OS X: Using Finder’s Get Info & Inspector Windows

8:25 AM, Dec. 26th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

If you already know about Finder's Get Info ability, great! But do you know how to use it to get combined data on multiple items? What about how to open a special version of the window that'll dynamically update as you click around your file system? Well, after you read this tip, you will be in the know, friends. 

OS X: Advanced Searching (Including System Files!)

8:35 AM, Dec. 17th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Using OS X's Finder, you can do some fancy-schmancy advanced searching, including finding system files for troubleshooting. No more rooting through folders when the results you want aren't appearing in Spotlight! This tip's going to tell you how to use this handy feature. 

New Dockster Mac Trojan Appears on Dalai Lama-related Site

9:57 AM, Dec. 4th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

A new trojan horse app called Dockster is targeting Mac users by exploiting a known Java vulnerability. The trojan is apparently being delivered through a website dedicated to the Dalai Lama and once installed can collect user keystrokes and other personal information.

How to Get Screen Captures with Stock Mac Software - Part 2

6:36 PM, Nov. 21st, 2012 · · Snow Leopard


In Part One, we looked at all the screen capture options you have available to you on your Mac with just a few key presses. In this installment, we dig in deeper, and look at other options you have as part of the software that is built into OS X.

How to Get Screen Captures with Stock Mac Software - Part 1

6:40 PM, Nov. 17th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard


Do you need to grab images of precisely what's showing on your screen? OS X has a nice handful of options available without you having to spend money on third-party screen capture utilities. The problem is, many of these are poorly documented...unti now.

How to Restart a Frozen Mac from Your iPhone (or other Mac)

11:12 AM, Nov. 6th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

What do you do when you need to restart a Mac you aren't in front of, especially if getting to that Mac requires a car or airplane? Restart it remotely, from the Mac you're in front of -- or even your iPhone. The Mac Observer's Dave Hamilton shows you how.

How to Use & Customize OS X’s Built-in Archive Utility App

10:30 AM, Oct. 27th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Image of a zipper.

Creating .zip archive files on our Macs is a handy way to enhance our file organization. Additionally, it's practically required when sharing or distributing one or more files. This article talks about a utility found on every Mac that let's you manage various aspects of file archive creation.

OS X Update Pushes Users to Oracle’s Java

8:50 AM, Oct. 19th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Apple released Java updates for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard on Thursday that addressed security issues and also push users to Oracle's own Java plug-in for the Mac.

How to Create & Use Mac ‘Stationery Pad’ Documents

6:52 PM, Oct. 13th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Legal pad with a drawing of a Mac 512.

Through the mists of time comes an ancient feature from the days when our little Mac friend was still a toddler. The feature is still with us, and it's called the Stationery Pad. In this how-to, Sandro Cuccia shows us where it came from, how to use it, and better yet, why you might find it useful today.