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!
When Apple designed the Mac, it wanted its new computer to behave like an appliance: It should just work. Macs still work like this, so we rarely need to restart except for operating system updates and the occasional behavioral issues. However, this also means that sometimes we don't know exactly how long our Macs have been running without a restart — but fortunately, there's an easy-to-remember command that will let you know. Continue reading and we'll show you how to find out.
So how's that OS X Mountain Lion working out for everyone, one day later? We're seeing an annoying issue with our MacBook Pro with Retina Display losing track of our USB 3.0 hub whenever the notebook sleeps, but otherwise it's been smooth sailing. Speaking of sailing, have you flown over L.A. or Boston or even San Francisco lately? Now you can, thanks to Google Earth 7.0. This and a few other tidbits make up our recap for Thursday, July 26, 2012.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a fancy NAS set up or a Time Capsule to back up your Mac with, then you need to rely on good ol' fashioned external drives for the arduous task of backing up to Time Machine. Unfortunately, this method isn’t the best because it relies on physically plugging in a drive to conduct a backup and -- let’s face it -- we sometimes forget to do that. Fortunately, with iCal and an AppleScript, you can set timed reminders to remind you to do so.
Brookstone has some cool new gadgets on the way, Apple employees are getting a hefty discount on their next Mac or iPad, Tweetbot for Mac may be on the way and OMG! There's a new Centipede game in the App Store from Atari! Excuse us, we've got to go now… sorry for the rush, just sit back and enjoy the news for Thursday, June 21, 2012, won't you?
We’ve covered a lot of powerful Terminal commands over the past few weeks, but this week, we’re going to show you the smaller, softer side of Terminal commands. We’ll show you 3 user tricks that can be used. From authenticating as an administrator after typing a command with sudo !! to seeing who’s logged into your system with who, there’s a terminal command that can be run in almost any situation.
With the announcement of iBooks and its 60,000+ in-app downloads, Apple
set the standard for the iPad as an important reading device, and
luckily, other developers heard the calling. Several worthwhile reading
applications are now available, with many putting their paper
counterparts to shame with vivid artwork, embedded video, and
interactive elements. Still unsure of whether the iPad can kick some of
your traditional print reading habits to the curb? We've already given
iBooks its own full review, but here's a look at some of the other
initial reading offerings on the iPad.