Selecting The Right Type Of Hard Drive For Your Needs

  When selecting the right type of hard drive for your needs, beyond speed, capacity, reliability, and any manufacturer preference, you should consider how you will use the drive itself.  For example:  Do you need a drive that will be installed in a desktop computer where the drive will be “on” most of the day,… Continue reading Selecting The Right Type Of Hard Drive For Your Needs

Run speedtest.net From the Command Line With speedtest-cli

For years, my “goto” source for measuring internet speed has been speedtest.net. Pointing my browser to speedtest.net, and a with few mouse clicks, I got my internet speeds for the moment. The absence of “flash” has made the GUI of speedtest.net even more usable, and it seems faster. Recently, the good people at Speedtest have… Continue reading Run speedtest.net From the Command Line With speedtest-cli

How To Launch An OS X GUI App From The Command Line

Sometimes, to  launch an OS X GUI app is easier than working with its command line counterpart.  For example:  Though I like “nano”, a command line text editor, my go-to text editor of choice is TextWrangler, a GUI app.  Using the command “open” from the command line makes opening TextWrangler easy.  Here is the string:… Continue reading How To Launch An OS X GUI App From The Command Line

Homebrew-Install And Update Mac Programs From The Command Line

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What Is Homebrew? Homebrew for OS X is a command line program manager, similar in functionality to “apt-get” found in some Linux distributions. By itself, Homebrew offers a user the ability to install (and update) a good number command line programs for Unix. When the “cask” option is used, the user has access to over… Continue reading Homebrew-Install And Update Mac Programs From The Command Line

Seven Steps To Secure Your Mac 2017

Secure Your Mac.  Step 1:  Know Thy Enemy The first step to secure your Mac is deciding just how much security it needs. Let’s say you are walking on a sidewalk by a very quiet street. Coming toward you, on a building top, you see a man dressed in black. He seems to be zigging… Continue reading Seven Steps To Secure Your Mac 2017

Review Monoprice USB 3.0 3 Port Hub With Gigabit Ethernet

When WiFi G/N Is Not Enough Many of today’s laptops ship without an ethernet port. relying only on Wifi to connect to LANs or the Internet.  With the advent of WiFi G/N, these new laptops have a wireless speed that rivals the speed Gigabit Ethernet.  The downside to the new faster WiFi comes in its range.… Continue reading Review Monoprice USB 3.0 3 Port Hub With Gigabit Ethernet

Mactracker – A Database of Apple Products

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What is Mactracker? Mactracker is an unusually useful program.  The Mactracker database is the “go to” source for useful information on Apple products.  Want to know when the Newton had a back-lit screen?  Mactracker will have the answer.  The Lisa 2?  Mactracker has the Lisa 2 in its database.  What was the original version of… Continue reading Mactracker – A Database of Apple Products

Fix OS X Damaged Applications Warnings From Gatekeeper

Sometimes, Gatekeeper is not your friend… After installing a new program on my Mac Mini/Sierra media server, the program was verified by Mac’s Gatekeeper program.  Apparently, the program failed the verification, as I got the dreaded error message:  “Program Name is damaged and can’t be opened.  You should move it to the Trash.”  This seemed… Continue reading Fix OS X Damaged Applications Warnings From Gatekeeper

Encrypt An Extra Hard Drive For Your Mac

Though Mac’s FileVault2 encrypts your entire startup drive, you can encrypt other internal (or external) hard drives as well.  Once encrypted, you can configure the drives to decrypt automatically as OS X loads, or you can have the drive decrypt only when you need it.  If you choose the “manual” option, a window will appear… Continue reading Encrypt An Extra Hard Drive For Your Mac

Use A HDTV As A Computer Monitor

For A  HDTV Computer Monitor, Size Does Matter You can use an HDTV as ac computer monitor with varying  degrees of success.  I know this statement sounds ambiguous.  This ambiguity stems from pixel density: simply put, the number of pixels used in a square inch on your screen.  TVs are designed to be seen from… Continue reading Use A HDTV As A Computer Monitor