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Like lots of computer users, Mac Geek Gab listener Michael wants to spend his summer vacation away from his email inbox, but he doesn't want his contacts to think he's ignoring them. We show him how to use Apple's Mail app to set up an "out of the office" automatic reply message so that Michael's contacts will know when to expect his return.
Mac Geek Gab listener Stephen is trying to update an app on his Mac, but the app's installer won't work because the app, or its processes, are still running. We show him how to quit those pesky apps and kill their hidden processes so that he can safely update or remove the app from his system.
Mac Geek Gab listener Josh noticed that his Mac's menu bar clock started freezing when the Mac was asleep. We explain that this is a known issue with early versions of the popular iStat Menus utility and show how to fix it with a simple update.
Mac Geek Gab listener Joe prefers to archive copies of his email messages for reference, but doesn't always want to keep the associated email attachments which are often unnecessary and take up valuable drive space. We show him how to use a little-know feature of Mail to remove attachments from email messages.
Apple released OS X 10.8.3 Thursday after more than three months of beta testing. As promised, we have been keeping tabs on the battery life of each beta build and we have discovered that the latest version of OS X brings a nice bump in running time for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
The new AV Pro external drive enclosure from CalDigit offers impressive USB 3.0 speed along with convenient FireWire 800 compatibility, but its lack of user-replaceable drives means that only professionals with the highest performance requirements, and budgets, will be eager to pick one up.
Just about every mobile device user can choose from a plethora of apps to keep tabs on the weather at a nearby regional weather station, but Danish firm Robocat plans to provide a slick way to check the temperature much more locally. The Thermodo, a Kickstarter-backed thermometer, plugs into the headphone jack on a smartphone or tablet and can report the indoor or outdoor air temperature of the immediate area via a companion app. The device can be had with pledges starting at $25 and is expected to ship in August.
To commemorate the February 24th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, YouTube user Boomer has created a blog and accompanying YouTube channel both appropriately named “Every Steve Jobs Video.” The collection contains close to 150 clips from nearly every era of Mr. Jobs’s professional life, including many compilations such as “Steve Jobs’s Funniest Moments (1978–2011).” It’s a great way for longtime Apple fans to remember the iconic CEO. (Thanks to MacRumors for the reference).
Google's latest surprise, the Chromebook Pixel, is a beautiful piece of hardware with one of the best displays ever seen on a consumer laptop. But is Google's effort to distinguish Chromebooks from cheap netbooks worth it to end users, or is the Pixel just a "$1,300 Web Browser?"
"Spaces" was a great virtual desktop tool first introduced in OS X 10.5 Leopard. But when Apple replaced Spaces with Mission Control in OS X Lion, many features were lost. We'll show you how to revive your love of virtual desktops with a handy third-party app: TotalSpaces.