Siri – Our Personal Digital Assistant

New Lesson Series!

Siri – Let’s Review this Amazing Technology!

Siri is the voice recognition technology built into our Macs and iThingys. We use it for dictation, issuing commands, getting directions and a whole lot more. But what is behind this tech? How does it work? Why is it so picky?

In this new series, you will learn the secrets behind Siri, what the future (and past) of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) looks like and how you can make the most out of Siri.

Watch Now

Comments { 0 }

Great PayPal Phishing Scheme

Phishing Schemes

A Phishing Scheme is a deliberate attempted made my someone trying to glean personal information directly from you by falsely claiming via email or phone call to be a representative from your Bank, UPS, Federal Express, the IRS, etc. They claim there is an urgent need for you to act right away or a problem will occur or an opportunity will vanish. In an email Phishing Scheme, the perp sends you an email urgently requesting that you “Click a Link” or “Visit the Website” in order to resolve the issue. When you click the link, it takes you to a webpage which tries to get you to give up personal and private information. This information will be used to get into your bank account or for some other nefarious reason. The term Phishing derives from its properly spelled version… “Fishing…” throwing your line into the water time and time again until you catch something juicy.

Are You Hooked?

This quick lesson reviews the nature of phishing schemes and gives you some tips on how to avoid them. It is in our QuickTips section as a FREE lesson. Check it out and stay safe!

Join Now

Comments { 0 }

The Desktop – Part 4

Awesome Images

The ability to change the pattern or image on your desktop has been around since the very first Macintosh in 1984! But, whew! Has it changed. Now, if you don’t have a spectacular image of your favorite hobby or an amazing family photo… well, you’re just not livin’ large! Apple ships the Mac with a bunch of amazing photos you can use as your Desktop background image, or you can use some of your own. This lesson shows you how to…

  • Change your Desktop image
  • Change to a solid pattern
  • How to find really cool images on the web.
  • Change the Desktop image instantly with one Mouse click

This lesson is available to our premium subscribers. Click the button below to sign up of one of our affordable membership plans and discover nearly 300 other amazing Macintosh training videos.

Join Now

Comments { 0 }

The Desktop – Part 3

Clippings to Desktop

While one of the problems with the Desktop is that it sure can get cluttered, this by no means should be a reason to not take advantage of using the Desktop for temporary storage of items we might want to “Clip-N-Save.” Using the very cool, little known clipping techniques and folder organizational tips in this lessons, you will learn how to…

  • Clip and Save Web Links
  • Clip and Save Text
  • Organize your clippings
  • Keep ’em handy in the Dock!

This lesson is available to our premium subscribers. Click the button below to sign up of one of our affordable membership plans and discover nearly 300 other amazing Macintosh training videos.

Join Now

Comments { 0 }

The Desktop – Part 2

The Organized Desktop

There is huge psychological payoff to maintaining a clean, clutter free work environment. Our computer Desktop is an critical part of that overall environment. When our Mac Desktop is a mess we can feel depressed and harried! The information in this quick lesson will help you regain your composure!

In this lesson, I show you how to:

  • Fix the Mess
  • Get Organized
  • Beautify Your Desktop
  • Keep Important Folders “Front and Center”
  • Use Two Monitors
  • Extend Your Desktop

This lesson is available to our premium subscribers. Click the button below to sign up of one of our affordable membership plans and discover nearly 300 other amazing Macintosh training videos.

Join Now

Comments { 0 }

The Desktop – Part 1

The Amazing Macintosh Desktop

In this lesson, we dive into the Macintosh Desktop. The Desktop is the face of the Finder, the application which is always running when you turn on your Mac. In this lesson, you will learn where to find the “Desktop” folder on your Hard Drive, two different views of the desktop, what it is actually used for and how to keep your stuff private!

If you have ever been frustrated with the clutter of junk of your Mac’s Desktop, these next few lessons will be a life saver. Not only will your Desktop look better, you’ll be able to find things quicker too.

