One of my favorite features in Mac OS X is that certain icons themselves are a “preview” of the file’s contents. A photo’s icon is a tiny version of the photo itself, making browsing through a packed-full folder in the Finder less of a chore than it might be otherwise. A customer came in yesterday […]

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It’s very common for technicians to run into hard drives or files that are on the brink of failure or contain corrupted files that hang up traditional backup and transfer methods. Disk Utility can be used to create an image of a folder or drive, but tends to throw an input/output error at the slightest […]

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After my article in Tech Tails last week I received a reply from a faithful reader asking for more information on my Mac mini setup at home: “I read with interest your piece on using your mac mini as a kind of server, along with Dyndns to deal with back to my mac issues. While […]

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The possibilities of the iPod touch are endless. Its unique mini version of Mac OS X and extremely functional multi-touch interface makes it one of the most versatile and unique devices on the market. There are hundreds of apps available on the app store for instant download directly to your iPod touch. One of my […]

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For those of you out there who have what is supposed to be a white Apple keyboard (i.e. a keyboard that now appears to be more of a dirty beige color), this post is for you. Many people end up buying a new keyboard when the old one gets to the point where keys are […]

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Announced in Appleā€™s financial report just yesterday, 50 percent of Mac purchases for Q2 were by those new to Mac. That means that there is a lot to learn for half of the people who now own a beautiful new Mac. If you call yourself a switcher, there are a lot of options. First, you […]

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By Jimmy@smalldog.com During some of my consulting appointments, people have asked me about how they can extend their wireless networks. Most people just purchase a second or third Airport Express and create entirely new wireless networks. It sounds like a good idea, and it can be, but there is actually a better way to get […]

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Ah, the Delete key. I’m pretty sure I use it more than any other key on my Mac’s keyboard. Here are two Delete key power tips for everyone who knows what I’m talking about. 1. If you hold down the Option-Delete keys at the same time when you’re writing in most OS X-native applications (Text […]

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Written by: Charlie Ellibee, Charlie@Smalldog.com As most of you know we are currently living in an age of questions. Who? What? When? Where my dogs at? Red pill or blue pill? You want fries with that? With the age of question upon us, where do we turn for answers? How about Dashboard? Yes, that’s right, […]

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