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Christopher Welker

Chris is a Mac geek who still knows his way around Linux and Windows. He's always looking for a good way to translate geek to english.

On occasion you will need to edit the hosts file on your machine. Sometimes because of an attack or prank, and others so that you can simply and freely control access to websites and network traffic.

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When you are using OS X, sometimes having only administrator access is not enough—when you need more access you will want to be the root user, which is similar to using the sudo command in the Terminal, but for the whole OS.

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Office 2011 for Mac is going to be released in a couple of days, and we got our hands on the latest version already. Here’s a quick tour of some of the new features in the latest version of Office.

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It happens to everyone at some point—you create a new password and don’t remember to save it somewhere, and then before you know it you’ve forgotten what it was. Here’s how to reset the password on your Mac OS X computer.

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Depending on what you use your Mac for, you might spend a lot of time in the Terminal, so today we’re going to show you a way to create a terminal that drops down from the top of the screen like the old Quake console did.

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Recently it was announced it’s legal to hack your phone/devices. Today we look at why you would want to Jailbreak your iOS device. This will be a general overview of some of the capabilities and options available after a jailbreak.

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Today we will look at sharing a folder on your Mac with a windows machine. This is a handy feature when trying to collaborate with others or if you are using an older Mac as a file / media server.

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Something we like to do as geeks is add customizations to our desktops, whether with themes or wallpapers. Today we take a look at GeekTool for OS X that will let you add different types of data to your desktop.

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One issue to consider when switching from Windows to OS X is email, as Windows users are often rooted in Outlook. Today, we show how to move from Outlook to Apple’s Mail.app using Mozilla’s Thunderbird as a bridge to cross the gap.

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When organizing your home or small office network sometimes it can be easier to assign each computer it’s own IP address rather than using DHCP. Today we take a look at how to do it in OS X.

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Something Mac users often need to do is be able to access files stored on Windows shares. Here’s a good way to mount those share, and keep them mounting at login.

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Adium is a fantastic multi client IM program that is built from the libpurble core, which is the same core that Pidgin is built off of. As with most things Mac, Adium is pretty then most IM clients.

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We are always looking to improve efficiency, fewer steps to edit photos, fewer steps to format word processing, etc. Today we look at using the mouse less and be able to find files and open applications faster in OS X.

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We have covered TrueCrypt for on the fly encryption on other Operating Systems in the past. Now it is time to look at installing and using TrueCrypt on Apple Macintosh OS X (specifically 10.6.4).

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