This lesson is available to our premium subscribers. Click the button below to sign up of one of our affordable membership plans and discover nearly 300 other amazing Macintosh training videos.

Join Now

Comments { 0 }

New Lesson Series – Home Automation

New Lesson Series!

Home Automation is Now!

In the late 90s, Desktop Publishing revolutionized the world and how media is published. This happened because previously inaccessible technologies were placed into the hands of everyday people. Now, the same thing is happening in the Home Automation arena. Using off the shelf devices and software, you can easily control your home or office from anywhere in the world! There has never been a greater opportunity to exploit the amazing power of your Mac by diving into this fascinating technology.

One of the best companies to help you get started is SMARTHOME. Click this affiliate link to begin exploring the world’s finest HA products. Be watching right here as I will be publishing lessons to help you get started. If you have not registered for the FREE lessons you can do that too.

Smarthome, Inc.



Free for Now

For a limited time, the Home Automation Tutorials are available for free to anyone with a valid email address. Just click this button, fill out the form and immediately start enjoying these wonderful lessons.

Click to Get the Free Lessons

No Credit Card Required.

Comments { 0 }

New Apple Macintosh Tutorial Series!

In depth Macintosh Training

Macintosh Tutorials for Beginners

Our new Mac OS Systems tutorial is designed, from the ground up, to teach the beginner or switcher the basics of the Macintosh Operating system. We explore every button, every menu, every control pane, and every basic feature of the Macintosh in a fun, easy to understand, jargon-less style. Step by step, we cover everything you need to get the most from your Mac. You will be inspired and delighted as we reveal the power of this amazing little computer. The title of this lesson series is called “Mac OS Systems” But… our new series does not stop there!


Macintosh Depth for Seasoned Users

For years, I have desired to explore the secrets hidden below the surface of the OS that come in the form of the technologies Apple hangs it’s hat upon. Things like PDF Services, Built-In File Compression, Speech Recognition, AppleScript, and Remote Screen Sharing are just a few of the topics we will explore in Track Two of our Mac OS Compendium series. The name of that track is Mac Technologies. If you have been using a Mac for years, you are absolutely going to love the depth and riches exposed in these power packed presentations.


Free for Now

For a limited time, this one complete Macintosh Tutorials series is available for free to anyone with a valid email address. Just click this button, fill out the form and immediately start enjoying these wonderful Mac lessons.

Click to Get the Free Lessons

No Credit Card Required.

Limited time offer.

Comments { 0 }

Macintosh Entrepreneurship

August 2014 Freedom for the Family Meet-up!

Come Watch. It’s Free!

While Accularian keeps you up-to-date on how to use your Mac, another web site I created shows you how to use your talents to produce an income online!

If you love your Mac, why not use it to make a little money online. It has everything you need to start an online business built right in (or easily accessible vie the web.) Freedom for the Family is a group of folks who meet once a month, online, via Google Hangouts, to share what we are learning and how we can help each other build online businesses. You do not need any particular level of expertise or ability, just a desire to pursue the dreams God has given you and a willingness to grow.

Tune in this month and find out if there is a way to find freedom for your family. We will meet online, Saturday, August 9, 2014 and 4PM Eastern via Google Hangouts.

Here’s a LINK to the Google Plus info where you can confirm your attendance. It’s a great way to spend an hour or so, Saturday afternoon and there is no cost.


Comments { 0 }

Mac Lessons for Mom!

The Story of Accularian.

Accularian LogoDana Haynes – Accularian

Hi, I’m Dana Haynes. As a certified Apple consultant, I have been teaching people the secrets of the Mac for over 20 years. We love our Macs, don’t we? I was pretty evangelistic about this little computer platform and introduced it to all the members of my family. When Mom got interested in genealogy, the Mac was just perfect and super fun for getting on the web and finding some really amazing info, quickly. When she realized the power of the web, she wanted to hone her skills and master her Mac so she could really enjoy the benefits of a powerful machine on a world wide web.

