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.
Tutorials
  • Computer Skills
    How to Create a Retina-Ready DMG-Based App InstallerPreview
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    While the Mac App Store is a great option to distribute your application, thanks to a variety of Apple-imposed restrictions, it's not for everyone. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a DMG-based installer for your application that's perfectly optimized for Retina displays. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: How to Write to NTFS Drives in OS X MavericksPreview
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    Although both operating systems have made great progress, there are still a few glaring issues that prevent OS X and Windows from working together as well as they should. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to tackle one of those issues by enabling writing to NTFS drives in OS X without any third party software. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Child-Proof the Web on a MacPreview
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    For parents, the internet's open nature can be scary. In addition to objectionable material which children might seek out on their own, in many cases they might stumble upon it entirely by accident. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to prevent both by using the parental controls built into every new Mac. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: Recording Skype Calls, for Free, on a MacPreview
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    Whether you're a budding podcaster or just looking to keep records of important conversations, in this tutorial I'll show you how to create high quality recordings of your Skype conversations with GarageBand, a few free utilities, and some virtual elbow grease. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: Backup iCloud Documents With HazelPreview
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    In this Quick Tip, I'll show you how to easily create a backup of your entire iCloud documents folder. The backup you create is a great way to give you some extra peace of mind and can be stored in your Dropbox or Google Drive Folder, a folder on a nearby NAS or just a folder sitting on your desktop. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Create a Static Blog Using Wordpress and MAMPPreview
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    If you've been holding off on turning your blog into a static site, hesitate no longer. With the help of MAMP and a plugin called Really Static, you can keep the same WordPress CMS that you've grown to love with all the benefits of a static site. These include dramatically lower hosting costs, protection from outages due to traffic spikes, and more.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Create Micro-Screencasts With GIF BreweryPreview
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    In this tutorial, I'll shatter any preconceived notions you might have about GIFs and show you how to create tiny, seconds long, screencasts which might just change the way you work. All of this can be accomplished with QuickTime Player and the help of a power GIF creation utility. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Access Screen Sharing From the DockPreview
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    Screen Sharing is an incredibly powerful tool but, unfortunately, it's hidden deep in the OS X Core Services folder. In this Quick Tip, I'll show you how to bring it to the forefront by adding it to your Applications folder and Dock. In addition, I'll show you how to use a simple AppleScript that connects to your remote computer with a single click. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    How to Convert Vinyl to MP3Preview
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    While having a sizable vinyl collection is great, keeping those records in iTunes has its benefits, too. It will allow you listen to them wherever you are while resting assured that your music is being backed up. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to easily import your record collection into iTunes with the help of some GarageBand magic.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: Remap Keys to Become a Keyboard Power UserPreview
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    With the help of some built-in functionality on your Mac as well as a free application, I'll show you how to take control of your keyboard. In the next five minutes, you'll become a keyboard power user.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Quick Tip: Change the Icons on a MacPreview
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    Changing the icons for folders, drives, and applications is a great way to give your Mac a personal touch. In this tutorial, I'll guide you through every step of the process, from finding an icon in the proper format, to optimizing it for use as an icon, and finally, applying it to just about anything on your Mac. Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Play Classic Games on a Mac With OpenEmuPreview
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    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…