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Synchronize your Mac's Clock with a Time Server

It happens to the best of us: We purchase new Macs and everything is fine. But then, slowly and inevitably, our Macs' clocks start losing time -- a minute here, a minute there, and before we know it our clocks are substantially slower than their accurate counterparts. How do you fix this? Synchronize your Mac's clock with a time server!

Breaking the Law... or Broken Laws?

News item (The Week, 23 March)
Twenty-one years ago, Juan Matamoros was ticketed for public urination in Massachusetts. Now 49 and living in Florida, Matamoros is being forced to move with his family, because a new law bans “sex offenders” from living within 2,500 feet of a child-care facility. Matamoros admits he was technically convicted of “gross, lewd and lascivious behavior” for peeing in public, but argues that he poses no danger to children. Officials said the law leaves them no choice. “This is not a case we feel good about having to prosecute,” an official said.

Sherlock: The Forgotten Mac Application

It was a big hit in Mac OS 8 and 9, an interesting application in Mac OS 10.2 and 10.3, and now it's been all but forgotten. I'm talking about Sherlock, of course -- Apple's file and web searching tool. Sure, you can search your Mac with Spotlight and get Internet information with Dashboard Widgets, but Sherlock can still come in handy. Look for it in your Mac's Applications folder.

How to Backup Your Mac Using Rsync

Please also take a look at Macinstruct's other backup article: Mac Backup Basics.

Do you manually back up your Mac to an external hard drive? Do you know it is very easy to make automatic backups without spending any time or money on fancy applications? We'll show you how to do it!

Put Internet Images on Your Desktop With Automator

Do you ever get tired of the same old Desktop image? Do you like cool images of space? Have you always wanted to play around with Apple’s Automator? Did you ever wonder if your dentist was the one out of four who didn’t recommend Trident to their patients who chew gum? Well, this article can’t help you with the last item, but if the others intrigued you, read on!

Great Moments in Teaching II

Last week I made fun of poor Harold Welsh and his colon problem (or perhaps his problem colon). This week is my turn; it's only fair. So, two stories at Shea’s expense.

I taught my first class, a freshman composition class, in the fall of 1964 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. I was twenty-two years old. I doubt very much that I slept the night before that very first meeting. To say I was terrified would be rank understatement.

How to Control Cable Creep

Cable creep happens slowly. You buy your Mac, you setup the keyboard and mouse, and everything is fine. But then comes the digital camera, the printer, the iPod, the camcorder, the USB hub and everything else. Before you know it, you have a tangled mess of cables on your desk. Don't become a victim of cable creep! Organize your cables early and often.

How did it get so far? And how the heck is this systems administrator going to swap out a dead switch?

Stupid Apple Remote Tricks

[Editor's Note, 1/4/2012: Sadly, the Apple Remote no longer comes bundled with most new Macs, but you can still purchase one here.]

Great Moments in Teaching

The other day I was teaching my sophomore writing class the finer points of colon usage, so naturally I thought of Harold Welsh.

How to Resize the Dock

The Dock is an application launcher that normally resides at the bottom of your desktop. Most of us know and love this integral part of Mac OS X, but sometimes the Dock gets in the way. Fortunately, resizing or hiding the Dock is easy. We'll show you how to do it.

This is the Dock. A black triangle under an icon indicates that the program is running:

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