The Time Machine feature in OS X has been a life-saver for numerous users, from those who want to find individual lost files or folders to those who wish to restore their systems to a previous version or state following a problematic system update or application installation. While convenient, there are some precautions to take when using Time Machine to do full system restores.… Read more
The most common ways for launching applicaitons in OS X are to either double-click them directly in the Finder, or to click those that are in the Dock. Besides these methods there are several alternative ways to access applications, which may be useful depending on various problems or situations you may find yourself in.… Read more
Most people generally consider the iPad's lack of a physical keyboard a disadvantage. However, if you do a little digging, you will find that Apple includes a few useful features in the iPad's onscreen keyboard that physical keyboards can't match.
You can easily uncover some of the tricks to extend the keyboard's capabilities by peeking at the iPad's general settings and opening the keyboard options.
However, some of the other tricks are truly hidden. If you've never held down a vowel for an accent character or successfully found the symbol for the … Read more
When you invoke QuickLook on a folder in OS X, you are shown the folder icon along with some information about the folder. While this is convenient, QuickLook has a hidden "X-ray" feature that lets you preview items in the folder, similar to the option in Windows where pictures are displayed in the enclosing folder's icon.… Read more
Listeners of our Real Deal podcast often ask for advice on buying cheap laptop computers. Often they're asking about machines for family members, or for leave-around-the-house computers. Netbooks can be good for these applications. They're cheap and small. But they're also quite basic and often underpowered; some don't even run a full version of Windows.
There's another solution for the penny-pinching laptop buyer: the manufacturer-reconditioned laptop, or "refurb." These are often gently used machines that have been returned to the manufacturer because they were unwanted. Sometimes they're warranty returns that are repaired, … Read more
There are a couple of new Apple-related videos over at CNET TV. Editor Donald Bell discusses using various hidden iPad keyboard features such as accent characters with international keyboards, using caps lock, auto-complete for Web domains, and other options. In this week's Apple Byte, Brian Tong and other CNET editors discuss the new MacBook Pro's performance, features, along with Steve Jobs' reasoning why the 13" model did not get a Core i5 or i7 chip. They also cover some iPad sales news, including some problems with the international iPad sales and Israeli customs not allowing the devices into that country.… Read more
In OS X there are times when you may have deleted items from your Applications folder that were put there by the OS X installer. Sometimes people have done this intentionally for items they do not use to clear up clutter and free hard drive space, but at other times people have inadvertently deleted them, including important items like the System Preferences.… Read more
Many people who are new to the Mac may run into some confusion when trying to apply file selection techniques in OS X. For the most part, icon selection in OS X is straightforward and designed to be intuitive, but there are some situations where the selection behaviors change, notably between icon and the various list views.… Read more