Author Archives: vansmith

Review: CoolerMaster Gear

Jas Pro – Stretch  Using a laptop flat on your desk isn’t the best for your posture, unless you have a secondary monitor. Using a stand can bring the screen up to a proper eye level. I’ve recently started using the Cooler Master’s Jas Pro for my MacBook Pro, and it makes a… Read More

IMAP Email and Notifications: How-To

Introduction In this article we’ll look at how you can use Mountain Lion’s notification system to notify you of unread emails for any IMAP account. More specifically, we’ll look at how you can leverage Python and cron to check any email account at a specified interval, notifying you of any… Read More

OS X Mountain Lion: The Mac-Forums Guide

Contents Preamble Upgrading through the Up-to-Date Program Prepping for the Upgrade How to Create Your Own OS X Mountain Lion Install DVD or USB Drive Good News, There’s an App That Will do it For You Do it Yourself Step by Step Create a Bootable USB Installer Create a bootable… Read More

While the MF ML Guide is Under Construction…

As we continue our work on the official Mac-Forums Mountain Lion guide, we provide the following set of links to get you started while you wait. Did you recently buy a new Mac? You many qualify for a free copy of ML. You can find more info about it here.… Read More

Putting Your Apps on a Diet

Given that hard drive size is rarely a concern anymore, developers seem to make an assumption that space is no longer a issue. Despite this, a common complaint in forum posts is a lack of hard drive space. Although the following tip won’t solve all space issues, it can be a valuable… Read More

Simple Print Server using Automator and Dropbox

By the end of this article, you will have set up a folder action for a Dropbox folder such that anything added to it will be printed. With this set up, you’ll be able to print documents from anywhere in the world and/or print content from mobile devices that are supported by Dropbox. Read More

Playing YouTube Videos in VLC

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For this week’s quick tip, we’ll explore one of VLC’s more “hidden” features. More specifically, you’ll learn how to play YouTube videos in said media player. This is quite simple and involves only a few steps. Read More

Learning the Command Line (Part One)

You may have stumbled across the Terminal application, having little knowledge of what it was for, you ignored it. I don’t blame you – for 98% of Mac users, it is of little value. Or is it? Read More