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How to Add Text to Video with iMovie in Mac OS X

May 2, 2015 - 4 Comments
Saving a video with iMovie for Mac OS X is a unique experience of file saving using a Sharing menu

If you want to place some text onto a video, the iMovie app for Mac is a good place to start. This is good for putting a title onto a movie, placing some basic subtitles on a silent video, captions on a video, or at a specific point in a movie, adding a watermark to … Read More

How to Read .cap Packet Capture File on Mac OS X with tcpdump

May 1, 2015 - Leave a Comment
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Whether performing a packet trace or sniffing and capturing packets from a network, the result is usually the creation of a .cap capture file. That .cap, pcap, or wcap packet capture file is created regardless of what you’re using to sniff a network, a fairly common task among network administrators and security professionals. Perhaps the … Read More

How to Change Scrolling Speed of Mouse or Trackpad in Mac OS X

Apr 29, 2015 - 7 Comments
Change the scrolling speed of a Mac trackpad

Scrolling through documents, web pages, and other data with a trackpad or mouse is one of the most common computing tasks and used gestures. By default, the scrolling speed on a Mac is not particularly speedy, but with some settings changes you can customize the scrolling rate in OS X for both a Mac trackpad … Read More

How to Stop Automatic Emoji Replacing Emoticons in Messages for Mac OS X

Apr 28, 2015 - 5 Comments
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If you use Messages on the Mac to as a way to send texts, iMessages, Facebook chat, AIM, or whatever else, you’ve certainly noticed that new versions of Messages in OS X will automatically replace an emoticon with an emoji icon substitution. While many users like Emoji characters and they work great when messaging other … Read More

OS X 10.10.4 Public Beta 1 & Developer Beta 2 Released for Mac Users

Apr 27, 2015 - 26 Comments
OS X Yosemite

Apple has released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to Mac users choosing to participate in the OS X Public Beta program, alongside the second beta of OS X 10.10.4 for registered Mac Developers. The build number of 14E11f is the same for both public beta and developer releases.

How to Use FaceBook Messenger on Mac OS X via Messages App

Apr 25, 2015 - 12 Comments
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Facebook Messenger is a popular means of communicating, but the Mac doesn’t have a dedicated Facebook messaging app like the iPhone or Android does… or does it!?! Indeed, you can use Facebook Messenger to message friends from OS X, and in moments you can set up the Mac Messages app to function as a Facebook … Read More

How to Disable Safari Power Saver Plug-In Stopping on Mac OS X

Apr 24, 2015 - 9 Comments
Stop plug-ins to save power in Safari for Mac

Many Mac users may not notice this, but modern versions of Safari support a new feature which automatically stops plug-ins from running in certain situations to save power on the computer. This is kind of like App Nap in OS X, except that it’s limited to plug-ins within the Safari browser itself, which means things … Read More

How to Sniff Packets & Capture Packet Trace in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Apr 23, 2015 - 11 Comments
Reading a captured packet trace PCAP WCAP file in Mac OS X With Cocoa packet Analyzer app

The Mac includes a variety of powerful wireless network tools that offer many features which are helpful for administration and IT purposes, including the ability to sniff packets. Here we will demonstrate how to perform a packet trace in OS X easily by using the built-in Wi-Fi Diagnostics app. Using Wi-Fi Diagnostics Sniffer function is … Read More

iMac Graphics Update Fixes Crashes from JPEG Viewing in OS X Yosemite

Apr 23, 2015 - Leave a Comment
iMac with Retina 5k display

For some iMac users running OS X 10.10.3 (even post Supplemental Update 1), a software update is available that aims to resolve a peculiar bug that caused many iMacs to stall or crash when viewing JPEG image files in the Mac Finder or Preview app.

How to “Show In Finder” the Original File in Photos App for Mac OS X

Apr 22, 2015 - 25 Comments
Show Referenced File in Finder from Photos app of Mac OS X

The ability to quickly jump to a photo in the Finder file system of Mac OS has changed in the new Photos app. For now, the traditional “Reveal In Finder” option in Photos app for OS X is missing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show the original file in the Finder or access the … Read More

How to Stop Photos Copying Images & Creating Duplicate Files in Mac OS X

Apr 21, 2015 - 31 Comments
Disable Photos App Importing feature to stop copying images to Photos Library in OS X

Photos app is a great app to manage and browse large collections of pictures on a Mac, but some users prefer to manually sort their pictures using the file system of OS X, which means that if you add those pictures into Photos app they will be copied into the Photos library. That’s the intended … Read More

Make Console Easier to Read in OS X with PID, Icons, & Bold View Options

Apr 20, 2015 - 4 Comments
Improved Console app view in Mac OS X

By default, the OS X Console app view is quite simple, displaying events and logs in nothing but plain text, which makes it not very different from viewing system logs from the command line on a Mac. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re a Mac user who spends a fair amount of time … Read More

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