How to Rotate Wallpapers in OS X

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MacOS X ship with some pretty fancy wallpaper options by default. You can also use your own wallpaper images using the System Preferences pane. It’s nice to be able to have a different wallpaper every day. Here’s how you can set a rotation system for you Mac’s wallpapers so that your wallpaper changes at a […]

How to Force Safari 4 to Open Links in a New Tab instead of a New Window

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By default, any time a web site uses the target=”_blank” attribute on a link (like this one), Safari 4 will open that link in a new window. If you’d prefer it to open in a new Tab, follow the instructions outlined in this brief tutorial. Start by opening a Terminal window (Applications -> Utilities -> […]

How to Resume a Previous Browsing Session in Safari

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If you often restart your Mac, quit the Safari web browser to free up some RAM, or (gasp) Safari crashes, you’ll find the following tip quite useful. Firefox has supported a feature that allows users to save an open session and reload it the next time they launch the browser. Safari did not support this […]

8 Very Useful OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

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Here are some very useful keyboard shortcuts for OS X. 1. Quickly turn off display Ever had a coworker peeking over your shoulders while you were at work? It can be quite annoying. I can’t offer to change human nature, but here’s a keyboard shortcut that will help. To quickly turn off your display and […]

How to Shrink Photos with iPhoto

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After every vacation I like sending my friends pictures from the trip. There are a number of options these days where you can upload pictures to a website and share a link. But every once in a while I run into a situation when I need to email the pictures to someone. When I import […]

How to Create Smart Mailboxes in Mac Mail

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Mac Mail is a really handy email client. One of the really neat features of the Mail application are Smart Mailboxes. Let’s take a look at what smart mailboxes can do to enhance your productivity. Using smart mailboxes you can create virtual folders to help organize your mail. This feature allows you to sort your […]

How to Lock your Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut

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One irritation that people who switch to Mac from Windows find is that there isn’t a quick way to lock your screen. Enter LockTight. LockTight originated as “SleepTight”, but neither were available for Intel Macs, until Ben Haylock built an Intel compatible version. To install LockTight, download and then uncompress it. Inside the LockTightIntel folder […]

How to Open and Extract RAR Files on your Mac

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I’ve often been given a compressed file with the “.rar” extension. This format is not supported by MacOS by default. So I use the software UnrarX to extract files with this extension. UnrarX is freely downloadable software. A commonly used application for compression on the Mac is Stuffit Expander. However, I’ve noticed that UnrarX seems […]

Get Started with Subversion using SvnX

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A very important part of a development environment is source code control. Subversion is the server-side software that I use for this. There are a number of SVN clients for the Mac. Let’s take a closer look at setting up my favorite SVN client for the Mac – SvnX. SvnX is a free and open […]

How to Convert an MP3 or M4A File to an iPhone Ringtone

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So what is an iPhone ringtone anyway? Well in facts it’s simply just a regular iTunes “AAC” audio file with a slightly different extension name. In this example the iTunes audio file or song would have the “m4a” extension at the end (example: song.m4a). If you want to turn it into a ringtone all you […]