Apple to disconnect .mac and .me AIM chatting in Snow Leopard

MessagesIconXIf you are a long-time user of Apple’s cloud-based services, and have been using your Apple ID ending in or to chat over the AIM network, then on May 17, you will be required to run OS X 10.7.2 or later.

When Apple introduced its .Mac and subsequent .Me cloud-based services, it included cross-compatibility Continue reading

Tip: Use OS X services to reveal or open file paths

FinderIconXThere are several ways to refer someone to a specific file or folder in OS X, especially if this resource is part of OS X and therefore should be in the same location on all systems. One way is to simply describe the location of the file and have the person find their way to it, or optionally instruct them to use Spotlight to find the file, though this does not search for system files by default. Continue reading

Use the Terminal to quickly get a Unix path to a file

TerminalIconXWhile you can often access the files you need by browsing the filesystem in the Finder, sometimes you might need to specify the Unix path for a file or folder in question, either to run a Terminal command on it, or to communicate this path to others in an e-mail, online discussion, or otherwise.

There are many ways to get the path of Continue reading

How to troubleshoot font problems in OS X

FontBookIconXFonts are not just files, but rather system plug-ins, similar in ways to an extension or add-on application. When added and activated, they load into memory and are associated to programs by the system so programs can make use of them and show information about them.

As a result, should a font be damaged, or perhaps conflict with another font, then not only might it lead to Continue reading

Troubleshooting iMac Target Display mode

iMacIconXWhen Apple introduced its late-2009 iMac systems, it was clear the large built-in display on these systems could not only be used for the accompanying computer, but similar to the functions of Target Disk mode for hard drives, the display could be used for another Mac.

While Target Disk Mode requires you to restart the system into a special mode, the use of Target Display simply Continue reading

Wake up your Mac with your iPhone

NetworkIconXWaking a Mac up from sleep generally requires you tap a key on the keyboard, or click your mouse or trackpad; however, there are times when you might need to wake your Mac up remotely, either because it is locked away such as a server in a closet, or perhaps it is among a number on a large local network that you are trying to access and need it woken up. Continue reading