OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks is the 9th major release of Mac OS X system software, officially versioned as OS X 10.9

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Using the Purge Command in OS X Mavericks

Nov 14, 2013 - 11 Comments

Many Mac users running OS X Mavericks have noticed the purge command, which forces memory cache to be emptied as if it a computer was rebooted, throws an error when attempting to run through Terminal in OS X 10.9. In most cases that error message is “Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted”. This … Read More

Fix Finder Slowness & High CPU Usage Issues in OS X Mavericks

Nov 13, 2013 - 45 Comments

Finder is the file manager in OS X, and it’s actually one of the oldest components of the Mac operating system, having been around since the earliest days of Mac OS. Despite it’s long history, many users who have upgraded to OS X Mavericks have discovered some peculiar behavior with Finder, where it can become … Read More

Schedule Do Not Disturb in OS X to Stop Nagging Notifications on the Mac

Nov 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Notification Center in OS X sends a little pop-up alert in the corner of the screen when an event occurs. These are often in the form of a reminder originally made on an iPhone, a new inbound iMessage, a persistent software update or twenty, new emails, almost anything really. While obviously useful for many occasions, … Read More

Fix Mail & Gmail Problems in OS X Mavericks with Mail Update

Nov 7, 2013 - 11 Comments

Many users of the Mail app in OS X Mavericks have experienced significant problems, ranging from severe issues like randomly deleting emails to entire inboxes, to not signifying if emails have been read, amongst a wide variety of other more minor but annoying problems with the Mail app. Some of the issues have been so … Read More

Merge All Finder Windows into a Single Tabbed Window in OS X

Nov 7, 2013 - 3 Comments

Finder Tabs are one of the better Mavericks improvements brought to the OS X Finder in years, letting you use the file system in a single window view, with each open folder or directory path as it’s own unique tab. Used properly, Finder Tabs will prevent the enormous amounts of window clutter that can occur … Read More

How to Downgrade a Mac from OS X Mavericks to OS X Mountain Lion

Nov 5, 2013 - 21 Comments

Though we generally recommend staying on the latest versions of OS X, some users may find incompatibilities or problems associated with updating their Macs to OS X Mavericks, and for these unique circumstances it can make sense to downgrade the Mac back to a prior release version of OS X. For such specific cases, we’ll … Read More

Change the Login Screen Wallpaper in OS X Mavericks

Nov 4, 2013 - 61 Comments

Changing the login screens background wallpaper is a great way to customize the appearance of a Mac. The process of doing so seems to change with every release of OS X though, and that’s no different with swapping out the login wallpaper in OS X Mavericks. Changed yet again with OS X 10.9, you will … Read More

Improve Dictation with Live Speech-To-Text & Offline Mode in OS X Mavericks

Nov 2, 2013 - 11 Comments

Dictation is the new speech-to-text engine that lets your Mac type out what you are saying as you talk, and it’s one of the many excellent features included with modern versions of OS X. Now from Mavericks onward, you can improve Dictation considerably by enabling an option called “Enhanced Dictation”, this will provide two significant … Read More

How to Re-Download OS X Mavericks Installer from the App Store

Nov 1, 2013 - 5 Comments

Already installed OS X Mavericks, but now you want to create an install drive for other computers? Or maybe the Mavericks installer became corrupt during the process? Whatever the situation, you can easily re-download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store.

How to Install Java in OS X Mavericks

Nov 1, 2013 - 14 Comments

Java has plenty of real-world applications and uses, but because it has been used as an attack vector in the past, Apple has made OS X reasonably aggressive in limiting Java on Macs. As a result, Mavericks does not come with Java preinstalled, and upgraded Macs will remove Java in Mavericks installation process. For most … Read More

Use Network Utility in OS X Mavericks

Oct 31, 2013 - 1 Comment

Network Utility is a great tool that has been around on the Mac since the very first version of OS X. It provides a variety of helpful networking tools and details, the “Info” tab includes general network info on a per interface level showingIP address, MAC address, link speeds, and sent/received data transfer statistics, and … Read More

Connect to SMB & NAS Network Shares in OS X Mavericks

Oct 30, 2013 - 10 Comments

Sharing files between Macs and NAS drives and Windows PC’s has always been very easy, but Mavericks brought a slight change that has caused some problems for certain users in mixed PC and Mac environments. Without getting too geeky, Apple adjusted the default protocol for SMB (Samba, the Windows file sharing ability) from SMB1 to … Read More

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