One of the best ways to get more life out of an aging Mac is to upgrade the storage. In some cases you'll want to go faster. In other cases, you'll want to go bigger.
I carried a MacBook Air for two years but gave up on it in favor of a Retina MacBook Pro with beefier SSD storage, and haven't regretted it. The MacBook Air is still with us, in the hands of my college-aged son. It's time for a storage upgrade to get him a couple more years with it. Here's how.
Windows PC owners are used to downloading an inordinate amount of free — and sometimes suspect — software from the web. One of our readers, and new Mac owner, B.N., writes in to ask if it's possible to do the same thing on OS X.
Security is on everyone's mind these days. How secure is your Mac? Can other people figure out where you are? What apps have access to your most important data? Read on to understand how Yosemite's Privacy settings are configured, and how to master them.
By default, your Mac will remember settings for any Wi-Fi networks it's connected to in the past. This can make things really convenient as you move around; if it's for networks that you no longer have access to or don't want to use, however, it can be really inconvenient — because sometimes your Mac will try to connect to networks it can no longer work with. Here's how to fix it.
What's the best way to limit [a guest's] access to my Wi-Fi?
Here's the scenario: A friend or relative is visiting and wants Internet access, which you're happy to provide. But for whatever reason, you have misgivings about giving them open access to everything else on your home network. What should you do? There's a solution, if you have an AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, or Time Capsule of relatively recent (2009-later) vintage.
Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It's my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I've discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.
One of OS X Yosemite's new Continuity features is the ability to accept (and make) phone calls when your iPhone is nearby. Call Relay is an incredibly useful feature, but when all of your devices ring with the same ringtone, it can get distracting. Here's how to give your Mac a distinct ringtone.
When you switch to the Mac, it can feel disorienting at first. That's especially true if you've used Windows PCs for years. Adjusting to the Mac doesn't take long, but if you're used to finding certain applications, files, and system settings on Windows, it helps to quickly pick up their OS X equivalents. Here's a short glossary with all the essentials.