OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.
Apple released a slew of printer drivers for OS X on Wednesday. The company added support for new printers from Xerox, NRG, Gestetner, Lanier, and Savin. The last four printer brands are all owned by parent company Ricoh.
The Dock in OS X can be set to always be visible, or it can be set to appear only when you mouse over its location on the edge of your screen. There's a delay, however, between when you mouse over the edge and when the Dock actually appears, and some folks don't care for that. It turns out you can change this behavior.
Your Mac and OS X have a variety of startup keys and key combinations you can use to affect how the device starts up. Shift key, for instance, starts your Mac in Safe mode, and C (or c) starts up from a bootable CD, DVD, or thumb drive. Command-S is for "single-user mode," which essentially means booting to the command line.
There's one IRC command that has gained life outside of IRC, and that's the /me command. It turns whatever follows into an action rather than a normal line of text, and you can find it in games, all manner of texting apps, and even Apple's Messages app, at least on the Mac. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Today's Quick Tip is about that mysterious "xfinitywifi" network you may have seen (or accidentally joined). Unfortunately, if you've used it before, you may find that you get automatically connected to it when your home network goes down momentarily, which can be a problem when you try to print, for example! We'll help you get rid of it in this article.
Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.
Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.
If you've been thinking about trying out antivirus software on your Mac, we have a deal that will let you do it for free. It's a 6-month subscription for Bitdefender Antivirus Software for Mac, and you can get it for free through our friends at Stack Social. It works with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite. There's additional information on the deal's page.
Dave's back from CES and he & John have an overflowing mailbag to get through. System layout, Mail, SSDs and more are discussed. Download and enjoy!
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