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How to Connect to Invisible Wi-Fi SSID Networks from Mac OS X

Mar 30, 2015 - 5 Comments
Join a hidden wi-fi network from Mac OS X

A fair amount of wireless routers choose not to broadcast their identity (called an SSID) as a simple security precaution, thus knowing how to join an invisible network from a Mac is important.

How to Exit Out of Full Screen Mode in OS X Yosemite

Mar 29, 2015 - 9 Comments
Exit full screen mode in OS X

Now that the Mac windows green maximize button defaults to sending apps and windows into Full Screen Mode, a notably sized cohort of OS X users who perhaps didn’t know this behavior changed until accidentally finding out, are left confused with the following question; “how do I get out of full screen mode in OS … Read More

How to Show a Paper Tape in Calculator App for Mac

Mar 28, 2015 - 9 Comments
Enable the Paper Tape Calculator in Mac OS X

If you find yourself adding up many numbers or just performing a continuous string of math that is critical to keep track of, you should know that the Mac Calculator app includes a paper tape feature. For those who aren’t familiar, a paper tape keeps a running trail of each item entered into a calculator, … Read More

View Live Webpage Previews in Spotlight on Mac OS X

Mar 27, 2015 - 6 Comments
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You may know that you can quickly jump to websites by typing a domain name into a Spotlight search and choosing the ‘Suggested Website’ option, but did you know you can get a live preview of a webpage from Spotlight on the Mac? This is a fairly simple trick that’s pretty useful, and yes it … Read More

How to Mute Conversations in Messages for Mac with Do Not Disturb

Mar 26, 2015 - 2 Comments
Mute a conversation in Messages for Mac

With the Mac Messages app able to send and receive text messages along with iMessages, you’ll be in greater contact with friends, family, and anyone else who sends you a message. This is usually a good thing, but sometimes you’ll find yourself as a recipient to a conversation that just isn’t necessary to follow. For … Read More

How to Run Windows 10 on Mac Free with VirtualBox for OS X

Mar 25, 2015 - 35 Comments
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Need to run Windows 10 on a Mac? You can install and run Windows 10 in OS X for free using VirtualBox and the Windows 10 Preview from Microsoft. Because this installs Windows into a virtual machine atop existing Mac system software, running Windows is basically like running any other application, which makes it much … Read More

How to Use iCloud Password to Login & Unlock Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2015 - 11 Comments
Use iCloud (Apple ID) as a Mac Login

Rather than remembering a separate password and set of login information for unlocking a Mac, OS X offers the option to use an iCloud password to login to the computer at boot, reboot, authentication, locked screens, and all login windows instead. This is a helpful feature for users who like to keep things simple and … Read More

How to Find the Build Number of OS X on a Mac

Mar 23, 2015 - 3 Comments
Find the build number of OS X from the command line with sw_vers

Each release of OS X has a unique build number assigned to it to represent the changes found in that version of system software, often these changes are minor and incremental, but with major OS X releases the build numbers can change significantly. Though average Mac users won’t need to know the build number of … Read More

How to Make Phone Calls from Mac Using iPhone

Mar 21, 2015 - 27 Comments
Phone Calls on Mac and iPhone

If you have a Mac and an iPhone, you can now make phone calls from your Mac using that iPhone. The phone call will sound through the Mac speakers and use the Mac microphone, but the actual call itself routes through the iPhone. This is a part of the Continuity suite, which is really nice … Read More

How to Mark All iMessages as Read on iPhone & iPad Instantly

Mar 20, 2015 - 19 Comments
Instantly marking all Messages as Read in iOS

We’ve all experienced it, a huge number of texts and iMessages arriving on our iPhone or iPad, that you either know aren’t important or you already read on another devices Messages app. Or maybe the messages are coming from someone you’d just prefer to ignore, whatever the case, you can instantly mark all messages as … Read More

Perform Detailed DNS Lookups with host Command in OS X

Mar 19, 2015 - 3 Comments
Terminal in OS X

All domains are associated with an IP address, whether it’s for a website, mail server, or whatever else. While using nslookup offers a simple way to get DNS information and an IP for a specific website or domain, if you want a significantly more detailed retrieval, you can use the host command instead. The host … Read More

How to Join a Hidden Wi-Fi Network with No Broadcast SSID from iOS

Mar 18, 2015 - 2 Comments
Connect to a hidden wi-fi network in iOS

Hidden wi-fi networks are becoming more common as network administrators look for additional measures to secure wireless connections. Hiding the network functions as a means of security by obscurity, but the main user-side issue with a hidden Wi-FI network is that the routers SSID is not broadcast which can make it difficult to find for … Read More

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