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Calendar: Displaying Birthdays (or Not!)

8:25 AM, Aug. 30th, 2013 · · Lion

Do you see "Birthdays" within Calendar and aren't sure where that comes from (or how you can edit events within it)? Then boy howdy, will you find this to be a useful tip. We'll cover how to edit birthdays, how to troubleshoot things if you can't seem to use the feature at all, and how to turn on notifications for those dates. 

Sudo Flaw Opens Potential Security Risk for OS X, Linux Users

9:42 AM, Aug. 29th, 2013 · · Lion

A security flaw in the command line tool sudo in OS X 10.7 and higher, as well as some Linux distributions, could give unauthorized root access to user's computers. The flaw was reported by Metasploit, a company that specializes in finding security issues and building utilities to point them out, but the steps needed to exploit this particular issue make it unlikely most Mac users will become victims before a patch is available.

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Apple isn't the fastest at patching security flaws, or even publicly acknowledging them. The company has known about this one for at least five months and hasn't yet released a fix. The upside for Mac users is that the requirements to take advantage of the flaw are so specific that most people won't be susceptible while we wait for Apple to get their security patch out.

Disk Utility: Changing Disk Image Passwords

8:29 AM, Aug. 28th, 2013 · · Lion

If you're using encrypted disk images to store your secret files, great! But what if you want to change the password for one? There's a simple way to do it, no Terminal-fu required. In this article, we'll discuss what to do and a few things that might get in your way.

1Password 4 for Mac gets iOS Features, More

11:47 AM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · Lion

AgileBits has been promising 1Password 4 for the Mac for some time, and now they're offering a little peek into what's in store when it ships this fall. The new version of the password and sensitive information management app will be getting a few features that iPhone and iPad users are already enjoying, such as multi-site logins and iCloud sync support, plus a few other surprises, too.

Mac App Store: Hiding Purchased Programs

8:24 AM, Aug. 23rd, 2013 · · Lion

Whether you've bought a program that you no longer need access to (cough cough Lion cough cough) or just have one that you don't want anymore, being able to hide stuff you've gotten from the Mac App Store is handy. As a bonus, you'll no longer be asked to update programs if you hide them. In this tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how to do it, and if we're nice to her, she might even talk about how to unhide them afterward. Maybe.

Pages: Getting Rid of Hyperlinks

8:33 AM, Aug. 16th, 2013 · · Lion

There may be nothing uglier than a bunch of blue underlined URLs in a Pages document you're creating. And hey, it's possible that you want your readers to be able to click to go to a site you've mentioned, but if you don't, then read this tip. We'll tell you how to make Pages stop auto-formatting links and how to fix the ones it's already created.

Safari: Printing Nicely Formatted Articles with Reader

8:27 AM, Aug. 14th, 2013 · · Lion

Since printer ink is almost as expensive as getting a yearly root canal, any way we can save some of it is great, right? In this tip, we'll discuss using Safari's Reader feature to print articles without ads, headers, and other ink-wasting page elements. And no Novocaine will be required.

What Folders to Choose When Manually Backing Up Your Mac

1:33 PM, Aug. 8th, 2013 · · Lion

<p>What Folders to Choose When Manually Backing Up Your Mac</p>

Mac Geek Gab listener Jurgen doesn't like Time Machine, and would rather back up his Mac using third party software. Time Machine automatically chooses which files and folders to back up, but Jurgen will have to make these choices manually with his new backup software. We explain which folders are crucial for a good backup, and which can be safely excluded.

OS X: Enable Window Scroll Bars

5:07 PM, Aug. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

There was a time when your Mac's Finder and application windows all had visible scroll bars that made it easy to move up or down in long file lists, and also gave you a nice visual cue to let you know there was more to see than the current window was showing. That's missing now, but it's easy to reenable and we're happy to show you how in this Video Quick Tip.

How to Find the UDID on a Locked iPhone or iPad

8:15 AM, Aug. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

<p>How to find UDID on Locked iDevice</p>

Most iDevice users will never need to know their device's UDID, or even what it is. But for developers, software testers, and some users with provisioned apps, it's a critical piece of information. Here's how to find it, even when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is locked and unable to activate.