Celebrate the Apple II’s 35th Birthday with an Apple II Simulator for Mac OS X

Apr 17, 2012 - 3 Comments

Apple II Simulator

The Apple ][ is celebrating it’s 35th birthday. Originally demoed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at a computer fair on April 16 and 17, 1977, the Apple II was the machine that put Apple on the map and then went on to catapult the personal computer revolution. What better way to celebrate one of the original PC’s monumental birthdays than to use an Apple II simulator in Mac OS X?

Bundled within the XScreenSaver for Mac collection, the standalone Apple2 application is actually a completely usable VT100 Terminal emulator in the lovably awful Apple ][ style, complete with screen noise, random color flickers, a permanent caps lock, and other peculiarities unique to technologies of a bygone era. Whether you have distant memories of the ][ or never even used one, the simulator is a fun look at what computers behaved like 35 years ago.

Optionally, you can install the Apple2.saver screen saver as well. Not the most useful thing in the world, but it sure is fun.

By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X, Retro - 3 Comments

Find Large Files in Mac OS X with Search

Apr 17, 2012 - 18 Comments

Finder Whether you’re feeling the pinch as hard drive space runs low or you’re just wondering where all your disk space went, it’s easy to find large files in Mac OS X by using the built-in search tools. You don’t need to use any third party tools here, instead you’ll rely on search operators and the excellent Spotlight locating functionality that is a core feature of all Macs.

If you’ve never used these specific features of the Mac search function before, you’ll find it’s simple to do, just follow these steps to locate files and items based on their size.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 18 Comments

11 Tips to Get the Best Battery Life on a Mac Laptop

Apr 16, 2012 - 12 Comments

Tips to Improve and Maximize Mac Battery Life

Macs have pretty amazing battery life to begin with, but following a few simple tips will help you to get the absolute best battery performance out of a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.

The primary goal here is to reduce overall power consumption on the Mac laptop and we’ll cover a few different techniques to do this. For casual Mac users simply reducing screen brightness is typically more than adequate to get great battery life, so the tips below are intended for true road warriors who demand the absolute best battery life possible out of their portable Macs.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

3 Beautifully Subtle Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Apr 16, 2012 - 4 Comments

Three Subtle Wallpapers

Looking for some nice mellow wallpapers to add to your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? The DizzyUp collection features three beautifully subtle wallpapers in a wide variety of common screen resolutions and has also been updated to support the 3rd gen iPad retina 2048×2048 display. The wood paneling is my personal favorite of the group, but if you’re into minimalist wallpapers you won’t want to miss the other two dark & light wallpapers either, which feature unobtrusive gradients over a some gentle patterns.

(BTW the light desktop background image looks great with a retro-fied Classic style Mac OS X desktop)

Heads up to 512pixels for the reminder these exist, and for pointing out the iPad retina update.

Wood wallpaper
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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X - 4 Comments

How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone

Apr 16, 2012 - 23 Comments

Forward text message SMS from iPhone

Forwarding text messages from one sender to another is made very simple on the iPhone. The process is the same whether it’s a text, SMS, MMS, or even an iMessage:

  1. From the Messages app, open the text message you want to forward
  2. Tap the “Edit” button in the upper right corner
  3. Tap the message you want to forward so that it shows a red checkbox next to it
  4. Tap on the “Forward” button in the lower right corner
  5. Enter the recipient in the new message screen and send as usual

The forwarded message sends to the recipient as any other message would, and an SMS or MMS can be forwarded as a mass text message as well. Group texting is useful for reducing text message fees with some providers and it’s also a great way to annoy your entire iPhone address book.

And yes, text messages can be forwarded from an iPhone to iPad, iPod touch, or Mac running Messages, and vice versa, though sending to a device other than an iPhone obviously won’t register as an SMS.

By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 23 Comments

Get 200+ Free Retro Screen Savers with XScreenSaver for Mac OS X

Apr 14, 2012 - 16 Comments

XScreenSaver for Mac OS X

Tired of all the OS X default screen savers? Breathe a ton of new retro life into your screen saver collection with the XScreenSaver pack for Mac. The free bundle includes over 200 old school screen saver classics, including an Apple II emulator, Flying Toasters, The Matrix, Blue Screen of Death, Missile Command, Phosphor BBS emulator, Rubiks cube, bouncing cow, and tons of other once-upon-a-time-was-fancy and hilarious screen savers from computing days of yesteryear.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X, Retro - 16 Comments

Flashback Trojan Removal Tool Released by Apple

Apr 14, 2012 - Leave a Comment

Flashback removal tool

Apple has released a standalone removal tool that targets Flashback malware infections. The separate utility is recommended for Mac users who do not have Java installed on their OS X Lion machine, but it’s functionality is identical to that performed by the most recent Java update to remove Flashback.

