OS X

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

by File in: OS X

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

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

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

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

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

by File in: OS X

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

by File in: OS X

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

by File in: OS X

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 […]

Fix FaceTime “The server encountered an error processing registration” Error

by File in: OS X

I’ve been using FaceTime on my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard for a long time, so when I upgraded to Lion recently, I didn’t except any problems. However, when I tried to use FaceTime, I got the following error message: The server encountered an error processing registration. Please try again later. Grrr, that was annoying! […]

Change Computer Hostname in OS X Lion

by File in: OS X

Here’s a simple tip for today where I’ll show you how to change your Mac’s computer name. By default, your Mac’s computer name is created for you when you setup the computer. It takes your name and add’s on the model of the Mac you’re on. For example, my Mac’s computer name is Aseem Kishore’s […]

MacBook Pro Constantly Dropping Wireless Connection?

by File in: Hardware, OS X

I love my MacBook and haven’t had very many major issues for the better part of 3 years. Unfortunately, that is not the case with all MacBook owners. Since I do a lot of technical support, I’ve run into a ton of people with MacBook Pro’s that simply lose the wireless connection randomly. It’s been […]