Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

Feel free to contact at bchavanu@makeuseof.com

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How To Create Your Own Services Menu Options on Mac

13th January, 2010

Hey you wanna-be Mac Power users, this article is a follow-up to Your Quick Guide To The Services Menu On Snow Leopard published on Monday. While Apple has improved its Services Menu in Snow Leopard, it’s not very useful unless you have items in it that you can use. Some 3rd party applications will automatically […]

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Your Quick Guide to Services Menu on Snow Leopard

11th January, 2010

In the release of Apple’s latest operating system, Snow Leopard, Apple made some significant changes to its Services Menu feature, so that it’s a little easier to manage and more practical to use. The upgrades are far from perfect, but if you want to be a Mac power user, you should know about how to […]

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6 Digital Photography Websites With Free Tutorials

8th January, 2010

I owe a significant amount of my digital photography knowledge and skills to what I’ve learned from the abundance of digital photography sites with free tutorials on the Internet. Sure there’s lots of photography equipment you can purchase and courses you can take, but there’s lots of material produced by veteran photographers in the field […]

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How To Use WorkLog To Log Your Client’s Work Hours on iPhone

6th January, 2010

WorkLog is among several mobile time-logging applications, but its one of the few that offers a free version that includes all the features of the paid version, except that users are limited to storing three days of data. So if you need a mobile application to occasionally log and calculate total work hours, WorkLog might […]

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6 Photography & Photoshop Tips For The Perfect Family Portrait

4th January, 2010

If your family is anything like mine, making a family portrait is almost as hard as winning the lottery. We manage to get a portrait done once a year, and it’s usually a few days before or after the Christmas holiday. Here are a few of my portrait photography tips from my recent session. First, […]

6 Beginner Resources For Learning Mac Programming

6 Beginner Resources For Learning Mac Programming

1st January, 2010

I’m determined to learn computer programming in my lifetime. Yes, it’s all a foreign language to me, but I so admire the work that developers do. I think they should receive Emmy awards or something. Many of them certainly don’t get the recognition (or financial backing) they deserve. If you’re like me and are curious […]

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How To Use RunKeeper To Set Exercise Goals on iPhone

30th December, 2009

According to an article on the AARP website, a simple daily exercise of walking “can reduce the risk of many diseases “” from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma.”  As someone who sits at his computer throughout the day, I can often feel the fatigue of not getting enough exercise. When I […]

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8 Troubleshooting Resources to Help You Fix Your Mac Problems

29th December, 2009

We Apple fans boast about our “trouble-free Macs”, and if you view past Macworld Keynotes you rarely witness problems with Apple software. Steve Jobs and his Apple staff make all their products seem cool and flawless. But we all know that’s not true. Mac hardware and software have countless bugs and issues like any other […]

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How To Create A Logo Using Custom Shapes In Photoshop

26th December, 2009

First off, a warning. This how-to article is about graphic design written by a non-designer, for non-designers. I only claim to be someone who appreciates the art and work that real graphic designers do. But I also know that just like you don’t have to be a professional photographer to make great photos, you don’t […]

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How To Use The Amazon Kindle Reader For The iPhone & iPod Touch

23rd December, 2009

If you’re an avid reader of books and an iPhone and iPod touch user, you owe it to yourself to download Amazon’s free Kindle reader for your iPhone. The biggest advantage in my view in using the Kindle reader is that you can download sample chapters of a books from the site for free. Being […]

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3 Tips To Easily Add Images To Your iPhone

21st December, 2009

It’s easy enough to snap photos using your iPhone camera and in turn use the Photo Library application to view them. But how do you add images to your iPhone that were not taken with the built-in camera? Well there are a few free ways to do so. The iPhoto and Aperture Way The way […]

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10 Must-know Introductory Photoshop Skills For Beginner Photographer

19th December, 2009

For many beginning photographers, any version of the image editor, Photoshop, can look quite daunting to use. With all the menu options, palettes, tools, filters, layer styles and various changes you can make to an image, it’s difficult to know where to start. This article provides some ways to get started with the most popular […]

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Five Essential Smart Mailboxes For Apple Mail [Mac]

16th December, 2009

Next to haggling with dozens of web browsing pages scattered all over my desktops, managing several dozen emails per day used to be the bane of my computer-using life. But not much anymore after I started using Smart Mailboxes in Apple’s Mail. Smart Mailboxes work like smart albums in iTunes. They manage files according to […]

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10 Simple Tips To Make Home Videos Look Professional

9th December, 2009

In the era of YouTube, home videos are as popular as family photos. Even if all you have is a video camera on your phone or digital camera, you still can create good videos. However, a dedicated video camcorder, such as a Flip Camcorder is a much better option. No matter which video camera you […]

Essential Video Tutorials For Shooting & Editing Video

Essential Video Tutorials For Shooting & Editing Video

5th December, 2009

Over the last several years I have shot about three dozen weddings using a Canon GL2 and various versions of Apple’s iMovie. When I first started out, I paid for a couple of video tutorials to help learn the craft, but nowadays you can learn all the basics by watching (and practicing!) free online video […]