OS X

How to Record an Instrument Through an Audio Interface in Mac OS X

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Recording instrument audio through an interface on a Mac using OS X is surprisingly easy and has significant advantages over a built-in recording device. It can be used to connect your computer to professional microphones, bass, and electric guitars. Setting it up is fairly quick and easy. For the sake of consistency, I will be […]

Backup Your Mac using Time Machine

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Unlike Windows, OS X has a great built-in tool for backing up your entire operating system to a backup drive. Windows has an option to create a system image, but it’s a relic of Windows 7 and it’s not terribly easy to use, especially when you  have to do a full restore. The best way […]

How to Partition an External or Internal Hard Drive in OS X

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Partitioning your hard drive can be a frustrating and daunting task. However, once you understand how the process works, it’s a lot less scary. So why would you want to partition a drive? Back when I was in college, like many other students, I had a MacBook Pro for ease of use and its minimalist […]

What are the Black Dots Under App Icons and How to Remove Them

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If you’re new to Macs and OS X, you may have noticed that some of your app icons in the Dock have a small black dot under them. The black dot is normally always under the Finder icon no matter what. The black dot basically indicates that the application is running. It’s kind of like […]

How to Check Your Mac for Rootkits

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If you Mac is acting strangely and you suspect a rootkit, then you’ll need to get to work downloading and scanning with several different tools. It’s worth noting that you could have a rootkit installed and not even know it. The main distinguishing factor that makes a rootkit special is that it gives someone remote […]

How to Format a Drive or Partition with the HFS+ File System

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This brief guide will show you how to use Disk Utility to format a drive or partition with the HFS+ file system. It’s worth noting that starting with Mac OS High Sierra (10.13), Apple will switch to the new APFS or Apple File System. Considering HFS+ has been around since 1998, it’s about time for […]

How to Disconnect From a Wireless Network on a Mac

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Even though OS X has made great strides in recent years against Windows, there are still a few things that are way more difficult than they really should be. One of those items is simply trying to disconnect from a wireless network. In Windows, you just click on the wireless icon in the taskbar, select […]

Understanding Replace, Replace All, and Merge in OS X Mavericks

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Unlike Windows, copying and moving files in OS X has always been a little confusing. I had previously written about moving/copying files in OS X and those tips still prevail, but there have been some changes to other copy scenarios in OS X Mavericks, mostly when you run into situations where a file or folder name […]

Understanding Memory Pressure in OS X Mavericks

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If you haven’t upgraded to OS X Mavericks yet, you should for a whole host of reasons. One of these reasons is the new Memory tab in Activity Monitor. It’s gotten a huge upgrade and it makes understanding memory usage in OS X a lot easier than previous versions. Using the new revamped memory statistics, […]

Exclude Folders and Directories from Spotlight

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Spotlight is a great search tool built right into OS X. It’s way better than the new Windows 7 search, which if you have ever used, sucks pretty bad. Spotlight can search everything from your email to your calendar to your chats, in addition to system files and folders. Two questions I commonly get about […]