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

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

Not using Flash? You need Switch

Running your computer without Flash installed is great. No unnecessary resource hogging while browsing the web. No annoying animated web ads. Unfortunately, not everything on the web is HTML5. This is where Switch comes in. I use Safari 99% of the time until I stumble across something that is Flash… Read More

Review: iMac Riser/Stand

Overview Seated ergonomics is crucial to ensure that prolonged computer use doesn’t adversely affect your posture. The Apple iMac is an all-in-one computer with a base at a fixed height. The entire assembly can be tilted up or down based the table height and that of the user. One option… Read More

OSX Lion Server Part 03 – Getting the Router Prepared

OSX Lion Server part 03 – Getting the Router Prepared We’ve dealt with the types of server installs in part 01 of this series and the network set-up we need to have in place in part 02. Before we jump in and actually install the software there is one final… Read More

Back It Up Part 2

In part one of this series, I discussed what files to backup and what types of backups were possible. Whether you choose to archive, backup, or clone data, if you haven’t started a backup regimen, you’ll want to start one. This isn’t a review of the backup programs available for Macs. Instead, we’ll… 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

OSX Lion Server Part 02 – Getting the Network Right

Here we’ll cover all the network configuration details that you’ll need to have in place to make sure the installation goes smoother later on. Whether your going for a local server or a full-on public server with its own domain name, it’s important to understand how the server communicates with your devices… Read More

Back It Up Part 1

No matter how reliable your Mac has been, you need a plan for backing up your data. At some point a hard drive will fail, you’ll delete an important file or just do something stupid as I did recently. When that happens you’ll be glad you had a backup. Lets… Read More

OS X Lion Server Part 01 – What Type of Server

The Server for everyone

Preamble OS X Server, the server for everyone. Well, nearly right because it is and it isn’t. OSX Server is certainly one of the most user friendly server installs out there, but it’s still a server, and setting it up has its own pitfalls that you can easily fall into.… 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

More Spotlight Tips

Stretch’s introduction to Spotlight demonstrated why so many people find Spotlight useful. I’ve used it for some basic searches but always felt I wasn’t using it to its fullest potential. A few quick Internet searches led to some interesting tips that should make Spotlight more effective. Since Spotlight is the… Read More

Choosing a Digital Camera

Macs have long been a favorite of Graphics Professionals; so it is no surprise that “Switchers” first priority is often photography. We see many questions like, “I just got my new Mac and I love it . . . What software do I need for photos?” or “How do I get my pictures from my camera into iPhoto?”, or even “I need a new camera; what should I buy?” Read More

Photography and the Mac

Photography and the Mac Macs have long been a favorite of Graphics Professionals. But now we are seeing a steady flow of “Switchers” many whose first introduction to the Apple family was via IOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad). Almost invariably some of the first questions we get at MacForums go… Read More

Taming Apple’s LaunchPad

I love Apple’s Dock to launch my most used apps, I also love Spotlight to find files and launch any application quickly, and if you want to unleash the power of Spotlight, then check out forum member Stretch’s article, Make The Most Of Spotlight. I do like Apple’s LaunchPad, but… Read More

Safari 6: Delete to go Backwards

Previous to Safari 6, you could hit the Delete key to act as a back button. For some reason, when Safari 6 was released with Mountain Lion, Apple decided to remove this function. It may not have been used by many people, but I for one used to all the… Read More

HDD and SSD Explained

A lot of people are asking the question is getting SSD worth it?  Or should I stick to the traditional HDD.  The big question over which hard drive is right for me is one I will attempt to answer right now.  And try to give as much detail as I… Read More