How and Why to Defragment Your Mac’s Hard Drive

8:45 AM, Oct. 21st, 2013 · · Lion

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Mac Geek Gab listener Stephen wants to defragment his Mac’s hard drive to regain lost performance. We explain how the process works and recommend some tools and methods to help him get the job done.

Terminal: Comparing Folders with “diff”

8:41 AM, Oct. 18th, 2013 · · Lion

If you've ever had to go through the tedious process of comparing differences between two folders to figure out which files were missing from one, then this tip's for you. There's a much better, faster way to handle that task, and you don't have to download a darned thing to do so. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt'll fill you in.

OS X: Navigate Text Like a Pro with These Two Modifier Keys

8:32 AM, Sep. 16th, 2013 · · Lion

Your mouse and trackpad aren't the only ways to navigate your Mac. Turns out your keyboard handles the task nicely, too, and with the help of a couple handy modifier keys it's a powerful and efficient to move through windows and documents. Micheal Johnston has the low down.

Contacts & Mail: Using Distribution Lists

8:30 AM, Sep. 13th, 2013 · · Lion

If you send out lots of group emails (or if you'd like to learn how to in the first place!), then look no further than this Quick Tip. We'll cover how to use your Contacts groups to send messages and how to control what email addresses Mail picks when you do so. Why, when we're done, you'll be able to blast everyone you know with every silly email forward you can come up with. 

How to Create and Use an Ad Hoc Network on Your Mac

10:30 AM, Sep. 7th, 2013 · · Lion

A yellow traffic warning sign depicting a stick-man sitting with a laptop transmitting a Wi-Fi signal.

Wi-Fi connectivity is no longer difficult to come by for most of us. However, there may be times when you need to create a temporary Wi-Fi network to connect with other devices. OS X let’s you do this easily. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.

Preview: Using Text and Rectangular Selections

8:30 AM, Sep. 6th, 2013 · · Lion

Preview, your Mac's built-in application for viewing and annotating images and PDFs, is awesome, and it's especially great for those of us who don't need the power of a program like Photoshop. In this tip, we'll talk about selecting text and graphics in PDFs and manipulating them within Preview, and you'll get some little tricks to make your workflow easier.