General Software

Java Applet or Plugin Not Working in Safari or Chrome?

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There are a ton of websites out there that use Java and I recently ran into an issue where an applet would not load while I was using Chrome on OS X Lion. I tried it on Safari and it didn’t work either! The same Java plugin was working a few days earlier and never […]

Find, Learn and Remember Mac Shortcuts the Easy Way

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So if you’ve just made the switch to Mac, you are likely enjoying the freedom and versatility that is offered by the Magic Trackpad. The gesture support for the trackpad makes navigating through OS X very fast and simple. However, you can also use the keyboard in combination with shortcuts to make Mac browsing even […]

Use the Doorbell App to Alert Friends that You Have Arrived

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I recently stumbled upon an AppStore app titled Pocket Doorbell that has a rather unique, but simple function. By using the location based services of the iPhone and the iPhone’s Address Book, the doorbell app can provide a digital version of a traditional door bell. When going to pick up a friend, a date, etc… […]

Creating QR Codes on Your Mac

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QR codes are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are buying and using smartphones. If you don’t already know, QR codes are barcodes which can be scanned using an app on your smartphone such as Tapreader for iOS. When scanned, your phone will load a webpage which the creator has selected. If you […]

How to Unlock Screen Rotation on iPhone

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Here’s a simple post for newcomers to the iPhone or iPad family. You may run into an issue where your screen gets locked into one orientation, either horizontal or vertical. If you turn the device to the other direction, nothing happens. That can be really annoying! Luckily it’s a very simple fix. If you want […]

10 Must-Have Essential Mac Apps and Software For New Mac Buyers

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When you first purchase a new Mac, you will notice that iLife, the software that comes with OS X, has some awesome programs and applications, most notably, Garage Band and iMovie. However, there are some other programs that you will need to download in order to do things like view YouTube videos, open RAR files, […]

Open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, and EXE files on a Mac

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There are several different archive utilities available for OS X, but few have the functionality and different format support that The Unarchiver offers. With near perfect App Store reviews, The Unarchiver is a completely free utility that can open Zip, RAR, Tar, BIN, EXE, and more. To get started, launch the Mac App Store on […]

Create Zip Files Without Any Mac-Specific “Extras” Inside

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One of the great features most modern operating systems offer, and Mac OS X is no exception, is the ability to create a zip archive out of most any document or folder from the Desktop.  Simply right-click the item you want to archive, and choose the Compress option from the contextual menu. There is a […]

How to Use Handbrake in Mac OS X

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Apple’s range of portable video media devices has expanded massively over the last few years. The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad all feature powerful video playing capabilities, while the Apple TV allows you to watch iTunes content via your television. The iTunes Store features a wide range of video content to purchase and download, but […]

How to Set Alarms and Timers on your Mac

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I’ve tried out at least a dozen different “Alarm Clock” programs for OS X. I finally found the perfect one in a program aptly titled Alarm Clock. This brief tutorial will guide you through setting up and using Alarm Clock. To get started, head over to the Alarm Clock page, and download it. Once the […]