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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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Have Your Mac Tell You Bad Knock-Knock Jokes

Sep 8, 2014 - 5 Comments
Tell Me A Joke to Speakable Items in Mac OS X

There’s a rather amusing Easter Egg built into the Speakable Items function of OS X Accessibility options that lets your Mac tell you bad jokes. Yes, seriously. Sounds goofy, maybe even pointless? Well that’s why it’s an Easter Egg, so if that isn’t compelling I don’t know what is. Let’s dig in and learn how … Read More

Gracefully Close an Application from the Command Line in OS X

Sep 5, 2014 - 5 Comments

Quitting apps gracefully is typically done through the appropriate application menu by choosing “Quit”, but the Mac GUI is obviously inaccessible from the command line of OS X. So when most command line users are confronted with the need to exit an application, they wind up using the ‘kill’ command to terminate the process and … Read More

How to Enable Safe Mode from the Command Line on a Mac

Sep 4, 2014 - 2 Comments
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Troubleshooting complex issues on a Mac can be challenging as is, and if you’re ever confronted with some complex situations you may find the command line to lend a major hand. In this case, advanced users can boot a Mac into safe mode through the usage of the nvram utility, a tool which allows users … Read More

List All Network Hardware from the Command Line in OS X

Sep 3, 2014 - 6 Comments
Network Utility in OS X

The networksetup utility offers a command line interface to configuring the variety of Mac networking features available in OS X. We’ve discussed networksetup and accompanying features many times here for more advanced purposes, but one of the simpler uses of networksetup is that it can list out every piece of networking hardware attached to a … Read More

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 Released

Sep 2, 2014 - 3 Comments
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7

Apple has released the 7th developer preview of OS X Yosemite. The update arrives as build 14A343f, and includes bug fixes and feature enhancements, making it recommended for all Mac developers to install.

How to Get Current Screen Resolution from Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 31, 2014 - 5 Comments
Display resolutions in Mac

Typically Mac users will retrieve the screen resolution of connected displays through the Displays system preference panel in OS X. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that approach, it’s easy and quick, but because it uses the graphical interface of OS X it’s not necessary helpful for scripting purposes or remote management through Remote Login and … Read More

Move Files While Keeping Permissions Intact with “Paste Item Exactly” in the Mac OS X Finder

Aug 28, 2014 - 6 Comments
Paste Item Exactly to relocate a file while maintaining permissions in OS X

Cutting and pasting files within the OS X Finder is an easy way to move files and folders around on the Mac, particularly for Windows converts, but by default the cut and paste function changes permissions and ownership during the file move process. For the most part that is desirable, but if you are logged … Read More

Rename Bookmarks in Safari Quickly via the Favorites Bar in OS X

Aug 27, 2014 - 3 Comments
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Safari Bookmarks default to saving their names as the title of a webpage or website. That means if a site has a long title, the bookmark name will be equally as long. For accessing bookmarks through the Bookmarks menu that isn’t too big of a deal, but when you’re using the Safari Favorites Bar, long … Read More

How to Calibrate Mac Displays for the Best Picture & Color

Aug 26, 2014 - 12 Comments
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Having an external monitor hooked up to a Mac can boost productivity significantly, and most users who get a secondary screen just hook it up and start using it – it works, so why mess around, right? But to get the best picture and color representation out of your external display, you’ll want to take … Read More

Make Image Proof Sheets on a Mac Quickly with This Trick

Aug 25, 2014 - 2 Comments
Quick proof sheet in Mac OS X

Aside from using apps like Photoshop, one of the best ways to make a contact sheet on the Mac is to use Automator to generate the thumbnail sheet as needed. But because Automator requires the usage of an OS X scripting utility, it’s beyond the comfort level of many users, and it also takes time … Read More

Stop the Twitter for Mac Image Cache Folder from Growing Huge

Aug 22, 2014 - 14 Comments
Twitter for Mac image cache bloat crud

The Twitter for Mac client has a peculiar feature (bug?) which causes the app image cache to grow endlessly and without limitation. That means the Twitter image cache folder can easily become several gigabytes in size unbeknownst to the end user, and those cache files are also stored in virtual memory, which can cause unnecessary … Read More

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Released

Aug 21, 2014 - 6 Comments
OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2

Apple has released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Mac users who opted in to participate in the public beta program for Yosemite are recommended to install the update. Alongside Public Beta 2 is also a new beta version of the redesigned iTunes 12. Both updates focus on bug fixes and … Read More

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