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How to View Timestamps in Messages for Mac OS X

Sep 2, 2015 - 1 Comment
Mac Messages icon

Messages in OS X has two methods of time-stamping messages; an automatically applied timestamp when a new conversation starts or message is received, and a lesser known ability to view the timestamp of any iMessage or text message sent with the Mac Messages app. We’re going to focus on the latter approach since it will … Read More

Change How Safari Clears Downloaded Items List in Mac OS X

Sep 1, 2015 - 4 Comments
The Safari downloads list in Mac OS X, you can clear it manually

Each time you download a file from the web with Safari, it goes into a list of downloaded items contained within the browser. In modern versions of OS X, this downloaded list item deletes itself automatically after a day passes, but if you want to change how often and when Safari clears the download list, … Read More

Browse Many Images Easier with Split View in Photos for Mac OS X

Sep 1, 2015 - 3 Comments
Photos app icon in Mac OS X

The standard viewing window of Photos app in Mac OS X shows a series of thumbnails for each image, and if you double-click on any particular image it gets larger and takes over the app. If you wish to view the next picture, most users will click on the back button, then double-click on another … Read More

How to Make Apache Start httpd Automatically on Boot in Mac OS X

Aug 30, 2015 - 3 Comments
Start Apache in Mac OS X Automatically

Mac based web developers are probably familiar with manually starting and stopping the Apache web server in OS X through the command line by now, but if you want Apache to start itself automatically upon boot and reboot of a Mac, you’ll want to go a step further and use launchctl. By doing so, webdevs … Read More

How to Disable Video Auto-Playing on Twitter for iOS

Aug 29, 2015 - 3 Comments
Twitter icon

Twitter is a really great social service which allows you to curate a feed of nearly anything that interests you, whether it’s news, tech advice, recipes, pictures, jokes, celebrity updates, whatever. But the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad defaults to auto-playing video and animated gifs on both wi-fi and cellular data, this is entirely … Read More

Setting Wallpaper from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 28, 2015 - 4 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Ever wished you could set a Macs wallpaper image from the command line in OS X? As a matter of fact, you can change the desktop background picture from the terminal, which can be useful for a variety of situations ranging from inclusion in a setup script, to remote management, automating, or whatever else you … Read More

How to Show All Possible Screen Resolutions for a Display in Mac OS X

Aug 27, 2015 - 3 Comments
All resolutions shown for a Mac Display

Though it’s generally recommended to use the ‘Default for display’ screen resolution option, Mac users who connect their computer to an external display or TV may find it helpful to be able to see, access, and use all possible display resolutions for a particular screen. This can be particularly useful if a display is either … Read More

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad

Aug 26, 2015 - 8 Comments
How to reset the Trust This Computer alert in iOS

When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the … Read More

How to Change the Search Engine in Safari for Mac OS X

Aug 25, 2015 - 14 Comments
Safari icon

Mac users who favor the Safari browser as their primary means of web access in OS X may find it helpful to switch the search engine used by default in Safari. This determines which web search tool is used through the URL address bar and elsewhere in Safari. You can choose between the four major … Read More

How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Aug 24, 2015 - 31 Comments
How to restore an entire Mac from Time Machine backup

While Macs have a great reputation for being stable and rarely experiencing major issues, the reality is that sometimes things can go wrong. Typically this happens when either a hard drive fails or an OS X system update goes completely awry, but if you have set up Time Machine backups on the Mac like all … Read More

Limit Animations on Apple Watch with Reduce Motion

Aug 23, 2015 - 1 Comment
Reduce Animation on Apple Watch

Apple makes heavy usage of eye candy zooming and zipping around animation effects on Apple Watch, iOS, and OS X, which can look nice in some situations, but can also cause nausea and vertigo to some users who are particularly sensitive to the unpleasant sensation of motion sickness. If you’ve ever been using the Apple … Read More

Enable Confirmation Before Deleting & Archiving Email in iPhone & iPad Mail App

Aug 20, 2015 - 11 Comments
Mail icon for iOS

The Mail app in iOS is one of the most used applications for many iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners, and that means it’s likely only a matter of time before you inadvertently delete or accidentally archive an email on the device that you didn’t necessarily intend to. This is fairly easy to do since … Read More

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