Mac OS X

Dashboard weather widget review

October 5, 2011 Mac OS X

Your Mac comes with a weather widget already installed on the Dashboard, but there are many more to choose in the “Information” category on Apple’s Dashboard Widgets page. Each has some neat features but also some drawbacks. Watch this video for a quick review of five popular weather widgets.

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How to configure the iStat Pro widget

September 27, 2011 Mac OS X

I received many comments and emails about my recent article on How to check memory usage on your Mac and the iStat Pro Dashboard widget I installed and demonstrated in that article’s video. Many readers installed that widget and liked having more insight into their Mac’s memory usage, but some found the variety of system […]

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How to upgrade memory in your Mac

September 27, 2011 Mac OS X

As I recently showed in How to check memory usage on your Mac, sometimes your demands on your Mac are greater than its memory can handle and your computer’s performance suffers. Replacement memory is inexpensive (this wasn’t always the case) and can be surprisingly easy to install. Opening up your Mac computer and upgrading the […]

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How to follow along with video tutorials

September 13, 2011 Mac OS X

This may sound silly but here’s a video about how to watch videos. Please stick with me a minute. My Mom was having trouble remembering all the details in some Mac Help For Mom videos, so I asked how she was using the videos. She said she took notes while watching and then would try […]

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What is the Dashboard and what are its widgets?

September 13, 2011 Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a handy feature called the Dashboard that lets you quickly see a variety of information as a semi-transparent layer over your Desktop and open windows. I use mine for easy access to the weather in three towns, tracking a handful of stocks, monitoring my system, a handy calculator, a little calendar, […]

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How to check memory usage on your Mac

September 13, 2011 Mac OS X

Does your Mac run slowly, sometimes turning your cursor into that darn spinning beach ball? It may be because your running applications have used up all your memory. In the video below I show two tools you can use to check how much of your Mac’s memory is being used, and what numbers to look […]

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How to check if your software can run on OS X Lion

July 28, 2011 Mac OS X

If you are thinking of upgrading your Mac to OS X Lion, hold your horses (or would that be zebras?). Many people are finding (sometimes too late) that software applications they use everyday will no longer run on Lion. So, before upgrading, watch this quick video to see if some of the software that you […]

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How to right-click on a Mac

July 26, 2011 Mac OS X

Newsletter subscriber Larry submitted a question asking how to do a right-click on his MacBook Pro. That’s a common question for many Mac converts (myself included) who were used to using Microsoft Windows PCs. Since most Macs don’t have a right button on their mouse or trackpad, it’s at first not obvious how to open […]

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How to make your Mac speak text

July 15, 2011 Mac OS X

Need to read an email, a document, or anything else on your Mac, but your eyes or your brain are just too tired? How about having your Mac speak the text to you? Watch this video to see how to make your Mac your own personal reader.

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How to make your Mac announce the time

July 15, 2011 Mac OS X

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to lose track of time while reading news on the web, getting distracted reading email, Facebook, or just surfing from one website to another. Don’t let your waking hours get away from you (unless of course you are reading Mac Help For Mom). Watch this video to see […]

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