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Tom Nelson

Updated Articles and Resources

By Tom Nelson

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - Let the Voting Begin for the Best Mac Applications Created: Thursday, February 10, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - With the top finalists selected, it's time to vote to decide the winners of the Readers' Choice Awards 2011. There will be one winner from each of the seven categories...
    • 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro Review Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro may be the best Mac notebook targeted at the prosumer. It offers faster processors, faster graphics, and USB 3, and still retains all of the benefits of last year's mod...
    • Readers' Choice Awards Winners 2012 - The Best of the Best in 8 Mac Categories Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The Readers' Choice Awards 2012 winners have been decided. This prestigious award is being given to eight winners in Mac-related categories. The voting went non-stop for four weeks, and now it's ti...
    • How Can I Fix an Application That's Not Starting? Created: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      You can use Disk Utility’s Repair Permissions feature to fix a problem with applications that fail to launch, or have features that seem to have stopped working.
    • Macs and Home Theater: Connect Your Mac to Your HDTV Created: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      That big-screen HDTV is just begging to be connected to your Mac. This guide will take you through the process of connecting your Mac to your HDTV.
    • Tom's Mac Software Picks 2012 Created: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Tom's Mac Software Picks are a collection of some of the best apps for the Mac. Updated weekly, Tom's Mac Software Picks are a great way to explore new software for your Mac.
    • Back Up Your Mac: Time Machine and SuperDuper Make for Easy Backups Created: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Backups are one of the most important chores for all Mac users. This is especially true when you have a brand new Mac. Sure, we want to relish its newness, explore its capabilities. After all, it's...
    • Setting Up an iCloud Account on Your Mac Created: Friday, October 14, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Setting up iCloud on your Mac requires the correct version of OS X and an Apple ID. With these two key components in place, the process of turning on the iCloud services is a piece of cake.
    • How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mountain Lion on a Non-Startup Drive Created: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You can install OS X Mountain Lion as an upgrade or as a clean install, which involves erasing everything on the target drive. This guide will take you through the process of performing a clean ins...
    • Disk Utility: Using Disk Utility to Repair Hard Drives and Disk Permissions Created: Saturday, July 18, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Disk Utility, an included applications with OS X, allows you to erase, format, and partition a drive, but also to repair problems that may crop up from time to time.
    • How to Manage Bookmarks in Safari Created: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Web browser bookmarks can quickly get out of hand, particularly if you tend to mark a lot of web sites for later perusal. Our guide to managing Safari bookmarks with folders can help you get and ke...
    • Add a Signature to Your Email Messages in Apple Mail Created: Sunday, August 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You can save yourself at least a few minutes a day by creating a signature to use in your email messages in Apple Mail. You can even create multiple signatures and switch between them.
    • Access Your Gmail Using Apple's Mail Created: Sunday, January 27, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Apple's Mail is one of the most intuitive email applications currently available for Macs. It can easily handle Gmail and other web-based email accounts.
    • How to Set Up Apple Mail Rules Created: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Apple Mail rules allow you to set up conditions and actions that tell Apple Mail how to process incoming messages. This guide will explore how to create Mail rules
    • Using the Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences Pane Created: Thursday, September 11, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The Mac OS includes screen saver modules. You can use the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane to control how your Mac's screen savers operate.
    • How to Eject CDs or DVDs From Your Mac Even When They Are Stuck Created: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Ejecting CD/DVD: The Mac doesn't have an external eject button on its CD/DVD drive. Instead, it offers several options for ejecting a CD or DVD. Most of the eject options are for routine day-to-day...
    • Using an iMac As an External Display: How to Use Target Display Mode Created: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The 27-inch iMacs introduced in late 2009 have many exciting features, but one that’s been a little overlooked is the ability to use the 27-inch iMac’s display as a separate monitor for...
    • How to Re-Download Apps From the Mac App Store Created: Saturday, July 07, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      If you accidentally delete an app, or something goes wrong during the installation process, you can re-download the app from the Mac App Store (assuming that's where you purchased it). You can re-d...
    • Troubleshooting Apple Mail - Using Apple Mail's Troubleshooting Tools Created: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Troubleshooting Apple Mail: Apple Mail is very straightforward to set up and use. Apple provides convenient guides that step you through the process for creating accounts. Apple also provides a few...
    • Using The OS X Recovery Disk Assistant Created: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Secrets to using the OS X Lion Recovery Disk Assistant. The Recovery Disk Assistant is a welcome utility for OS X Lion users, but it has limitations that can get in the way of its use. This guide p...
    • Hide the Dock When It's Not in Use Created: Monday, January 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      If you want to free up a little screen real estate, you can set the Dock to disappear when you're not actively using it.
    • Create Bootable Copies of the OS X Mountain Lion Installer Created: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      OS X Mountain Lion may not be distributed on bootable media, but that doesn't mean you can’t create your own bootable Mountain Lion DVD or USB flash drive.
    • Fix SPOD – How to Fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death Created: Saturday, September 25, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      How to Fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death: Once in a while, for no apparent reason, you may encounter the SPOD (Spinning Pinwheel of Death). You know, that multicolored pinwheel mouse pointer that si...
    • MacBook Upgrade Guide Created: Friday, June 11, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      MacBook Upgrade Guide: If you're thinking about upgrading your MacBook and wondering how difficult it might be, stop worrying. The MacBook is one of the easiest Macs to upgrade with more memory or ...
    • Before You You Buy a Mac mini Created: Monday, January 21, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Mac minis are small and inexpensive. They're a good choice for first-time Mac users, for adding to home theater systems, or for serving as very portable desktop computers for college-bound students...
    • Back Up or Move Your Safari Bookmarks to a New Mac Created: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Back Up or Move Your Safari Bookmarks to a New Mac: Safari, Apple's popular web browser, has a lot going for it. It's easy to use, fast and versatile, and it adheres to web standards. It does, howe...
    • Create an Emergency OS X Boot Device Using a USB Flash Drive Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A bootable copy of OS X on a USB flash drive is a great emergency backup tool to have on hand. It allows you to be ready to go almost immediately should anything happen to your existing startup dri...
    • My Browser Does Not Display a Web Site Correctly: How Do I Fix This Problem? Created: Monday, March 23, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      My browser is not displaying web sites. When I use my browser to visit a web site, it sometimes fails to load a web page or only displays part of the page. Sometimes I see timeout errors, yet at ot...
    • Before You Buy an iMac Created: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Apple iMac is a superb desktop computer that combines the power of an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or Intel Core 2 Quad processor with your choice of a 21.5-inch or 27-inch display, plus a large helping of Apple's well-deserved reputation for style. The result is a gorgeous, all-in-one desktop Mac that has been setting industry trends since its debut in 1998.
    • Icon View: Icon View Options Created: Friday, June 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Icon View: The Finder’s Icon view options control how icons will look and behave when you open a Finder window that is set to use Icon view. You can control text and icon size, text location,...
    • Partition Your Mac's Hard Drive With Disk Utility Created: Thursday, July 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Disk Utility is the application of choice for partitioning a hard drive. Disk Utility is straightforward and easy to use, it provides a nice graphical interface, and best of all, it’s free. D...
    • Disk Utility - Add, Delete, and Resize Existing Volumes Created: Friday, July 11, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The version of Disk Utility bundled with OS X 10.5 or later has a few notable features, specifically, the ability to add, delete, and resize hard drive partitions without erasing data. If you need ...

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