peripherals. I’ve used nearly all the ports for external devices—a web cam, some external drives, and so on. When I plug in my camera I see a message that one of my hard drives has been disconnected even though I haven't touched the cable or powered down the drive. Is the hub or drive broken?

No. In fact, the hub is operating exactly as it's supposed to.

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How to stream your musical performances across the Web

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A musical reader is anxious to perform to a remote audience and writes:

I know you’re a musician and I’m hoping you can answer this one for me. My family lives across the country and I’d like to perform a concert for them via the Internet. I have a MIDI keyboard and play through Apple’s Mainstage 3. Is there some way I can stream my performance to them?

There is. I’ve tried this using a couple of different setups and the one I’ve settled on is Rogue Amoeba’s $59 Nicecast. The gist is that Nicecast allows you to use any app as an audio source and stream its output over a local network or the Internet. Specifically, here’s what you’d do.

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When auto-play videos play anyway

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Reader James Haring would like to do something about videos that play unbidden in Safari. He writes:

I read your column about blocking auto-play videos and I’ve installed ClickToPlugin per your recommendation. But it doesn’t seem to be working. What am I doing wrong?

I use ClickToPlugin with Safari as well and have no issues with it failing to block the Flash videos that are thrust at me. Given that it works for me I’m going to suggest that you check the plugin’s settings.

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