There are good things and bad things about having a software-based volume dial. Most PC laptops have a rotary dial that allows for fine adjustments. On MacBooks, you have to press the volume up and down buttons, which aren’t always as precise. Ever since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you can finely adjust the volume of your Mac using this simple trick.
Depending on what kind of a user you are, you might use or ignore the widgets on your Dashboard. Lion has made them easier to access, thanks to a swipe gesture, but what widgets will serve you best? Here’s a rundown on what we like to keep on our Dashboard.
You’ve probably had (or have) a computer desktop littered with icons. While some people like to organize this into a semblance of order, others tend to let all of these icons just crop up on their desktops and get rid of them only when there’s no more any space left for new ones. We’ve been drifting closer and closer towards a digital workspace without icons, and here’s how we’ve done it in both OS X and Windows 7.
While I agree that 4 terabytes of storage might seem like a lot to some users, it isn’t for others (me included). I’ve been delaying dealing with my hard drive capacity problems for about a year and a half and it’s gotten to the point where I’ll need a RAID array to serve my needs. Thankfully, Hitachi has just announced some new 4TB drives that will be released soon.
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Notepad is the tried and true text editing software on Windows. We’ve actually got Notepad running 24/7 to write down our to-do lists and such, but there’s also a Notepad for Mac. This app does a lot more than just take notes, and allows you to manage all of the text files and snippets you’ve got on your computer, making it easy to find something you’re looking for.
From time to time, it’s necessary to take a screen shot of your desktop. Both Macs and PCs have ways of doing this, but it usually implies porting the image capture into an image editing software to modify it. It can get tedious, but that’s something that our favorite image capturing software Skitch isn’t about. Skitch allows you to capture screen shots, modify them, and share them thanks to their online service.
With many Mac users now playing around with Apple’s recently released OS X Lion, we’re all getting used to all the updates. But sometimes these new additions can lead to strange additions…and subtractions. We don’t know why or how, but we noticed that our Applications icon from the dock had gone missing since updating. Here’s how to get it back, in a few different ways…
I have been playing around with OS X Lion on my MacBook Pro for the last few days, and naturally I also upgraded my wife’s computer to the latest edition. But for the people who don’t or can’t download OS X Lion from the Mac App Store, there’s good news, as it will be coming to you on a USB stick too.
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If you’re the type of person that needs to get a lot of writing done for their work, then you know how easily you can get distracted from a task at hand by the plethora of things to do on your computer. There’s a reason why some people disconnect their Internet connection in order to get stuff done. We’ve been looking for a low-noise, easy to use writing app for a while, and the iA Writer fits the bill quite beautifully.
If you purchased an Apple computer in the last few years and you’re wondering how you can access the Mac App Store with all of its features, then here’s a handy guide how you can bring your computer up to date. Apple offers a variety of different licenses to get the latest version of Snow Leopard, but the website can be misleading. Here you’ll find the facts you need to know.