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How to Control Cable Creep

Cable creep happens slowly. You buy your Mac, you setup the keyboard and mouse, and everything is fine. But then comes the digital camera, the printer, the iPod, the camcorder, the USB hub and everything else. Before you know it, you have a tangled mess of cables on your desk. Don't become a victim of cable creep! Organize your cables early and often.

How did it get so far? And how the heck is this systems administrator going to swap out a dead switch?

TextWrangler: The Best Free Text Editor

I don't care what Justin Long and John Hodgman say in the Get a Mac commercials. The best thing about Macs is all of the quality freeware and shareware software. Sure, Mac users often take this software for granted, but if you really use PCs - and I mean really use them, not just play around with them at BestBuy - you'll quickly find yourself missing the third-party Mac applications.

AirPort Card Alternatives: Surfing Wirelessly (On the Cheap)

When I won the eBay auction for my PowerMac G4, I was thrilled to discover that my "new" Mac came with an AirPort card. For those who don't know, an AirPort card allows you to wirelessly connect to the Internet and other networks. Since my PC downstairs was already connected to the Internet through an ISP, all I had to do to get wireless Internet access was purchase a wireless router for the downstairs computer, and I was on my way! The new PowerMac G4 settled in upstairs and surfed the web wirelessly.

How to Clean Your Mac (On the Cheap)

I'll admit it: I'm not a neat freak. And the fact that my gear is in an attic where dust likes to accumulate doesn't help the situation. The dust accumulates in the strangest of places, and one of those places is near my computers. So every now and then I'll open up the Mac and do a little bit of cleaning here and there. I don't stop there, however. Other surfaces and peripherals also get the cleaning treatment. There are a few right and wrong ways to doing this, which I'll explain in this article.

How to Find Macs on eBay

If you're in the market for a specific part for your Apple computer, you probably know that Apple charges retail prices for their products. Third-party resellers often charge the same amount for these products, or even a little more if they've marked up the price. So, sometimes the best place to look for Apple parts is eBay.

Shopping for Macs at Thrift Stores

If you're like me and don't feel the need to have the latest-and-greatest Mac equipment, the best thing you can do for your Mac and your wallet is shop at thrift stores. It's a crap shoot, but on a good day you may walk out with more than you expected. There are a variety of stores to select from, including the Salvation Army, The Goodwill, American Thrift Centers, and my personal favorite: The Red, White and Blue thrift store. These stores are all located in and around Pittsburgh. Of course, the stores in your location may vary.

Finding Mac Freeware and Shareware: A Beginner's Guide

Why would anyone need low-cost software? I’m sure that some people, after switching from the PC, realize that they need some software to put on their shiny new Mac and their pockets are now empty. Or how about students, who, after spending their last bit of pocket change on some yummy ramen noodles, don’t exactly have a few hundred dollars left for a graphic-editing application. Then you have people like me.

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