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Fix Archive Utility When It Stops Working, Crashes, or Freezes in Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2013 - 9 Comments

Archive Utility is the little system app that launches anytime an archive needs to be dealt with by OS X, usually it launches itself, extracts a zip, sit, tar, gz, or whatever other archive file, then quits on it’s own. Lately there’s been widespread reports of weird problems with Archive Utility though, where a zip … Read More

Remove Duplicates from the “Open With” Right-Click Menu in Mac OS X

Jan 22, 2013 - 25 Comments

The “Open With” menu appears when any file in the Mac Finder is right-clicked (or control-clicked), and it is intended to provide a list of alternate apps that selected file can be opened with other than what is currently set as the default application. This Open With is great, but sometimes it can become freakishly … Read More

Is Your Mac Slow to Wake from Sleep? Try this pmset Workaround

Jan 21, 2013 - 9 Comments

If your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air feels slow to wake from sleep after it’s been sleeping for a while, there may be a fairly simple cause: standby mode. Standby mode allows a Mac to potentially have up to 30 days of ‘standby’ time, meaning it can sit in a prolonged sleep state for that … Read More

Fixing Grey Songs & Unplayable Albums in Music App on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Jan 7, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Have you ever gotten a new album or podcast, synced it over to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then when you went to play the songs you discovered they were grayed out in the Music app? The album is there, the song title is there, but because the song is grey you can tap … Read More

Fix the iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Error

Dec 20, 2012 - 11 Comments

Despite setting up iMessage properly, some users occasionally encounter a “Waiting for Activation” error either upon updating to a new version of iOS or getting a new device. It’s a pretty annoying error since so much dialog is reliant on messaging these days, so we’ll run through a series of troubleshooting tips to fix the … Read More

Save Pictures from Facebook to iPhone & iPad the Easy Way

Dec 18, 2012 - 3 Comments

The easiest way to save a picture from Facebook on an iPhone or iPad is to: Open the image you want to save, then tap and hold on that image and select “Save Photo” Now look in the Photos app to find your saved picture. Easy right? Before Facebook had the Save Photo feature, you … Read More

Resolving Stubborn Wi-Fi Connection Problems in Mac OS X

Nov 30, 2012 - 42 Comments

A fair amount of Mac users have encountered long lasting Wi-Fi connection issues, whether it’s a dropping connection, a refusal to reconnect after waking from sleep, or any other number of oddities pertaining to wireless networking. Often these connection problems can be resolved with renewing a DHCP lease and changing the MTU size, but sometimes … Read More

What to do When iTunes Won’t Detect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Nov 20, 2012 - 16 Comments

You’ve plugged an iPhone into a computer, and nothing happens. You look in iTunes, and the iPhone, iPod, or iPad isn’t there. Great, now what? What in the heck is going on? Don’t worry, there are usually a few simple solutions that will resolve the problem, try these tricks first in any whatever order works … Read More

Stop Software Update from Bugging You in Mac OS X

Nov 15, 2012 - 13 Comments

Keeping software up to date is one of the top maintenance tips for Macs, but sometimes those Software Update notifications can be just plain annoying. Whether you’re just trying to focus on work, or the update that’s bugging you is irrelevant to your needs, here is every possible way you can stop software updating from … Read More

How to Determine if iPhone is GSM or CDMA

Nov 15, 2012 - 9 Comments

Most of us geekier folks instantly know if our iPhones are CDMA or GSM models, but not everyone pays as much attention to the largely insignificant technical details of their phones. Not to worry, it’s extremely easy to find out if an iPhone is GSM or CDMA, all you need to do is look at … Read More

Track Down an Apps Preference File Easily By Watching Modifications

Nov 14, 2012 - 10 Comments

If you’ve ever had to track down a particular plist file for an app you know how frustrating the process can be. Though preference files are usually named in a logical manner, that’s not always the case, and regardless the prefix of com.(developer).(application) is not always the easiest to navigate through. One method is to … Read More

5 Quick Tips to Free Up Disk Space in Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2012 - 16 Comments

Mac running out of disk space? If you’ve ever received that dreaded “disk full” message when using a Mac, you know it can be pretty frustrating to try and free up disk space quickly so you can get back to work. But it’s actually not too hard, and there are a few quick and easy … Read More

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