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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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How to Mount EXT4 Linux File Systems on a Mac with OS X Fuse

Mar 20, 2014 - 5 Comments

The EXT file system (short for Extended File System) and it’s family members of EXT2, EXT3, and EXT4, are the file systems used by Linux. Mac users who work with multiple platforms may notice that OS X is unable to mount EXT partitions on its own, and thus anyone wishing to mount and read EXT … Read More

Give the Mac Finder a Performance Boost by Ditching “All My Files”

Mar 19, 2014 - 11 Comments

Though the All My Files folder is undoubtedly useful, Mac users with limited system resources along with tons of files may notice some sluggishness when using the feature. That can translate into CPU spikes and the perception of a generally slow Finder and Mac, because new windows in the file system default to opening into … Read More

How to Move a File on the Mac by Using the Window Title Bar in OS X

Mar 17, 2014 - 15 Comments

Longtime Mac users are accustomed to moving files around in OS X by dragging and dropping them between folders and directories, or perhaps using the more Windows-like file cut and paste ability. Both of those methods work just fine to relocate files and move things about, but another lesser known option to move a file … Read More

How to Target Specific Battery Hogging Apps & Processes in Mac OS X

Mar 16, 2014 - 6 Comments

OS X provides a great way to quickly find what app is using battery power from a drop-down menu on portable Macs, but you’re usually left with a single option to address the battery hog, and that is quitting the app. But it’s not always necessary to quit out of the entire app in question, … Read More

Bring Emoji Support to the Google Chrome Web Browser with Chromoji

Mar 15, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Chrome users may have noticed that the popular Emoji characters found on iPhone and the Mac render just fine in Apple’s Safari web browser of OS X, but not in Google’s Chrome browser. Instead, us default Chrome users on the desktop will see a square rendered 😃 rather than the intended emoji character, largely being … Read More

Simple Tips to Make the “All My Files” Finder View More Useful on the Mac

Mar 13, 2014 - 8 Comments

A fair amount of Mac users have ditched the “All My Files” default Finder window option by setting new windows to open to the ~/ Home directory again, which was long the default in OS X anyway. This is usually because All My Files is viewed as an overwhelming amalgamation of every single thing on … Read More

Send an SMS Text Message from the Command Line

Mar 12, 2014 - 27 Comments

When you think of sending out text messages you probably think of the iPhone or an Android, and the command line doesn’t cross your mind, but thanks to the ever-useful curl command, you can send out a SMS text message to any phone number right from the Terminal. Yes, curl, the same command line tool … Read More

How to Make FaceTime Audio Calls from the Mac to OS X or iOS

Mar 11, 2014 - 3 Comments

The Mac can now make outbound voice calls to other Apple users that have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or another Mac, using nothing but the native FaceTime Audio service. Built into OS X, FaceTime Audio can be used to call any other FaceTime user, free, anywhere in the world, and it provides excellent audio … Read More

Tag Files in OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Mar 10, 2014 - 1 Comment

Tagging files and folders in OS X can be a handy way to help manage and organize the contents of the Finder, even if only used on a limited basis for specific projects. To get the most out of file tags though, you’ll want to get quick access to the feature. One way to do … Read More

How to Forget a Wi-Fi Network in Mac OS X

Mar 9, 2014 - 3 Comments

Once a wi-fi network has been joined in OS X, the Mac will default to joining that network if it’s within range and available again. This is undeniably convenient for joining our home, work, and regular wireless networks, but it can be a nuisance when the Mac rejoins a network that you no longer want … Read More

How to Set a Screen Saver to Run at the Login Window of Mac OS X

Mar 7, 2014 - 7 Comments

The Macs default boot login screen is fairly boring by default, and though it can be spruced up with custom wallpaper, another option is to set a screen saver to run at the login window of OS X. This requires using a defaults command string entered at the command line, which then makes the screen … Read More

Place the Cursor at the Mouse Position in Terminal with an Option+Click

Mar 6, 2014 - 6 Comments

Most command line users rely heavily on Terminal keyboard navigation to move about within text files and get around within the Terminal, but OS X has a super simple trick up its sleeve that lets you instantly position the mouse cursor anywhere in the Terminal. Yup, no more tabbing around or repeatedly tapping on the … Read More

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