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How to Disable Parental Controls in Mac OS X

Sep 14, 2014 - 3 Comments
Disable Parental Controls for a user in Mac OS X

Parental Controls are a great feature of OS X that allows for restrictions to be placed on a specific user account on a Mac. These restrictions are varied and chosen by whoever set the parental control feature, ranging from setting time limits for computer use, to preventing certain web pages from being accessed, to even … Read More

Upgraded iCloud Storage Plans Offer More Storage at Lower Prices

Sep 11, 2014 - 4 Comments
Upgrade iCloud Storage

Apple has expanded their iCloud storage plan lineup to offer dramatically increased storage capacities for a monthly fee. The new pricing plans offer up to 1TB of total storage capacity, which should be plenty for just about any gadget owner, even if you have a handful of iPhones, iPads, and Macs in use on a … Read More

Show Process ID of Individual Web Page Tabs & Windows in Safari for Mac OS X

Sep 10, 2014 - Leave a Comment
PID in a Safari page title

Anyone who develops just about anything for the web knows that following resource usage of a specific tab or window, or just tracking down an errant tab or window can be difficult, but Safari on the Mac has a hidden trick up it’s sleeve that makes it much easier; the ability to show web process … Read More

Have Your Mac Tell You Bad Knock-Knock Jokes

Sep 8, 2014 - 5 Comments
Tell Me A Joke to Speakable Items in Mac OS X

There’s a rather amusing Easter Egg built into the Speakable Items function of OS X Accessibility options that lets your Mac tell you bad jokes. Yes, seriously. Sounds goofy, maybe even pointless? Well that’s why it’s an Easter Egg, so if that isn’t compelling I don’t know what is. Let’s dig in and learn how … Read More

Gracefully Close an Application from the Command Line in OS X

Sep 5, 2014 - 5 Comments

Quitting apps gracefully is typically done through the appropriate application menu by choosing “Quit”, but the Mac GUI is obviously inaccessible from the command line of OS X. So when most command line users are confronted with the need to exit an application, they wind up using the ‘kill’ command to terminate the process and … Read More

How to Enable Safe Mode from the Command Line on a Mac

Sep 4, 2014 - 2 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Troubleshooting complex issues on a Mac can be challenging as is, and if you’re ever confronted with some complex situations you may find the command line to lend a major hand. In this case, advanced users can boot a Mac into safe mode through the usage of the nvram utility, a tool which allows users … Read More

List All Network Hardware from the Command Line in OS X

Sep 3, 2014 - 6 Comments
Network Utility in OS X

The networksetup utility offers a command line interface to configuring the variety of Mac networking features available in OS X. We’ve discussed networksetup and accompanying features many times here for more advanced purposes, but one of the simpler uses of networksetup is that it can list out every piece of networking hardware attached to a … Read More

Create a New iTunes Radio Station from Currently Playing Song or Artist

Sep 3, 2014 - 2 Comments
Create a new iTunes Radio station from a song or artist

Have a favorite song that you want to use to seed a new music station? Maybe you’re looking to find some new tunes to hear based on a particular song or artist? iTunes Radio makes this process simple, and you can instantly create a new iTunes Radio station from any playing song or artist, whether … Read More

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 Released

Sep 2, 2014 - 3 Comments
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7

Apple has released the 7th developer preview of OS X Yosemite. The update arrives as build 14A343f, and includes bug fixes and feature enhancements, making it recommended for all Mac developers to install.

How to Get Current Screen Resolution from Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 31, 2014 - 5 Comments
Display resolutions in Mac

Typically Mac users will retrieve the screen resolution of connected displays through the Displays system preference panel in OS X. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that approach, it’s easy and quick, but because it uses the graphical interface of OS X it’s not necessary helpful for scripting purposes or remote management through Remote Login and … Read More

Move Files While Keeping Permissions Intact with “Paste Item Exactly” in the Mac OS X Finder

Aug 28, 2014 - 6 Comments
Paste Item Exactly to relocate a file while maintaining permissions in OS X

Cutting and pasting files within the OS X Finder is an easy way to move files and folders around on the Mac, particularly for Windows converts, but by default the cut and paste function changes permissions and ownership during the file move process. For the most part that is desirable, but if you are logged … Read More

Rename Bookmarks in Safari Quickly via the Favorites Bar in OS X

Aug 27, 2014 - 3 Comments
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Safari Bookmarks default to saving their names as the title of a webpage or website. That means if a site has a long title, the bookmark name will be equally as long. For accessing bookmarks through the Bookmarks menu that isn’t too big of a deal, but when you’re using the Safari Favorites Bar, long … Read More

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