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Mac OS X: Using Console to Troubleshoot Problems. If you’re not aware of the Console program (which lives in your Applications > Utilities folder), you’re missing out on a hugely useful way to troubleshoot your machine.

Mac OS X: Using Console to Troubleshoot Problems

Your Mac is constantly logging things—what time your backup started, say, or whether a program you’re using has outdated components. The events that most of these messages are about won’t have any effect on you at all, so they can be safely ignored. However, if you’re having an issue that you can’t figure out, Console is invaluable in knowing what’s causing the hold-up. What the program does is present your log files all wrapped up in a nice interface, with easy ways to search the entire database.

How to Install Windows on a Mac With Boot Camp. Thanks to the switch from PowerPC to Intel many years ago, a Mac is just another PC.

How to Install Windows on a Mac With Boot Camp

Macs come with Mac OS X, but you can easily install Windows on them with Apple’s built-in Boot Camp feature. Boot Camp installs Windows in a dual-boot configuration. You’ll know what to expect if you’ve ever installed Linux alongside Windows. No pressure, Mon! Handling low memory conditions in iOS and Mavericks. Memory Pressure Memory pressure is defined by two counters Mach keeps internally: vm_page_free_count: How many pages of RAM are presently free vm_page_free_target: How many pages of RAM, at a minimum, should optimally be free.

No pressure, Mon! Handling low memory conditions in iOS and Mavericks

You can see these easily using sysctl: morpheus@Zephyr (~/Documents) % sysctl -a vm | grep page_free vm.vm_page_free_target: 2000 vm.page_free_wanted: 0 vm.page_free_count: 73243 if the amount of free pages falls below the target amount - we have a pressure situation (there are other potential cases, but I'm omitting them here for the sake of simplicity). You can also use sysctl(8) to query the value of vm.memory_pressure. Line Draw Characters without VGA Fonts. Xterm and rxvt can be switched into line-draw mode on the fly with the appropriate escape sequence.

Line Draw Characters without VGA Fonts

The Apple System Log – Part 2 – Console.app. By: Sarah Edwards Compatibility Note: This article was written using Console.app on 10.6 – 10.7 changes slightly but still contains the functionality contained in this article (actually more, check out the Message Inspector!)

The Apple System Log – Part 2 – Console.app

Part 1 showed us how to view the Apple System Log using the command line. For some, the command line can be a challenge; fortunately there is more than one way to view these files. We can use the Apple’s native log viewer application Console.app, to easily view, search and filter these files without using complicated command-line tools or scripts. The Console application (Figure 1) can be found in the /Applications/Utilities directory. Figure 1 - Console.app. ..Step by Step to fix your Mac. OWC DIYIM27SSD11 DIY Kit for all Apple 27" iMac. This upgrade has made my iMac unbelievably fast.

OWC DIYIM27SSD11 DIY Kit for all Apple 27" iMac

So, it's definitely worth it. However, the install itself is definitely not for the faint of heart. It took me a solid 3 hours. The connectors are tough to disconnect. (I found it easier to use the clamps than the spudger, but worried about squishing the plastic.) The OWC video is great. The screw driver kit is cheap, but gets the job done.

Mobilegear WORK, ANYWHERE. 20 Handy Mavericks Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know. Many would have upgraded to Mavericks by now as it was made available as a free upgrade to all Mac users. While the upgrades from Mountain Lion weren’t as groundbreaking (or as polarizing) as Apple’s iOS 6 upgrade to iOS 7, Mavericks does have many cool new features. After playing around with Mavericks and scouring through the Internet, we’ve compiled a list of Mac OS X Mavericks tips & tricks that you might not know of. All about Tagging in the Mavericks Finder. Quick Follow Up on Mac FTP/SFTP Clients. Unable to cope with the slow performance of Cyberduck any longer (even though I love everything else about the application), I started looking at other Mac FTP/SFTP clients.

Quick Follow Up on Mac FTP/SFTP Clients

Since performance was the key driving factor causing me to seek a new client, I thought it would probably be important to perform some informal performance comparisons between the major candidates—Interarchy, Transmit, and Fetch (and, for reference, Cyberduck as well). First, the parameters of the test: The source system was, of course, a Mac. Technical Note TN2123: CrashReporter. Fink - Home. iOS and OS X: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points. Languages The following Wi-Fi base station (or Wi-Fi router) settings are recommended for all Macs and iOS devices.

iOS and OS X: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

These settings will help ensure maximum performance, security, and reliability when using Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi base stations are 802.11a/b/g/n access points that include AirPort Extreme Base Stations, AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule. "Wi-Fi router" is a generic term and includes Wi-Fi base stations and third-party 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi access points. Before configuring or adjusting specific settings, perform the following steps: Ensure that your Wi–Fi router's firmware is up to date. Configure all Wi–Fi base stations on the same network with the same settings.

Use the following settings for maximum performance, security, and reliability. ASR’s hidden documentation. Description of Mac OS X processes : by triviaware. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review. At the end of my Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger review, I wrote this.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review

Overall, Tiger is impressive. If this is what Apple can do with 18 months of development time instead of 12, I tremble to think what they could do with a full two years. That was exactly two and a half years ago, to the day. It seems that I've gotten my wish and then some. NetworkTroubleshooting. This page contains a list of pages giving information about how to troubleshoot network problems.

NetworkTroubleshooting

For example, it could refer to pages saying "if you see a lot of ARP traffic, you might have machines infected with virus XXX on your network", or "if you are getting slow response for HTTP requests, you should look for this on the network". Beginner? New to network troubleshooting? Read the /Overview. Basic Nmap Usage. Impressive Safari Plugins. Safari has been optimized for Mac and because of that, it becomes the best browser for running on Mac. However, with Firefox empowered by plenty of plugins, it’s confusing to determine which one to choose: Safari or Firefox?

After searching around the web, I found several impressive plugins for Safari, such as del.icio.us bookmark, StumbleUpon toolbar, Tab Exposé, Greasemonkey script customizer, and many others. Spotlight won’t work? Fix a broken Spotlight menu with these troubleshooting tips. Fixing the slow login/logout/authentication issue in OSX Snow Leopard - TechSmog. Additional update 5/14/2012: Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. Purpose. Mac OS X and Mac Software - Farewell, big cats. Description of Mac OS X processes : by triviaware. Forums powered by UBB.threads™ Monitor OS X LaunchAgents folders to help prevent malware attacks.

Terminal. From Mac Guides The Terminal application. The Terminal is a program included with all versions of Mac OS X. It is located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder. When launched, it provides a line interface to control the underpinnings of the UNIX based operating system. The default UNIX shell in Mac OS X Panther (10.3) or later is Bash Commands. Mac Forensics: Viewing, Understanding, Deconstructing, and Creating .plist Files - Part 1 of 3 / Mac, iPad, and iPhone Forensics and eDiscovery Experts. Debugging Mach Ports - Robert Sesek. Downloads. Mac Forensics: Viewing, Understanding, Deconstructing, and Creating .plist Files - Part 1 of 3 / Mac, iPad, and iPhone Forensics and eDiscovery Experts. How to uninstall MacKeeper – updated. Spotlight won’t work? Fix a broken Spotlight menu with these troubleshooting tips.

Mac OS X Technology Overview: Introduction to Mac OS X Technolog. The OS X operating system combines a stable core with advanced technologies to help you deliver world-class products on the Mac platform. Knowing what these technologies are, and how to use them, can help streamline your development process, while giving you access to key OS X features.