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By Tom Nelson

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Windows XP Printer Sharing With Mac OS X 10.5 Created: Monday, April 21, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      You may already have a printer hooked up to one of your PCs. Set up printer sharing for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) is easy with these instructions.
    • How to Use iChat to Share Your Mac's Screen Created: Thursday, May 05, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      iChat Screen Sharing: iChat, Apple's instant messaging client, has a unique feature that allows you to share your Mac desktop with an iChat buddy. iChat screen sharing lets you show off your deskto...
    • Troubleshooting Apple Mail - Using Apple Mail's Troubleshooting Tools Created: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 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...
    • Mac Browser Benchmarks 2014 - Who's Number One, and Does it Matter? Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The 2014 Mac browser benchmark test pits four top browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) against the clock to determine who will come out on top.
    • iCal Calendar Backup Created: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Back Up or Move Your iCal Calendars to a New Mac: The method I will describe allows you to save all of your iCal data into a single iCal archive file. By using this method, you can back up or move ...
    • iPhoto Libraries - Create and Populate Additional iPhoto Libraries Created: Monday, April 18, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Create and Populate Additional iPhoto Libraries: An iPhoto library can hold up to 250,000 photos. That's a lot of images; in fact, it's so many that you may wonder why you'd ever need to break your...
    • Optimize Parallels Desktop – Parallels Guest OS Optimization Created: Sunday, December 12, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Optimize Parallels Desktop: Optimizing Parallels Desktop for Mac for the best performance of a guest OS may seem to be largely a matter of customizing the performance of the guest OS itself, such a...
    • Setting Up a Fusion Drive on Your Current Mac Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Creating your own performance-driven Fusion drive on your Mac is easier than you may think; it even works on older Macs. This guide will take you through the entire process using Terminal, an app t...
    • Macs and Home Theater: Connect Your Mac to Your HDTV Created: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 21, 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.
    • Hook Your Mac Up to Your HDTV Created: Sunday, February 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Your new big-screen HDTV probably has more video connections than your old TV. Why not use one of them for your Mac?
    • Set Up OS X Lion Server - Open Directory and Network Users Created: Thursday, April 12, 2012 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Open Directory is an important service that you should probably be running on your Lion Server. Setting up Open Directory is much easier with Lion than with previous versions of OS X Server. This g...
    • File Sharing With Snow Leopard: Sharing OS X 10.6 Files With Windows 7 Created: Sunday, December 13, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      In this computing tutorial, you will be taken through the entire process of configuring your Mac to share files with a PC.
    • Copy iPod Music to Your Mac Using OS X Lion and iTunes 10 Created: Saturday, April 07, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Copy iPod music to your Mac: This guide will take you through the process of copying music, movies, and videos to your Mac using OS X Lion and iTunes 10 or later.
    • Creating User Accounts on Your Mac Created: Sunday, August 03, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      The Mac's User Accounts feature allows multiple individuals to use the same Mac, while protecting each user's privacy. The Mac supports several types of user accounts, including administrator, stan...
    • Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Time to Vote Created: Thursday, February 23, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      It's time to vote in the Mac edition of the Readers' Choice Awards 2012. There are 8 Mac-related categories in this year's awards, and only you can pick the winners.
    • How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac Created: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac: What? You don't have any backups, and you just accidentally deleted some of your favorite tunes and videos from your Mac? Well, all may not be lost, at least not...
    • Share Windows 7 Files with OS X Lion Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Windows 7 and a Mac running OS X Lion are on very good speaking terms. In fact, sharing your PC's files with your Mac is as easy as a few clicks and selecting the folders on the PC you want to shar...
    • Install an Internal Hard Drive in Your Mac Pro Created: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Adding an internal SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive to a Mac is a fairly simple task under any circumstances, but it's particularly easy with a Mac Pro, because it doesn't require any special tools. Th...
    • Snow Leopard Install: Basic Upgrade Install of Snow Leopard Created: Friday, August 28, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      The default installation method for Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is an upgrade from Leopard. If you prefer, you can erase your hard drive and start fresh with a clean install (in fact, I highly recomme...
    • How to Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Created: Sunday, December 20, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Sharing files between a PC running Windows 7 and a Mac running OS X 10.6 is one of the easiest cross-platform file sharing activities, primarily because both Windows 7 and Snow Leopard speak SMB (S...
    • Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 Created: Saturday, January 11, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app ru...
    • Back Up or Move Your Safari Bookmarks to a New Mac Created: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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, however, have one slightly annoying feature, or should I say it lacks a feature: a convenient way to import and export bookmarks.
    • Before You You Buy a Mac mini Created: Monday, January 21, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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. But as attractive as they are, Mac minis are not flawless.
    • Fix SPOD – How to Fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death Created: Saturday, September 25, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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 signifies a temporary delay while your Mac tries to figure something out. In this case, your Mac is trying to think but nothing happens, so the pinwheel keeps spinning, and spinning, and spinning.
    • Using The OS X Recovery Disk Assistant Created: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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...
    • How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mountain Lion on a Non-Startup Drive Created: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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...
    • Setting Up an iCloud Account on Your Mac Created: Friday, October 14, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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 Can I Fix an Application That's Not Starting? Created: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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.
    • 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro Review Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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 models, such as expandability and FireWire support.
    • Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - Let the Voting Begin for the Best Mac Applications Created: Thursday, February 10, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 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...
    • Moving Time Machine to a New Hard Drive Created: Friday, December 17, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Moving Time Machine to a New Hard Drive: Starting with Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x), Apple simplified what’s required to successfully transfer a Time Machine backup. If you follow the steps below, you can move your current Time Machine backup to a new disk. Time Machine will then have enough room to save a larger number of backups, until it eventually fills up the available space on the new drive.
    • Make the Most of the Finder Sidebar Created: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      The Finder sidebar is a handy place to store frequently used files, folders, and applications. It's also easy to customize.

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