How to Password Protect iPhone and iPad Backups

May 18, 2010 - 1 Comment

If you’re like me, you store a lot of information on your iPhone that you want to keep private. Accordingly, you might be interested to know that, by default, the backups made from an iOS device to iTunes are not encrypted, and can be dug through rather freely if someone was interested in doing so. … Read More

Get serious about preventing online distractions with Freedom for Mac

May 18, 2010 - 2 Comments

If you’re a writer, developer, designer, musician, anyone that needs to have complete concentration to create freely, this app just might be your saving grace. Freedom forces you to pull away from the ubiquitous distractions of the online world by disabling your Mac’s network interface for a set amount of time, up to 8 hours. … Read More

Use Property List Editor to Edit plist Files in Mac OS X for Free

May 12, 2010 - 13 Comments

Property List files, or more commonly known as plist files, are basically Mac application specific preference files. They contain information and settings for various applications and are usually in the easily identifiable format of com.developer.Application.plist and located within the /Library/Preferences/ directories at the system and user level. If you simply want to view a plist … Read More

Speed Up a Slow Terminal by Clearing Log Files

May 6, 2010 - 51 Comments

The Mac OS X Terminal can become slow to launch over time, but there’s an easy solution to speed it up again. By deleting the Apple System Logs, you can shave the lag in opening and launching new Terminal windows/tabs dramatically, in my case from about a three second delay to instantaneous! Here’s how to … Read More

The Best MySQL Database Manager for Mac OS X? SequelPro Might Be It

Apr 19, 2010 - 6 Comments

I’ve long been looking for a good MySQL manager for Mac OS X since I’m not a big fan of phpMyAdmin and the other tools out there. Yes there’s always the command line too, but sometimes it’s nice to have a GUI for such tasks. Then I came across SequelPro recently and I think it … Read More

How to Use a MacBook or MacBook Pro with the Lid Closed and Hooked to an External Monitor

Apr 15, 2010 - 21 Comments

Updated on 2/10/2012: You can easily use the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro in what’s commonly called clamshell mode, when the laptop lid is closed but the machine is hooked up to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, effectively turning your portable Mac into a desktop. Doing this is easy, here’s how to get … Read More

What should I do with my old Mac?

Apr 12, 2010 - 7 Comments

“I just got a brand new MacBook, what should I do with my old Mac?” This is a very common question I get, and I typically give one of four answers depending on who’s asking the question. I’ll go through each choice and hopefully they’ll give you some ideas: 1) Setup the old Mac next … Read More

Wireless dropping problems with Mac OS 10.6.3 update, a simple fix

Apr 2, 2010 - 39 Comments

The recent 10.6.3 update is said to include a few Airport/wireless updates that improve reliability: * general reliability for wireless connections. * improvements to 802.1X reliability, including closed network connections, and WPA2. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case with the update on my machine, my wireless connection started having problems immediately after the 10.6.3 update. If … Read More

Mac OS X 10.6.3 update released

Mar 29, 2010 - 27 Comments

Check your Software Updates! Mac OS X 10.6.3 update has been released and is recommended to install for all Mac OS X Snow Leopard users. The amount of fixes is pretty substantial, here’s the main list provided in the Software Update panel: * improve the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X * address compatibility issues … Read More

When and How to Reset Mac SMC (System Management Controller)

Mar 24, 2010 - 139 Comments
Retina MacBook Pro

“Ahhhh my Mac isn’t working! I need to reset the SMC!” You have tried rebooting, you’ve reset the PRAM, you’ve done it all, but your Mac is still behaving strangely. What next? In certain circumstances, resetting your Mac System Management Controller (SMC) can be a solution. This is sometimes necessary to restore normal lower level … Read More

Compare Two Files with FileMerge in Mac OS X

Mar 4, 2010 - 11 Comments

FileMerge lets you select any two files and it will compare the two, pointing out any differences between the files. If you’re a developer you already know why this is wildly useful, as it makes tracking down major and minor code changes remarkably easy. Apparently FileMerge is a survivor from the days of NeXTStep, and … Read More

Minimize App Windows Into Dock Icons with a defaults String in OS X

Mar 2, 2010 - 8 Comments

If you’re tired of having your Mac Dock full of thumbnailed versions of minimized windows, you can change the Dock’s minimize behavior with a simple Terminal command that will minimize windows into the parent applications Dock icon. You can then tell which windows are minimized by looking for the diamond next to the window name … Read More

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