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Data-Recovery Options Under Mac OS X
By Ryan Faas
Sep 9, 2010
Ryan Faas examines native and external options for Mac users who hope to get back their lost photos, client databases, and other precious files.
The Top Mac Hard Drive Utilities, 2010 Edition
By Ryan Faas
Aug 4, 2010
Ryan Faas, updating his highly popular article from 2007, evaluates some of the best tools for analyzing and repairing problems with Mac hard drives and directory structures.
Cocoa Recipes for Mac OS X: Add Controls to the Document Window
By Bill Cheeseman
May 6, 2010
Controls are a commonplace of every application. They range from the simplest push button to complex devices like the date picker. In this recipe, Bill Cheeseman shows you how to create simple push buttons, navigation buttons with graphics, and complex controls, a date picker and a search field, for more sophisticated navigation.
Mac OS X Security and Mobility v10.6: Using a Firewall
By Robert Kite, Patrick Gallagher, Michele Hjorleifsson
Mar 23, 2010
This chapter focuses on mitigating and controlling access using Mac OS X firewalls on both the client and server. You’ll learn how to verify when attack attempts and system failures occur, and how to configure firewalls to guard against them.
What to Do When Your Mac’s Hard Disk Runs Out of Space
By Maria Langer
Feb 3, 2010
Your hard drive once seemed impossibly huge, but now you’re running out of room. What can you delete safely? Maria Langer helps you decide how to perform triage on both data and Mac system files.
Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6: Accessing an Active Directory Service
By Arek Dreyer, Ben Greisler
Dec 29, 2009
In this chapter, you will learn how to configure Mac OS X to log in using Active Directory, troubleshoot binding issues, and troubleshoot login issues.
Automator for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Working with Actions
By Ben Waldie
Dec 9, 2009
To do anything truly useful, you need to add actions to your workflow, and you need to configure those actions to do what you want. The techniques you learn in this chapter will apply to working with virtually any action within an Automator workflow.
Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6: Using File Services
By Arek Dreyer, Ben Greisler
Dec 2, 2009
This chapter addresses the topic of using Mac OS X Server to share files across a network, including how to set up share points with appropriate access settings and configure the specific sharing protocols that Mac OS X Server will use.
Mac OS X Support Essentials: File Systems
By Kevin M. White
Oct 29, 2009
In this chapter, you will examine the storage technology used by Mac OS X. Storage hardware like disk drives and RAID will be covered alongside logical storage concepts like partitions and volumes. You will learn how to properly manage and troubleshoot these storage assets and to manage storage security through ownership, permissions, and access control lists (ACLs).
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide: Applications and the Dock
By Jeff Carlson
Oct 15, 2009
This chapter covers how to run applications, as well as how to install and update them. And we can't talk about applications without looking at the Dock, Apple's go-to place for accessing applications (and more).
How to Repartition Your Hard Disk in Snow Leopard and Leopard -- without Losing Data
By Maria Langer
Sep 30, 2009
Since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Disk Utility has been able to resize and add disk partitions on the fly without erasing data. Maria Langer shows how it works.
Video Made on a Mac: Greenscreen Solutions
By Richard Harrington, Robbie Carman
Aug 26, 2009
The popularity of color (or chroma) key technology has grown immensely, bringing the technology and tools within reach of most content creators. Learn how to plan and execute greenscreen projects.
Running Automator Workflows from Mail Rules
By Ben Waldie
Jun 9, 2009
Automator doesn't offer a way to save workflows as plug-ins for Mail. But you can add this capability yourself with the help of a Mail rule, some AppleScript, and an Automator workflow. Just follow these instructions from Ben Waldie.
iPhoto 09 for Mac OS X: Working with Faces
By Adam Engst
May 25, 2009
The most important addition to iPhoto '09 is Faces, which can detect faces in photos and, after you've trained it by identifying a person in a number of photos, automatically recognize that person's face in other photos. Adam Engst shows you how to use this addictive tool.
Individually Looping Through Files in an Automator Workflow
By Ben Waldie
Mar 25, 2009
Ben Waldie points out a limitation with Automator's Loop action: There's no built-in way to perform individual file looping. But don't panic! He also shows how to close this gap by using third-party workarounds.
AppleScript and Automator: What's the Difference?
By Ben Waldie
Mar 16, 2009
Ben Waldie points out the differences and similarities in Automator and AppleScript, explaining when to use each one to save yourself some keystrokes (and headaches).
Client Management in Xsan
By Robert Kite
Jan 29, 2009
Robert Kite shows you how to manage clients and users based on the access requirements of your environment.
Mac OS X Deployment v10.6: Creating System Images
By Kevin M. White
Jan 5, 2009
This chapter will show you how to select a system imaging technique that meets your deployment needs, integrate advanced Mac OS X managed preferences with your system image, create a cloned system image using Disk Utility, create basic network disk images using System Image Utility, and build a modular NetRestore image using System Image Utility.
Spotlight on Sam & Dave: Spotlight Search Tips
By Scott Kelby, Dave Gales
Dec 15, 2008
Scott Kelby and Dave Gales walk you through Leopard’s amazing Spotlight search feature.
Accessing an Active Directory Service with OS X Directory Services v10.5
By Arek Dreyer
Oct 22, 2008
It's easy to integrate Mac OS X into an Active Directory environment. This chapter shows you how.

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