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How to Remotely Connect to Windows PCs

If you have a shiny, new Intel Mac, there are all kinds of ways to run Windows while keeping the friendly environs of OS X close at hand. However, there are times when you may need to hop back and forth between the two systems and you have a non-Intel Mac or your Windows PC is in a separate box (and possibly in a different part of town). Microsoft has a very slick (and free) solution that isn’t very well known: Microsoft Remote Desktop for OS X. Just like the Windows-to-Windows version, you can connect to a Windows PC and have the desktop pop right up on your pre-Intel Mac.

How to Customize Your Desktop and Screen Saver

Putting a picture on your desktop and adding your own screen saver is one of the easiest ways to customize your Mac. There are loads of free desktop pictures and screen savers available on the Internet -- just search for them! In fact, Apple has a website chock full of free screen savers.

How to Make a Mac Start Up Disk Image

If you're into preventative maintenance and creating backups like we are, you'll need to create a Mac start up disk image. It's an indispensable tool -- one which could save your data and prevent a lot of headaches down the road. This how-to will show you how to make an image of one hard drive and store it on another drive. This image will be compressed and will make recovery fast and easy. You will need an additional volume or a mounted shared drive with enough space to create the image.

How to Create a Desktop Slideshow

If you're like us, you love browsing and collecting nice desktop pictures. There are literally thousands of websites that provide free desktop pictures. Anybody can download one of these works of art and set it as their desktop. And, if you have a digital camera and use iPhoto, you can set one of your own photos as your desktop picture.

How to Write Your First AppleScript

Apple describes AppleScript as "an English-like language used to write script files that automate the actions of the computer and the applications that run on it." I'd add that AppleScript is the easiest scripting language to learn, because it's so similar to English and it's very easy to understand.

Script Editor - The Scripting Application

How to Display the Date in the Menu Bar

When getting settled into my new MacBook, it quickly became apparent that I did not want to rely on the calendar widget to find the numeric date. I simply wanted to view the date alongside the time in the menu-bar. Unfortunately, this is not an option in the Mac OS X operating system. However, by making some minor modifications, you too can easily display the date in the Mac OS X menu-bar without additional applications.

  1. Open System Preferences. (Apple > System Preferences)

  2. From the Personal section, select International.

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