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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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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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Critical file backups

9. September 2008

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It’s sad to think about. You will only know how valuable something is until you lose it. I’m sure many of you have lost a file, or some data, or A LOT of data, like your whole hard drive. So we talk about backing up. But where do we backup? Not on the same drive […]

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My email to Steve Jobs

9. September 2008

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OK, here we go. If I ever sent an email to Steve Jobs, and more importantly if he ever read it, I’d probably do the Mac Fanatic thing and praise the Mac hardware and OS X and go on and on about how much I love everything Mac. Mac Pros, iPods, MacBook Pros, etc. But […]

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Build a high-quality external hard drive

9. September 2008

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I just put together an external USB drive and am so happy with it I’d thought I’d share my recipe. I have owned many external drives before, including LaCie external drives, and was always disappointed when I’d open them up. Cheap Maxtor drives, poor engineering, el cheapo parts, not to mention how noisy they’d get. […]

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10 must-have Mac apps

8. September 2008

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OK, everyone has their favorite Macintosh applications. Here is my list of Mac apps that I have to have. I use them everyday, and when I use a PC without their functionality, I tend to tear up. But that’s just me ; ) 1. Text Editor: Text Wrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/) 2. Browser: Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/) 3. Internet: […]

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Install Webmin on OS X

8. September 2008

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Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely. 1. Download it at http://www.webmin.com/download.html […]

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