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Check Battery Cycle Count on a Mac

Jun 23, 2011 - 17 Comments
Battery Cycle Count

If you have a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, you can check the battery cycle count to get an idea of overall battery health. Here’s how you can do that yourself, right from the OS X built in system management functions.

Accidentally Drop an iPad Out a Plane? Throw a MacBook Out a Two Story Window? No Problem with a G-Form Extreme Sleeve

May 8, 2011 - 9 Comments
G-Form iPad Sleeve

Think you’ll ever be in a situation where your iPad needs to survive a drop from 1/10th of a mile up? Do you ever get so frustrated with your MacBook Pro that you want to toss it out of a two story window, but you don’t want it to actually break? These are ridiculous scenarios … Read More

Disable Wake From Sleep When Opening the Lid of a MacBook Pro

Apr 26, 2011 - 6 Comments

If you don’t want your MacBook Pro to wake from sleep when you open the lid of the machine, all you need to do is launch the Terminal and type the following command: sudo pmset lidwake 0 Changes take effect immediately, and you can verify this is working by using the -g profiles flag below, … Read More

Keep Magsafe Cords Out of the Way

Apr 17, 2011 - 5 Comments
Magsafe clipped to side of MacBook Air

Is that Magsafe cord getting in your way? Try attaching the cord to the side of your Mac’s display by using the cables clip. This works with newer MacBook Pro’s, unibody MacBooks, and new MacBook Air’s. If you’re wondering, this is not what the intended use of that magsafe clip is, it’s intended to wrap … Read More

Do-It-Yourself MacBook Pro Desk

Apr 15, 2011 - 9 Comments
Do it yourself laptop table

Are you looking for the perfect desk for your MacBook Pro? Do you have five MacBook Pro’s and you’ve been dying to make a custom laptop desk out of them? Of course you do, who doesn’t right? So open them up like a book and start stacking them to create the most expensive MacBook Pro … Read More

Use a $2 Ikea Napkin Holder as a Vertical MacBook Stand

Mar 16, 2011 - 14 Comments

Want a super cheap vertical stand for your MacBook Pro? Try this $1.99 Ikea FANTASTIK napkin holder, apparently it’ll hold a MacBook Pro just fine (looks like a 13″ judging by the SuperDrive). Sure, it’s not the super sleak BookArc, but it’s also $48 cheaper.

Turn off the MacBook or MacBook Pro screen with the computer still on

Jan 14, 2011 - 24 Comments

You can turn off the internal MacBook Pro screen and still use the computer as long as it’s hooked up to an external display, and no you don’t have to use it in clamshell mode to achieve this. Here are two ways to keep your Mac laptop with the lid open but the internal display … Read More

MacBook Theft Tracking & Recovery Software – Hidden

Dec 23, 2010 - 23 Comments
macbook theft tracking and recovery software

Hidden is theft tracking software for Mac OS X that works to help you recover your stolen MacBook Pro (or MacBook Air, MacBook, and any other Mac OS X machine really). It works by laying dormant on your Mac until you visit the Hidden website and mark your computer as stolen, this then activates the … Read More

Broken MacBook Pro screen? Turn it into a desktop Mac!

Dec 21, 2010 - 11 Comments
broke macbook pro screen mac desktop

Have you broken your MacBook Pro screen? The cost to replace a cracked or dead screen of a MacBook or MacBook Pro can be very expensive, but instead of considering the broken MacBook Pro useless, just turn it into a desktop Mac! Equipment necessary to use a broke screen MacBook Pro as a desktop Mac: … Read More

Disable the Sudden Motion Sensor on a Mac

Dec 16, 2010 - 3 Comments
disable sudden motion sensor

The Sudden Motion Sensor is designed to protect your Macs hard drive in the event of a computer being dropped or an unusually strong vibration. Essentially what it does is park the hard drive head when movement is detected, which prevents it from potentially scooting across the disk surface and scratching or otherwise damaging the … Read More

MacBook Tablet patent hints at convertible touch Macs

Dec 1, 2010 - 5 Comments
macbook tablet patent

Earlier in the year a patent for a MacBook Touch of sorts appeared, basically it was a MacBook with a touch screen, but that idea was later shot down by Steve Jobs in the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion preview keynote speech who said that touching a laptop screen was ergonomically awkward. Now another patent … Read More

Make your MacBook Pro keys light up when touched or typing

Nov 5, 2010 - 3 Comments

Sometimes novelty apps are fun, and this one is no exception. Called keySpazz, it makes your MacBook Pro keyboard backlights respond to typing and touch, so the keys light up when you are typing. Is there a purpose? No, not really, but it’s kind of entertaining. Check out the video above for a demonstration on … Read More

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