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How to Record Sound on a Mac the Easy Way with QuickTime

Apr 3, 2014 - 5 Comments

If you need to record some simple sound or audio on a Mac, you can do so easily using a bundled app that comes with OS X, without having to download any third party utilities. That app is QuickTime, which may come as a surprise to some users as it’s typically thought of as a … Read More

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

Apr 2, 2014 - 6 Comments

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 … Read More

4 Goofy April Fools Day Pranks to Play on Mac Users

Apr 1, 2014 - 7 Comments

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 … Read More

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

Mar 31, 2014 - 12 Comments

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 … Read More

How to Detect Displays on a Mac with OS X Mavericks

Mar 31, 2014 - 3 Comments

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 … Read More

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

Mar 30, 2014 - 8 Comments

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 … Read More

Send Data Across Networked Computers with Netcat Using the Command Line

Mar 27, 2014 - 10 Comments

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 … Read More

Fix a “Safari Can’t Verify the Identity of the Website…” Error Message

Mar 26, 2014 - 4 Comments

While Safari usually works just fine for browsing the web, there are times you may encounter a persistent error message about verifying the identity of a particular website. The precise error message may read something like this, and appear on almost any site, where “URL” is a variety of domains: “Safari can’t verify the identity … Read More

How to See What Users Are Connected & Logged In To a Mac

Mar 25, 2014 - 4 Comments

If you share your Mac on a network you may be interested to know who is connected to the Mac at any given time. This may include listing currently logged in users through a variety of network protocols, even locally, or perhaps just a history of users logins over a period of time. While OS … Read More

How to Find Wi-Fi Security Encryption Type of a Router from Mac OS X

Mar 24, 2014 - 6 Comments

Have you ever needed to know what type of security and encryption method a wireless network is using? While the Mac will figure this out itself when joining most networks, you may need to relay the information to others, or specify it yourself when joining other networks. You can get the encryption protocol in use … Read More

Use Power Search in iTunes 11 with a URL Trick

Mar 21, 2014 - 4 Comments

Power Search for iTunes is a feature that allows many additional search parameters to be used when looking for all media types offered on iTunes, including music, apps, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, and iTunes University. But what was once built directly into iTunes has been removed by Apple for some reason or another from … Read More

How to Mount EXT4 Linux File Systems on a Mac with OS X Fuse

Mar 20, 2014 - 5 Comments

The EXT file system (short for Extended File System) and it’s family members of EXT2, EXT3, and EXT4, are the file systems used by Linux. Mac users who work with multiple platforms may notice that OS X is unable to mount EXT partitions on its own, and thus anyone wishing to mount and read EXT … Read More

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