Bugs & Fixes: Phony Photozoom malware adds ads

Recently, upon visiting my Slanted Viewpoint blog, I was shocked to see an advertisement at the top of the page. I had never selected, modified, or added anything to my blog’s settings that might have caused ads to start appearing. What the heck was going on?

Making matters worse, the ad covered over article text, requiring readers to dismiss the ad before they could proceed. Plus, the ad was for cosmetic products, which is completely unrelated to anything I had ever written or would ever write about. I was now angry as well as shocked.

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The ad that mysteriously began to appear on my blog.

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Workarounds for deleted network aliases

Reader Scott Coatsworth has an issue with disappearing shortcuts. He writes:

I need to transfer files from my Mac to another on our network, so I create shortcuts to the relevant folders on the other Mac in my Finder sidebar. Invariably—sometimes after a couple weeks, sometimes after only a day or two—all my shortcuts to the other Mac’s folders disappear and I have to go back and manually set them all up again.
Is there a way to stop my mac from deleting these shortcuts? Or is there an app that will manage them for me so I don’t have to go through this frustrating exercise every time?
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How to optimize broadband while on vacation

Reader Patty Hamilton is in the mood for travel but would like to remain connected. She writes:

My family and I are renting a house for a week’s vacation. I’ve been told that wireless Internet is provided but I’ve found some of these “free” connections can be so slow that they’re almost unusable. Any hints for using broadband on vacation?

The good news is that broadband speeds tend to be better for home and condo rentals than some motels and hotels because they’re plumbed with connections typical of the surrounding neighborhood rather than offering a shared, bulk connection. Hotels often use such a shared connection for dozens-to-hundreds of rooms with the result being slow going.

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Message to IT from Mac users: Tread lightly

Reader Anthony Lanier wishes to have a cordial conversation with his IT department. He writes:

The division I work in uses Macs but we’ve recently been told that our computers and devices will soon be run by the company IT department, which is very Microsoft and Windows-centric. They’ve solicited our feedback before proceeding but I honestly don’t know what to suggest. Any ideas?

Before I embark on what may appear to be attacks on IT, let me say from the outset that working in IT is a thankless job. They hear from the people they’re trying to help only when those people have a problem, and much of the time they’re approached in anger. So first, be sympathetic to their work and next, be grateful that they care enough to ask for feedback. I’d suggest something along these lines.

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How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server

Reader Jason Enns would like to streamline his media acquisition workflow. He writes:

I know you’re a fan of the Mac mini media center and I’ve tried to follow your example. The problem is, the computer I use to rip DVDs is in my basement office and my media center Mac is upstairs. I know I can copy files from one to the other via file sharing but I’d love a way for movies I rip to be automatically added to the mini’s iTunes library. Any suggestions?

Do as I do and follow along.

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How to join together audiobook tracks

Reader Dave T. seeks to lessen some iTunes tedium. He writes:

I listen to audiobooks on my iPhone, ripped from discs I own. But ripping them is inconvenient as I load a CD into my iMac, iTunes pops up, I press Command-A to select all tracks, click on Options, select Join CD Tracks, click on Import CD, and finally click OK in the Import Settings window to import the selected tracks as a single track. Doing this for a 20 CD book is tiresome. Is there an easier way?

There is. It’s called Join Together, costs a measly $5, and was created by Doug Adams of Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes. It works this way.

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