Audio MIDI Setup: Your Mac’s Secret Sound Manager

8:00 AM, Mar. 8th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.

OS X: Use Spotlight for Contact Searches

8:20 AM, Mar. 7th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day—and why you should, too!

Automator: Creating a Program to Quit All Apps

8:30 AM, Mar. 4th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you’ve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application that’ll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if we’ve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.

OS X: Minimizing Windows into Their Dock Icons

8:20 AM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you’re anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, there’s a preference in OS X that’ll let you change that behavior. Maybe you’ll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?

How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by Checking Your Preference Files

8:35 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.

Apple Rolls Out Security Updates for Lion, Mountain Lion

10:11 AM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Apple's 10.9.2 update for Mavericks wasn't the only security-related patch to roll out from Cupertino on Tuesday. The company also released security updates for Lion and Mountain Lion, although they didn't include the critical SSL fix that was part of OS X 10.9.2 because those versions of the operating system didn't include the same code flaw.

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Apple isn't saying exactly what these security updates include, but considering how dangerous some flaws can be it's a good idea to stay up to date.

OS X: How to do Math in Spotlight

8:25 AM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Spotlight is more than just a tool for seraching the contents of your Mac's hard drive. It's also a calculator, and Michael Johnston is ready to show you how to make it bend to your mathematic bidding.

OS X: On Keychains & First Aid

6:38 AM, Feb. 21st, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

In this tip, we're going to learn how to fix a Mac's misbehaving keychain. Hey, what the heck's a keychain? We'll cover that too, and Melissa Holt will point you in the direction of more resources you can use if trying to repair your keychain doesn't work. Since the Keychain Access program controls tons of stuff you do around your Mac, it's important to know what steps to take when it's being a pain in the rear.

Boot Camp Adds 64-bit Driver Support for Windows 7, 8

8:21 AM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

Apple released a Boot Camp 5 update that added 64-bit driver support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Tuesday. Instead of a single updater file, Apple has two updaters to choose from depending on which model Mac you own.

iCloud Keychain: Removing Individual Entries

8:30 AM, Feb. 11th, 2014 · · Mountain Lion

If you’re using iCloud Keychain and would like to stop an individual site from autofilling a password, how do you go about it? In this tip, we’ll give you how-tos for both your Mac and your iOS devices, and if you need help setting up the service in the first place, we’ll point you in the right direction.