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Run X11 in Mac OS X with XQuartz

Dec 2, 2012 - 4 Comments

Advanced Mac users may have noticed that X11 is no longer bundled with OS X, and it’s also no longer available as a separate installation option through Developer Tools. Instead, to run X11 on OS X Mountain Lion (and later), you’ll want to download and install the free XQuartz system, which bundles all the necessary … Read More

OS X 10.8.3 Beta 1 Released for Developers

Nov 26, 2012 - 12 Comments

The first beta of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 has been released to registered Mac developers. OS X 10.8.3 beta 1 is identified as build 12D32 and focuses on AirPlay, AirPort (wireless), Game Center, and graphics drivers, though it’s not yet clear if the intention is for bug fixing, feature enhancements, or a bit of … 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 Generate & Change a MAC Address in OS X the Easy Way

Nov 9, 2012 - 14 Comments

If you need to change a computers MAC address (the unique ID attached to a physical network interface), but aren’t comfortable with the command line approaches that we’ve discussed before, an excellent free preference panel called LinkLiar makes it easy. Not only does LinkLiar make changing MAC addresses remarkably simple for any network interface on … Read More

Share Pictures Easily with Photo Streams in iOS

Nov 7, 2012 - 6 Comments

Photo Streams are a great addition to iOS, but thus far seem to be an underused feature. With Photo Stream, you can easily share a collection of images with a select group of people, without having to go through the usual avenues of social networks. Instead, you create an instant gallery right out of the … Read More

Change the Display Resolution from the Menu Bar Again in OS X Mountain Lion

Oct 22, 2012 - 4 Comments

As some of you undoubtedly noticed, OS X Mountain Lion removed the Displays menu bar item, which let you quickly change screen resolutions from a pull down menu available system wide in OS X. If you miss that function, you’ll be pleased to discover a freely available app is on the Mac App Store to … Read More

Kill Processes Using Wildcards with pkill in OS X

Oct 18, 2012 - 1 Comment

For anyone who uses the command line regularly, a new tool called pkill makes killing processes significantly easier in OS X 10.8 and later. Improving on the standard kill command, pkill easily supports wildcards, making it easy to terminate all processes belonging to a match or even a specific user. At it’s most basic function, … Read More

Get RSS Feeds in OS X Notification Center with RSS.app

Oct 16, 2012 - 18 Comments

Mac OS X no longer includes a native RSS reader in Mail or Safari, something that just about no one is particularly pleased about, but a new free app brings RSS functionality back to OS X in perhaps the most logical new way: by embedding feeds into Notification Center. Aptly named “RSS.app”, it’s a lightweight … Read More

Transfer Files Between Remote Macs with Screen Sharing in OS X

Oct 16, 2012 - 4 Comments

Screen Sharing supports drag and drop file copying to and from remote Macs, an excellent feature that was briefly covered in our recent guide to using Screen Sharing in OS X. Each Mac must be running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later to have the drag and drop file transfer feature, but it’s an … Read More

Open a Files Enclosing Folder from All My Files in OS X

Oct 8, 2012 - 11 Comments

All My Files is one of those features of Mac OS X that was somewhat controversial at first, but once you start using it often you can stop sorting files yourself in the Finder and just let All My Files, search, and Spotlight manage documents instead. Nonetheless, there are still times when you’ll want to … Read More

Add Speech Bubbles to Pictures with Preview in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2012 - 2 Comments

The latest version of Preview app from OS X Mountain Lion onward feature a couple of fun menu items that let you quickly add comic book styled speech bubbles to any photo. It’s extremely easy to use, but it’s also easy to overlook, so here’s how to use them to add some humor to any … Read More

Supplemental Update 1.0 Released for OS X 10.8.2 and OS X 10.7.5

Oct 4, 2012 - 9 Comments

Apple has issued minor “Supplemental Updates” to both OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion. The small releases focus on resolving a few prominent bugs, though the most noticeable is probably the fix for Lion users who are encountering extraordinarily long waits with Time Machine backups. The updates are available through  Apple menu … Read More

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