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How to protect your Mac using FileVault 2 encryption

How to protect your Mac using FileVault 2 encryption

FileVault 2 can protect your drive's data by encrypting the data on your drive. Is it worth using? An administrator password only goes so far to protect your Mac, but what happens if someone circumvents it or boots from another volume? The contents of your Mac will be vulnerable — unless you...
How to save disk space on your Mac by selectively syncing Dropbox folders

How to save disk space on your Mac by selectively syncing Dropbox folders

Try this tip to keep unnecessary Dropbox files from cluttering up your Mac Like many of you, I rely on Dropbox to share files with friends, family and coworkers. When it comes to my coworkers, we have a lot of files we share, and some of them are quite sizable photos and graphics files. I use a...
OS X Security Update

OS X Security Update addresses Safari vulnerabilities and bugs

Apple has issued an OS X security update today that should improve compatibility, stability and security. The bulk of the update is centered around Safari 7.0.3, and has the following changes, per Apple: Fixes an issue that could cause the search and address field to load a webpage or send a...
What's on Richard's Mac dock right now!

What's on Richard's Mac dock right now!

The most frequently accessed apps on my Mac, and why they're there as of April, 2014 Unlike my iPhone and iPad which are used a lot for leisure purposes besides work, my Mac is predominantly work focused. It's where I spend most of my working days and so many of the apps that reside on my dock...
What would the Mac look like with Helvetica Neue as the new OS X system font?

What would the Mac look like with Helvetica Neue as the new OS X system font?

OS X 10.10, code-named Syrah, us currently sprinting its way towards developer beta for WWDC 2014, which kicks off June 2. Syrah is rumored to be getting a Jony Ive-led interface refresh this year, like iOS 7 got last year. That makes a lot of sense, since part of the opportunity cost of iOS 7...
Interested in a flatter OS X interface? Look to iCloud for clues

Interested in a flatter OS X interface? Look to iCloud for clues

It's time for Apple to update OS X with a flatter interface like iOS 7. iCloud gives us an idea of how that may look Based on what I posted last week, it's clear that many of you — like me — want Apple to adopt a more uniform user experience between iOS 7 and OS X — a flatter interface for OS X...
Having Wi-Fi problems on your Mac running OS X Mavericks? Here's a fix!

Having Wi-Fi problems on your Mac running OS X Mavericks? Here's a fix!

Having trouble getting your Mac to reconnect to Wi-Fi after waking from sleep? The problem may be related to Bluetooth, and here's how to fix it As near as I can tell, somewhere along the way after I upgraded to Mavericks, my Retina MacBook Pro stopped working right. It wouldn't reconnect to a...
Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Critics against "flattening" OS X say it takes iOSification a step too far. But does it? There's been some talk about OS X 10.10 code-named "Syrah," getting a "flatter" look. System icons would edge more towards how they look in iOS 7, losing some of their three-dimensional quality, and certain...
Heartbleed, the new OpenSSL hack: How does it affect OS X and iOS?

Heartbleed, the new OpenSSL hack: How does it affect OS X and iOS?

An OpenSSL exploit leaves vulnerable countless Internet services that rely on data encryption. Is your Mac or your iOS device vulnerable? OpenSSL is popular open source encryption software used all over the Internet. It's been in the news a lot lately, with a lot of dire warnings about what a...
How to set your Mac's firmware password (and why you shouldn't)

How to set your Mac's firmware password (and why you shouldn't)

Want to keep your roommate from posting your nude selfies on Facebook? Concerned that your Mac might fall into the wrong hands? You've already got a secure password on your Mac, maybe even file encryption. What happens if someone boots off an external hard drive? Setting a firmware password is...
Sparkle Mac web page editor will seem familiar to page layout fans

Sparkle Mac web page editor will seem familiar to page layout fans

Sparkle is a new web page editor for the Mac, now available in public beta form. It's still pretty raw, but the first version should give you an idea of what the developers are going for - web page design using a page layout metaphor. It's a bit like Pages for the Web. Sparkle lets you assemble...
Happy XIIIth birthday, OS X!

Happy XIIIth birthday, OS X!

On March 24, 2001, Apple released Mac OS X v10.0. Codenamed "Cheetah," the new Mac operating system represented a radical departure from what came before it. OS X would help to mold Apple into what it's become today and it would also lay the groundwork for the enormous success Apple saw with...
How to find out what's eating up storage space on your Mac's hard drive

Running out of hard drive space on your Mac? Here's how to fix it!

Running out of hard drive space is incredibly annoying. OS X needs a good amount of free space to function properly so as things get full not only will you be unable to download or transfer large files, you'll start to get panicked warnings from the operating system. While hard drives keep...
Getting slow speeds or dropped connections on your AirPort Extreme or AirPort Express? Here's how to fix it!

Getting slow speeds or dropped connections on your Apple AirPort Wi-Fi router? Here's how to fix it!

Wi-Fi seems magical. Unless your connection keeps dropping or slowing to a crawl. Interference can cause that. Sometimes it's a microwave or a automatic garage door opener or an elevator, sometimes it's other devices on the same Wi-Fi channel. If you have an Apple AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express...
Yo, Mac developers - look out for a new build of Mavericks 10.9.3!

Yo, Mac developers - look out for a new build of Mavericks 10.9.3!

A new version of Mavericks 10.9.3 is ready for developers to download at this hour. Late on Thursday Apple posted the new release to its Mac Developer Center. The new build is 13D17. OS X 10.9.2 was released in late February with a fix for an SSL vulnerability, support for FaceTime Audio, Mail...
Is Microsoft Office on the Mac still important?

Is Microsoft Office on the Mac still important?

A new version of Microsoft Office may be ready for the Mac soon. Is it as important as it used to be? Rumor has it that Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing a new version of Office for Mac. It's been more than three years since the last version of Office came out. Things have changed a lot. Is...
What are Apple's plans for 4K video on the Mac? Latest Mavericks beta shows the way

What are Apple's plans for 4K video on the Mac? Latest Mavericks beta shows the way

4K video is coming, in fits and starts, not just to the general consumer marketplace but also to Apple products. Apple's actual support of 4K video has been a bit patchwork, but its new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, published last week, is starting to provide some clarity to Apple's 4K...
Apple seeds 10.9.3 beta - come and get it, developers!

Apple seeds 10.9.3 beta - come and get it, developers!

Apple on Thursday released the first beta seed of OS X 10.9.3. It's now available for download by those registered with Apple's Mac developer program. The build number for this release is 13D12. It was only last week that Apple publicly released OS X 10.9.2, which fixed an important SSL security...
How to turn your Mac's internet connection into a WiFi hotspot with Internet Sharing

How to turn your Mac's internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot with Internet Sharing

Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous now but that doesn't mean it always comes cheap. Hotels especially love to nickel and dime people for Wi-Fi, sometimes offering different prices for slightly different speeds and often restricting or charging extra for multiple devices. If you're traveling...
Is Snow Leopard 'vulnerable to attacks?' Has Apple really abandoned it?

Is Snow Leopard 'vulnerable to attacks?' Has Apple really abandoned it?

"Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Mac vulnerable to attacks," reads the headline on Computerworld. Is it the end for Apple's venerable OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" operating system, and are you at risk if you're still using it? Hardly. (Do the world a favor and don't click on...

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