Mac OS X: Using Address Book’s Notes

9:30 AM, Jun. 15th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Even if you use Address Book on your Mac or iOS device frequently, you may not know how simple it is to add notes to each contact. No entering into Edit mode, no extra steps, no chanting incantations to any Norse gods. In this tip, Melissa Holt’s going to show you just how easy keeping notes on your contacts’ lives really can be.

Apple Releases Same-Day Java Update for Snow Leopard, Lion

4:46 PM, Jun. 13th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

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Apple released Java updates for Lion and Snow Leopard Tuesday—notably, the updates were released the same day that Oracle patched the software, as noted by Krebs on Security. All told, Apple patched 11 security flaws in the updates out of 14 patched by Oracle.

Mac OS X: Adding User Account Aliases

9:25 AM, May. 30th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

If you have multiple accounts on your Mac (or if you’re managing many computers), you may find it frustrating to have to remember the administrator’s username every time a standard user needs to do something that requires admin privileges. Luckily, our friends at Apple have provided us a way to add short aliases to our accounts. So if you’d like to get familiar with this simple method to avoid typing long usernames, come on in and read this tip. 

Mac OS X: Getting the Most Out of the Fonts Window

9:25 AM, May. 25th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Mac OS X’s Fonts Window, which is accessible from many programs by hitting Command-T, makes handling and choosing your fonts easier. (Note that we didn’t suggest that anything about fonts is ever actually easy.) In this article, Melissa Holt will show you some secrets of that little window and how to use them to your best advantage.

How to Configure a Static DHCP Reservation with Airport Extreme

10:31 AM, May. 23rd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

How to Configure Static DHCP Reservation

All network devices, from computers, to smartphones, to printers, to televisions, need a unique IP address. These are usually handed out by a router as needed and change from time to time. Some devices, however, such as file or print servers, greatly benefit from having an IP address that never changes. The Mac Observer shows you how to easily set up static IP address, or “DHCP Reservations,” using your Mac and an Airport Extreme.

Mac OS X: Handy Terminal Dock Tweaks

8:50 AM, May. 23rd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Using Terminal commands, you can change the default behavior of your Dock in all sorts of ways. In this tip, Melissa Holt will cover how to “pin” your Dock to a corner of your screen, how to keep any icons from being removed or added, and how to gray out the icons of hidden applications. It’s practically a tip-o-rama in here.

How to Troubleshoot Connection Issues on Public Wi-Fi Networks

11:35 AM, May. 22nd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

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All that Mac Geek Gab listener Larry wanted was to connect to an airport’s free Wi-Fi while he was waiting for his flight. Unfortunately, his MacBook Pro and the Wi-Fi network didn’t play nice. We show him some tips on how to troubleshoot connection issues on public Wi-Fi networks.

Mac OS X: Open Contacts & Events in Separate Windows

9:25 AM, May. 18th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

iCal and Address Book have a feature that’ll allow you to view events or contacts in separate windows, making it a snap to compare phone numbers or event details quickly. It’s easy to use and requires little or no setup. It does, however, require that you read this tip, so you’re not getting off THAT easy, bub.