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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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Fixing a “Bluetooth Not Available” Error on a Mac

Feb 17, 2014 - 5 Comments

Some Mac users may encounter an apparently random disappearance of Bluetooth functionality, often after rebooting or updating OS X. The first obvious indicator is that no Bluetooth hardware works, be it a keyboard, mouse, headset, or otherwise, and when attempting to visit the Bluetooth menu of OS X a “Bluetooth: Not Available” error is displayed … Read More

Convert an Audio File into an Android or iPhone Ringtone from Terminal

Feb 14, 2014 - 5 Comments

Ever wanted to create an iPhone or Android ringtone from an existing audio file, but wanted to complete the process entirely from the command line? You’re in luck, because OS X has a little audio conversion tool that can turn any existing audio track into an Android or iPhone compatible ringtone in seconds. We’ll break … Read More

Using cURL to Download Remote Files from the Command Line

Feb 13, 2014 - 1 Comment

The powerful curl command line tool can be used to download files from just about any remote server. Longtime command line users know this can be useful for a wide variety of situations, but to keep things simple, many will find that downloading a file with curl can often be a quicker alternative to using … Read More

How to Install Command Line Tools in OS X Mavericks (Without Xcode)

Feb 12, 2014 - 8 Comments

Mac users who prefer to have a more traditional Unix toolkit accessible to them through the Terminal may wish to install the optional Command Line Tools subsection of the Xcode IDE. From OS X Mavericks onward, this is now easily possible directly and without installing the entire Xcode package first, no developer account is required … Read More

How to Disable Public Folder Sharing in Mac OS X

Feb 11, 2014 - 3 Comments

If you’ve ever joined a public wi-fi network and noticed the Finder sidebar is suddenly filled with other unfamiliar computers and network shares, and then curiously clicked on one of them, you’ve probably discovered that most of these computers have a user ‘Public Folder’ accessible to you and everyone else. This folder is included with … Read More

Batch Renaming Groups of Files in Mac OS X with a DIY File Renamer Tool

Feb 10, 2014 - 4 Comments

If you need to rename a group of files on a Mac by appending some text to each files name, a great free option is to use a simple Automator action and save it as an application. This is similar to the other Automator utilities we have built and covered here before, but this time … Read More

New Email Not Showing Up in OS X Mail App? Here Are 2 Workarounds

Feb 8, 2014 - 14 Comments

The bundled Mail app for Mac has taken an odd turn since the release of OS X Mavericks, gaining a collection of odd bugs and incompatibilities with a variety of email providers. Apple has released several updates aiming to resolve the difficulties (particularly with Gmail), but many users continue to report issues with the once … Read More

How to Add a User to the Sudoers File in Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2014 - 1 Comment

Advanced users may need to add a user account to the sudoers file, which allows that user to run certain commands with root privileges. To greatly simplify what that means, these newly privileged user accounts will then be able to execute commands without getting permission denied errors or having to prefix a terminal command with … Read More

How to Uninstall Plugins from the Mac Mail App in OS X

Feb 5, 2014 - 5 Comments

There are plenty of useful Mail plugins out there for OS X, but sometimes their use wears out, or the plugin doesn’t get updated for a new version of the Mac Mail app which renders it unusable. If you’ve ever wanted to uninstall a Mail plugin in OS X you’ve probably discovered that, unlike Safari, … Read More

MagSafe Won’t Charge a MacBook? It’s Probably a Simple Fix

Feb 4, 2014 - 7 Comments

The MagSafe power adapter is brilliant, using magnets to secure a connection between a MacBook and the AC power charger, it not only breaks away quickly to help prevent mishaps, but it also quickly snaps on to provide power to the Mac. It usually works flawlessly, but on some rare occasions, the MagSafe adapter is … Read More

Quickly Find Newly Installed Mac Apps in OS X Launchpad and Finder

Feb 3, 2014 - 2 Comments

Ever installed a new app or two on a Mac and then went to find them, only to be lost in a sea of other applications that are already installed? For those of us with a ton of apps installed this happens often, but OS X offers several ways to sort through the clutter and … Read More

How to Stop Web Site Push Notifications in OS X

Feb 3, 2014 - 2 Comments

Many websites are using push notifications to send updates and alerts to Mac users. These alerts are signed up for through Safari, and then arrive as banners appearing briefly on the desktop, then fade away to sit in the Notification Center of OS X until they’ve either been cleared out or addressed manually. If you … Read More

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