Alex Arena
I'm a Computer Science student at Arizona State University, and, of course, an instructor for the Tuts+ network. I've also been known to dabble in my fair share of podcasting, politics, and development.
  • Computer Skills
    Play Classic Games on a Mac With OpenEmuPreview
    Emulating classic consoles like the NES or Playstation has always been a great way to replay old games and relieve old memories. Now, with OpenEmu, it's possible to emulate just about any classic console through a single application for your Mac. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Install OS X Mavericks on a USB DriveMavericksusb400
    For years now, people have been installing OS X onto bootable flash drives, and it's easy to see why - they provide an easy way to restore any Mac to it's factory settings without having to wait for a huge multi-gigabyte file to finish downloading. The process has changed a bit with the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but shouldn't be too difficult for anyone willing to go somewhat more in-depth.Read More…
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    Get Started With Podcasting on the MacThumbnail template retina
    While publishing and creating a podcast isn't yet anywhere near as simple as posting a blog post or publishing a Youtube video, it has become increasingly easy over the years. Moreover, podcasters now possess the newfound possibility to produce a near-radio quality show for a relatively small initial investment. In this tutorial I'll show you my method for producing and publishing audio podcasts - from the hardware that's required to the best places to host your finished product - you'll be podcasting in no time.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Put Preferences Panes in the Dock or LaunchpadSyspref400
    If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to cut down any given workflow into a quicker and easier process. To that end, I was always frustrated by the fact that I was unable to add individual System Preference panes to my dock, like I would any other application. As a solution to this problem, I created Preferences Quick Launch, a tool that breaks each System Preference pane out into it's own application. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to take full advantage of Preferences Quick Launch by adding preferences to your Dock or even your Launchpad.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Printing in Grayscale1361868028 references
    If you're a switcher from PC to Mac, you may be pretty surprised to find that there isn't a readily available option to print documents in Black and White on a Color printer. Luckily, if you're concerned about saving on expensive color ink, it isn't too hard to set up as a printing preset as long you're willing to dig deeper into your Printer Preferences.Read More…
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    Dan Benjamin on Running the Best Podcast Network on The WebIahn1tuacgx31qmlvia3
    He created "NPR for geeks", and with massively popular shows including Hypercritical, Build and Analyze, Back to Work, and Amplified, Dan Benjamin is perhaps one of the most prolific technology podcasters around. In addition to his personal talent, Dan's 5by5 Network is currently home to over thirty shows, with topics ranging from health and fitness to app development. In the late summer of this year, I had a chance to talk to Dan for about an hour about his career, podcasting, and of course, his setup. This is that interview, uncut and in its entirety. Enjoy!Read More…
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    An In-Depth Look at iTunes 11Itunes 11 icon medium
    Alongside the launch of the iPhone 5, iPod Nano, and iPod Touch, Apple promised us an October release of iTunes 11; the biggest update to their all-in-one media management tool since the inclusion of a music store in 2003. As October came and went, Apple failed to deliver on time, instead pushing the release back to “November”, and on the 29th the new iTunes finally shipped. With this major release comes a new interface, seamless iCloud integration, and a major design overhaul. In this article I’ll take you in-depth into the new additions and changes to Apple’s Swiss Army Knife of media players.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create a Bootable Mountain Lion Flash Drive or DVDFd
    When Apple made OS X 10.7 available through the Mac App Store, users who wanted restore media or simply didn't have enough bandwidth to download the operating system could pay $70 for a Flash Drive that had a copy of OS X Lion preloaded. With the release of Mountain Lion, however, Apple has stopped selling the flash drives. Luckily, with the help of this Quick Tip, you'll be able to make a Mountain Lion recovery flash drive on your own.Read More…
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    How To Use Android With Your MacDroid
    As Mac users, we're often expected to fit within the lines of the Apple "ecosystem" - a Mac, iPhone, and maybe even an iPad. But the fact of the matter is that for many people, using something other than an iOS device just makes sense. With that in mind, I'm going to try to break down those preconceived notions and help you get the most out of your Android device by using it in conjunction with your Mac. Read on and I can almost guarantee you'll be surprised by what "Droid Does", with the help of your Mac.Read More…