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SelfControl: Block Time Wasting Sites While You Work

10:06 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2013 · · Lion

Staying on task while every distraction the Web has to offer is just a mouse click away might not be difficult for some of you, but for me it's a challenge. It's especially bad if you're a student or a knowledge worker whose office isn't shared with others who are also getting things done. So I set out to find a way to keep myself from tasting temptation and avoiding the work I had to do. The answer is the aptly named SelfControl.

How to Create “Out of Office” Auto Email Replies with OS X Mail

8:25 AM, Jul. 1st, 2013 · · Lion

Like lots of computer users, Mac Geek Gab listener Michael wants to spend his summer vacation away from his email inbox, but he doesn't want his contacts to think he's ignoring them. We show him how to use Apple's Mail app to set up an "out of the office" automatic reply message so that Michael's contacts will know when to expect his return.

Terminal: Searching Your Command History

8:29 AM, Jun. 28th, 2013 · · Lion

Did you know that you can use keywords to search through the past commands you've typed into Terminal? This makes it much easier and faster to re-execute what you've done without having to type the entire thing in again. In this tip, Melissa Holt will show off this handy feature for all you Terminal mavens out there.

Kinivo’s Bluetooth Speaker Is Compact and Feature Full

2:15 PM, Jun. 26th, 2013 · · Lion

Kinivo BtX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The BtX350 wireless compact bluetooth stereo speaker provides rich, full-bodied sound, strong bass and wirelessly streams via Bluetooth or connects to non-wireless items, such as iPods, with a standard 3.5mm plug. The addition of easy to reach operational buttons, makes this a useful speaker.

Finder: Using the Status & Path Bars

8:32 AM, Jun. 14th, 2013 · · Lion

If you've never checked out the Path Bar or the Status Bar in the Finder, you're about to learn some groovy stuff. Using these features, you can see how much space is remaining on a drive you're browsing or immediately know where your current folder lives on your Mac. Here's the scoop.

OS X: Secrets of the Archive Utility

11:35 AM, Jun. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

Buried in the bowels of your Mac’s operating system are a handful of utilities that you may (or may not) take for granted. One such utility, the Archive Utility, has a slew of customizable features. Jared Apperson is brave enough to dive in and see what's there, and he's happy to take us along.

Mail: Picking a Default Email Account

8:20 AM, Jun. 5th, 2013 · · Lion

If you're getting tired of changing which account Mail tries to send from every time you compose a new message, you'll want to read this tip. We'll cover how to set your default account on your Mac, and heck, we've thrown in how to do it on your iOS devices for no extra charge. We're good like that.

Apple Releases Security Updates for Snow Leopard & Lion

5:34 PM, Jun. 4th, 2013 · · Lion

Snow Leopard & Lion

Apple released security updates for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) and Lion (OS X 10.7) on Tuesday, for both the client and server versions of the OSes. The patch notes have no specifics, so we don't yet know what was fixed in the updates.