How to Find Wi-Fi Link Connection Speed in Mac OS X

Apr 2, 2014 - 6 Comments

Find Wi-Fi Connection Speed in Network Utility for Mac OS X If you need to find out just how fast your wi-fi link speed is, or rather, the speed of which your Mac is connected to a particular wireless router, you can find this data through the Network Utility app that is bundled in every version of Mac OS X.

This is really the fastest way to determine the link speed of any interface, whether Wi-Fi, ethernet, or otherwise, despite the always handy Network Utility app having been relocated to the depths of a system folder.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Rename an eMail Account in iOS to be More Descriptive

Apr 2, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Mail for iOS If you have multiple email accounts setup with Mail app on your iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably noticed that each email account name defaults to the provider, like “iCloud”, “Gmail”, “Outlook”, and “Yahoo”. Those names aren’t the most explanatory, and it can become even more confusing when you have two mail accounts from the same service provider setup with Mail app, where you may end up with “Gmail” and “Gmail” or “Outlook” and “Outlook”, one of which may be the default address while the other is a miscellaneous inbox, with no obvious differentiator between the two. This is what it may look like in the Settings and Mail app Mailboxes view, a bit confusing until you go deeper:

Different Mail accounts with the same name, rename the email accounts in iOS

Instead of putting up with those nondescript and sometimes confusingly repetitive email account names, you can rename the account to something much more meaningful, like the email address, or the function of that account. This is handled through the iOS Mail app settings, and it simply changes the user side and view of things, it has no impact on how the email sends or presents to the outside world.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

iPhone 6 with 4.7″ Display to be Released in Fall, Says Reuters Report

Apr 1, 2014 - 12 Comments

iPhone 6 with a 4.7" display mocked up

Apple will launch an iPhone 6 with a 4.7″ display sometime this fall, according to a new report from
Reuters. Additionally, a separate iPhone 6 model with a larger 5.5″ display may be delayed due to production issues.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News, Rumor - 12 Comments

4 Goofy April Fools Day Pranks to Play on Mac Users

Apr 1, 2014 - 7 Comments

Mac Pranks for April Fools

It’s April Fools Day, that means the internet is full of useless stuff and just about everything should be doubted. But rather than feed you BS, we’ll show you how you can contribute to some general tomfoolery by pranking your friends, family, and coworkers with some fun and harmless little Mac pranks. Ready to goof off? Give these a go:
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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X - 7 Comments

Fix Time Machine When Stuck on “Preparing Backup” in Mac OS X

Mar 31, 2014 - 12 Comments

Time Machine Time Machine is by far the simplest way to keep regular and reliable backups of a Mac, and usually the automatic backups start and finish without any incident. On some rare occasions though, Time Machine may get stuck* on the “Preparing Backup” stage for an inordinately long amount of time, causing a backup to never start, let alone finish. It’s these failed backup attempts that we’re looking to remedy here.

We should point out that if you haven’t backed up a Mac in a while, say a few months, it’s normal for the “Preparing Backup” stage of Time Machine to take a while to gather data before beginning, particularly if you have a large drive to backup. What’s not normal is for the Preparing Backup stage to take 12-24 hours, getting stuck in that stage overnight or all day long, for example (unless perhaps you have some truly absurd amount of disk space, then it may take that long and be normal).

Time Machine stuck on Preparing Backup
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How to Detect Displays on a Mac with OS X Mavericks

Mar 31, 2014 - 3 Comments

Detect Displays in Mac OS X

Typically when an external display is connected to a Mac, it will automatically be detected and start working instantly, with the Mac either extending the desktop or mirroring the screen over to the newly attached display output. Sometimes that doesn’t happen however, and when a secondary screen is not detected automatically by the Mac, you’ll want to trigger the “Detect Display” function in OS X.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

6 Awesome Cosmos Inspired HD Wallpapers

Mar 30, 2014 - 6 Comments

Cosmos inspired space wallpapers, all high resolution

In appreciation of Cosmos Day (also known as the Sunday that airs the Cosmos TV show), we’re bringing you six space-themed Cosmos inspired wallpapers to send your desktop and mobile backgrounds into another world. Each of these was crafted in the good old photoshop alternative of Pixelmator using NASA imagery as a starting point.

Each image is a high resolution 2500×2500 and fairly large to preserve maximum quality, weighing in around 2.5MB each on average, so you’ll be able to use it on most resolution displays, whether you’re putting these on a 24″ display, iPhone, a retina iPad, or a retina MacBook Pro. Go ahead, bring some Cosmos to your wallpaper*.

Click on any thumbnail image below to open the larger full size version:

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 6 Comments

Mac Setup: The Desk of a Systems Engineer

Mar 30, 2014 - 13 Comments

Systems Engineer Mac Desk setup

This weeks featured Mac setup is the desk of systems engineer Dave B., let’s get right to it and learn a bit more!
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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 13 Comments

Disable the Chrome Notification Bell Menu Bar Icon in Mac OS X

Mar 30, 2014 - 8 Comments

Chrome bell menu bar icon in Mac OS X

Longtime users of the Google Chrome web browser may be puzzled to discover the appearance of a mysterious Chrome Notifications menu bar icon, appearing as a little bell icon along with the other Mac menu bar items. Unlike removing some of the other OS X menu bar icons though, you can’t simply drag it out of the menu bar to remove the icon, and even more strangely, you can’t disable the possibly superfluous menu bar icon from it’s own drop down menu.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Go Forward & Backward in Safari Browsing History with Swipes in iOS

Mar 28, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Safari back and forth swipe gestures If you’re a fan of using gestures for navigation, you’ll be pleased to know that you can navigate browser history in Safari for iOS (versions 7+) by simply swiping back and forth. This basically functions as an alternative to the traditional Back and Forward buttons in Safari, allowing for quick swipes to go forward or backwards a page as needed while you’re browsing.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

Microsoft Office for iPad Arrives with Word, Excel, & PowerPoint

Mar 28, 2014 - 10 Comments

Microsoft Excel on the iPad

Microsoft has brought the popular Office suite to the iPad, including full featured versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each app is offered as a free download through the App Store for iOS, but there are some functionality differences between the free and paid subscription plans. To put it simply, the free plans of the Office apps can only view, copy, and share contents, while the paid plans are necessary to gain complete editing and new document creation across the Office suite.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - 10 Comments

Send Data Across Networked Computers with Netcat Using the Command Line

Mar 27, 2014 - 10 Comments

Send data over a network with netcat

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 nc utility as an easy way to send data and other text across two networked computers.
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