Where to Set Environment Variables in Mac OS X

Jul 28, 2015 - 7 Comments

How to set environment variables in Mac OS X shell

At the command line, environmental variables are defined for the current shell and become inherited by any running command or process. They can determine anything from the default shell, the PATH, the users home directory, to the terminal emulation type, current working directory, where a history file is located, language and localization settings, and going further to include shell variables, which include everything from customizations to the bash prompt, colorized ls output, and changes to terminal appearance, to aliases, and much more.

Let’s walk through how to list environment and shell variables, and then how to set and add new environment variables at the command line of Mac OS X.

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Three “Apps at a Tap” Apple Watch Ads Debut

Jul 28, 2015 - 2 Comments

Apps at a Tap

Apple has started running three new Apple Watch ads in a campaign dubbed “Apps at a tap”. The new commercials focus on the variety of apps available on the wrist-worn device, with each commercial having a different emphasis; fitness apps, travel apps, and music apps.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, News - 2 Comments

OS X El Capitan Beta 5 Released for Developer Testing

Jul 27, 2015 - 6 Comments

OS X El Capitan

Apple has released the fifth developer beta of OS X El Capitan to users participating in the Mac Developer Beta program.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 6 Comments

How to Delete Old Backups from Time Machine on Mac

Jul 27, 2015 - 9 Comments

Time Machine in Mac OS X If you use Time Machine to backup a Mac to an external drive, you may decide to manually delete old backups that are no longer needed. Yes, Time Machine does it’s own housekeeping, but sometimes users need to manually intervene. This can be for a variety of reasons, whether for simple removal of old backups, or if you eventually run into space limitations on a backup drive where Time Machine triggers an error saying “Time Machine could not complete the backup. This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires XX GB but only YY GB are available.”

Whatever the reason, you can easily delete old backups from a Time Machine drive to either free up space on that drive for a new backup, or just to perform some manual house keeping of a Time Machine drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Mac Setups: A High-End Animation Studio

Jul 26, 2015 - 17 Comments

All Mac animation studio setup

Have you ever wondered exactly what hardware was used to create the stunning visual effects, animation, and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) you see in in movies, video games, and commercials? Well, this weeks Mac setup will show you. Much more than a single workstation, it’s an entire Mac-based animation studio in Sheffield, UK! From a group of maxed out Retina iMacs to an amazing Mac Mini render-farm, this office is a Mac fans dream.

Let’s get to it and learn about the production hardware and software used in a high-end animation studio.

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 17 Comments

6 Abstract Wallpapers from the Apple “Why There’s iPhone” Microsite

Jul 25, 2015 - 16 Comments

iPhone microsite wallpapers

Apple recently built this microsite to accompany the “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” TV ad campaign, and much like other portions of the Apple online presence, there is some pretty nice abstract imagery included in the backgrounds. With a little digging, this means you can uncover those nice pictures and use them as wallpaper for your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or whatever else you’re looking to make look a bit nicer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 16 Comments

How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords from Command Line on Mac

Jul 24, 2015 - 8 Comments

Find a wi-fi network router password from Mac command line

Given the complexity of some wi-fi network passwords combined with the general infrequency of entering them and that they’re typically saved on use, it’s not terribly unusual to forget what a specific routers wireless password is. Fortunately, if you’re on a Mac, there are a few ways to go about finding those lost or forgotten wi-fi router login details.

Perhaps the easiest method is recovering forgotten wireless passwords with KeyChain Access in OS X, but if you’re an advanced Mac user you may wish to retrieve the same data from the command line, and that’s what we’re going to demonstrate here.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Mac OS X - 8 Comments

Apple Back To School Promo for 2015: Free Beats Solo2 Headphones with Purchase of a Mac

Jul 23, 2015 - 10 Comments

Beats headphones with a MacBook Pro

Apple has started their annual Back To School promotional deal for students and educators looking to purchase a Mac. This year, eligible buyers are able to get a free pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, valued at $199, with the order of a qualifying Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 10 Comments

How to Stop WhatsApp Saving Pictures & Video to iPhone Automatically

Jul 23, 2015 - 1 Comment

WhatsApp icon

The popular messaging app WhatsApp has a default media saving setting which will automatically download and save every received picture and video to the iPhone Photos apps Camera Roll. While some users may like this feature, others may wish to change the auto-saving media behavior so that images and movies sent and received in WhatsApp are not automatically saved to their iPhones.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

iOS 9 Public Beta 2 Released for Testing

Jul 22, 2015 - 6 Comments

iOS 9 compatible devices

Apple has released iOS 9 Public Beta 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users choosing to participate in the beta testing program for iOS. The new build arrives as 13A4305g, meaning it matches the 4th developer beta which was recently pushed out as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 6 Comments

OS X El Capitan Public Beta 2 Released for Testing

Jul 22, 2015 - 22 Comments


Apple has released the second Public Beta version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to users participating in the testing program. The version closely matches the 4th developer beta, arriving as build 15A225f, and should offer notable bug fixes along with improvements to stability and performance compared to the first public beta release of El Capitan.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 22 Comments

Download Civilization V for Mac for Free, No Strings Attached

Jul 22, 2015 - 26 Comments

Civilization V for Mac, for free, yes really

Want to download Civilization V for Mac, entirely for free? For a limited time, you can get Civilization V: Campaign Edition for OS X entirely for free with basically no strings attached, thanks to a giveaway sponsored by game-maker Aspyr and MacRumors.

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By Paul Horowitz - Games, Mac OS X - 26 Comments

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