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Ask the Script Doctor: Deduping Contacts and more

Getting rid of duplicates in Contacts, showing the hidden Library folder, and how to get started with AppleScript.

Our favorite Mac cleanup tips

In the spirit of spring cleaning, we rounded up our editors' favorite tips for keeping their Macs tidy and organized.

Mac troubleshooting: dealing with hard drive woes

When you suspect a hard drive problem, it's time to swing into action. Ted Landau shows you what to do.

Intel X25 SSD requires firmware update before installing OS X 10.8.3

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CNet reports that a Mac with an Intel X25 series SSD may not be able to boot after installing OS X 10.8.3. However, updating the drive's firmware should help.

Why you should use Mountain Lion's Spaces

Mountain Lion's Spaces can make you more productive and efficient. Kirk McElhearn looks at why you should use Spaces, and how it can simplify your computing tasks.

8 ways to hide files and folders in OS X

Maybe you have a laptop want to be extra safe. Maybe you share a computer and want to keep some things private. Whatever your reason for wanting to keep some files or folders hidden, we found eight ways to do it.

Mac troubleshooting: Be prepared for hard-drive failure

When hard-drive disaster strikes, you need to start up your Mac from another drive to repair it. But, which drive? Take a few minutes now to prepare for emergencies.

Make the most of the Spotlight menu

The easiest way to access OS X's powerful Spotlight search technology is using the systemwide Spotlight menu. But chances are you aren't getting as much out of this menu as you could be. In this video, Dan Frakes show you a few tricks for making the Spotlight menu more useful.

When applications consume too much RAM

Your Mac throws up an error that you've run out of application memory. Chris Breen shows you how to troubleshoot this issue.

Mac troubleshooting: What to do when you can't print

Few things are more frustrating than a document that won't print. Ted Landau shows you how to get the pages rolling again.

When HandBrake won't rip your DVDs

There may be occasions when HandBrake will up and quit rather than rip the DVD you've requested it to. Chris Breen suggests a cure.

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Emergency backups you didn't know you had

You should have backed up, but you didn't. Now your hard drive has failed. But all is not lost. Intentionally or not, you probably do have backups of at least some of your data. And they just might save your bacon.

How to disable Java on your Mac

Given the recent hacks at Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, it's time for drastic action: removing or disabling Java on your Mac. Rich Mogull explains why and how.