Jacob Penderworth
Jacob Penderworth is an outlandish fellow who currently resides in Mammoth Lakes, California. He enjoys the art of writing, listens to lots of classical music and composes some tunes of his own, knows the qualities of a good tea, delights in a well-crafted espresso, and dabbles in photography with his spare time. When bored, Jacob resorts to correcting erroneous Wikipedia entries. He's also known as the "Pinecone Stomper" on Yelp.
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    Quick Tip: 5 Ways to Enhance the Way You Use DictationDictation retina
    When Siri Dictation arrived on iOS, consumers were excited to finally have an alternative to typing text messages and emails. Since its initial release in October 2011, the feature has improved significantly in its ability to accurately interpret what you’re saying. With the release of Mountain Lion last year, Apple added Dictation to its desktop operating system to lessen the need for typing OS-wide. Most people don’t know about the feature, though, and those who do neglect to use it. In this tutorial I will list a few ways you can make Dictation a true “intelligent assistant”.Read More…
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    How to Move Logic Pro's Instrument Library to an External HDDLogic pro icon
    Logic Pro is one of the most popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) on the Mac, and for good reason: Apple develops it. Some professionals use Avid’s Pro Tools or Steinberg’s Cubase to record and edit their latest creations, but also make use of Logic for other things, like mastering and scoring. One major problem with Apple’s DAW is the size: its base instrument library is 2 GB, and the “additional content”, which includes some of the most popular synthesizers and samples, is over 4.6 GB. The Jam Packs are hefty too, and GarageBand’s sound library is also required to be on your computer to use Logic. On a base model MacBook Air, storage is already minimal, so why not free up some space by moving all these files to an external hard drive? In this tutorial, I’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to move your entire Logic instruments library (including samples and loops) to an external hard drive.Read More…
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    How to Reset OS X User Account PasswordsKeys400
    We all have those insecure days when we decide to change all our passwords. At the end of the day, we don’t remember to write them down and then shut down our computer for a rest. The next morning, problems arise. You need to get work done, but everything is locked inside your computer and you can’t remember the password. After too many guesses, it’s time to pull out your smartphone and, by Google query, end up here. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to reset any user account password on your Mac.Read More…
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    Over 15 Cool Ways to Personalize Your MacPrefapp retina
    On days when I have nothing to do, I look around my Mac for cool features I haven’t tried before. I’m always learning more about what all those info screens in Activity Monitor mean, and you can never know enough about Terminal. Last time I had a look around, I discovered that holding the Command key and then dragging an icon on my menu bar would allow me to reorganize the order. This got me thinking: maybe there are some other cool ways to personalize things on OS X. In this article, I’ll go over a bunch of different ways that you can turn your Mac into a device that works for you.Read More…
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    How to Import DVDs Into iTunesItunes dvd400
    There was once a time when all the music we listened to was stored on 700 MB CDs. I still purchase these shiny bits of polycarbonate plastic to have physical copies of all my favorite albums, but things are definitely progressing into the digital age of the iTunes Store. That brings us to the topic of films, which very much in the same ship. Soon even Blu-Rays will be out of date, but there are still many DVDs laying around in the corners of your friends attic. Rummage through them now, because I’m going to show you how to import them all into your iTunes library.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Setting Up Gmail Two-Step Verification in Mail.appGmail icon400
    With Google’s recent move to enhance the security on its products, configuring your account with apps and services isn’t as easy as it used to be. If you’re using two-step verification for your Google account, for example, you can’t simply input your regular account password to access Gmail in Mail.app. Things get a bit more complicated than that. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sign in to your Gmail account in Apple’s email app when you have taken such security measures. We'll go over Google's process of creating application-specific passwords that can be used for any email client out there, and then we'll add the account to Apple Mail. Also, if you haven't yet started using two-step verification, I'll explain a few reasons why you should.Read More…
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    How to Export a Video or Audio File in QuickTimeQ400
    iTunes Movie Trailers is a great little side project of Apple’s. It provides the Internet with previews of films to come, and box office information. The best part is that you can download any video hosted on the site using QuickTime. It’s just two clicks away. But Apple doesn’t tell you how to download videos, it just gives you the belief that you can only play them. There is a way to export videos and audio from QuickTime, though, and today I’m going to explain the process.Read More…
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    How to Install and Properly Remove AppsTrash icon retina
    There are thousands of applications available for your Mac, but when it comes to installing them there seems to be a different method for every single one. With the exception of those in the Mac App Store, software on OS X is typically available in one of four formats: an app file (.app), a package (.pkg), a disc image (.dmg), or a ZIP file (.zip) with one of these inside. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install and fully remove any app. We’ll go over doing the latter quickly with a third-party app (AppCleaner) and the more complicated approach of browsing for an app’s files.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Remove Services From Your Secondary-Click MenuRetina secondary click
    When you first get your Mac, everything is clean. Unlike a Windows PC, there’s no promotional software to remove and the system works without hesitation. However, once you start installing apps, things can sometimes get messy. One area that becomes populated with too many little options is the secondary-click menu. By default, you can select text and secondary click it to perform a number of actions, like copy and paste, speech preferences, or even sharing. When you install third-party apps, though, this menu can become populated with extra options for them to use. If you want to clean things up, here’s a quick guide.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Use Home Sharing in iTunesItunes icon
    In the days before iTunes 9, users had to copy their old library from one computer to another using an external hard drive, or even a series of DVDs. Everyone knew it was possible to transfer it over the local network using either Ethernet or WiFi, but there wasn’t an official solution for it. When the ninth revision of Apple’s music player released, a fancy new feature called Home Sharing accompanied it. This finally brought the much-needed LAN transfer feature. I’m here today to teach you everything you’ll ever need to know about iTunes Home Sharing.Read More…
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    Setting Up Custom Trackpad Gestures on Your MacMagic trackpad icon
    Pinch to zoom and the like are nifty little ways to make use of your Mac's trackpad, but sometimes you want something more out of the little device. For this, several utilities exist, one of which is called MagicPrefs. It’s a free app that allows you to set up all kinds of custom gestures, including a four-finger tap and even sensitivity adjustments. Today I’m going to show you how to use this app to increase your productivity with Apple’s trackpads.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Use iCloud Tabs in SafariIcloud icon 399x400
    Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk thinking, “It’s a good time to move work to the couch” but then remembering that you have a 9kg iMac? It’d be nice if all those browser tabs came with you to your iPad or MacBook Air, wouldn’t it? Until OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you had to use a third-party app for that stuff. Now, however, iCloud comes in with a new tool that syncs all your tabs from Safari. Here, let me show you how it works.Read More…