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How to Transfer LP Records to Your Mac

We didn't live through the heyday of vinyl, but we do own a few LPs. The recording industry is currently trying to figure out if we have the right to "own" digital copies of our records. While they work on that, we're going to quietly show you how to digitize old LPs and cassette tapes. Just don't put the resulting files on a peer-to-peer network!

Connect Your Turntable to Your Mac

First, you need to connect your turntable to your Mac. Most Macs have an audio input jack, like the one on our eMac:

How to Capture Audio and Video

Digital media has come a long way in recent years. Thanks to iTunes and other content services like it, we can purchase music, television shows, and even movies online. But even though iTunes is a great application that provides a much needed service, we sometimes find ourselves wishing we could record and save other audio and video content. You know, like imbedded news videos, films made with Flash, or even a live radio interview with Steve Wozniak.

How to Specify Default AirPort Networks

Do you ever turn on your Mac, only to find that it connects to another wireless network - one other than your own? Do you have to manually connect to your own home or business wireless network every time you start your computer? Sometimes this can be a problem, but in a few easy steps you can fix your WiFi woes once and for all by configuring AirPort to work exactly the way you want it to.

Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Network.

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 Use iDVD Themes in iMovie

Alright, so iMovie is an awesome video editing application that comes free with every Mac - that part we’ve figured out. You’ve probably already edited with it and figured out that it is capable of a lot. But what if you want more than what the program already offers? What if you feel that the five themes provided in iMovie won’t benefit your video project?

How to Play Mac Games Without CDs/DVDs

So you just bought a bunch of Mac games, huh? We have a bit of bad news for you... Thanks to software piracy protection, you'll need to carry around all of the CDs and DVDs your games came on. You see, because software developers don't want people sharing games for free online, they've built in special protective features -- one of which requires you to have the game's CD or DVD in your Mac to play.

We are so friggin' tired of seeing this...

How to Save QuickTime Movies Without QuickTime Pro

QuickTime is a great application, but if you don't upgrade to QuickTime Pro, you won't be able to save QuickTime movies you find on the Internet. Or will you? If you aren't willing to shell out thirty dollars for Quicktime Pro and you want to download video clips to your computer, here's a quick and dirty way of doing so. Just note that this will only work with videos and not streaming or protected content.

Here's how to do it:

How to Turn Your Mac Into a Web Server

Mac OS X is built on Darwin -- a Unix-like, open source operating system developed by Apple and built on FreeBSD. This means that Mac users have access to free built-in server applications, like the Apache web server. With Apache and the DynDNS service, you can turn your Mac into a powerful web server. Anyone will be able to access the website stored on your Mac!

Make a Movie with iMovie and a Digital Camera

We've used iMovie for a couple of years to make movies (well, short videos). It's a great tool: Easy to use, and inexpensive! Here, in a nutshell, is how you can do it too. We'll show you how to do it without an expensive camcorder -- from start to finish, and on the cheap. We're slanting our tutorial to those of you who have digital cameras (use the movie mode -- you won't regret it!).

How to Stop Spam

What You Need

- An Email Application (Apple's Mail, Free)
- Spam Filtering Software (SpamSieve, $30)
- A little time and a lot of patience (Optional)

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