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Hackintosh: Build a DIY Mac for gaming

Rob Griffiths decides to replace his nine-year-old Hackintosh (dubbed Frankenmac) with a new DIY Mac.

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Hackintosh: Build a DIY Mac mini

You can build your own Mac, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. A whole lot of effort.

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How to update to two-factor authentication for an iTunes-only Apple ID

Apple caused a quandary with its improved security method for those of us who use it only for purchases.

How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

If you're experiencing weird glitches with your Mac, this troubleshooting step may help.

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How to restart your Mac remotely

A reader has the need to reboot his Mac when far away from it.

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How to reinstall macOS when the startup volume was erased

A reader preparing their Mac for sale has a well-meaning friend erase the startup volume.

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Photos for iOS and macOS: The limits of liked photos

Apple doesn’t let you use popularity for selection or sorting, and has two kinds of “likes.”

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Installing macOS or OS X: What to do when ‘the installer payload failed signature check’ or ‘this copy of the install OS X application cannot be verified’

If you encounter an error when trying to install a fresh operating system, it could be a problem with the date and time.

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How to show the All My Files icon in the macOS Sidebar

One of the most useful features of macOS lets you see your files from newest to oldest.

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How to sync past events in your Calendar on your iPhone and Mac

To keep a proper record of your calendar, you need to adjust a setting in iOS.

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How to use TinkerTool System 5 to set folder permissions in macOS

There’s a utility that can help you with shared folders and access.

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How to set a different return address in Mail for macOS

You can have multiple accounts set up in Mail, and select among return addresses.

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How to set up an external drive as a Time Machine destination for multiple Macs

Step-by-step directions on connecting Macs to a shared hard drive for backup.

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Why read/write permissions go awry with macOS File Sharing

Some macOS problems don't have an easy fix. This is one of them.