If your Mac does not have Java or you did not install the most recent Java for OS X updates, running this tool is a good idea. Here is what to do:

  1. Download the tool directly from Apple
  2. Mount the DMG file and launch FlashbackMalwareRemover.pkg
  3. Click Continue, click “Install” and enter the administrative password

Everything beyond that is automated, if the Mac is infected it will be automatically repaired.

Users should always keep system software up to date as part of a general maintenance routine. Despite the recent media overhyping of Flashback, Mac OS X remains a very secure platform. If you are concerned about potential attacks, our recent guide on securing Mac OS X from potential trojans and malware may be helpful to you.

Mac Setups: Husband & Wife Workstation

Apr 14, 2012 - 13 Comments

Husband and wife Mac desk setup

This weeks Mac setup is loaded with great Apple gear and comes to us from husband and wife Cesare and Monica. Hardware from left to right is:

  • iPad 1
  • iPhone 4 64GB
  • iMac 20″ (early 2008) 4GB RAM 200GB HD
  • iPad 3rd gen 64GB
  • iPhone 4S 64GB
  • MacBook Pro 17″ (mid 2007) 8GB RAM 500GB HD
  • 1988 Apple HQ Mug
  • MacBook Pro 15″ 8GB RAM 256GB SSD with external display

The printer is a Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet 6500 WiFi model (related, you can force other printers to be AirPrint compatible), and not pictured is a MacBook Air 11″ used for travel.

Want your Mac setup featured? Send pictures of Apple & Mac setups to osxdailycom@gmail.com and include some brief hardware details and what you use it for.

By William Pearson - Mac Setups - 13 Comments

How to Share a Single Keyboard & Mouse Between Multiple Macs & Computers

Apr 13, 2012 - 40 Comments

Share single keyboard and mouse multiple Macs

Want to share a single keyboard and mouse between multiple Macs? How about using a keyboard and mouse attached to your Mac to control an additional PC running Windows or Linux, and even being able to share copy and paste data between the different operating systems? You can do that with the help of a great free tool called Synergy, and setting it up is easier than you might think.
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By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 40 Comments

Preview & Watch Videos Directly in Spotlight for Mac

Apr 13, 2012 - Leave a Comment

Watch or Preview Video and Movies in Spotlight

Modern versions of Mac OS X allow videos and movie files to be previewed and played directly in the Spotlight search results menu.

This works with any supported movie or video file type that can be played in QuickTime. To try this out for yourself:

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

The Original Apple iPhone… from 1983

Apr 13, 2012 - 6 Comments

Original iPhone

Apple was busy dreaming about the future 29 years ago, long before the days of the iPhone, touch screens, cell phones, and even cordless phones. As this Apple product concept from 1983 shows, the company envisioned an Apple phone complete with a Mac-like OS, touch screen, touch keyboard, and even a stylus to navigate the onscreen elements. Of course this particular phone never went anywhere, but it does show Apple’s tradition of dreaming big and being years ahead of their rivals in imagination alone.

Original iPhone 1983

These particular concepts were created by one of Apple’s famous first industrial designers, Hartmut Esslinger of frogdesign. You can see more old Apple product concept pictures at fudder.de alongside a fascinating article about Apple’s early design, though it’s in German so the English translation is a bit rough.

Original iPhone 1983

Conceptually this one looks much more useful than the silly looking literal Apple phone from 1985, which was shaped like an actual Apple logo.

By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone, Retro - 6 Comments

Remove Flashback Trojan from Mac OS X with New Software Update from Apple

Apr 12, 2012 - 11 Comments

Flashback Malware Removal

Apple has released a new Java security update that automatically removes the most frequently occurring variations of the Flashback trojan malware. The software update is recommended for all Mac users to install, even if they have previously checked their systems for infection.

To get the update and remove any malware that is potentially on a Mac, simply download the “Java for OS X 2012-003” update from Software Update found within the  Apple menu. There is no manual checking or removal required, simply installing the update from Apple resolves any potential infection for you.

The new Java update also disables automatic execution of Java applets, providing further security against potential threats down the road. Release notes are as follows:

This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

This update also configures the Java web plug-in to disable the automatic execution of Java applets. Users may re-enable automatic execution of Java applets using the Java Preferences application. If the Java web plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable Java applets.

This update is recommended for all Mac users with Java installed.

For details about this update see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5242

All Mac users should install the update as soon as possible. For extra protection, don’t miss our recent post on some simple tips to secure Mac OS X from viruses, malware, and trojans.

By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Security - 11 Comments

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