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Force redirect to SSL secure page

Sat, Sep 20, 2008

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Here’s a php code snippet to force the page to https instead of http. You can use a self-signed SSL certificate on your OS X testing server. [sourcecode language=’php’] [/sourcecode]

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How to Force Quit an Application

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

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If your Mac has an application that is frozen, or you have the dreaded spinning beach ball, you probably have an app that will not quit gracefully. Normally the protected memory feature of OS X allows an application to crash and you can keep working — no restart required. Hit the keystroke combination of Option-Apple-Esc […]

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Tips & Tricks: open applications

Thu, Sep 18, 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

Thu, Sep 18, 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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Photoshop history options

Wed, Sep 17, 2008

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We’re not sure why this isn’t on by default. In Photoshop, go to the History palette, select the indicated area, and choose “History Options”. Then in the next screen, check “Allow Non-Linear History”. Deleting a “state” deletes that state and those that came after it. If you choose the Allow Non-Linear History option, deleting a […]

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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.5

Wed, Sep 17, 2008

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Apple has released the latest Leopard update, Mac OS X 10.5.5 which is available through Software Update. The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. Apple details the updates at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2405 as well as […]

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iTunes 8 hidden import settings

Wed, Sep 17, 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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