Now there’s just one problem if you are a Macintosh consultant and get the whole family to buy Macs… you’re gonna be the one supporting them! So…

When Mom asked me to teach her how to use her Macintosh computer, I decided to record everything I knew. But Mom had a special qualification… she insisted that everything should be presented in a “Step 1, Step 2, Step 3” fashion.

“I can do that.” I thought. But, as I began to record my lessons for her, I quickly realized two things…

First – “Step 1, Step 2, Step 3” was super easy, because that is exactly how the entire Mac menu system is arranged! I would be able to create each lesson in small, bite sized, easily digested parts. Very cool!

Second – This was going to be a lot of work! “Meticulous” and “tedious” are words which came to my mind and the task began to feel pretty daunting. There was a lot of powerful information to cover and I understood clearly that I would be recording these lessons for my seventy plus year old mom, who had very little previous experience with a computer. I knew it would require great patience and a lot of TLC.

These lessons had to be short and compelling. I had to anticipate each and every question, before it was asked, and answer it right there in the same lesson. If I used jargon or acronyms, I had to explain them immediately. Using analogies, stories and relevant illustrations would be important as well. Those became the goals for the first Accularian Macintosh Tutorials back in 2006.

It better be good, it’s for Mom!

If I was going to do this for my Mom, it had to be good, right? The scope of the project would be huge but I knew I could push through it, little by little. Since my mom did not live near me, it would be like writing her a few “post cards” each week and sending them to her in email. Then I realized, “Why should I do this for just one person? Why not package everything up and offer it to the world through the internet? Do it for Mom, but let others benefit too!”

Accularian is Born

Accularian LogoThe First Accularian Logo

That’s how got it’s start. Now, all these lessons, created for Mom, are available for you to enjoy… so you can learn how to master your Mac, too. But things did not stop there…

As word go out, people did indeed subscribe! Mom’s lessons were a hit! Over the years, the library of Macintosh Tutorials has grown to about 200 lessons and there are more being added each week. What began as a sort of “Postcards to Mom” project is now available to people all over the world and has become my full time job.

Everyone who tries the lessons loves them. I am deeply grateful for the response I continue to receive for my original lessons, the ones I created for my mom. It is exciting and humbling to know that I have been able to help so many people.

Get the Free Trial?

In each of the lesson modules, the first several lessons are included as part of my FREE TRIAL. When you click on a lesson link, you see the complete lesson… no teasing, no partial lessons, just my full lessons as they appear for all my premium subscribers. After the first several lessons in each module, you will need a subscription plan in order to move forward and watch the rest of the lessons… so, how do you get a FREE TRIAL? Click HERE.

Well, that’s it. That’s what Accularian is all about… click the link, sign up and enjoy the FREE lessons… but for those of you who would like to get the rest of the story and get a little bit of my history, please read on.


Click & Start a Free Trial!

No Credit Card Required.


Accularian sounds familiar. What’s with the Name?

Accularian LogoElaine Haynes

Mom was a librarian most of her life Yep, the half glasses on a beaded string… the whole stereotypical librarian thing. Not only that, she was strict! Shhh! Quiet!!!

When I began to realize the scope and potential of creating these lessons for a greater audience, I realized my Macintosh lessons should be a library of Mac goodies for people from all walks of life and, they needed to be accurate. Ahh! “Accurate Librarian!” “Accurate” because that’s what the lessons needed to be and “Librarian” as a tip-of-the-hat to the one for whom the lessons would be created.

That’s how the name was formed. Some folks will appreciate the back story of that “Ah-Ha” moment, as it came to me while I was literally, on my knees praying for help with this whole new venture! It just came to mind. Very cool! I still continue to pray for God to bless these efforts, and even for you, as you enjoy them!

