Air Display Turns iPad Into a HIDPI Retina Display for Mac

Apr 2, 2012 - 13 Comments
iPad as an External HIDPI Display with a MacBook Air

Your iPad 3 can now act as a stunningly high quality HIDPI display for a Mac or PC with the help of a great iOS app called Air Display. A completely wireless solution, Air Display takes advantage of OS X Lion and Mountain Lion HIDPI display mode to turn the new iPad’s 2048×1536 display into … Read More

How to Resolve a “Partition Failed” Error in Mac OS X

Mar 5, 2012 - 102 Comments
Partition Failed error

If you have attempted to partition a drive from Mac OS X and received a “Partition failed” message with the error “Couldn’t modify partition map because file system verification failed.” you can fix the problem with the file system check command line utility. To issue the file system check and repair function properly, you’ll need … Read More

How to Dual Boot OS X 10.7 Lion & OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Feb 19, 2012 - 25 Comments
Create a Partition for OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion is Apple’s latest Mac operating system that is complete with a bunch of new features that iOS users will find familiar. It’s looking like a great addition to the Mac OS family, but for the time being it’s still in Developer Preview, has a fair amount of bugs, and isn’t quite … Read More

How to Make a Bootable OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion USB Install Drive

Feb 17, 2012 - 98 Comments
OS X Mountain Lion Bootable Installer

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be offered exclusively through the App Store, familiar territory for Apple since OS X Lion was provided the same way. Thankfully it’s still possible to create a bootable OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installer from any USB drive, be it a flash key or external hard drive. By creating … Read More

Fix for Mac OS X Not Remembering Wireless Networks

Feb 15, 2012 - 17 Comments
Mac OS X Forgets Wireless Network

I recently encountered a strange issue where Mac OS X Lion stopped remembering a specific wireless network, forcing me to manually select the connection and then enter the password each time I wish to connect to that wireless router. This appears to be a common enough issue with wireless connectivity in OS X Lion and … Read More

How to Install the Older Preview App from Snow Leopard in Mac OS X Lion

Jan 27, 2012 - 44 Comments
Snow Leopard Preview running in OS X Lion

Preview in Mac OS X Lion brought with it several improvements and new features like digital signatures, but it also removed some very useful abilities like the file size estimator, Save As, and added the sometimes obnoxious Auto-Save. If you miss the old version of Preview from Snow Leopard, and you either have a Mac … Read More

Password Protect an External Drive in Mac OS X with Encrypted Partitions

Jan 25, 2012 - 34 Comments
Drive Password in Mac OS X

We recently showed you how to password protect files and folders using encrypted Disk Images in Mac OS X, but if you have an external drive you can go a step further. By using encrypted disk partitions, any drive, be it a USB key, flash drive, hard disk, or whatever else, can be set to … Read More

How to Change Dock Stacks Icon Size in Grid View of OS X

Jan 19, 2012 - 6 Comments
Increase stack icon size

Stacks are a Dock feature in Mac OS X which allows for an easy way to see the contents of Applications, Documents, Downloads, and whatever other folder placed into the Dock. There are a few different ways to view the Stacks, which appear on the right side of the Mac Dock, like grid, automatic, list, … Read More

Password Protect Folders & Files in Mac OS X with Encrypted Disk Images

Jan 11, 2012 - 23 Comments
Password Protect a Folder and Files in Mac OS X

You can password protect files and folders in Mac OS X by using a trick with disk images. Here’s how it works; by placing files inside of an encrypted disk image, that disk image will work like a password protected folder and require a password before it’s mounted, preventing unauthorized access to all of the … Read More

How to Enable TRIM for All SSD in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks

Jan 3, 2012 - 23 Comments
Enable TRIM SSD Support in OS X Lion

If you have a third party SSD you probably noticed that Mac OS X Lion probably doesn’t support TRIM on the drive. While OS X Lion supports TRIM for all Apple SSD’s, many third party SSD’s are left without trim in OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, and OS X 10.10.

How to Check Wireless Signal Strength and Optimize WiFi Networks in Mac OS X

Dec 28, 2011 - 46 Comments
Monitor wireless signal strength

Wi-Fi Diagnostics is an incredibly useful utility to troubleshoot and optimize any wireless network and the signal strength of computers that are connecting to it. This utility first came bundled in Mac OS X Lion and works with all wireless routers and not only the Apple branded ones, meaning you can improve the performance of … Read More

Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Quickly Get to the User Library Folder in OS X

Dec 23, 2011 - 7 Comments
Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Library Access in OS X Lion

Using keyboard shortcuts are often the fastest way to navigate around the filesystem in Mac OS X, but OS X 10.7 Lion, Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, and later doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut to access the user library directory by default. Here is how to add your own keystroke combo to immediately open … Read More

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