OS X Tip: Keep Desktop items on your desktop

Contrary to what so many others would believe is proper ‘desktop’ organization which implies the the use of Quicksilver and lack of icon “clutter”, I often find it essential to maintain a small collection of frequently accessed folders (aliases) on my desktop. Unfortunately, due to hastiness when selecting temporary items for mass deletion (CMD+Delete followed […]

Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives

Purchased a new Apple computer lately? Apple recommends supplementing your new purchase with a yearly subscription to their Dot Mac (.Mac) service. Touting such conveniences as iWeb publishing (no HTML/CSS knowledge necessary), Photocasting (think personal photo broadcasting), iDisk (access files anywhere at anytime or share files with others), Backup (schedule automatic backups offsite or to […]

Create & manage screenshots on OS X

Creating & managing screenshots on OS X may not garner the same type of attention had the topic been something more along the lines of creating a web development environment on OS X, cloning a hardrive, or improving your iChat experience. Regardless, those that do collect and amass a large collection of images can attest […]

Web development – Recommended OS X tools

Development applications & utilities surface with announcements and updates on a regular basis promising increased productivity, time-saving innovative features, and my all-time favorite – the ability to “deliver awesome standards-based sites in no time!” If only achieving the end results were so simple… I have fielded a handful questions from contacts inquiring about applications used […]

Breathe new life into OS X Front Row

Continuing the “Breathe new life into OS X” series including Breathe new life into OS X Safari & Breathe new life into OS X iChat, our focus will be on Apple’s Front Row application. Out of the box, Front Row taps into your current media library composed of iTunes albums, movies, television shows, iPhoto albums, […]

Practice safe computing, use a clone

Backup, backup, backup! The three most commonly uttered words from any experienced computer user to more care-free users. After moving to OS X as my sole computing solution, I mistakingly adopted the mantra that Apple products were rock solid, unwavering, trouble-free dream machines. For the most part – during the better part of my Apple […]

My Dream App well under way

Phill Ryu – a recent recipient of the Apple Design Award – spearheaded a new movement for the Apple community in hopes of developing select users “dream apps”. The notion behind My Dream App is simple: thousands upon thousands of OS X users have ideas, yet lack the expertise or skill-set to code those very […]

Core Duo – monitor processor(s)

Oftentimes, the dual processor setup within this svelte MacBook of mine eludes me. Once you’ve accustomed yourself to the dual core Intel processors for daily tasks, you come to the realization that previous incarnations of an application on older processors loaded at a gut-wrenching pace. In order to manage every bit of performance from each […]

Breathe new life into OS X iChat

Following in the footsteps of the previous Breathe new life into OS X Safari post which spurred debates concerning OS X browsers, free vs. paid plugins (extensions), and rendering capabilities, I felt a follow-up post concerning a second regularly used application was in order. An application also of Apple’s own creation distributed with every OS […]

Tame OS X Mail Spam with SpamSieve

After going through a privacy / paranoia phase concerning the use of Gmail as my primary account, I eventually made the decision to go with a hosted email solution [Dreamhost] that would provide a little more control and peace of mind. Although Gmail does offer POP access, I yearned for the convenience of IMAP. Having […]