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How to Connect a Hard Drive to the AirPort Extreme

You can use an AirPort Extreme Base Station to create a wireless network for the computers and devices in your home or office. But did you know that you can also connect a USB hard drive to an AirPort Extreme?

How to Monitor Your Mac's Firewall Logs

If you're reading this article, you probably know that Mac OS X has a built-in firewall that should be turned on at all times. But how do you know that the firewall working, and how do you find out what's happening behind the scenes? To check, you need to access your Mac's firewall log - a file that contains a record of every event the firewall has processed.

Here's how to monitor your Mac's firewall logs:

  1. Verify that your Mac's firewall is turned on. For instructions, see How to Configure Your Mac's Firewall.

How to Install Windows 8 Using VMware Fusion

Maybe you've heard the buzz about Windows 8, the new operating system being developed by Microsoft. It's not for sale yet, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can install Windows 8 for free in a virtual machine on your Mac. Using a product called VMware Fusion (free trial, $49.99) is a great way to test Windows 8 in a sandboxed environment.

How to Hide Your AirPort Extreme Network

Own an AirPort Extreme Base Station? Congratulations! You have one of the most secure network devices in the industry. The AirPort Extreme's WPA2 Personal and WPA2 Enterprise encryption options are the best available.

How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks

Need to connect your Mac to a wireless network? You know the drill. Click on the wireless menu bar icon, select an available network, and your Mac automatically connects. But what about connecting to wireless networks that are hidden? The hidden wireless networks won't appear in the list, so you'll need to use a different method to connect to one of those networks.

Here's how to connect your Mac to a hidden wireless network:

  1. From the wireless menu (on the menu bar), select Join Other Network, as shown below.

How to Set Up the AirPort Extreme

If you're looking to set up a fast and secure wireless network in your home or office, look no further than the AirPort Extreme. It's easy to set up and use - just take it out of the box and plug it in. But there are some initial configuration steps required to get a wireless network up and running smoothly.

How to Set File Permissions in Mac OS X

Mac OS X uses permissions to restrict access to applications, files, and folders. Utilizing this security control can help protect your data from unauthorized access. Whether you use your Mac in public places or share it with other users, you may want to change the permissions on your documents to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of your data.

Check the Available Hard Drive Space on a Mac

Ever wonder how much free space is available on your Mac's hard disk or partitions? It's easy to check in OS X. Plus, if your Mac is running Mac OS 10.7 or later, the interface shows which types of files are taking up the most space, a feature that could help you track down space-hogging files and applications.

How to Hide and Show Purchases in the Mac App Store

Did you purchase an "embarrassing" application from the Mac App Store? Want to hide the fact that you downloaded it? Thanks to an obscure feature, you can. The Mac App Store lets you hide applications you've purchased so they don't show up in the Purchases list. It's a great way to cover your tracks so other users in your house can't see exactly what you downloaded.

Note: Hiding a purchase in the Mac App Store does not uninstall the application. It just hides the record that you've purchased the application.

How to Hide Purchases in the Mac App Store

How to Reinstall Apps from the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is a good way to find applications for your Mac - maybe a little too good, in fact. The applications you download from the App Store can start to accumulate, and over time you may need to start deleting them. But feelings change. If you want to reinstall an application that you downloaded from the App Store and then later deleted, this is the tutorial for you.

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