Don't-Miss OS X Stories

What to do about a failing hard drive

You happen to fire up Disk Utility and -- whu oh! -- you see that your hard drive has failed a diagnostic test. What do you do? Don't panic, says Chris Breen. But start planning for a replacement drive.

How to make a browser's toolbar text larger

Mary Andrews is frustrated by Safari's small Bookmarks Bar text. Chris Breen offers a solution.

How to block auto-play videos

If you're distracted by sites that shove audio and video at you while you're trying to read, Chris Breen has a solution.

Automator workflow of the month: Powerful PDF tricks

Automator has some great tools for combining PDFs as well as extracting text from them. Chris Breen shows you how.

Watch and rip Blu-ray movies on your Mac

If you like the quality and features of Blu-ray, and want to be able to watch discs on your Mac or convert them to other formats for viewing on other computers, all you need is a bit of hardware and software to make it all possible.

What’s hot about OS X’s Hot Corners

OS X's Hot Corners let you trigger actions when you move your cursor into a corner of your Mac’s display. Kirk McElhearn takes you through all the possibilities for this little-used, yet powerful feature.

Ripped DVDs and the empty AUDIO_TS folder

You have the contents of a ripped DVD and see an empty AUDIO_TS folder. Do you need it? Chris Breen explains.

How to encrypt your email

What with all the talk of governments accessing our email, some people would like to prevent that from happening. Chris Breen explains how to encrypt email with Apple's Mail.

Deleting stubborn Outlook messages

You've tried everything you can to delete a message in Outlook 2011, yet the darned thing resists every effort. Chris Breen offers a solution that works.

Syncing calendars between Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard

Problem: You have events in Mountain Lion's Calendar application and would like to share them with your Mac running Snow Leopard. iCloud is out. Chris Breen tells you what's in.

Clearing up Mac App Store confusion

The Mac App Store tells you that there's an update available for an application you own. Yet when you try to get it, no joy as you're informed that it's for a phantom account. Here's how to fix the problem.

How to sync an Android phone to your Mac

Syncing an iPhone to a Mac is simple. Syncing an Android phone may not be quite as easy, but it isn't hard. Here's how to do it.

Five Dictionary tricks I can't live without

Few Mac users know how to make the most out of OS X's built-in Dictionary app. Scholle Sawyer McFarland shares five tricks for Mountain Lion.