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How to Enable the Root User in Mac OS X

The most advanced tasks demand the most powerful user account of them all: the root user. When you log in as root, you have read and write privileges to every file on your Mac. This awesome power lets you override any account or permission restriction, but be careful! You could really mess things up if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Warning: The root account is disabled by default. To prevent accidents, you should only enable and utilize the root account when you absolutely need it.

Acting as Root with Sudo

How to Run Windows on Your Mac with VMware Fusion

It's an exciting time to be a Mac user. Everyone knows that we get to use Mac OS X Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system. And now, if you have an Intel-based Mac and an application called VMware Fusion, you also have the option of using the world's second and third and fourth best operating systems!

How to Change Your Mac's Icons

We've said it before and we'll say it again: One of the best things about Macs are the icons. There are dozens of icons that come pre-installed on your Mac, and there are literally thousands more available for free on the Internet. Collectively, these little pieces of artwork put a human face on (let's be honest here) the inhuman and somewhat foreign machine that is your Mac.

How to Get Rid of Favorite Styles in TextEdit

We've used TextEdit since it was first released for all of our word processing and find it does almost everything we need. Recently, we decided it was time to modify or delete some of the early Favorite Styles we no longer needed or wanted to re-title to something more descriptive.

Import MiniDV Tapes with Broken Timecodes

Video cameras and camcorders have become standard equipment for every barbecue, wedding, and family reunion. Unfortunately, these devices can sometimes screw up in a big way. One of the more common problems is known as the "broken timecodes" - a problem that results in your MiniDV tapes not reporting the correct timecode. If you record on a new MiniDV tape, rewind, play back what you recorded plus a little bit extra, and then record again, you leave a non-recorded section between your recorded sections. That action breaks that MiniDV tape's timecode.

How to Customize Your Mac's Clock

Every Mac comes with a little digital clock built into the Mac OS's menu bar. You probably already knew that. But what you might not know is that your menu bar clock can be customized, taken off the menu bar, and even hidden completely. Or, if you're so inclined, you can turn off the digital clock and switch to an analog version. Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Date & Time.

  3. Select the Clock tab.

How to Add Email Accounts to Apple's Mail

Every Mac comes with Apple's very own killer email client. It's called Mail, and in our opinion, it's one of the greatest applications ever. Thanks to Mail, you don't have to check each of your separate email accounts online anymore. Just pop them all into Apple's Mail and you can read all of your messages in one simple application.

How to Back Up Forgotten Items

We're pretty good when it comes to backing up important files and folders, but like most people, there are items we forget to save from time to time. This tutorial will show you how to find those commonly used items and back them up for future reference.

Bookmarks

How to Automatically Open Applications

Did you know that you can set applications to automatically start when you turn on your Mac? It's an extremely useful feature that can save you a couple minutes every day, especially if there are certain applications you use all the time.

Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Accounts.



  3. Select the Login Items tab. To add applications to the start up list, click the + button and select the application.

How to Publish iCal Calendars to the Web

Apple's iCal is one of the best applications you can use to keep track of events, appointments, meetings, classes, and other everything else scheduling. But when you're away from your Mac, how are you supposed to find out what you have lined up for the day? If you use iCal's publish to web feature, you can simply visit your website for the latest and most up-to-date version of your calendar.

It's easy to do this! Here's how:

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