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OS X Mavericks problems that drive me nuts — how about you?

OS X Mavericks has been out since October. Apple wanted to accelerate the uptake of their newest Mac operating system by offering a free update for anyone using Snow Leopard or higher. And millions of us have. Many for better, but some for worse.

Nothing is bug-free, and Mavericks is no exception. But now that it's been out in the world for a few months and already has a maintenance update under its belt, I find there are still some lingering problems that need addressing. I also did a straw poll on Twitter the other day to find out what was bugging other people. I've combined my thoughts and the feedback I got into this list of Mavericks pet peeves, and I'd very much like to hear what you think, so make sure to comment.

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How to personalize your listening experience with iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a great way to discover and enjoy music on the go with iPhone and iPad, or when you're in the office using iTunes. Even though you can always choose from featured stations that are constantly changing, it's always more fun to create your own stations. While how to create a station in iTunes Radio is obvious, a lot of people don't realize you can further personalize stations to suit your exact tastes and listening preferences. Here's how:

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New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 now available — developers, go get 'em!

Apple has pushed out a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, and Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 to developers. They're available in the usual places, via the usual means. If you're a registered developer, they're ready and waiting for you on the Mac Dev Center.

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How to add Facebook events to the Calendar app in OS X

For a reason I don't quite understand, a lot of people seem to use Facebook Events in order to plan things and invite people to them. For many of us, it has become an unnecessary evil. The last thing I want to have to do is check not one but two places for upcoming events. Luckily, OS X lets you integrate Facebook Events right into the Calendar app on your Mac. Here's how:

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Best password manager apps for Mac: 1Password, LastPass, oneSafe, and more!

Easily remembered, broadly repeated passwords are for suckers. Writing them down to type back in, or copy/pasting them each time is not only a hassle, it's a disaster waiting to happen. Security just isn't easy and convenient enough for most people, most of the time. Unless... you have a great password manager app! From generating super strong, unique, pseudo-random passwords, to auto-filling logins and credit card info, a great password manager means you really can have it all — security and convenience. Here are the best ones!

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New Mavericks beta is out - developers, come and get it!

Apple on Thursday offered a new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. The new build, identified as build 13C39, is now available for download from the Mac Dev Center. It's available for registered Mac developers only.

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How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

There are lots of reasons to use the Guest User feature on your Mac. For most of us that'll be so others don't have unauthorized access to our files and settings. You can limit what they can and can't do fairly easily so you can be sure at all times that no one is doing things on your Mac that they shouldn't. Here's how to turn on the Guest User account:

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How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

When we first set up our Macs we tweak and adjust settings to suit our own personal preferences. The worst thing in the world is when someone comes along and doesn't respect our Mac. We've all experienced it from time to time. They pop into System Preferences like they own the place and start changing things like trackpad speed, display resolution, and who knows what else. We are left appalled when they're done. Luckily, OS X has a neat little trick to keep people from doing all these terrible things. Here's how:

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How to disable emailing via Google+ with Gmail

Google recently made some changes to Gmail and Google+ that lets anyone that has you on Google+ send you an email, even if they don't know your email address. While some of us may be okay with this, some of us may find it to be an invasion of privacy and quite frankly, a little creepy. Luckily, Google does give you a way to disable it. Here's how:

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How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain in OS X Mavericks

Not all websites just let you save passwords to iCloud Keychain. Whether for privacy or security reasons, or simple technical misconfiguration, sometimes your best efforts to stay in sync across your Apple devices will be stymied... at least at first. Luckily, Safari can often let you save passwords even if the website itself tries to stop you. Here's how to do it in OS X Mavericks.

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