How to Erase a Disk from Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 30, 2016 - 5 Comments

Erase disk from command line of Mac OS

Some Mac users may require the ability to erase a disk or erase a hard drive from the command line on Mac OS, a task which is typically performed through the Disk Utility application from the GUI. The command line approach to disk erasure in macOS is a bit different and it requires precise syntax to insure that you are erasing the proper disk, making this method of erasing any disk only appropriate for advanced Mac users.

This guide will walk through how to erase and format an entire target disk using exclusively the command line on any Mac using macOS or Mac OS X. You can choose any common file system format the disk to after it has been erased, including ExFAT, FAT32, HFS+, or JHFS+.

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macOS Sierra Dev Beta 8 & Public Beta 7 Released for Testing

Aug 29, 2016 - 2 Comments

MacOS Sierra Public Beta

Apple has released a new beta version of macOS Sierra for public beta and developer beta testers, versioned as Mac OS 10.12 developer beta 8 and Mac OS 10.12 public beta 7.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 2 Comments

Apple Event Set for September 7, iPhone 7 Likely to Debut

Aug 29, 2016 - 8 Comments

Apple September 7 2016 event

Apple will be hosting a media event on September 7, according to invitations sent to select members of the press and a notification posted to The event will be held at 10:00 am PST in San Francisco, California, and the event keynote will live streamed through the web.

It is widely assumed the upcoming next generation iPhone will be the primary focus of the event, perhaps labeled as “iPhone 7” though some rumors suggest it will be called “iPhone 6 SE” or some other naming variation. Additionally, rumors speculate that Apple Watch 2 will debut at the event.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 8 Comments

How to Save or Convert Word Doc to PDF on Mac

Aug 28, 2016 - 16 Comments

Save or Convert Word DOC to PDF on Mac

There may come a time when you need to save or convert a Microsoft Word Doc or DOCX file to PDF format from a Mac. The advantages to saving a Word DOC as PDF are notable in that the PDF file becomes universally readable by any operating system with a PDF reader, even without the Microsoft Office suite, and preserved in it’s original formatting.

There are several different methods of saving a Word doc as a PDF, and for converting an existing Word DOC/DOCX file to PDF, both of which use the Microsoft Office Word app on the Mac to get the job done. Let’s review how to perform this action.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

Mac Setups: Audio Engineer Mac Pro Workstation

Aug 27, 2016 - 13 Comments

Mac setup of pro audio engineer

Back by popular demand, Mac setups are here again! Here we are featuring the stellar workstation of a pro audio engineer… let’s dive in and check out the setup.

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 13 Comments

How to Search Man Pages at the Command Line

Aug 27, 2016 - 10 Comments

Search man pages

Command line users are undoubtedly familiar with man pages, or manual pages, that contain details, help, and documentation to specified commands and functions. Referencing a man page can be essential when trying to learn proper syntax or how a command works, but with how large some manual pages are it can be a real drag to scroll through the entire man page to try and find a relevant portion. Additionally sometimes you just don’t know exactly which manual page you should look for relevant data for. Fortunately there are two search tools to search man pages and quickly find and access exactly what you’re looking for, whether finding and matching a string or search term in a currently active man page or by searching all manual pages for a match.

Searching man pages works the same in just about any unix based command line, whether it’s Mac OS, Linux, BSD, or whatever else. Here’s how it works:

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Trim Movies in Photos for Mac

Aug 26, 2016 - 3 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X

Photos app for Mac can not only manage your photos, but also any of videos that have been copied into Photos app from an iPhone or camera as well. If you have a movie file in Photos on the Mac that you like but it’s just a bit too long, or perhaps the action scene is in the middle of the movie, you can use the Trim function in Photos to reduce the video and trim it down to the section you want to show in the movie.

Using Trim works with any movie or video that is stored within Photos for Mac, it’s pretty simple too, here’s how it works.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

iOS 10 Beta 8 Released for Testing

Aug 26, 2016 - 9 Comments

iOS 10 beta 8 and public beta 7

Apple has released new beta builds of iOS 10 to users enrolled in the developer beta and public beta testing programs. The latest developer beta of iOS 10 is beta 8, with a simultaneous iOS 10 public beta 7 release also available.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 9 Comments

iOS 9.3.5 Security Update Released for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Downloads]

Aug 25, 2016 - 16 Comments

iOS 9.3.5 for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The small update appears to include important security fixes and is therefore recommended for all users to install.

Updating to iOS 9.3.5 is easy as we’ll walk through below, and advanced users can also choose to use the IPSW firmware files to update manually with iTunes if desired.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 16 Comments

How to Summarize Lengthy Documents & Pages in Mac OS

Aug 24, 2016 - 20 Comments

Summarize on Mac

If you’ve ever encountered a lengthy document or webpage that you want the gist of, but don’t have the time to read or scan through, you can use the excellent Summarize Service in Mac OS X to summarize the text for you.

Summarize is adjustable as well, meaning you can choose how dense or light you want the summary to be. You can pick paragraphs or sentences, and adjust the length of the summary, which can vary from a simple outline condensed from the document, to a nearly cliff-notes like version of the text in question, or anything in between.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

2 Ways to Close Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Aug 23, 2016 - 3 Comments


Safari Tabs let you maintain many different webpages and web sites on the iPhone, switching through them as necessary to review different sites and content. For those of us who open a ton of tabs in iOS Safari, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by huge numbers of tabs as you browse more sites and pages over time.

There are two ways to close open Safari Tabs on the iPhone and iPod touch, we’ll cover them both. And yes this applies to iPad too, but the iPad Safari app has a slightly different interface, thus the focus here is on the iPhone version.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Logging In to Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication on Old iPhone & iOS Versions

Aug 23, 2016 - 6 Comments

Apple ID two factor authentication code

As many users know, using Two-Factor authentication for an Apple ID provides an additional layer of security for your Apple and iCloud login by requiring a pin code to be entered from an approved device before the Apple ID can be accessed. But the two factor auth feature is really built for modern iOS versions, and older iPhone and iPad models can have some difficulty with the feature, since there is no code prompt that appears on those older versions of iOS. So what do you do? How do you log in with two-factor authentication on an older iOS version where there is no code prompt?

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