Every week we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
With the Terminal application, you can do a lot of cool things that would normally take a few clicks. This is no exception: Using the Terminal, you can easily change the volume on your Mac. This could be a Mac that you are currently using that may not have smart keys for the volume, or could be a remote Mac that you're connected to via SSH. Continue reading, and we'll show you how to do this simple task.
Your desktop has gotten rather long in the tooth. Yes, yes, it has. Sure, you've thought about upgrading to one of the sweet newer iMacs, but the price. Well, you can keep on limping along with slow processor speeds, or you can grab one of the many great and great-priced refurbs we've got going on this week. And if you need some cut-price gear, you've come to the right place.
Surprisingly enough, Apple has yet to bring all of its iOS software in line with the design shift of iOS 7, but it's been making slow inroads with almost every week. The latest app to get the makeover treatment is the Remote app for the iPhone and iPad, which brings the whole program in line with the icon redesign it received last month.
They say the only good bug is a dead one, and the folks at Plex would seem to agree. On the heels of a big Android update, the existing iOS app gets some love to speed things up and stomp out those pesky bugs.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Last week, we talked about using rsync to transfer files from one location on your Mac to another (using rsync’s local syncing abilities); however, you can truly unlock the power of rsync when using it remotely to connect and transfer files from your local machine to a remote machine anywhere around the world. This remote syncing ability means that you could build an automated local-to-remote backup solution, or any other number of file transfer scenarios you can dream up. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how easy it can be to interface with a remote machine to sync files with rsync.
Your TV is probably augmented by an ever-growing collection of boxes that plug into it — and you have a remote for every one. Remembering what setting everything has to be on can be frustrating. Enter Harmony Touch. Tell it which devices you have, and assign them to Activities, such as “Watch a Blu-ray.” Tapping an activity switches the relevant gear on and selects the correct channels.
Call me crazy, but I’ve never been a big fan of the Apple mice. I’m a quick mover on the computer, constantly multitasking and clicking between different windows and Spaces, and even the wired Apple Mouse could never keep up with me. Logitech’s Anywhere MX is the only mouse that has been able to offer what I need, so I’m curious to see if the company’s two new offerings are just as effective.
Unless you’ve invested in a universal remote, simply watching a movie can require more remotes than we have limbs to operate. But a pair of apps can help reduce that clutter by letting you run much of your entertainment from your iPhone and iPad. Apple’s Remote app (free, universal) is a no-brainer for controlling iTunes on your Mac or media on your Apple TV from your iPhone or iPad.
The MacBook Air is a fantastic computing device, but its minimalist design and lack of optical drive could cause worry for those of us that are prone to losing things. While the Mac itself includes a tiny flash drive for reinstalling Mac OS X, those tiny little peripherals have a habit of becoming misplaced, and are not always with you when the situation calls for it. Using Disk Utility, you can easilly install Mac OS X, or even use the Apple Hardware Test with a piece of Utility software that comes preloaded on Snow Leopard. Follow along to find out how.
SSH (or Secure Shell) is a great service to enable on your Mac at home or work. This useful tool not only enables the ability to remotely access the command line interface of your Mac, but also to remotely access your files through a secure FTP (SFTP) connection, which gives you the ability to transfer files at will. Read on to find out how to transfer files between your own computers over a secure network connection using any modern FTP program.