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Visiting Apple's Campus: What It's Like

If you're reading this article, you already know that Apple is much more than a company that creates great products. Apple is a way of life. It's an inspiration, and to some, a religion. Apple is making history by forever changing the world as we know it.

Untangling iOS Wireless Problems

Not long ago, the wireless authentication system at the college where I worked was having issues. It wasn’t a “secure” network per se, but you did need to enter a student or staff login to use it. With the rapid proliferation of handheld devices, it was getting, to say the least, temperamental. Adding to the confusion was a spate of traveling I did that brought my iPhone and me through a variety of airports and hotels that required some form of login to gain access to their public wireless system.

Steve Wozniak Interview

Editor's Note: This "interview" was actually a series of questions that I emailed to Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, on December 31, 1999. While the rest of the world was ringing in the New Year or worrying about Y2K, Woz was typing up his responses. He responded about two hours after I emailed him!

Simple Mac Troubleshooting

Macs have a reputation for being user-friendly and easy-to-use personal computers. And, generally speaking, they live up to that reputation. Most Macs perform flawlessly for years. However, every Mac occasionally misbehaves. You might know what we're talking about. Sometimes programs on your Mac won't launch, wireless hotspots won't appear in the menu bar, or applications keep crashing. Things just act wacky.

10 Things to Love About Mac OS X Leopard

It's been a couple months since Apple released its new operating system Mac OS X Leopard, and that's more than enough time to give it a nice once over. (See our introduction to Leopard and some of our favorite Leopard features.) The first thing you'll notice is the new look. Not just the new dock or the new login screen, but also the folders and the crisper, sleeker look of icons and folders.

7 Little Leopard Niceties

Much has been made of Mac OS X Leopard and its major new features. In fact, if you know anything at all about Apple's new operating system, you can probably name most of the big changes. Time Machine, Spaces, Stacks, and Cover Flow in the Finder are but a few of the major features. (We even covered these in our Mac OS X Leopard introduction article.) But what about everything else? With over 300 new features, it's hard to know where to start exploring your Mac's new operating system.

Mac Your Xbox 360

If you're a Mac user who owns an Xbox 360, you're probably hankering to get your computer and game station talking to one another. After all, both of these powerful machines are capable of playing games, music, and video content. Why not share content between your Mac and Xbox 360? If you're looking for solutions, we have some answers for you. These tips aren't perfect -- there's still a lot that can be done in the way of developing applications that can facilitate communication between the two devices.

Speed Up Your Sluggish Mac

Remember when you first bought your shiny new Mac a couple years ago? It was snappy, speedy, and responsive -- so responsive that at times it actually seemed to know what you were thinking. These days, however, it seems to be anything but speedy. Indeed, your aging Mac is now the epitome of slow. And more and more you're finding that your Mac is unbearably sluggish and difficult to use.

Bringing the Best of Windows to Mac OS X

I was a Windows user for nearly nine years of my life. Throughout that period of time, I had countless issues with my Windows PC and Windows as an operating system. In fact, there are specific issues that were so inconceivable, I actually remember the countless hours I spent resolving them. These issues eventually led me to enlightenment, i.e., a MacBook Pro. However, having been a Windows user for such a long period of time, I’m left missing specific Windows features. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s very much the truth – our counterparts do have some features worth mentioning.

Safeguard Your Files with Online Backups

We all know we should back up our files, but who actually does? Well, we do most of the time, and right now we're using two services to back up our email and critical work files - some PDFs, a book project and a lot of Photoshop PSD files. We have about 2.5 gig worth of "stuff" that needs to be backed up.

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