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Spotlight: Tips and Tricks

Anybody who uses a Mac should be aware of Spotlight; it appears as that little magnifying glass that sits in the top-right of your screen. Although many people have been replacing spotlight with 3-rd party applications, most reviews overlook some of the hidden functionality that Spotlight provides. We’ve found a few cool things that you may not have known you could do with Spotlight.

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WWDC – iOS 5 and OS X Lion

At their recent keynote Apple announced a bundle of neat new features for both Lion and the next version of iOS. Here are some of the top features that were unveiled.

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everyAir: Remotely Control Computers

everyAir is a great app for remotely control your computer, regardless of operating system, from your iDevice. It costs five dollars on the App Store and you can download their computer client on any number of home computers. It has many options for navigating your computer, including a mouse drag mode and an on-screen-keyboard.

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Bash 101: Input and Output Redirection

This article is an overview of the basics behind input and output redirection in bash. This is a very cool piece of Bash that allows you to get data from a file, put data into a file, or even string several commands together. The two Bash Basics that allow us to accomplish this are called Standard Input and Standard Output. Most Bash commands support both of these.

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The New and Improved iPad 2

Apple announced the new iPad today, bringing with it many improvements over the previous model. It’s thinner, lighter, faster, sleeker, and has a front facing camera for face time. It also now comes equipped with HDMI output in full 1080p. It also features a new Apple A5 chip, which marks the first dual core processor in a tablet device.

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ProcessRenicer: Resource Tweaking for OSX

ProcessRenicer is a freeware program that lets you adjust the priority of different programs. If you have one program, say a video encoder like handbrake, and it is taking up to much processor power. You can lower the priority so it will allocate less space, while this will make it take longer you will also be able to do other things more effectively in the background.

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Bash 101: Functions and Variables

In this part of the Bash 101 series, we expand on the very basic basics we touched upon in the first article and introduce the concepts of functions and variables. We’ll build on our previous hello world script and then create a new script to illustrate the concepts further.

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Bash 101: Hello World (and a little further)

This is the first of a series of articles that are designed to ease people into using bash and writing bash scripts. This article will give you a quick overview of some of the commands you will need to use to execute every bash script, and are commands that you should keep close to your heart for the future

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Bash 101: History of Bash and Terminal

This article serves to introduce Bash for our “Learning Bash” series. Today we’ll be giving a quick background on what exactly bash is and it’s origins.

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Getting Started with AppleScript

AppleScript is a scripting language included with all new Apple computers. If your Mac is running OS 9 or later (which it hopefully is) you’ll already have AppleScript installed. Using AppleScript, you can create a script that automates many tasks on your mac, and create simple “applets”. This guide will go into some of the basics of writing AppleScript and some potential uses for it.

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