If the various applications Apple built into Mac OS X are the spokes of the big wheel that makes up our computers, then the System Preferences window would have to be the hub that connects them. But how much do you really know about what goes on in that window?
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.
The often-maligned Adobe Flash Player may not be Steve Jobs’ best friend anymore, but the developer still wants to be your neighbor -- and with the final release of version 10.3, the player now finds a new home in your Mac System Preferences.
If you were among the many disappointed to find that Apple left out AirPrint support for existing printers when iOS 4.2 was released, you’ve probably discovered Ecamm’s Printopia. If so, check for updates, because the company just released version 2.0 which brings a long list of cool new features.
Each of my two teenage daughters has her own MacBook, and they would like to lock their computer screens to prevent their machines from being used without their permission by other kids at school (and each other). Is there some software I can purchase to make this happen?
Applications like iCal, OutLook and Entourage are great for keeping track of the many appointments, tasks and deadlines in our lives--but unless you keep the the programs open and running all the time, they're hardly handy for preforming simple tasks such as telling us what the date or day of the week it is. Fortunately, thanks to a clever, but often ignored set of options in your Mac's System Preferences, there's an easy method for doing both without the need to open up any calendar software.