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How to Make a Mac Talk: Text to Speech

Mar 28, 2010 - 18 Comments
make your mac talk

You can make your Mac talk to you in various different ways and even speaking with different voices, all by using the powerful built-in Text-to-Speech abilities of Mac OS X. With this, you can either speak a few words, phrases, or even an entire document. We’ll cover the two quickest and easiest ways by using … Read More

How to setup a Mac Mini Media Center, server, and remote torrents box

Mar 22, 2010 - 63 Comments
mac mini media center

Mac Mini’s make awesome little media centers since they are so small and have more features than an AppleTV. Following the below guide you will be able to do the following with a Mac Mini: Watch HD movies, videos, view photos, listen to music, and view weather from your couch on your TV. Watch Hulu, … Read More

Setup your own proxy server instantly and for free

Mar 3, 2010 - 2 Comments

Want to quickly setup a free proxy server? This article and walkthrough video brought to us by Labnol shows how to do so, and it’s about as easy as it gets, and it doesn’t involve using an SSH proxy or tunnel which makes it more user friendly for many.

Get Hulu content on your iPhone / iPod Touch by using screen recording

Feb 26, 2010 - 3 Comments
hulu content on your iphone ipod ipad

While everyone continues to wait for an official Hulu app for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/whatever, you can beat them to the punch and get Hulu content on your iPhone now for free, using Snow Leopard! This is a pretty crafty approach and it requires several things: * Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed * Latest … Read More

Lock the Dock in Mac OS X

Feb 8, 2010 - 8 Comments
lock mac dock

Here’s how to lock down the Mac OS X Dock, all of these commands need to be issued at the command line via the Terminal, so once you’re there enter the appropriate command: Lock the Dock to Prevent Changes to Contents defaults write com.apple.Dock contents-immutable -bool yes Lock the Dock to Prevent Changes in Size … Read More

Type the Square Root Symbol in Mac OS X

Jan 30, 2010 - 4 Comments

Typing the square root symbol in Mac OS X is just a matter of hitting ALT+V √ – ALT+V Note that these are Qwerty English specific instructions, other keyboard layouts and languages will likely vary.

How do you take apart an iPhone?

Jan 29, 2010 - 2 Comments
how to take apart iphone

Tye Campbell wrote to us with the following question: “Do you guys know how to take apart an iPhone? Specifically the 3G model, I can’t find any way to get to the display and I’d like to do my own screen replacement since mine is cracked but I have another one available to me from … Read More

How to set a Manual IP address in Mac OS X

Jan 26, 2010 - 10 Comments
manual ip address

There are times where you’ll want to manually set your IP address in Mac OS X, so how do you do it? * Launch ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu (or Spotlight) * Click on the “Network” icon * In the lower right, click on the ‘Advanced’ button * In the pulldown menu next to … Read More

Delete pages in a PDF document

Jan 20, 2010 - 2 Comments
delete pages in pdf

You can delete specific pages from a PDF file with the built-in Mac Preview app, just select/highlight the page you want to delete and then hit the delete key. This is really useful for paring down large PDF documents if you only need a few select pages, this is bound to make any student or … Read More

Change iTunes 9 Background Color

Jan 17, 2010 - 10 Comments
change itunes background color

iTunes 9 is great and has a lot of improvements, but changing the background color in Grid view from the nice easy-on-the-eyes dark to the bright retina torching white is not on my happy list. Now they made this different recently but Manish is still am not thrilled. Thankfully French designer Damien Erambert has come … Read More

Use quotation marks with Spotlight to search for a phrase within a document

Jan 15, 2010 - Leave a Comment
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If you know a phrase that is contained within a document, but can’t remember the document file name, try searching for the phrase that you know appears within the document. Make this phrase search even more precise by putting the phrase itself within quotation marks, for example “all rights reserved” will find all files that … Read More

Instantly Create a New Stickies Note from Safari with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2010 - Leave a Comment
instant stickies note

Want a block of text to float over your Mac desktop so that you can reference it easily? That’s a perfect usage for the Stickies app in OS X, and using a little known trick you can instantly create a new Stickies note from within Safari. The secret to this trick is quite simple: you’ll … Read More

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