Remove User Names from Login Window for Added Security in OS X

Jul 17, 2014 - 6 Comments

Usernames hidden from login screen in Mac OS X

The login screen of OS X defaults to showing the account pictures and user names of all accounts on the given Mac. This is undoubtedly convenient for most users as it makes logging into accounts much faster, but for situations where a Mac requires higher security, users may wish to hide user account names from the login window, thereby requiring a complete authentication of both a username and password.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Open a .Pages Format File in Windows & Microsoft Word

Jul 16, 2014 - 8 Comments

Pages The Pages app is the Mac word processor similar to Microsoft Word on the Windows side of things, and by default any Pages document is saved as a Pages format file with with a “.pages” file extension. Typically that’s invisible to Mac users, but if you send a Pages file to someone on a Windows computer, the .pages extension is visible and the file format is unreadable by default by most Windows apps and by Microsoft Office. At first glance that may seem like Windows can’t use the file, but that’s not the case.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Fix a “iTunes Could Not Backup iPhone” Error Message

Jul 16, 2014 - Leave a Comment

iTunes backup failed error If you regularly make backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with iTunes, you may rarely run into an error when iTunes reports it’s unable to backup the iOS device. This is usually accompanied by a very vague error message like “iTunes could not back up the iPhone “(name)” because the backup could not be saved on the computer”, or a “session failed” message, with a suggestion to disconnect and reconnect the device before trying again. Typically following the alert dialog instructions doesn’t resolve much, so if you do happen to run into an iTunes backup failure, try the following solution to successfully backup the device again.

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Maintain & Recall Command Line Clipboard History with iTerm 2

Jul 15, 2014 - 2 Comments

iTerm 2

Mac users who spend a lot of time at the command line have yet another reason to use iTerm 2 as their default terminal client; clipboard history. Added in the most recent version of iTerm, a running history of OS X clipboard activity can be natively stored, recalled, and summoned directly in iTerm2, accessible through a handy new feature panel called Toolbelt.

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Disable Call Waiting on the iPhone for Beep-Free Phone Calls

Jul 15, 2014 - 5 Comments

Phone icon Call Waiting is the feature that allows you to hear another incoming call when you’re already on active phone call, often referred to as a ‘beep’. On the iPhone, you can then look at your screen and the incoming callers number or contact details will be shown. Call Waiting is obviously very useful for many situations, but if you’re annoyed with the beep while on a phone call you can easily turn the feature off with an adjustment of an iPhone setting.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

How to Enable Multiple Profile & Guest Browsing Support in Chrome

Jul 14, 2014 - 1 Comment

Chrome If you share a computer, or when someone else just needs to use your web browser for a while, you probably know the dread of worrying about a million saved web logins, history, saved searches, and whatever other customizations and personal data you have in the browser. Common solutions are often to use a guest account, a different web browser, or even Private Browsing mode, but another option is to enable a hidden Guest Browsing and profile mode in Google Chrome, which makes multiple account management much easier and specific to the Chrome web browser.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Change the Profile Picture of a Mac User Account

Jul 14, 2014 - 3 Comments

Users and Groups profile pictures for Mac OS X The first time you set up a Mac or new user account, you’re asked to pick a profile picture for that account. Most of us set this image once and don’t think much about it, but that profile picture follows us around in OS X and is visible at each boot login menu, in the Fast User Switching menu, visible to other users with AirDrop, and plenty of other places in Mac OS X.

If you decide you want to change that user profile picture, perhaps to a more generic image, a mugshot, or a custom photo, you can do so at any time, and for any user account on the Mac. We’ll show you two ways to do this.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

5 Simple & Beautiful Smooth Gradient Wallpapers

Jul 13, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Smooth gradient wallpaper pack

Just about everyone loves great wallpapers to spruce up their device desktops and backgrounds, but sometimes obvious scenery is a bit distracting. Rather than settle for something totally dull, a wonderful in-between choice is to use some gorgeous color gradients as wallpaper instead, and that’s exactly what these five choices offer in a variety of colors.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - Leave a Comment

How to Set a Headphone Specific Volume Level in Mac OS X

Jul 13, 2014 - 4 Comments

finder-icon I don’t know about anyone else, but I always have a very different volume level for my headphones than for my speakers, and if you’re anything like me than this tip is great news. You can actually set headphone-specific volume levels on your Mac, so you won’t have to be constantly toying with the volume levels. That means no more embarrassing moments where your headphones accidentally get pulled from your Mac in a quiet library, and you proceed to blast music for all to hear.

The solution for specifying a volume output is so easy in OS X, just do the following on your Mac:

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Protect Hearing By Setting Volume Limits on Music Played in iOS

Jul 12, 2014 - 1 Comment

The music app icon for iOS Have you ever had someone pass you their headphones to hear a song, and had your ears blasted by an outrageously loud volume level? Well, by default, anyone can crank the volume up on music played from an iOS device to 100%. That may sound like no big deal, but there are situations where listening to music that loud could potentially be problematic, leading to inattentiveness to the outside world or even theoretical hearing issues. This is particularly important for kids, who may not realize that the volume level is harmful. Thus, if you or your kids listen to a lot of music with headphones on from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you may want to consider setting a maximum volume limit for the Music app.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Mac Setup: The MacBook Pro Desk of an Audio Engineer & Student

Jul 12, 2014 - 10 Comments

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It’s time to share another great reader-submitted Mac setup… it’s the excellent workstation of an Audio Engineer and student. Let’s dive right in and learn more about the hardware and software making up this featured Mac desk:

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 10 Comments

Share Files Between User Accounts in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Jul 11, 2014 - 2 Comments

Share files between user accounts in Mac OS X

There are a variety of ways to share files between different user accounts on the Mac, but OS X offers one incredibly simple way in particular; the Shared folder. Most Mac users may not even see the folder let alone know it exists, but it’s easy to access, and makes sharing a file or many between users extremely simple. This also offers a simple way to move a file or folder to a different user account on the same Mac, without having to make a copy or use administrator privileges.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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