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Use Gestures To Go Back & Forward in Many OS X Apps

Oct 28, 2012 - 3 Comments

OS X has a myriad of multi-touch gestures that have been expanded upon from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion onward, and one of the better gestures is the two-fingered swipe left or right to go either back or forward in a wide variety of apps. You’ll obviously need a trackpad or Magic Mouse to be … Read More

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

Oct 24, 2012 - 1 Comment

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 - 4 Comments

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

Customize the Screen Saver Text with a Message in Mac OS X

Oct 21, 2012 - 2 Comments

The most simple screen saver in OS X is just a floating grey Apple logo  against a black background, but you can make that screen saver significantly better by attaching a customized message to it, which will be added along with the logo and move about the screen. Older versions of Mac OS X … Read More

New Java Update 2012-006 for OS X Removes Java

Oct 19, 2012 - 26 Comments

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

Share Reminders from OS X or iCloud.com

Oct 19, 2012 - 2 Comments

Want to share a grocery list with someone? Maybe you have an important to-do list that you need to give a co-worker, or to anyone else with an iOS device or Mac? You can now share any such list right from the Reminders app in OS X if you’re running 10.8.2 or later, or even … Read More

Kill Processes Using Wildcards with pkill in OS X

Oct 18, 2012 - 1 Comment

For anyone who uses the command line regularly, a new tool called pkill makes killing processes significantly easier in OS X 10.8 and later. 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. At it’s most basic function, … Read More

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

Oct 16, 2012 - 18 Comments

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 - 4 Comments

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. Each Mac must be running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later to have the drag and drop file transfer feature, but it’s an … Read More

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

Oct 15, 2012 - 1 Comment

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 OS X

Oct 10, 2012 - 34 Comments

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. It’ll work across just about any supported OS X versions … Read More

10 of the Best Defaults Write Commands to Improve Mac OS X

Oct 9, 2012 - 23 Comments

Most Mac OS X preferences are managed through easily accessible control panels, but going behind the scenes with defaults write commands can lead to some genuinely useful tweaks that can only be made through the command line. This list represents a compilation of some of the best defaults write commands out there, and even if … Read More

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