Here’s a simple Mac Treat that will make you look like you’re a power user. You know that standard image you see when you boot up your Mac? Well, you can change it—no Terminal commands involved—whether you want it to suit your personality, identify your machine or just because you’re bored. 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 […]

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I love me some Time Machine. It’s the easiest way for the average Mac user to reliably back up their computer. Since it’s the easiest backup method, it’s also the most likely method to be used, which is a good thing. Apple writes: “Time Machine automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, copying just […]

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There are several easy-to-use solutions for emailing very large files (files that are larger than 20MB.) Dropbox and YouSendIt are among the most popular solutions. However Apple’s MobileMe service has an excellent, easy-to-use service for uploading and emailing large files. If you already use MobileMe (or are considering using it) I recommend giving this a […]

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This is our 100th Mac Treat. It took us slightly over two years to reach this milestone. Mac OS X has thousands of features—many that aren’t obvious to new and even experienced Mac users. We started posting short Mac Treats to reveal and explain these features, as well as to promote best Mac practices. We […]

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True story: a few years ago, a school had purchased fifty brand-new iMacs with the LCD display on the swivel neck. Soon after they were set up in the computer lab, a well-intentioned but misinformed maintenance person used a strong ammonia-based cleaning product on them. Unfortunately, this permanently marred the displays with an opaque, cloudy […]

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