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Send Data Across Networked Computers with Netcat Using the Command Line

Mar 27, 2014 - 10 Comments

Netcat is a powerful command line tool that can read and write data across a network connection using TCP/IP, it’s commonly used for relays, file transfer, port scanning, amongst other things. Though netcat origins are from the unix and linux worlds, netcat is also built into Mac OS X, and we’re going to use the … Read More

Get Sunset & Sunrise Times from iPhone

Mar 27, 2014 - Leave a Comment

You can quickly get the Sunrise and Sunset times on a given day for any location, right from your iPhone or iPad. So whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous for sunset, just want to see the sun peak over the horizon, gearing up for some dramatic lighting photography, or you’re aiming for dawn patrol waves … Read More

How to See What Users Are Connected & Logged In To a Mac

Mar 25, 2014 - 4 Comments

If you share your Mac on a network you may be interested to know who is connected to the Mac at any given time. This may include listing currently logged in users through a variety of network protocols, even locally, or perhaps just a history of users logins over a period of time. While OS … Read More

How to Find Wi-Fi Security Encryption Type of a Router from Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2014 - 6 Comments

Have you ever needed to know what type of security and encryption method a wireless network is using? While the Mac will figure this out itself when joining most networks, you may need to relay the information to others, or specify it yourself when joining other networks. You can get the encryption protocol in use … Read More

Undo an Accidental “Don’t Trust” Computer Tap with iOS Devices

Mar 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Every time you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a new computer, you’ll get a “Trust This Computer?” alert dialog popping up. If you’ve updated iTunes or reset an iOS device to factory settings, sometimes you’ll even see this Trust dialog box on a computer you’ve already chosen to trust from that device. … Read More

Use Power Search in iTunes 11 with a URL Trick

Mar 21, 2014 - 4 Comments

Power Search for iTunes is a feature that allows many additional search parameters to be used when looking for all media types offered on iTunes, including music, apps, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and iTunes University. But what was once built directly into iTunes has been removed by Apple for some reason or another from … Read More

Use Reduce White Point in iOS to Subtly Tone Down Harsh Bright Colors

Mar 21, 2014 - 10 Comments

The iOS interface is easily identifiable by it’s ubiquitous usage of whites and bright colors, which can be both pleasing to the eye but also excessively harsh when an iPhone or iPad is used in darker ambient lighting situations. New versions of iOS offer an ability to adjust that bright whiteness with a setting called … Read More

See What AirPlanes Are Flying Overhead with Siri & iPhone

Mar 20, 2014 - 26 Comments

Have you ever seen a plane flying overhead and wondered just how high up it was, where it was going, or what flight number it identifies as? Now you don’t need to wonder anymore, because your iPhone (or iPad) can tell you exactly what flights are flying above you by way of the ever-useful iOS … Read More

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

Is iOS 7.1 Draining Your Battery Life Too Fast? Try This to Resolve It

Mar 18, 2014 - 22 Comments

Now that more users have updated to iOS 7.1, a continuing (yet fairly small) stream of complaints have surfaced about battery life for some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users that have moved to the latest version of iOS. Battery issues are reported with some degree of regularity with a subset of users with just … 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

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