Time Machine: Restoring Files to Specific Locations

9:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2012 · · Leopard

We all know how important backing up is, and OS X makes the process incredibly easy with Time Machine. You can use it to restore deleted files or to bring back old versions if you’ve made changes that you’re not fond of. But did you know that you can choose exactly where to put the files you recover? Melissa Holt is going to be our tour guide through how to do so, and she swears she’ll point out any interesting sights along the way.

Automator: Combining PDFs by Dropping Them on a Folder

10:04 AM, Dec. 21st, 2011 · · Leopard

If you already know how to use Automator, our hats are off to you and to your superior knowledge. If you don’t, though, you’re missing out on one of the best features of Mac OS X. Melissa Holt’s going to show you how to create a simple folder action to get your feet wet in this fine application. That’s figurative, not literal—no one’s feet will be made damp in the production of this tip. After you read it, though, you’ll be able to combine as many PDFs as you want into one file just by dropping them into a folder. And that, dear readers, may be worth wet tootsies.

Address Book: Using Smart Groups to Find Missing Data

9:33 AM, Dec. 14th, 2011 · · Leopard

We often hear people going on and on about how simply great Smart Mailboxes are in Mail and how useful iPhoto’s Smart Albums are. Well, their less-famous cousin—Address Book’s Smart Groups feature—sometimes gets overlooked, and it’s good for more than just searching. This function can actually help you find missing information in your Address Book cards and get everything all cleaned up, pronto. Melissa Holt’s going to walk you through things with her usual goofy panache, which you should all tolerate quite well by now.

Mac OS X: Open Folders & Navigate the Finder with Arrow Keys

9:26 AM, Dec. 8th, 2011 · · Leopard

In Melissa Holt’s line of work, you’ve gotta know a lot of keyboard shortcuts. And in this other line of her work, she’s gotta write about a lot of keyboard shortcuts. Fortunately, there are a ton to choose from in Mac OS X, but using the arrow keys and their modifiers to navigate through files and open folders in the Finder really takes the cake. Such a delicious cake it is, too. 

VMWare Fusion 4.1 Allows Virtualization of OS X Clients

11:53 PM, Nov. 18th, 2011 · · Leopard

VMware Fusion 4.1 Installing Leopard Client

VMware’s Fusion 4.1 allows virtualization of client versions of OS X itself for the first time. The newest version of Fusion, which was released earlier on Friday, now allows users to install client versions of Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion, a feature that has heretofore been limited to server editions of the operating system.

Apple Releases Java Update for Lion & Snow Leopard

6:15 PM, Nov. 8th, 2011 · · Leopard


Apple released Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 Tuesday, releases that bring Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_29. That update includes fixes to several security flaws that existed in the previous version of Java.

Safari: Better Browsing Through Command-Clicking

9:38 AM, Nov. 4th, 2011 · · Leopard

The Mac Observer’s Melissa Holt spends endless hours poking and prodding OS X and her apps to find news ways to be more productive with her Mac. That means she doesn’t get to go outdoors very often, but the upside is that she’s always finding great tips to share — like how to use Safari more effectively with the Command key.

Mac OS X: Using fs_usage as a Troubleshooting Tool

10:45 AM, Oct. 5th, 2011 · · Leopard

One of the more advanced tools that’s nice to have in your arsenal of “what to do if things go wrong” is a Terminal command called fs_usage. This will show you what your file system is doing at any particular time, and it’s pretty helpful if you’re trying to do some fancy power-user troubleshooting. Here’s how you use it and what options you have to do so.