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By Scott Simpson | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Protect Your System from the Shellshock Bash Exploit

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On Wednesday, the world learned about a bug in the popular Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X command line interpreter Bash.

Discovered by engineers at Red Hat, this bug is known as Shellshock, and allows an attacker to run commands in the Bash shell. Since the bug was announced, Bash has been updated for the major platforms it affects—so it’s pretty easy to update and protect systems.

But there’s a problem: Bash is so widespread, and installed on so many devices—such as cable modems, routers, and other devices with embedded Linux operating systems—that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to fully patch everything that’s affected. (Windows users are generally unaffected by Shellshock, unless they’ve specifically installed Bash along with Cygwin, Git Bash, or other third-party packages.)

And that’s what makes it so important to update and protect what you’re able to fix.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Create a Custom Table of Contents in InDesign

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This week’s free InDesign Secrets tip is about indexing in InDesign—but it’s really about solving another common design need: a custom table of contents.

By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014

Road Test: iOS 8 Photos App Editing Tools

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Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.

To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deliver Engaging Presentations — from Start to Finish

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Whether delivered at work, at a conference, or to a client, a presentation is a rare opportunity to significantly help—or harm—your professional reputation.

You’re on stage, the introduction is over, the microphone is on, and everyone is waiting for you to open your mouth. What will you say?

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Make a Stop Motion Movie on Your iPhone or iPad. It's Easy!

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Stop motion animation was key to many of the first special effects in movies. Jason and the Argonauts wouldn’t be as memorable without Ray Harryhausen’s creatures, and who could forget the original King Kong or even fully animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas?

What most appeals to me about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood budget or expensive equipment to do it. You can make your own stop motion movie using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

And patience—you’ll need a lot of patience.

Bonus: It’s a great activity for kids on rainy afternoons or long airplane rides!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Create Your Own Print of a Classic Painting — with No Guilt

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Get prints of classic paintings for your home—without resorting to thievery or forgery—in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke explains the law behind reproductions of works that have fallen out of copyright, like the 1435 painting featured in this video, Saint George Killing the Dragon. The painting itself belongs to the Chicago Institute of Art, where Deke snapped a picture of it, but the image—well, as Deke says, the image “belongs to everybody!” So your conscience can rest easy following along with the instructions in this video.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shoot Great Macro Photos — with a Cheap Plastic Cup

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Have you ever shot really close-up hand-held macro photography and struggled with keeping your subject still, holding your camera steady, or avoiding harsh, ugly shadows?

I’m going to show you how to solve all of those problems in just a few minutes with nothing more than a plastic cup and some scissors.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 22, 2014

It's OK to Use Multiple To-Do Apps — Like Wunderlist and TeuxDeux

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If you’re like most people, you’re always on the hunt for the perfect app—the one that does everything. The one that will finally replace all your other apps that do … well, almost everything.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m here to take the pressure off. It’s perfectly OK to use multiple apps that do almost the same things. I’m going to show you how I use three apps to manage my daily to-dos.

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