Ian Spence
Freelance software developer and web designer. I love threatre, video games, photography, and music.
  • Computer Skills
    How to Monitor Your Mac's Connections with Little SnitchLittlesnitchupdated
    Your computer, regardless of if you're using it or not, is constantly communicating with the Internet. All of these conversations - held in the background - help keep your system and applications running at tip top shape. But some times there are some applications that just don't need to communicate with the Internet, or even worse, some apps that send information about your computer and how you use the app without your permission or even knowledge. Little Snitch is an advance firewall application exclusively for OS X that allows you to control where an application can communicate to on the Internet. You can get Little Snitch from Objective Development for $34.95.Read More…
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    How to Set Up an SMB Server in OS X and Windows 8Samba preview
    Say you just upgraded from a Windows computer to a shiny new Mac. You're quite excited, and after the euphoria of hearing the start-up sound for the first time has worn off you realize that you're faced with quite a daunting task: "How do I move my files from my Windows computer to my Mac?" You could use a flash drive, but those are slow and have space restrictions. A external hard drive? Sure, but it needs to be formatted as FAT 32, which has size restrictions. But what if I told you that you can move files between computers using just your Internet connection?Read More…
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    How to Give Your Mac a Performance BoostRandomchip
    Mac's aren't cheap. Everybody knows that. And when you spent $2,000 or more on your shiny new computer, you expected it to be fast and stay that way. But to your disappointment it wasn't like that and that shiny new computer is now basically just a really expensive progress bar. Fortunately, you have come to the right place. In this tutorial we will go over the things you can to do speed up your Mac, and restore the love you once felt for your investment.Read More…
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    Everything You Need to Know About Your Mac's Hard DriveHarddrive200x200
    Hard drives: they are one of the most important pieces of hardware in your computer, and also the source of most problems you will encounter. The hard drive is where all the data on your computer is stored, so when it stops working it can be a bit scary. In this tutorial, I will go over how a hard drive works, how to fix common hard drive problems, and end with a discussion on filesystems and how to use them.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Use Folder Actions to Speed Up Productivity in OS XFolderactions preview
    Folder Actions are a neat feature that lets you apply actions for files just by dragging them into a folder. Think of it as a special folder that runs an application each time you put a file in there. One of the best parts of folder actions is that you don't need to know any kind of programming. Read on to see how they work.Read More…
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    Help! My Mac Won't Turn On!Power
    The unthinkable has happened. Your $2,000 investment has decided to kick the bucket and not turn on. What do you do? Throw it out? Sell it as “slightly-used” online? Go and buy a new computer? No, because we have some great ways that can help bring your computer back from the dead.Read More…
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    Password Protect Your Files in OS XPassword preview
    Everybody has secrets, from very personal photographs a list of your high school crushes, you have files on your Mac that you don't want people to see. Though OS X doesn't just let you add a password to any old file, there are some ways that you can use to password protect your sensitive information. In this tutorial we will go over some tips that you can use to help keep these files safe.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Quickly Switch Between Wired and Wireless ConnectionsNetworklocations preview
    In today's Quick Tip, we're going to take a look at how to manage and switch between different connection states. Next time you're on the office wifi, then drive home and jack into a wired connection, you'll know exactly what to do.Read More…
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    Getting Started with ApertureAperture
    Aperture is a complete photography toolkit from Apple. This impressive app lets you import, organize, edit, and share your photos from a single application in a professional workflow. In this video, I will go over all of the features that Aperture has to offer.Read More…