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Use AppleScript to Control Startup Apps

You probably know that your Mac can automatically open applications when you turn it on or log into a user account. The problem is that automatically opening Internet-dependent applications (such as iChat or can slow down your Mac if you're not connected to the Internet.

Sabine Baring-Gould

What? You’ve never heard of Sabine Baring-Gould? Dear me. A Google search will turn up a dozen pages of citations (no, really). There is a Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society (small but determined). He wrote more histories, novels, tracts, sermons, essays, and whatnot—especially whatnot—than a half-dozen lesser men could have hoped to.

Dear me, it’s time you were enlightened.

Five Mac Apps for Professional Presentations

At some point, you'll probably call on your trusty Mac to help you make a presentation in front of a live audience. Whether you're at work or school, we've got just the tools for you. We've rounded up the best presentation applications for Mac OS X - the ones that will help you look classy and organized. The best part is that they're all free!

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Boot Into Windows With Quicksilver

If you have an Intel Mac with a Boot Camp partitioned hard drive, you're probably getting sick of restarting your Mac again and again, just so you can hit the option key to select your Windows partition. In this article, we'll show you how to create an AppleScript and Quicksilver hotkey that will let you easily restart your Mac and boot into Windows - without the hassle of selecting your partition!

Harold Welsh (or Welsch) Revisited

Back in March, I wrote about my erstwhile colleague Harold Welsh, brought low by an inadvertent pun ("Great Moments in Teaching"). But the account was not as it seemed. I had not had contact with Harold in 40 years, but we do have a mutual friend who supplied an address—Harold is still in Illinois, not far from the scene of the alleged happening—and suggested that I send him a copy of the column.

Mastering A Beginner's Guide

If you use Apple's Mail application, you may be looking at the menu options and wondering what they're good for. Most of us just use email to keep in touch with friends, family, and coworkers, right? Well, we're going to show you what other features are available to make mailing easier and more convenient. We'll cover the options in Mail's preferences and show you what's possible.

Indispensable Tips for New Mac Users

You've just made the leap from Windows to the Macintosh. Great, but now what?

Everything is going well. There's no useless Windows key, and the controls for all the windows are on the left. It took a little while to get used to those minor differences, but in the end you realized that the differences are just that - minor. So what's so great about Macs? Sure, the Aqua interface is pretty and has none of those pesky Windows error messages, but it's just a computer. Right? And frankly, you're a little confused by all the brouhaha from the whole "rabid Mac community."

Of Escalades and Steak Knives

If they are not worming through your phone line, they are lying in wait in your mailbox: folks who want to reward you magnificently just for coming to their solar energy seminar or tromping about their chunk of mountain or mesa. It’s the reward that tickles me, and by now it’s familiar to most of us. Not only does the redundant “free gift” await you, but it will be one of several things, to wit:

  1. matching his and hers Cadillac Escalades, or

  2. a complete home video center, or

  3. a gas patio grill, or

Joost: Free Internet TV on Your Mac

[Editor's Note, 6/13/12: Joost is no longer available as a Mac app, but you can use one of our new tutorials to Automatically Download TV Shows to Your Mac.]

Basic Mac Troubleshooting

If you listen to The Tech Guy, the syndicated radio show in which Leo Laporte offers advice on how to fix computer problems, you may find yourself in the following situation. "Leo said to create a new user account and see if the problem still persists..." But how exactly do you do that? Good question. This tutorial will explain some basic Mac troubleshooting techniques and how to accomplish them.


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