In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary.
Typical speed tests on a Mac or iOS device calculate a point to point speed from a distant server. The resulting number in Mbps, while useful for analysis of overall service, doesn't reflect what you'll actually get from Netflix. John Martellaro shows you how to see your actual Netflix delivery data rate.
One of the biggest advantages to toting around an iOS device is the utility and pleasure derived from using location-aware apps and functionality. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can mitigate any privacy concerns by applying fine controls to how Location Services are used on your device.
The default installation of, for example, a Linux Virtual Machine in Parallels on, say, a Mac uses a shared network mode that prevents incoming log in attempts (ssh). John Martellaro briefly describes how to fix that.
Most apps for iPhone and iPod touch can be used with iPad, but they might not take advantage of the larger screen. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to find and use apps specific to the small-screen devices, and why you might want to.
Software installed on all Macs include three important apps: Calendar, Reminders and Contacts. Perhaps, as with most users, these apps manage many aspects of your lives. While you may be backing up this data via automated processes, there are ways to perform impromptu archives. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.
Buying a new or “better” camera is not how you become a better photographer. There is much more to it than that. Sandro Cuccia explores a few ways that you can learn how to improve your photography, no matter which kind of camera you use.
Secret commands and other goodies lurk beneath the Option key on the Mac keyboard. Sandro Cuccia discusses some of the best Option key magic and shows you how to discover more on your own.
Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.
One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!
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