OS X: Downloading URLs in Safari

6:40 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

Usually downloading files in Safari is a pretty simple task, but what if all you have is the URL of the thing you want, such as some audio or video played that plays via Safari's QuickTime plugin or something else that you just want a local copy of? Thankfully, there's a tried and tested way of downloading such URLs, though it's just not totally obvious. Michael Johnston shows you how.

12 Essential Mac Apps for Amateur Astronomers

12:15 PM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

12 Essential Apps for Amateur Astronomers

What are the essential Mac apps for the backyard astronomer? John Martellaro catalogs some of the most notable OS X apps for beginners that round out a complete technical package for the amateur astronomer.

Older Safari for Mac Stores Unencrypted Passwords

8:52 AM, Dec. 16th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

Apple's Safari Web browser for the Mac may be convenient, but that comes at the price of security through the app's ability to restore open webpages after relaunching. The problem, according to security analysis company Kaspersky Labs, is that Safari 6.0.5 stores the passwords for site logins in an unencrypted file, which means anyone that knows where to look can potentially read your site credentials without any special software.

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Storing user passwords in an unencrypted file is a really bad idea, and it's unfortunate that Apple did just that with Safari 6.0.5. The issue was fixed with the release of Safari 6.1, which is exactly why it's important to stay on top of software updates.

Preview: Extracting Frames from Animated GIFs

8:25 AM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

If you've ever wanted to pick apart an animated GIF and check out its individual frames, then this tip's gonna make you happy. Using Preview on your Mac, you can view and save the separate pieces of an animated GIF into several different formats, with no third-party software required. Melissa Holt's even used her favorite GIF of all time in this article, so you don't wanna miss that, do you?

OS X: An Easier Keyboard Shortcut for Paste and Match Style

8:28 AM, Nov. 26th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

OS X makes it easy to retain or ditch the original formatting of text when using the Copy and Paste commands, but what if the keyboard shortcuts Apple uses for each option are the opposite of what you really need? That's an easy fix, and Michael Johnston is on the job and ready to share the secret.

OS X: Quick Mute Audio Feedback when Changing Your Mac’s Volume

6:03 PM, Nov. 22nd, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

By default when you use the volume keys on your Mac’s keyboard to adjust its volume, a neat little “blip” sound is heard in order to give you a sense of how loud its speakers are. It’s definitely a handy feature, but sometimes you just don’t want to hear it. Michael Johnston shows you how.

How to Create a Custom Lock Screen Message in OS X and iOS

10:30 AM, Nov. 9th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

An image of a padlock on a computer monitor

Want to place your contact information on your Mac’s Lock screen? How about a “Reward if Found” message on your iPhone or iPad? Sandro Cuccia shows you how to create customized messages on your Mac’s and iOS Device’s Lock screen.

How to Calculate and Convert Units in OS X and iOS

10:30 AM, Nov. 2nd, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

The original Macintosh Calculator Desk Accessory

As Sandro Cuccia has written about in previous articles, Apple gives all Mac owners several amazing and free little applications and utilities built right in. Calculator is one such app. Sandro shows you the features included and how to use them, with a peek at the iOS 7 version.

How to Use Target Disk Mode to Boot From Another Mac’s Hard Drive

8:25 AM, Oct. 24th, 2013 · · Mountain Lion

<p>Target Disk Mode Mac</p>

Mac Geek Gab listener Ken wants to set up and control a Mac mini without having to use a dedicated monitor, mouse, and keyboard. We'll show him how Target Disk Mode, a longtime Mac feature, can let him boot the Mac mini using just his MacBook Pro and a data cable.