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Validate HTML Files in BBEdit

Validating HTML documents is an important step in web development that can sometimes be overlooked in the hasty attempt to publish web pages. Validation checks your HTML against the formatting standard developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium. Valid HTML markup ensures that a web browser will be able to correctly interpret what you have coded.

Thank goodness BBEdit, one of the best Mac web development applications, can do this right out of the box! Here's how to do it:

Add Extra Fans to Your Mac

Summer's finally here! Soon we'll hear kids laughing and playing in pools, smell burgers and 'dogs on the grill, feel pimped-out 4-door sedans blasting rap songs, and listen to people complaining about how their new air conditioner conked out on the hottest day of the year.

Use BBEdit's Clippings Menu to Optimize Workflow

We've written a lot about TextWrangler, the free text editor from Bare Bones Software. In fact, we like TextWrangler so much that we included it in our list of 20 must-have Mac apps. But if you're a Mac power-user or programmer, there's nothing like BBEdit - TextWrangler's big brother. It has all sorts of cool stuff, like the clipping menu.

Use AppleScript to Control Startup Apps

You probably know that your Mac can automatically open applications when you turn it on or log into a user account. The problem is that automatically opening Internet-dependent applications (such as iChat or Mail.app) can slow down your Mac if you're not connected to the Internet.

Boot Into Windows With Quicksilver

If you have an Intel Mac with a Boot Camp partitioned hard drive, you're probably getting sick of restarting your Mac again and again, just so you can hit the option key to select your Windows partition. In this article, we'll show you how to create an AppleScript and Quicksilver hotkey that will let you easily restart your Mac and boot into Windows - without the hassle of selecting your partition!

Basic Mac Troubleshooting

If you listen to The Tech Guy, the syndicated radio show in which Leo Laporte offers advice on how to fix computer problems, you may find yourself in the following situation. "Leo said to create a new user account and see if the problem still persists..." But how exactly do you do that? Good question. This tutorial will explain some basic Mac troubleshooting techniques and how to accomplish them.

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Advanced AirPort Extreme Configuration

In last's week Nerdification Station, we covered AirPort Extreme basics. We showed you how to use the Airport Utility for the first time, and we walked you through the entire AirPort Extreme set up procedure. If you read that article and followed along with your own AirPort Extreme Base Station, you should have a working, password-protected wireless network.

Put Internet Images on Your Desktop With Automator

Do you ever get tired of the same old Desktop image? Do you like cool images of space? Have you always wanted to play around with Apple’s Automator? Did you ever wonder if your dentist was the one out of four who didn’t recommend Trident to their patients who chew gum? Well, this article can’t help you with the last item, but if the others intrigued you, read on!

Roll Your Own Mac App

Have you ever wondered how Mac applications are made? Then you've come to the right place! This article was written for anyone wanting to get into Mac programming or interface design. We'll be discussing Cocoa, Apple's native object-oriented application programming environment for Mac OS X, which is (for the true nerds out there) one of the five major APIs available for Mac OS X. We'll be using Xcode for all of this.

Mac Backup Basics

It was years ago, but I still remember it. It started out as one of those odd little crashes. A completely empty dialog box appears and then everything freezes. Okay. It happens. The keyboard is frozen as well, so I reach down and cycle the power button on the CPU. The friendly thrum of the startup chime comes from the speakers and a few moments later, the flashing question mark of the mystery disk icon appears at the center of the otherwise empty screen. Another restart yields the same result. I am getting nervous now. I finally restart using my OS install CD.

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