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Archive for August, 2009

Cool new enhancements to Exposé in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Exposé was fantastic before, and with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard it just got even better. Apple has made great changes to the way it displays windows and how users can interact with them. Snow Leopard, the new version of Mac OS X that shipped this past…

Cool new enhancements to Exposé in Mac OS X Snow Leopard
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A new design and features for MacYourself’s 1st anniversary

This week marks MacYourself’s first full year on the web and we couldn’t be happier with how well it’s gone so far. Today we’re unveiling a new and improved site to better serve our loyal visitors. This is a day we’ve been looking forward to for quite…

A new design and features for MacYourself's 1st anniversary
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Search for .plist and other system files with Leopard’s Spotlight

Although Leopard’s Spotlight search function is more powerful than the one found in Tiger, some of that power is hidden. Searching for OS X system files, for instance, can only be done when special parameters are set. Spotlight is configured out of the box to produce…

Search for .plist and other system files with Leopard's Spotlight
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Apple makes mistakes, but they eventually do the right thing

Although they make some minor missteps every now and then, history proves Apple really does listen to their customers. They may be slow to act, but they admit when they’re wrong and ultimately make things right. Always being in the spotlight…

Apple makes mistakes, but they eventually do the right thing
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Navigate Mac OS X dialog boxes using only your keyboard

Recent switchers from the Windows world might get frustrated at the Mac operating system’s apparent anti-keyboard bias when it comes to dialog boxes. The option to Tab through buttons is there – just not by default. Have you ever had a dialog…

Navigate Mac OS X dialog boxes using only your keyboard
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iTunes keeps asking to allow or deny incoming connections

There is a bug that causes some Mac users who have Leopard’s firewall enabled to continuously get popups asking whether “iTunes.app” should accept incoming network connections. When Macs running 10.5 Leopard…

iTunes keeps asking to allow or deny incoming connections
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Free Giveaway! Little Snitch, a companion to Mac OS X’s firewall

Mac OS X features its own firewall, which resides in System Preferences. While it is effective, it does not manage all connections to and from a Mac. Little Snitch is a $29.95 third-party firewall that covers everything the built-in one does not. Although…

Free Giveaway! Little Snitch, a companion to Mac OS X's firewall
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Monolingual: How I recovered 4.5GB of disk space on my Mac

Even a freshly-loaded copy of Mac OS X Leopard can be slimmed down to leave more room for your files and programs. Remove unneeded languages and architectures from your Mac’s hard drive with Monolingual. Veteran Mac users likely…

Monolingual: How I recovered 4.5GB of disk space on my Mac
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Fix for MacBook Pro 7200rpm hard drive beeps, clicks, & freezes

Owners of Apple’s new unibody MacBook Pro notebooks with 7200rpm hard drives are suffering widespread problems, including beeping, clicking, and freezing. Apple’s still working on an official solution, but there is a way to fix…

Fix for MacBook Pro 7200rpm hard drive beeps, clicks, & freezes
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Transform your MacBook’s screen from glossy to anti-glare matte

Apple’s current generation of Macs come with glossy LCD screens, which are much more reflective than the matte screens that preceded them. If you own one of these machines, you can turn glossy into matte one of two ways…

Transform your MacBook's screen from glossy to anti-glare matte
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Fixing OS X’s “The disk is in use and could not be ejected” error

When ejecting a volume in Mac OS X, you may be greeted with an error that says the disk is in use. Getting past this occasional annoyance is inconvenient, but not at all painful. Just about every Mac user has seen this error…

Fixing OS X's The disk is in use and could not be ejected error
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Ignore software updates & view previously-installed updates

Is there an item in Software Update that you don’t want to install for some reason? Rather than uncheck it every time you search for updates, make it disappear. While you’re at it, see how to check out all the updates you’ve ever installed…

Ignore software updates & view previously-installed updates
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