Mac OSX Apps – My Top 10 Favorite I Use Everyday

Mac OSX Apps are a part of my daily life as they are for all Mac users. But not all Mac OSX Apps are equal, some perform better, some are more useful than others, and some are just downright amazing. In this post I hope to share the Mac OSX Apps that I have found to be the most helpful, useful, and effective. Or in other words I hope to share my favorite Mac OSX Apps. My Favorite Mac OSX Apps   1: TextMate I have already done a review previously on Textmate. But it is definitely my go to app each day. As a web developer I need to have tools that help me craft code quickly and... Read More

Rearranging Spaces – Keep Mission Control Under Control

If you are like me then when you set something up, like the “Spaces” on your Mac, then you want them to be setup the same way when you go to use them the next time. But in Mac OS X Lion (and presumably Mountain Lion) apple had a seemingly brilliant idea, have Mission Control take care of rearranging spaces for you based on your most recent/frequent usage. So initially this process must have seemed like a feature not a bug to the developers. But when an average user like myself starts using spaces and finds that the spaces that I had so carefully arranged for themselves are not... Read More

SystemUIServer – Recover RAM

I love my Mac. it adds greatly to my productivity and abilities. But as with any system there are always little things that we each need to tweak and change to allow our systems to run optimally. For me one of those things is the SystemUIServer. I like to run apps like iStat Menus that shows me some amazing information on what my computer is doing (RAM, CPU, Disk, usage etc…), and it runs up in my menubar, os it is out of the way but easy to access. But the problem seems to be that over time the SystemUIServer process (which manages how those things display in the menu bar) keeps... Read More

Stop Your Magic Mouse From Losing Its Connection To Your Mac

I have recently been dealing with this issue, (having my Magic Mouse randomly drop its connection to my Mac) and thought that you might encounter it at some point as well. So here are a few helpful tips to get you back up and running without having your magic mouse continually disconnect while you are using it. Disclaimer: This fix worked for me but your results might be different depending on what your actual problem is. To fix this problem you first need to remove the bluetooth properties plist file (you might be able to fix the problem without performing this step, but if it doesn’t... Read More

Merge Safari Windows into Tabs

When you do a lot of web browsing like I do, you can find yourself inundated with a myriad of different browser windows, each with different content in them. This can easily become overwhelming and even make it virtually impossible to find your way back to information that you had kept in a “Previous Window”. But there is an easy solution that can give you an instant way out of that nasty situation… and it all boils down to a simple keystroke. Using this keystroke you can merge all of the existing windows into tabs in a single window, making your life much easier to deal... Read More

Disable Dashboard in Mac OS X

Now you might be thinking why would I want to Disable Dashboard in Mac OSX? Well heres a bit of history… When Apple released Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) one of the bold new features that it had rolled into it was the “Dashboard”, a quick and easy to access part of OS X that could quickly give you access to a calculator, or help you know what the weather is, or even play a fun little game. The possibilities were virtually endless, and there were lots of available developers to create Dashboard “Widgets” since the widgets were essentially just HTML and Javascript bundles... Read More

Virtualbox – Run Windows on Mac and Linux on Mac for Free

You can do virtually anything on a Mac that you can do with a PC, Office Suites, Photoshop, Programming, Itunes, etc… But every once and a while there is something that comes up that requires a machine running Windows, or possibly even Linux.  And for those infrequent occurrences you can keep a separate computer lying around to use for those random purposes, or you could run some Computer Virtualization Software, so you can run windows on mac and linux on mac. Virtualization has been around for a while and has really driven the quest for putting more and more cores in a single... Read More

Skype Addon Plugins – Top 5 Free for Mac OS X

Let’s face it, Skype has changed the way most of us communicate. From it’s early years it was the application that allowed many people to first cut their teeth on the usage of VOIP, albeit Skype’s own original VOIP creation. With that innovation came an almost ubiquitous usage of skype as the Instant Messanger and Audio/Video messenger of choice. And while that makes it pretty easy to get in touch with other people… is there something that helps Skype continue to stand out from the pack of so many different Instant Messaging platforms? Well strap yourself in... Read More

Full Hard Drive – Top 4 Free Utilities to Help You Take Back Your Disk Space

We’ve all seen it, the dreaded “Your Startup Disk is Almost Full” Warning in OS X, which means you have a full hard drive. When that happens there is always the scrambling which we all do, to try and make some more space, or find out what files are our biggest Disk Space Hogs. This is not always an easy task, sometimes we may delete many user files only to find that it has made little difference on the full hard drive. This is usually because some application has been caching away files in a library and the average user has no idea where to go to find it. Today we are... Read More

Quicktime Video Codecs – Perian – Your Video Swiss Army Knife

There are a few utilities that I count as must haves on the mac. And Perian is one of them, whenever I start using a new mac it is one of the first utilities that I ensure is loaded so that all my Quicktime Video Codecs are available for use. So what is Perian, and why does it’s icon look similar to a swiss army knife? Well the short answer is that like a swiss army knife it is an indispensable tool. Perian allows you to easily enable many new Quicktime Video Codecs, many (if not most) of which are not natively supported on the mac. But this quicktime component ads some more... Read More

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