Marius Masalar
Marius Masalar is a digital adventurer, working as a composer, writer, and photographer. He dreams of travel, plays video games, loves life, and laughs frequently. He produces steady amounts of carbon dioxide and is entirely biodegradable.
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    Beyond Calibri: Selecting Typefaces to Make Your Documents ShinePreview
    Content is king, there’s no doubt about it. But presentation plays a huge role in the way we perceive that content, and spending some time making informed choices about your document’s typography can make a big difference.Read More…
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    Exploring Finder Tags in MavericksTagsintro preview
    Apple is known for introducing new paradigms in personal computing. They were the first to bring graphical user interfaces to the masses, and after establishing the file-and-folder based organization scheme we all know so well, they’ve taken the next step in the form of tags in Mavericks’ updated Finder app. With tags, Mavericks allows for a radically different system of managing your files, one that takes advantage of the increased power and connectivity of today’s Macs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to get started with tags to help organize, find, and work with your files.Read More…
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    Demystifying Microsoft Office & Office 365 PricingOffice logo
    You want to buy Microsoft Office, but which suite should you get? This tutorial will help you choose the best for your usage and will guide you toward a better understanding of how Microsoft has structured its most popular software offering's pricing.Read More…
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    How to Check and Enable TRIM on a Mac SSDTrim preview retina
    You probably know that solid state drives (SSD) differ from Hard Disk Drives (HDD) in how they store information, and you may have heard that something called TRIM can maintain their performance. In this tutorial, I’ll not only show you how you can enable TRIM support for your SSDs, but also understand what the term means and how it fits into the functionality of solid state storage.Read More…
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    Finding Hardware Faults: Exploring AHT & Apple DiagnosticsAht preview retina
    Alongside the tools provided for identifying software issues with your Mac, Apple also makes sure that you can examine your hardware for possible faults. These hardware diagnostic tools have evolved over the years, so in this tutorial I will cover the two incarnations that exist: the venerable Apple Hardware Test (AHT), and the newer Apple Diagnostics tool that replaced it. In this tutorial I'll show you how you can use these helpful utilities to keep an eye on the components that make your Mac tick.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Customize the TerminalCustomizeterminal preview retina
    It’s safe to say that many Mac users will only rarely be seeing the Terminal. In our age of gorgeous UI, or User Interface, design and there’s an app for that, the need to do things the old fashioned way is diminishing. Nevertheless, when you do find yourself at the command line, you can make it look less intimidating or more like it does in the movies. In this tutorial I'll show you how you can use Terminal’s deep customization tools to spruce up the look of the app to suit your preferences. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Send Directions From Your Mac to Your iPhoneMapsdirections preview retina
    Going somewhere? Mavericks brought with it a native client for Apple’s map data, and although it hasn’t been around as long as the competition, Apple’s offering is evolving at a fast pace and remains focused on usability and integration.Read More…
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    Understanding Safe ModeSafemode preview retina
    Apple is very careful about making sure that your Mac is rock solid from day one until day one hundred and one. Unfortunately, while their diligence ensures that it’s nearly impossible to crash or upset a new Mac, things may start to get cloudy once you introduce third-party software and peripherals. Sometimes things break. Compatibility issues arise. Software misbehaves. To help you circumvent and resolve these issues, OS X is equipped with a special operating option called Safe Mode. In this tutorial I’ll help you understand this crucial troubleshooting tool.Read More…
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    Create Your Own Vanity URL ShortenerVanityurl preview retina
    Whether you run a business or are just active on social media, chances are you share a lot of links. With so many URLs flooding into our timelines, it can be difficult to make yours stand out. You may have noticed that some people have their own vanity URL for shortened links—something that uniquely identifies content as coming from them. Creating and using a vanity URL shortener can be a valuable asset to your brand, and it’s easier than you may have thought!Read More…
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    How to Use Console: Your Mac's Diagnostic DiaryConsoleicon
    The hardest part of fixing a computer problem is often identifying its cause. As operating systems become more advanced, this becomes increasingly challenging, so it's a good thing that OS X includes a handy utility called the Console. We'll walk you through what it is and how to use it, so you can become a master at diagnosing your computer's ailments.Read More…
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    Firewalls: Your Mac's Security BlanketFirewall
    Today, we introduce you to your quiet defender. Diligent, adaptable, and powerful, your computer’s first line of defense against the wilds of the Internet is a technology that all computer users should have a passing familiarity with — let’s meet the firewall and find out how you can tune your Mac to protect you from threats.Read More…
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    IRC on a Mac: A PrimerColloquy
    Long before the days of text messaging, IM services, and other instantaneous communication protocols we’re now familiar with, the Internet was home to the birthplace of it all — IRC. Standing for Internet Relay Chat, this incredible chat protocol was so robust that it’s still in use today. In this article, we’ll discover how IRC works and why you should make use of it.Read More…