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Tips & Tricks: open applications

18. September 2008

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Number One tip:  stop quitting your most-used applications! I see scores of people use their PCs. Almost everyone will do the following: Open their browser. Quit (close) their browser. Open their email program. Quit their email program. Open Word. Quit Word. Then they repeat this process. Over and over. STOP. Here’s the tip: keep your […]

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Mac running slow? Check your Memory

18. September 2008

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I find myself sharing this tip every week. When your Mac has been used for several days/weeks, the consistent opening and closing of applications chip away at your available memory (RAM). Soon you will be out of what is referred to as “contiguous memory”, and the machine will start using the much slower virtual memory […]

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iTunes 8 hidden import settings

17. September 2008

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Apple has changed the preferences in iTunes 8. Several readers have complained that they cannot find the import settings anymore. To make sure you import higher-quality MP3s (or AAC, Lossless, etc.), go to iTunes: Preferences: General Tab: Import Settings. The default is the old-fashioned and lower-quality 128 kbps MP3. We recommend changing it to the […]

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Our top pick for FTP program: Transmit

14. September 2008

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Our number one pick for FTP application is Transmit. It is solid, and quite full-featured: Column view. iDisk. sidebar. ftp/ssl. search. zooming. it even has tabs. What is FTP? FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is the universal way to send, receive, and manage your files and folders using the internet. If you manage a web […]

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Mac Maintenance: Repair Disk Permissions

11. September 2008

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As in all Unix-based systems, Mac OS X assigns specific access privileges, known as permissions, to each of your programs, folders, and documents, which are associated with a particular owner, a group, or groups. When an error in your permissions settings occurs, it may cause significant problems. For example, your applications may not launch or […]

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Free DNS Service: great idea for laptops

10. September 2008

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We’ve been using the free DynDNS service for a while now and thought it would be a good idea to post about its merits (for those of you who don’t already know about it). With their service, you can access your computer remotely with a DNS name instead of an IP address that probably changes […]

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What is the best application ever created?

10. September 2008

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No one agrees with me. My vote for the best software ever created may surprise you. Maybe not. I have used SO much software, between Office, Graphics/Video, Internet, Sound, and Utility apps. There are so many great applications. TextWrangler or BBEdit. VMWare. Photoshop. Dreamweaver. InDesign. Illustrator. Flash (OK, Adobe, stop showing off). Aperture. Final Cut […]

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