Dylan Herx
Dylan Herx hails from middle America where he enjoys writing, trying out every smartphone he can, and spending time with friends and family. Believe it or not, he runs Windows as the primary OS on his Mac. He also wrote for AppStorm now and then.
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    How to Run Linux Side-by-Side Chrome OS on a ChromebookChromepreview
    In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a Chrome OS recovery USB key, how to use Chrome OS developer mode to install Linux on a Chromebook and how to revert to Chrome OS on the Chromebook.Read More…
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    How to Build a Steam Machine for $500: Part 3Steampreview3
    In Part 3 of this tutorial, I'll show you how to write the SteamOS disk image to a USB drive, install it on the system, and fire up some popular games. I'll examine the pros and cons of the platform and why you might build a Steam Machine.Read More…
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    How to Build a Steam Machine for $500: Part 2Steampreview
    In part two of the series on building a budget living room gaming computer using Valve's SteamOS Linux platform, I'll show you how to assemble the selected hardware components.Read More…
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    How to Build a Steam Machine for $500: Part 1Steampreview
    With Valve's Steam gaming service making a strong push for a residency in your living room, this three-part tutorial describes how to build a Steam Machine for around $500 and covers why you might want to.Read More…
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    How to Use an Android Smartphone With Your MacAndroidmac1
    Year upon year, Android has proven its value as an alternative to Apple's iOS. Android's 79-per cent marketshare worldwide means a fair number of Mac users also use Android phones. This tutorial covers what it's like to be in that camp, and what apps and services are available to help make these obverse devices work together.Read More…
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    How to Remove DRM From Your Music With iTunes MatchItunes match 400
    In the heyday of illegal music-sharing services, iTunes was a beacon of light to the recording industry because Apple's service incorporated Digital Rights Management (DRM) to discourage piracy. Now that DRM for music is largely a thing of the past, how can you cost-effectively free your music from Apple’s Fair Play protection? In this tutorial, I’ll provide an inexpensive workaround that makes stripping DRM easy by employing Apple's iTunes Match service.Read More…
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    Capturing Your Screen With VoilaVoila preview 400
    There are many tools, on the Mac, to make screencasts or take screenshots. While OS X's built-in tool, Grab, is good in a pinch, Voila offers a host of extra options, is user-friendly, comes in at a reasonable price-point, and can definitely speed up your screenshot workflow. This tutorial will show how to use Voila effectively.Read More…
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    How to Create Greeting Cards With iPhotoIphoto card 400
    It’s that time of year again: shopping for the whole family, decorating the house, and trying to get Christmas cards out at the last minute. In this tutorial, I’ll show you a painless way to create greeting cards -- using iPhoto -- to add that personal touch to your seasonal greetings.Read More…
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    How to Back Up Your Mac System Disks to USB DrivesDisktousb retina
    When Apple began ringing the death knell for disk-based media by removing the drives from many of its models, it provided a great digital alternative, the App Store, so users would never need a disk again. The problem is that many people still have software on disks: older versions of OS X, iLife, or iWork. So what can be done with them now? Read on to learn how to extend the life of your system disks by moving them to a USB drive. You won't need any special software to digitize your Mac disks, just the versatile app Disk Utility. For this tutorial, I'll be creating a USB backup of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Let's dig in.Read More…
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    How to Burn a CD or DVD from a Disk Image in OS XBurn400
    Disk images, or DMG, are a great way to archive files, or move software from one computer to another, because they are digital clones of the physical media they represent. This means you can use a disk image like you would a flash drive or execute a CD without the disk itself. In this tutorial, I will show you how to write the disk image to a CD or DVD, in order to run software at boot, or just for safekeeping data.Read More…
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    How to Natively Boot Linux on Your MacUbuntu preview4
    Linux is not for everyone. It is, however, a perfectly acceptable (and dare I say good) alternative to Windows and OS X. It offers near-limitless control over an operating system and is available for free. Furthermore, Ubuntu, a popular variety of the open-source OS, works well on a Mac, and best of all, it can be booted natively. Read on to find out how.Read More…
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    How to Securely Format Your SSDSsdpreview400
    Ever since Apple started implementing solid state drives (SSDs) in its line of notebook computers, the process for formatting the drive has evolved from the method previously used for a SATA magnetic disk drive. The tried-and-true method of writing 35-plus series of zeros over the entire disk for maximum data obscurity is no longer a recommendable option because filling an SSD that many times can negatively impact the life expectancy and efficiency of the drive. In this tutorial, I'll be explaining what you should you do if you find yourself needing to permanently destroy files on an SSD.Read More…