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Mac keeps ejecting discs? Don’t replace it quite yet

You insert a CD or DVD into your Mac’s SuperDrive and it spits it right back out at you. You might think you’re in for an expensive optical drive replacement, but there is one last resort that could fix it. A few weeks ago, one of my family members came to…

Mac keeps ejecting discs? Don't replace it quite yet
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Pause a process in OS X to temporarily free system resources

When your Mac is in the middle of a long, CPU intensive task it can bring the entire system to a crawl if you try to do something else at the same time. To avoid this issue, you can temporarily pause processes in Mac OS X. Computers are far more…

Pause a process in OS X to temporarily free system resources
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Why doesn’t Mac OS X’s green Zoom button maximize windows?

If you are perplexed as to why Mac OS X’s green Zoom button doesn’t always maximize windows to full screen like in Microsoft Windows, there’s a perfectly good explanation. In fact, it truly makes sense when you think about it. As mentioned in…

Why doesn't Mac OS X's green Zoom button maximize windows?
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Check your Mac’s battery health to see if it needs to be replaced

Does your Mac’s battery not last as long as when it was new? Users experiencing noticeably shorter battery life on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air can take a few steps to determine it’s health and overall condition. It’s completely normal for…

Check your Mac's battery health to see if it needs to be replaced
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Broken SuperDrive? Enable remote disc sharing on any Mac

If your Mac’s CD/DVD drive is dead, you might not have to get a replacement or external drive. All you need is another Mac or Windows PC on your local network so you can remotely access its drive from your Mac. As one of the few components…

Broken SuperDrive? Enable remote disc sharing on any Mac
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Mac switchers: 7 Windows concepts & habits you need to let go

Switching from a Windows PC to a Mac is a big step. At first, Mac OS X can seem like a foreign land to folks who have only used Windows in the past. But with an open mind and a little re-training, it’s not so daunting after all. It’s actually pretty exciting!

Mac switchers: 7 Windows concepts & habits you need to let go
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Finder “Error code 0” when copying large files to external drive

“The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code 0).” If you received this message when copying files from your Mac to an external hard drive or USB flash drive, there is a simple explanation. Most external hard drives and…

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10 holiday gift ideas for 2010: Mac hardware accessories

With just 10 days left till Christmas the clock is ticking fast for procrastinating shoppers. If someone you know has a Mac, one of these 10 hardware accessories will surely be a hit. As a follow-up to our collection of 10 Mac software titles that would make excellent…

10 holiday gift ideas for 2010: Mac hardware accessories
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10 holiday gift ideas for 2010: Mac software titles we could all use

Ideally we would all have our Christmas shopping done by now. But that just isn’t the case for most of us, is it? If you’re in a bind trying to figure out what to get the Mac user in your life, these software titles are a good place to start. What could make…

10 holiday gift ideas for 2010: Mac software titles we could all use
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How to stop free Find My iPhone’s “Cannot Access” popup errors

Many users who jumped to set up their free Find My iPhone accounts after upgrading to iOS 4.2 have been bombarded with the nagging error, “Cannot Access: Review your account information in Settings.” One of the 4 new features the iOS 4.2 software update…

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4 new features the iOS 4.2 software update brings to iPhone

Apple’s iOS 4.2 software update was released last week for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. While the iPad got the biggest upgrade and most of the attention, the iPhone got its share of enhancements too. One of the most rewarding things about buying…

4 new features the iOS 4.2 software update brings to iPhone
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Amazon’s 2010 Black Friday deals on Apple Macs and iPods

It’s Black Friday and that means every retailer in America is throwing out some heavy discounts on popular products. Before you go directly to Apple for your technology needs, check out Amazon.com’s deals. Apple’s own Black Friday sales have always…

Amazon's 2010 Black Friday deals on Apple Macs, iPods, and more
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