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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    Jim Dalrymple on The Loop, Macs, and JammingJim dalrymple
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    Some call this man "The Beard". Some say he just has one. Others like to think that it tweets for him. I'm of course talking about none other than Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. Dalrymple is known for his extensive knowledge of Apple, along with his very reliable contacts in the business. He's also a musician who loves guitar and metal music. I secured an interview with the insightful Dalrymple, and now it's here for you to read. So go on, peer into the life of a blogging legend.Read More…
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    Lock Up Your Mac with Security SettingsFilevault icon
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    It all started when people passed around the rumor of the Mac’s invincibility. Some said a virus for the platform was nowhere to be found. Others knew the truth though: that there really can be malicious code written for OS X. Nothing’s perfect, you know. When an illness does befall Apple’s OS, the company typically issues penicillin in a timely manner. (The timeline actually depends on the problem though and can sometimes be an unnecessary length.) “Flashback”, for instance, was a trojan back door that came about in early 2012 with the aid of, despite the name, a hole in Javascript. Apple repaired the defect nearly two months after its release. There have been other infections in the past year as well — but I’m not here as a security analyst. Instead, I’m an advisor. Today, if you have some time and motivation, I’m going to help you secure your Mac as best as you possibly can.Read More…
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    Using the Guest Account in OS XUser black
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    Sometimes you need to let a friend or family member use the computer, but hesitate because you don't want them to screw anything up. Fortunately, OS X has your back. Today we're going to take a look at the Guest Account and walk you the features that will help you limit the access and privileges of occasional users.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Watch UK or U.S. TV Online Using TunlrTunlrlogo
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    The Internet has brought a wave of communication, instant access, and other elements of the digital life. Netflix is now used by many as an alternative to traditional film rentals. Americans have grown to love BBC programs like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Top Gear. Likewise, those of the British Commonwealth enjoy shows and services available exclusively to U.S. viewers. Not everything in this digital world is equal, but there’s a way to change that. A small tool called Tunlr enables users to use services internationally, no matter the location. I’m going to show you how to use it to listen to Pandora or use the BBC’s Web site wherever you are.Read More…
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    How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Menu Items EverywhereKeyboard2
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    Keyboard shortcuts are an awesome way to improve your productivity and the swiftness with which you move through certain tasks. They are a valuable asset to quick navigation by default, but isn’t it disappointing when a menu item doesn’t have a shortcut? Let's learn how to add one.Read More…
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    The Dock's Hidden TreasuresThedock
    The Dock is an essential part of OS X. It’s been there since the beginning (of OS X, that is) and people use it daily for opening their favorite apps. Interestingly enough, Apple brought in an alternative called Launchpad with the release of 10.7 Lion. This isn’t what one could call a replacement for the Dock, but it can be an alternative if you use it correctly. The topic at hand today, however, is the classic navigation scheme on a Mac. I’m going to take a look at all the little hidden features that the Dock has — things you probably never noticed or mistakenly discovered.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Create Mailing Labels for Your Holiday CardsDocument
    Christmas is rolling around the corner rapidly and it looks like you might need to speed up those postcard mailings to make the deadline. After heading to the local grocer or ordering bundles of cards online, it’s time to dispatch them. With friends around the world, I took to my Contacts app to find all their addresses so I could send out Christmas cards as soon as possible. At first I didn’t think there was a way to print their addresses nicely, so I jumped to the good old clipboard. Then I stumbled upon something: a way to print all my friends’ information with my return address on it as well.Read More…
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    5 Covert and Productive Features in the OS X Contacts AppContacts
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    The OS X Contacts app has been around a while, though it was just renamed (the title was "Address Book" in version 6.0 and prior). In all this time, many features have been added, but most users wouldn’t notice — they just use the app like normal. As your lunch break comes around, I’d like to take a few minutes out of your day to give you a tour of the features you’ve been missing in Contacts.Read More…
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    Finding Your Way Around Calendar's Hidden FeaturesCalendar%20icon
    Apple introduced iCal in September, 2002. It came with the Mac and allowed users to make a virtual calendar instead of one that was pinned on their office or home wall. Everyone loved the idea, and every update to OS X has brought something new to the app. iCloud has been used as a sync service with iOS devices and other Macs since 10.7 Lion, and the most recent update, 10.8 Mountain Lion, added Notification Center support, search suggestions, a new date picker, and more. There’s still more in the now-renamed Calendar app than meets the eye though. Let’s go over some of the ten-year-old app's more covert features.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Customize Safari ReaderReadinglist iconlarge@2x
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    Theming OS X used to be a big thing — people would use CandyBar to customize app icons and ShapeShifter to give a different look to the OS as a whole. Things quieted down recently though because apps like CandyBar cannot modify Mac App Store software due to code signing. There are still areas that you can theme in OS X though, such as Safari’s Reader function. In this quick tip, I’m going to show you how to install and use Safari Reader themes to enhance your perusing experience in the Apple browser.Read More…
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    Understanding Power NapPower nap icon 1024px
    OS X Mountain Lion came with a lot of new features, many of which were not explained well. There’s always documentation, but it can often be tedious. So, for the sake of a deep look at Power Nap, one of the new features in Mountain Lion, I’ve gathered all the information I could find on the topic. In the following read, you will find everything you need to know about Power Nap: how to use it, what its benefits are, and the interesting hidden features offered.Read More…
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    AirPort 101: Base Station BasicsAirport
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    Apple has been in the router market for years now. The corporation currently offers three WiFi base stations for your home or office. I’ve used Apple’s prime router for a good eight months now and it’s been good to me. Not only was the initial setup easy, but maintaining the device has been painless and I’ve only had a few minor issues with it over the months. In this article, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know for basic AirPort base station operation. There’s even a bit of history involved, so come join me after the break.Read More…