Review: Sherpa iPad Case – Water Sherpa

Sherpa sent me their new Water Sherpa iPad2/New iPad carry case to check out and I just say overall it’s quite a nice case with only a couple of issues. As the name implies, the Water Sherpa is a waterproof case that protects the iPad from incidental water exposure. The… Read More

Review: Corel’s Master your DSLR course (Part One)

Part One–The Ebooks (check back for Part Two–The DVDs) I’m not an artist—though I like to fancy myself one. I can’t draw, I can’t paint, I can’t sculpt grand masterpieces. But I have a need for an artistic outlet. I’ve always had an interest in photography. In high school—oh so… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Bash Prompts (1)

NOTE: This article assumes you have been following the other articles in this series. Another Note: I can’t take credit for this. I got it from a now defunct website called dotfiles.com. I don’t remember who the original author was and I’ve edited it to suit me. I won’t be… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Shell Scripts

Terminal commands are great but what if you want to have something done every time you login? What if you need to do something on several files or some other repetitive action and don’t want to type in the commands every time. That could get time consuming and dreary. In… Read More

Confessions of a Recovering Gear-aholic

Hi everybody, I’m Mike and I like to buy stuff . . . lots of stuff.   I have all the latest and greatest cameras, computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, routers, receivers, amps, speakers, TVs, and every other conceivable gadget and gizmo. If it’s new and techie, I either already have it,… Read More

Learning the Command Line – File Permissions

Ever have a file you can’t do anything with? Can’t change it, can’t delete it, can’t even look at it? We’re going to find out why. FreeBSD, and by extension, OS X (which is loosely based on FreeBSD), uses file permissions. This lets the system control access to files and… Read More

Learning the Command Line – File System

Last time we learned how to list files, now let’s see where those files are. All your files reside on your hard drive, either internal, external or SSD. These drives have files and folders scattered throughout the drive but most are in certain places and are required for the system… Read More

Learning the Command Line – Listing Files

This is the second article in the command line series. The first article by vansmith can be found here: https://www.mac-forums.com/blog/learning-the-command-line-part-one/ This time we will be discussing file management commands. Some of these commands might look strange to you. That’s because most Terminal commands have the vowels and sometimes consonants removed… Read More

Mac-Forums Investigates MacKeeper

Update (July 27, 2013): Grammar/spelling errors corrected and a short section about Mac-Forums’ relationship to the product was added. Introduction One of the persistent questions around the forum has to do with a piece of software called MacKeeper. A cursory scan of the forum will paint in the minds of… Read More

Mac-Forums Looks at the Other…Other Mobile Platform

Introduction There’s no secret when it comes to my tendency to try the esoteric operating platforms. Why? The simple answer is because they exist and I’ve derived a lot of enjoyment from exploring the unknown. Mobile devices are no exception which sounds weird when the army of mobile devices I… Read More

Advanced – Scripting a Daily Wallpaper

If you’re anything like me, you get bored of your desktop wallpaper easily.  Sure, you could have your wallpaper rotate at a regular interval but for those of you who know me, I don’t like easy solutions. In this article, I’m going to show you how to change up your… Read More

A Look at Word Processing for the iPad: Pages and Word

I write…a lot. As a graduate student, it is my “trade,” that activity that occupies the majority of my time and determines whether or not I succeed. Like a journalist or a writer, I consequently live in the rather mundane world of word processing (there’s no way I can make… Read More

Weekly Roundup: April 1 – 7

Here’s the weekly roundup of the more popular discussions around Mac-Forums for the week of April 1st. Blog Posts Clamshell Mode Performance Issues: A Myth? In this article, vansmith explores the myth that clamshell mode might hinder performance, only to discover that this likely isn’t the case. Forum Discussions Member… Read More

Clamshell Mode Performance Issues: A Myth?

Background A while back, I remember hearing a theory floating around that running a Mac in clamshell mode forced OS X to throttle the processor to save on heat. There is a tiny bit of anecdotal evidence to support such a claim (here) which ultimately suggests that something about clamshell mode… Read More

iOS and The State of Innovation

Quite a few people have been commenting on an ostensible lack of innovation on the part of Apple when it comes to iOS. Search the word “stale” in relation to iOS and you’ll find yourself with enough content for a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Is this critique warranted in light of… Read More

The Mysterious File:/// Bug

Recently, there has been a rather silent but important story floating around about an odd bug built into Cocoa (OS X’s application programming interface that, in part, includes the user interface elements of OS X including things like buttons and text boxes). Although not generating a lot of news, this… Read More

VEHO’s Muvi X-Lapse…thing.

I’m going to get the really boring and technical stuff out of the way first, so that I have room for my personal thoughts and… stuff. What is the Muvi X-Lapse? “The MUVI™ X-Lapse is the must have accessory for every film maker who wants to add something different to… Read More

Flash v. JavaScript: Is One Really Better Than The Other?

Introduction A quick search of the forums will reveal a particular unabashed bias towards technologies that leverage anything but Adobe’s Flash. To a certain extent, this is justified but should non-Flash based solutions always be the right method of delivering content? To answer this question, I investigated the efficacy of… Read More

The best budget headphones ever? NuForce NE-770x

First a big thank you to both NuForce and those at the Mac-Forums for making this review possible! Let’s take a look at the NuForce NE-770X dynamic in-ear headphones.   They come packaged in a basic cardboard box, encased in a fairly easy to open blister package. Nothing fancy. But… Read More

Review: NuForce NE-600X/M

Introduction In the market for an in-ear headphone to use for my gym sessions, I got the opportunity to review the NuForce NE-600X/M and compared them to the Apple headphones that come bundled with the iPods and iPhones. Packaging & Contents The NE-600X/M, unlike other headphones I’ve bought and seen at… Read More

OS X Lion Server Part 01 – What Type of Server R2

File Sharing

Preamble This is a guide to OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Server. There are a few differences but they are not major. Some people will want to run a server on an older Mac, one that doesn’t qualify for Mountain Lion. You won’t be able to find Lion Server on… Read More