I love to teach the Mac and I am often told that I explain things in a really understandable way. Now that I had a name for my new venture, I knew people would ask me what the name meant; so I came up with a definition. “Accularian: One who explains complex subjects in easily understood terms.” I was thinking about that “Accurate Librarian” notion when I created the definition. Here’s why…

Have you ever been in a library and needed to find some super obscure piece of info (BI – Before Internet) and the reference librarian not only knew exactly what you were talking about, even though you could not explain it, and then almost magically provided the info to you… right in your hand? Well, that’s the thought behind “Accularian!”

I wanted to provide a thorough, step-by-step, inch-by-inch, overview of the Macintosh computer system; one that would not only provide basic training, but make people super excited about what they were learning. It is not unusual for my clients to actually laugh out loud with some of the tricks and tips they learn from my lessons. With all this in place, the Accularian website launched in 2006.

Technology Explosion

Flash forward to present day and witness the huge improvements in internet video and marketing technologies and the stunning growth of Mac OS X. Over the years, I have been able to hone my production skills and am constantly learning more. You can see this as new lessons are posted all the time. The Accularian lesson series has grown by leaps and bounds. While the older lessons look a little “long in the tooth,” the info is just as valuable as it was in 2006. With each new operating system, I strive to cover important changes and enhancements in my weekly emails to subscribers and everyone in the world can stay up to date through my web site for free.

How Mom Used Her Mac

Mom actually did not start using a computer until she was in her 70’s! Since Macintosh is the easiest computer to use, I never thought of any other choice for her. Mom stayed active on her computer with email and buying things through Amazon nearly to the end! She loved using her Mac to surf the web, make video calls to me and her grand children and she even used “Twitter” just a little bit. Another thing she was able to do was to use her Mac to automate some of the lighting in her home. She ordered books from the local library and participated in several local civic organizations and genealogy groups… all through her little iMac!

Accularian LogoMom & Me – 2010

Accularian went onto the back burner for a few years as Mom grew older and eventually moved in with my family here in Fort Lauderdale. April and I deeply believe that it is a child’s moral obligation to care for their parents in their age, in the same way their parents cared for them in their youth. This became our priority, until Mom passed away in 2011, at the age of 89. This choice, to put our lives on hold, in order to make the most of our time with Mom, is by far; one of the greatest blessings we have ever experienced!

After a time of reflection, regrouping, reassessing and prayer, April and I decided that we wanted to pursue a living by developing businesses online. As a result, I rekindled Accularian in 2013 and April left her career of 16 years with Office Depot to start an Amazon Affiliate business… which is going great!

Now that we see what is possible in this brave new world, our dream is to help empower other folks use technology, and develop their own skills and dreams. The goal… help a bunch of people make a portion, if not all, of their income on the internet. In 2014, we created a small support group called “Freedom for the Family.” FFtF is a free, web based think tank that encourages and trains people how to get started – building their own online business. Anyone can participate for free. Take a look at our efforts at and let us know what you think. Again, our support group is free and meets once a month online through Google Hangouts. Come to learn, but plan to participate by helping others with what you have learned.

Entrepreneurship in Action

Accularian LogoThe Haynes Family – Your Hosts!

So… what you find here at Accularian is a real guy and his family, with a real story behind a real web site providing real services and training. As an Apple consultant, I still run a Macintosh support business here in Fort Lauderdale, just like I’ve been doing for the last 20 years. But, because of this amazing technology, I can now help you… no matter where you are in the world. All we need is a connection to the internet! I have helped people as far away as Korea! We connect online and I can see and run your Mac right from my home office; just as if I were sitting right next to you. Distance no longer matters!

Give me a call. It’s still me that answers the phone and answers your questions. Macintosh support a is fee based service, but I still love to get that occasional call from folks saying, “I just saw your Facebook ad, clicked on the link and read your story. I’m signing up!”

At the end of the day, we are all human and just trying to do our best. I hope you’ll take a look at my contributions and join me.




Click Now! Get Your Free Trial!
No Credit Card Required.


Comments { 0 }