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Add a File Extension to a Group of Files from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Nov 22, 2012 - 9 Comments
Add file extension to a group of files in Mac OS X

The quickest way to add a file extension to a group of files that don’t currently have one is by using the command line in Mac OS X. In the example below, we’ll add a “.txt” extension to all files in a single directory, but subbing .txt in the command string will add a different … Read More

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2 Released for 2012 Macs

Nov 20, 2012 - 8 Comments
OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2 for 2012 Macs

Owners of 2012 model year Macs have a minor update available for OS X Mountain Lion. Labeled “OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 2.0”, the small system update resolves issues with Keychain that were specific to Macs released this year. No other issues are mentioned, and the update is unavailable to other Mac users. … Read More

Stop Software Update from Bugging You in Mac OS X

Nov 15, 2012 - 35 Comments
Swipe to Ignore a Software Update Notification

Keeping software up to date is one of the top maintenance tips for Macs, but sometimes those Software Update notifications can be just plain annoying. Whether you’re just trying to focus on work, or the update that’s bugging you is irrelevant to your needs, here is every possible way you can stop software updating from … Read More

Share Pictures Easily with Photo Streams in iOS

Nov 7, 2012 - 7 Comments
Using Photo Streams in iOS

Photo Streams are a great addition to iOS, but thus far seem to be an underused feature. With Photo Stream, you can easily share a collection of images with a select group of people, without having to go through the usual avenues of social networks. Instead, you create an instant gallery right out of the … Read More

Set the HostName, Computer Name, and Bonjour Name Separately in OS X

Oct 24, 2012 - 4 Comments
Set Hostname, Computer Name, Bonjour Name in OS X

You can set unique names for how your Macs computer name appears locally, from file sharing and networking, and even Bonjour services, with the help of the scutil command. This allows you to have a custom hostname for Terminal and SSH, another friendlier name for what’s visible to others on local networks, and yet another … Read More

Change the Display Resolution from the Menu Bar Again in OS X Mountain Lion

Oct 22, 2012 - 5 Comments
Change the display resolution from the menu bar in Mac OS X again

As some of you undoubtedly noticed, OS X Mountain Lion removed the Displays menu bar item, which let you quickly change screen resolutions from a pull down menu available system wide in OS X. If you miss that function, you’ll be pleased to discover a freely available app is on the Mac App Store to … Read More

New Java Update 2012-006 for OS X Removes Java

Oct 19, 2012 - 26 Comments
Java for OS X Update 2012-006 removes Java from browsers

A new update labeled Java for OS X 2012-006 has been released for all versions of Mac OS X. The updates name is somewhat misleading however, in that instead of updating Java it actually uninstalls the Java applet plugin from all web browsers on the Mac. This is done as a security precaution to protect … Read More

Kill Processes Using Wildcards with pkill in Mac OS X

Oct 18, 2012 - 2 Comments

For anyone who uses the command line regularly, a new tool called pkill makes killing processes significantly easier in modern releases of Mac OS and Mac OS X. Improving on the standard kill command, pkill easily supports wildcards, making it easy to terminate all processes belonging to a match or even a specific user.

Get RSS Feeds in OS X Notification Center with RSS.app

Oct 16, 2012 - 18 Comments
RSS feeds in Notification Center of Mac OS X

Mac OS X no longer includes a native RSS reader in Mail or Safari, something that just about no one is particularly pleased about, but a new free app brings RSS functionality back to OS X in perhaps the most logical new way: by embedding feeds into Notification Center. Aptly named “RSS.app”, it’s a lightweight … Read More

Transfer Files Between Remote Macs with Screen Sharing in OS X

Oct 16, 2012 - 6 Comments
Copy files between Macs with Screen Sharing in OS X

Screen Sharing supports drag and drop file copying to and from remote Macs, an excellent feature that was briefly covered in our recent guide to using Screen Sharing in OS X. This offers a really simple way to move files around Macs that are not nearby, and it’s one of those tricks that you’ll really … Read More

View Contacts Tweets and @Reply Directly from the Contacts App in OS X

Oct 15, 2012 - 1 Comment
Tweet from Contacts app in OS X

Now that Twitter is so deeply embedded into OS X from 10.8 onward, you’ll find convenient aspects of that integration throughout Mac apps. A surprisingly useful example is in the Contacts app bundled into OS X, where you can send tweets directly to users or check their timeline easily: Right-click on a users Twitter name, … Read More

Remote Control a Mac with Screen Sharing in Mac OS X

Oct 10, 2012 - 45 Comments
Remote Control a Mac with Screen Sharing in OS X

Mac OS X includes a great feature called Screen Sharing which allows for the remote control of a Macs display. This means you can easily access a home or work Mac while on the go, or even do something like remotely troubleshoot a parents computer. Screen Sharing will work across just about any supported Mac … Read More

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