OS X: Secrets of the Archive Utility

11:35 AM, Jun. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

Buried in the bowels of your Mac’s operating system are a handful of utilities that you may (or may not) take for granted. One such utility, the Archive Utility, has a slew of customizable features. Jared Apperson is brave enough to dive in and see what's there, and he's happy to take us along.

Mail: Picking a Default Email Account

8:20 AM, Jun. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

If you're getting tired of changing which account Mail tries to send from every time you compose a new message, you'll want to read this tip. We'll cover how to set your default account on your Mac, and heck, we've thrown in how to do it on your iOS devices for no extra charge. We're good like that.

Apple Releases Security Updates for Snow Leopard & Lion

5:34 PM, Jun. 4th, 2013 · · Lion

Snow Leopard & Lion

Apple released security updates for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) and Lion (OS X 10.7) on Tuesday, for both the client and server versions of the OSes. The patch notes have no specifics, so we don't yet know what was fixed in the updates.

Contacts: Clicking Field Headers for More Options

8:25 AM, May. 31st, 2013 · · Lion

Because she spends approximately 23 percent of her time clicking aimlessly around on her Mac, Melissa Holt finds some useful stuff, and this tip is no exception. Want to map an address or start a Skype call right from your Contacts program? Well, you can, and we're gonna tell you how—no aimless clicking required.

Terminal: Using “lsof” When Files Won’t Delete

6:22 AM, May. 24th, 2013 · · Lion

Got a file that's preventing you from emptying your Trash? Got a disk image that won't eject? Then we've got a Terminal trick you'll like. This command will show you what programs are accessing a file or volume, so you can quickly figure out what to quit to get on with your life. 

Apple Updates Fuji-Xerox Printing & Scanning Drivers

5:59 PM, May. 23rd, 2013 · · Lion


Apple released Fuji-Xerox Printer Drivers v2.4 for OS X on Thursday. The patch notes don't specify what's new, saying simply, "This download includes the latest Fuji-Xerox printing and scanning software for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard."

How to Assign Custom Icons to Desktop Files & Folders in OS X

10:30 AM, May. 18th, 2013 · · Lion

Cookie Monster cartoon character.

OS X looks great, but sometimes you need to give your Mac a little personality, or maybe you just need some quick visual cues for your folders files. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to engage in a fun, but Apple-sanctioned method for customizing your Mac desktop icons.

OS X: How to Kill Stubborn Apps & Hidden Processes

11:19 AM, May. 15th, 2013 · · Lion


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.

Pages: Using Paragraph Styles

8:35 AM, May. 15th, 2013 · · Lion

If you've used InDesign, you may be familiar with styles, those handy-dandy formatting tools that can help you change the look of your documents pretty much instantly. In this tip, Melissa Holt will cover how to use paragraph styles in Apple's Pages program, and if you've never used them before, you may find them to be the official Best Thing Ever™ for formatting text.