What’s Old Is New Again
MyMac Podcast #430

On November 22, 2012, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Extra long show this week because Gaz and Guy had lots of important things to say…actually we just wouldn’t shut up. There were big doings though as Guy finally replaces his old worn out Mac Pro for a newer worn out Mac Pro but one that will run Mountain Lion and Gaz also upgrades his Macs to the new King of the Jungle. They take you through the steps they used and some of the pitfalls they discovered.

Some Links:
Making a Mountain Lion Bootable USB stick –
Gaz’s App Pick: Star Wars Knights of the Republic £2.99 ($4.99)
Guy’s App Pick: Store News by Christian Kienle Free
People’s Pick from Macnatico: Angry Birds Star Wars. The name says it all.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Peachpit Learning Series
Author: Robin Williams with John Tollett
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77701-0, 480 pages
Price: Paperback US$31.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$43.19, eBook Only US$25.59

Robin Williams, author of The Little Mac Book, Lion Edition has teamed up with husband and fellow author John Tollett to release the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Peachpit Learning Series book.

The book is delivered through 24 easy to follow lessons and is aimed towards new to medium level users. Experienced users will also find a good level of content and clarity on various topics.

Throughout the book readers will be presented with stunning visual examples to assist with understanding the Lion operating system.

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The Little Mac Book, Lion Edition
Author: Robin Williams
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77658-7, 216 pages
Price: Paperback US$15.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$21.59, eBook Only US$12.79

The Little Mac Book is a long running series of books which many Mac users, including myself, have been exposed to when first attempting to use the Mac platform.

I came across this series when it was in its third edition detailing the Mac OS 7.1 operating system. From then to now the author, Robin Williams, has continued to write this newcomers guide for the Mac. She also co-wrote, along with many other titles, the Mac OS X Lion: Peachpit Learning Series, which takes a deeper look into Mac than The Little Mac Book permits.

What I came across in that initial book from 1993 was every piece of information a new user needed to know to get the most out of their Mac. Fast forward to 2011 and the Lion edition of the series delivers the content in the same comprehensive and easy to follow method. Information is relevant and can be applied by users at both entry and medium skill levels.

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Total Leopard Superguide ebook

On February 6, 2008, in Book Review, by David Weeks

Total Leopard Superguide ebook

$12.95 downloadable ebook PDF
$15.00 PDF on CD-ROM via mail
$24.95 printed

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been out long enough for various help books to hit the stores. My current favorite tome is David Pogue’s Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual.

Various web sites have been filling cyberspace with Leopard hints, tips and tricks.

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Macspiration 30 – The Finder Window Part 3

On April 17, 2006, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

It’s finally here! The final part of the Finder Window article. This week’s installment will discuss how to use and customize the Toolbar.

The Toolbar

As I mentioned before, the top of the Finder window is called the Toolbar. The Toolbar can help you navigate through windows, and it also is where you can change how applications and files are presented in your windows.

By default the Toolbar looks like this:

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Macspiration 30 – The Finder Window Part 2

On April 10, 2006, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

What do Apple Computer and Macspiration have in common? Both just turned 30! For Macspiration 30, I am going to continue last week’s article and discuss one way to customize your Finder windows to make your computer experience a little easier.

When you look at a Finder window, you probably will see some button icons at the top of the window and a column of icons going down the left of the window. The top of the window is called the Toolbar, and the side column is the Sidebar.

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Making a Simple Finder or Folder Action in Automator

On April 3, 2006, in How-To, by Bakari Chavanu

Here’s a quick little Automator action you can put together if you want a way to automatically create a new folder that gathers a batch of selected files you’re selected in your Finder, most preferably on your desktop. I could easily post the action for you to download, but by creating it yourself you’ll discover several other similar Finder actions in Automator that might save you time.

1. Open Automator and select Finder on the far left column. In the Action column, find New Folder and drag it into Workflow window.

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Macspiration 29 – The Finder Window Part 1

On April 3, 2006, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

Many people know how to browse from window to window on a Mac, and open files and applications from those windows. Many people don’t know that you can customize these windows for convenience reasons, or just for eye-candy. This week I’ll talk about customizing the look of these windows. Next week, I’ll cover the convenience part.

Keep it neat and tidy

Many times when you open a window on your computer you might see an icon mess. There might be overlapping icons, or it might look like an icon bomb went off with icons everywhere. To fix this go to the “View” menu and choose “Clean Up.”

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When we decided to do a My Mac Staff team piece for the Greatest Mac App ever, we did it as a fun piece and to see what our readers would think of our selections. Well, the response from readers was immediate and offered a whole new group of suggestions for the Greatest Mac App ever. You will find both pro and con responses to the article, and a whole new look at what apps some of our readers think is deserving of the title, “Greatest Mac App.”

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Tech Tips
My Mac Magazine #21, Jan. ’97

On January 1, 1997, in Tech Tips, by Abraham Amchin

This month’s article will deal with something I am frequently asked to do to a client’s Mac – tune it up. We’ll discuss what pieces of software your System Folder may or may not need, where to look for them, and what to do with them. Standard disclaimer: “If you are even slightly uncomfortable with any of the following “tasks”, please don’t attempt do it.”


What is the System Folder?The System Folder contains the software parts that your computer needs in order to boot up (turn on), and other software that is used to give your computer certain functionality (such as printing, video and sound). By removing or disabling certain unnecessary parts of it, you can increase the speed of certain functions as well as making other programs much more reliable.

On newer Macs, with System version 7.1 and greater, the System Folder is categorized into several main parts:
Extensions folder
Apple Menu Items folder
Control Panels folder
Preferences folder

Two main things to keep in mind as we move along:

  • “If you don’t know what it’s for, leave it alone”
  • “If you are leery of deleting the file, put it in a folder named “save,” and if your computer doesn’t seem to work properly the next time you use it, put the item back where you found it.”

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