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How to remove scratches from an iPhone

May 19, 2010 - 20 Comments

You can remove the surface scratches on the back of an iPhone case by using a mildly abrasive rub or fine sandpaper. The anti-scratch coating is actually where many of the smaller finer scratches on iPhones are shown, which makes them relatively easy to buff out with some care. Whether you are using the toothpaste … Read More

Install an SSD into the optical superdrive slot on a MacBook Pro

May 19, 2010 - 33 Comments

I find myself never using the MacBook Pro’s optical drive, the only time I have used it was to boot Mac OS from a DVD to reformat and reinstall Mac OS X. Now that it’s so easy to install Mac OS using an external drive though, is having a DVD drive really a good usage … Read More

Watch AVI Video on a Mac

May 17, 2010 - 10 Comments

You can watch many AVI movies without any additional software on a Mac just by playing them in the included QuickTime Player (located in the Applications folder). Just double click the file and it should work, as modern versions of QuickTime in Mac OS X support a wide variety of video files and video codecs, … Read More

Stop the MacBook Pro and MacBook Screen from Dimming

May 15, 2010 - 18 Comments

The MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro screen backlighting is set to automatically dim and adjust in different situations. For the MacBook, it will adjust based on the power source and based on how long the computer is not in use. For the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the same is also true, in addition … Read More

How to Print Screen on a Mac

May 13, 2010 - 147 Comments
Print Screen to the Clipboard on a Mac with this keystroke

What is known as “Print Screen” in the Windows world is called screen captures or screen shots in Mac OS X. You’ve probably noticed there is no ‘Print Screen’ button on a Mac keyboard, this is to both simplify the keyboard and also because it’s just unnecessary. On the Mac, instead of hitting a “Print … Read More

Run Mac OS X in a Virtual Machine with VirtualBox

May 5, 2010 - 3 Comments

The latest version of VirtualBox allows you to create a Mac OS X guest host, providing the ability to virtualize different versions of Mac OS X. This is the first official support for Mac OS X running as a VM from VirtualBox, and is part of the latest beta.

How to Make a Mac Talk: Text to Speech

Mar 28, 2010 - 22 Comments

Want to have a Mac read text in a document or webpage to you? Text To Speech is an excellent feature which allows Mac users to have words on screen spoken aloud. You can make your Mac talk to you in various different ways, at different speeds, and even speaking with different voices, all by … Read More

How to setup a Mac Mini Media Center, server, and remote torrents box

Mar 22, 2010 - 63 Comments

Mac Mini’s make awesome little media centers since they are so small and have more features than an AppleTV. Following the below guide you will be able to do the following with a Mac Mini: Watch HD movies, videos, view photos, listen to music, and view weather from your couch on your TV. Watch Hulu, … Read More

Setup your own proxy server instantly and for free

Mar 3, 2010 - 2 Comments

Want to quickly setup a free proxy server? This article and walkthrough video brought to us by Labnol shows how to do so, and it’s about as easy as it gets, and it doesn’t involve using an SSH proxy or tunnel which makes it more user friendly for many.

Get Hulu content on your iPhone / iPod Touch by using screen recording

Feb 26, 2010 - 3 Comments

While everyone continues to wait for an official Hulu app for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/whatever, you can beat them to the punch and get Hulu content on your iPhone now for free, using Snow Leopard! This is a pretty crafty approach and it requires several things: * Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed * Latest … Read More

Lock the Dock in Mac OS X

Feb 8, 2010 - 11 Comments

If you need to prevent the Dock icons from changing or being modified on a Mac, you can use defaults command strings to lock down the OS X Dock and prevent any adjustments or changes to how it appears on screen.

Type the Square Root Symbol in Mac OS X

Jan 30, 2010 - 4 Comments

Typing the square root symbol in Mac OS X is just a matter of hitting ALT+V √ – ALT+V Note that these are Qwerty English specific instructions, other keyboard layouts and languages will likely vary.

How do you take apart an iPhone?

Jan 29, 2010 - 2 Comments

Tye Campbell wrote to us with the following question: “Do you guys know how to take apart an iPhone? Specifically the 3G model, I can’t find any way to get to the display and I’d like to do my own screen replacement since mine is cracked but I have another one available to me from … Read More

How to Set a Manual IP Address in Mac OS X

Jan 26, 2010 - 11 Comments

There are times when a user will need to to manually set an IP address in Mac OS X to one which will be compatible with a joined network, either wi-fi or ethernet. Here will cover how to change a Mac IP address to a manual setting, and also how to pick an IP address … Read More

How to Delete Pages in a PDF Document with Preview on Mac OS X

Jan 20, 2010 - 6 Comments

You can delete specific pages from a PDF file with the built-in Mac Preview app, available in all versions of OS X. This is really useful for paring down large PDF documents if you only need a few select pages, and learning how to delete specific pages from PDF files is bound to make any … Read More

Change iTunes 9 Background Color

Jan 17, 2010 - 10 Comments

iTunes 9 is great and has a lot of improvements, but changing the background color in Grid view from the nice easy-on-the-eyes dark to the bright retina torching white is not on my happy list. Now they made this different recently but Manish is still am not thrilled. Thankfully French designer Damien Erambert has come … Read More

Use quotation marks with Spotlight to search for a phrase within a document

Jan 15, 2010 - Leave a Comment

If you know a phrase that is contained within a document, but can’t remember the document file name, try searching for the phrase that you know appears within the document. Make this phrase search even more precise by putting the phrase itself within quotation marks, for example “all rights reserved” will find all files that … Read More

Instantly Create a New Stickies Note from Safari with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Jan 7, 2010 - Leave a Comment

Want a block of text to float over your Mac desktop so that you can reference it easily? That’s a perfect usage for the Stickies app in OS X, and using a little known trick you can instantly create a new Stickies note from within Safari. The secret to this trick is quite simple: you’ll … Read More

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