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How to Make a Favicon

Have you ever noticed those little icons in the address bar of your web browser? They also appear next to your bookmarks, and sometimes next to the items in your RSS feeds. These favicons - or "favorites icons" - are more fun to look at than they are functional, but almost every website has one these days.

How to Transfer Music from an iPod to your Mac

The iPod is probably the best portable music player the world has ever seen. It's simple to use, easy to operate, and instantly updatable. Never before has it been so easy to purchase, store, and transport thousands of songs. It's easy to take this beautiful and reliable device for granted!

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 Use RSS

What You Need

- Mac OS 9 or later
- An RSS reader (Download Apple's Safari for free)
- RSS Feeds (Free from thousands of websites)

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.

How to Fix a Dead Pixel

There comes a time in the life of every computer where one of the pixels on that beautiful LCD screen decides to not “play along” with the others. Usually it does one of two things:

  1. It stays one color and refuses to change (Stuck Pixel).

  2. It goes to sleep (Dead Pixel).

How to Print Borderless Photos with iPhoto

We use iPhoto for our digital photos. (Who doesn't?) For this tutorial, we wanted to perform two iPhoto tasks: print 8.5x11 photos, and crop a portrait photo from a landscape original. We used iPhoto '06 on Mac OS 10.4, with a Hewlett-Packard 7960 Photosmart printer. Differences in printers and in the iPhoto and OS versions should not make for too dissimilar of a process, provided the OS is in the 10.4 range.

Printing Borderless 8.5 x 11 Photos

How to Create Slideshows Using iDVD

What You Need

- An Apple computer with a SuperDrive
- Mac OS 10.3.9 or later
- iLife '06 ($79,
- Blank DVDs

Do you want to show off your photos on something besides your Mac? Then you need to create a slideshow and burn it to a DVD! You'll be able to play your slideshow on any DVD player.

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