The Mac|Life 101 series is where you can come to learn new and simple ways to do things with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. Whether you’re new to the platform, or just want to learn a new technique, then Mac 101 is for you.
If you have a desktop Mac, then chances are you share that system with more than one user. With a multiple-user system, all users are not created equally, but OS X can oblige and help you create a user-centric account, whether you need a locked-down account for a child, or an account that has accessibility options. We’ll walk you through all of the options for creating a user account, and explain your choices.
Parents, you know how it goes: every time the kid wants to download an app from the iTunes Store, he has to bring you the phone so that you can type in the password. That sort of defeats the purpose of giving him the iPhone so that he's distracted. Fortunately, you can set up an iTunes allowance, which lets you specify a precise amount of cash that your kid can spend on apps without having to bug you each time he wants to try out a new iOS game. The allowance works just like an iTunes gift card, and can be used to purchase music, iOS apps, and Mac apps. It's easy to set up--we'll show you how!