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Archive for March, 2009

Dashboard widgets on your desktop, plus other tricks & shortcuts

One of the most common complaints about Dashboard in Mac OS X is the inability to run widgets on the user’s desktop so they’re always visible. Learn how to fix that pesky problem along with a couple other helpful hints…

Dashboard widgets on your desktop, plus other tricks & shortcuts
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Concert Vault: Stream live music archives for free on your iPhone

The free Concert Vault application from Apple’s App Store opens your iPhone or iPod touch up a whole slew of music beyond what’s already in your iTunes library. Be prepared for rare live performances galore spanning the past half-century…

Concert Vault: Stream live music archives for free on your iPhone
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6 best free Mac video converters to handle nearly any file format

The vast selection of free 3rd party applications available for Mac OS X always surprises people when they’re new to the platform. Among that abundance of software is a collection of free Mac video converters which can cover nearly any situation…

6 best free Mac video converters to handle nearly any file format
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What is the perfect backup strategy to protect your Mac’s data?

Everyone’s got their own ideas about how to ensure their personal files are kept safe from disaster, but is there truly a “perfect” backup solution? Here is what I do to keep the photos, music, and other files on my Mac intact — what’s your…

What is the perfect backup strategy to protect your Mac\'s data?
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How to show hidden files on a Mac with the help of Automator

Unlike Windows, the Mac operating system does not make it easy to view the hidden files on your computer. Apple does this for our own safety since messing with hidden files can get ugly, but in certain cases it still needs to be done. Although just…

How to show hidden files on a Mac with the help of Automator
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Merge multiple video files using the free version of QuickTime

If you’ve always wanted a simple way to combine movies into a single file, look no further than QuickTime Player. There’s no need to buy the Pro version — the bundled free version is fully capable of handling the task. A lot of times when you’re…

Merge multiple video files using the free version of QuickTime
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Has Verizon totally given up competing against the iPhone?

During a recent trip to one of their retail stores I discovered Verizon is barely even trying to keep their customers from flocking to Apple’s iPhone. Are they giving in to defeat? What’s their game plan? Despite my love for nearly all things Apple, I have…

Has Verizon totally given up competing against the iPhone?
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How to choose your own video thumbnails in Mac OS X with QT

When Mac OS X automatically generates thumbnails for your videos, sometimes it gives you a dud. If you want to choose a frame that better represents the contents of a video, it’s easy to do using Quicktime. Browsing the videos saved on your…

How to choose your own video thumbnails in Mac OS X with QT
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Mac login window tricks, Part 4: Change default background image

The fourth and final segment of MacYourself’s Mac login window tricks series helps make your Mac your own. Ditch the login screen’s default background in favor of a custom image of your choice. One of the first things many people do when they get…

Mac login window tricks, Part 4: Change default background image
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Mac login window tricks, Part 3: Hide certain user accounts

For the 3rd installment of our 4-part series of Mac login window tips and tricks, we’re going to show how to hide user accounts from displaying. This can be particularly useful when you have a number of users who don’t log in very often. There are…

Mac login window tricks, Part 3: Hide certain user accounts
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Mac login window tricks, Part 2: Add a custom welcome message

Number two in our 4-part series about tweaking your Mac’s login window focuses on setting up a special greeting of your choice. Although it might seem trivial at first, adding a few lines of text to the login screen can serve a number of purposes. Have…

Mac login window tricks, Part 2: Add a custom welcome message
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Mac login window tricks, Part 1: Unleash hidden system information

You may not realize it, but the login window on the Mac offers a useful mix of system information that is accessible without even needing to sign in. The reason most folks are probably not aware of this (unless you’re a hard-core user) is because Apple’s…

Mac login window tricks, Part 1: Unleash hidden system information
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