Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!
You may occasionally get into a situation where the DNS on your Mac needs to be flushed from the system in order for a new server or some other DNS address change to be recognized by your computer. Usually you don't need to worry about this unless you're a systems/network administrator or if you're a web developer, but there may be other network issues that can be solved with a simple DNS cache flush. In those situations, you can use the command in this how-to without even having to restart your Mac.
Sometimes, your Mac will connect to a janky Wi-Fi network. The connection is slow or you're on the other side of a lead wall and you're getting a really poor signal. When you finally find an Ethernet jack to plug into, you may notice you're still connected to the Wi-Fi network that was giving you problems. This is because your Network Service Order list is out of its proper order to allow the Ethernet to take over when plugged in. Don't fret, we'll show you how to reset the Service Order list on your Mac to ensure that Ethernet takes priority over AirPort.
From the beginning, even before it was released, there were the complainers, the critics, the snarky comments about the iPad. Some didn't like the name, some thought it was no more than a big iPod touch, some griped that it wouldn't replace their phone or their laptop (as though that were its function).
Now that the iPad has been out and about in some real world tests at least some of the grumbling might just be worth listening to.