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Mac OS X, often called simply OS X, is the operating system that resides on Apple’s desktop and portable computer lineup. Built upon a Unix core, it is easy to use yet highly advanced, extremely stable, and an excellent OS for productivity and creation. Browse through our articles or use the search feature to look for something specific.

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List User Accounts on Mac from Command Line

Jul 5, 2016 - 3 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Mac administrators may find themselves in a situation where they need to display a list of all user accounts on a particular Mac by way of the command line. We’ll review a few methods for advanced individuals to list all accounts, both user and system, on any Mac with any version of Mac OS X … Read More

How to Recreate Recovery Partition in Mac OS X

Jul 3, 2016 - 11 Comments
Recreate Recovery Partition on Mac

The Recovery partition in Mac OS X is an important component of a system install in that it allows you to troubleshoot a computer, repair drives, restore from backups, and even reinstall Mac OS if need be. Nonetheless, in some specific situations you may find that a Mac does not have a Recovery partition, usually … Read More

How to Change Mac System Language via Command Line

Jun 29, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Change Mac system language from command line

Polyglots, learners, and the bilingual often want to change their Mac system language for obvious reasons, but another less obvious situation can occur if you’re troubleshooting a Mac that either originates in another country, had the language changed at some point, or is just set to a different language. Since it can be pretty challenging … Read More

Safari Web Content “Not Responding” on Mac? Fix the Beach Ball with These Tips

Jun 28, 2016 - 11 Comments
Safari Web Content Not Responding extreme version on Mac OS X

Mac Safari users may occasionally experience an issue where the web browser becomes unresponsive for an extended period of time, usually accompanied by the appearance of the spinning multi-color beach ball cursor. With a little digging under the hood, this almost always corresponds with the appearance of “Safari Web Process (Not Responding)” showing up in … Read More

The Mac “Differentiate without color” Accessibility Setting Explained

Jun 26, 2016 - 6 Comments
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Mac users who have explored the Display Accessibility preference panels, perhaps to disable transparency or to increase visual contrast, have likely seen another setting called “Differentiate without color.” If you have wondered what that setting does or means, you’re certainly not alone, and you may have even toggled it on or off trying to see … Read More

How to Use Apple Hardware Test to Diagnose Mac Problems

Jun 25, 2016 - 24 Comments
Use Apple Hardware Test to check Mac for hardware problems

One of the definitive ways for an average user to determine if their Mac has a hardware problem is to run Apple Hardware Test or Apple Diagnostics, which is what we’re going to show you how to do in this tutorial. Yes, most Mac users will experience plenty of years of trouble-free computing, but sometimes … Read More

Get a Fun Vintage Terminal for Mac with Cool Retro Term

Jun 24, 2016 - 8 Comments
Amazing retro Mac terminal APPLE II

Feel like taking another trip down memory lane? With the assistance of an excellent fun free retro terminal emulator fittingly called Cool Retro Term, you can experience the golden yesteryears of cathode display computing and pretend your shiny new Mac is an ancient Apple II or IBM workstation.

Get Mac OS X to Stop Asking to Use New Disks for Time Machine

Jun 22, 2016 - 6 Comments
Time Machine in Mac OS X

All Mac users should setup Time Machine backups with an external hard drive, Time Capsule, or network drive to insure they have regular automatic backups made of their stuff and MacOS X installation. But once you have a backup drive established with Time Machine, or if you use a different backup approach entirely, you may … Read More

How to Install MacOS Sierra 10.12 Beta Safely & Dual Boot El Capitan

Jun 20, 2016 - 18 Comments
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Creating a dual boot environment is an ideal solution for Mac users who want to install and try macOS Sierra but without interfering with their primary stable Mac OS X El Capitan installation. This tutorial will walk through the entire process of setting up such an environment, including partition a disk, and installing macOS Sierra … Read More

How to Change Safari Reader Font, Text Size, & Color Theme on Mac OS X

Jun 20, 2016 - 2 Comments
Safari icon

Safari Reader offers an alternate reading view for webpages which strips away most of a websites styling and reducing the page to just the content of the article. The Safari Reader feature is great for reading long articles on the web, and Mac users can further improve the Reader experience by customizing the look, font … Read More

How to Make Bootable MacOS Sierra 10.12 Beta USB Installer Drive

Jun 15, 2016 - 9 Comments
How to make bootable MacOS Sierra Install USB Drive

Many Mac users interested in installing MacOS Sierra Beta may prefer to do so with the assistance of a macOS Sierra 10.12 bootable installer USB drive, typically on a flash thumb drive or a similar disk. The advantages to this method is that the macOS Sierra installer is portable, it can be booted from, and … Read More

Download the MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper

Jun 15, 2016 - 6 Comments
MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper on a MacBook Pro

When Apple debuted macOS Sierra to the world, we all got a glimpse at the gorgeous wallpaper of a sunset alpenglow hitting a mountain range on the screens of the demo Mac. Apple has also given us a look at that beautiful mountain range wallpaper on their preview page for MacOS Sierra too. But you … Read More

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