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Back Up (Clone) Your Mac's Hard Drive with SuperDuper!

Backup solutions for Mac OS X come and go, but an application called SuperDuper! ($27.95, free trial available) remains one of the best third-party Mac backup applications available. SuperDuper! makes an exact copy of your hard drive, which means you can use the backup drive to boot your computer if your primary hard drive fails. It's easy to use - all you need is a backup hard drive that has enough space for all of the files on your primary hard disk.

How to Change Your Mac's Startup Disk

When your Mac turns on, it loads the operating system on the designated startup disk, a hard disk or partition containing the Mac OS X operating system. Normally, the startup disk is set as the hard disk inside of your computer, but you can use an external hard drive, USB thumb drive, or DVD as your startup disk.

Changing the Startup Disk with System Preferences

Here's how to change your Mac's startup disk:

  1. Connect the drive you want to use as a startup disk to your computer.

How to Password Protect Your Mac

Your computer contains personal documents, photos, email messages, and even a log of your Internet activities. Password protecting your Mac keeps this private information safe and allows you to control who accesses your computer. You should follow these steps whether you you work primarily from work, home, or a cafe. No one should ever have unauthorized access to your Mac!

Here's how to password protect your Mac:

How to Disable Automatic Login

When you set up your Mac for the first time, you create an administrator account that automatically logs in when you turn on your computer - a convenient feature that poses a major security risk if you regularly use your Mac in public, or if other people use your computer. For maximum security, you’ll want to disable automatic login, even if you’re the only person who uses your Mac.

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Security & Privacy.

  3. Click the General tab.

How to Create User Accounts in Mac OS X

Everyone who uses your Mac should have his or her own account. It’s a practical way to keep personal documents, settings, and applications separate and secure. Plus, an account limits a user’s ability to access system files and settings that can change your Mac’s configuration.

Creating User Accounts in Mac OS X

Here’s how to create an account for a user:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Users & Groups.

How to Stream Movies from Mac to Roku

The Roku video player is a tiny box that connects to your television and allows you to stream video content from the Internet. It's one of Apple TV's direct competitors, but with an entry-level model starting at $49.99, it costs only half as much.

How to Compress (Zip) Files and Folders

If you own a Mac, you're going to want to save and transfer files and folders to others. It's bound to happen. Or maybe you just want to stick your Microsoft Word document on your USB thumb drive. Either way, you're going to want to shrink - or compress - the files so they take up the least amount of space possible. That way, it will be easy to move your files via email, FTP, or even with an instant messaging application like iChat.

How to Install Ubuntu 11.10 Using VMware Fusion

Everyone is talking about Ubuntu, the popular open-source operating system that's easy to install and use. Trying out this Linux distribution on your Mac is easy. With an application called VMware Fusion, you can create a "computer within a computer" and run Ubuntu in a virtual machine on your Mac.

Here's how to install Ubuntu 11.10 in OS X using VMware Fusion:

How to Remember Birthdays with Your Mac

If you dread remembering birthdays like we do, you'll be happy to know that you can use Address Book and iCal to store birthdays for all of your contacts and display an alert on the screen when one rolls around. After you follow these instructions and set the whole thing up, the entire process will be automated. All you'll have to do is enter your contact's birthdays! The bad news is that you'll no longer have an excuse for not sending birthday cards.

Updating Address Book's Template

How to Burn an ISO Disc Image on Your Mac

Many operating systems and software applications - like Ubuntu Linux and the Windows 8 Developer Preview - are available for download as ISO images. You know you're dealing with one of these archives when you see the .iso file extension. ISO images can be burned to CD or DVD for use on other computers or sharing with others.

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