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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.

Mac troubleshooting: How to handle freezes and crashes

Plagued by the spinning Beach Ball of Death? Joe Kissell explains what to do in the event of Mac crashes and freezes.

How to troubleshoot a kernel panic

Most of the time, if something crashes on your Mac, it's just one app. But other times, your whole system goes down thanks to a kernel panic. When that happens, here's what to do.

Stop squinting: Make text bigger in OS X

Squinting at your screen? Make your fonts bigger and you'll see more clearly. Here's how.

Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer is too slow

It happens to every Mac user sooner or later: The virtual gears inside your computer begin to act as though they're running in a vat of tapioca pudding. Before carting your Mac off to an Apple Genius Bar, try these fixes.

How to sign digital documents

Have you received a PDF file that needs your signature? No need to print it, sign it, scan it, and send it. Christopher Breen shows how it's done with Preview and Adobe Reader.

Mac troubleshooting: What to do when the Trash won’t empty

Ticked off by a troublesome Trash that won't empty no matter what you try? Joe Kissell can help.

Get your software up-to-date and keep it that way

Keep your Mac healthy by staying on top of software updates in the new year.

Automatically mount an AirPort-attached USB drive

Having a drive attached to an AirPort Base Station is mighty convenient for shared storage, but mounting such a drive time and again is a bore. Chris Breen shows you how to avoid such a tiresome chore.

DVD-less Snow Leopard installation on older Mac

You're faced with an older Mac with a broken media drive, now DVD drive of your own, and only a disk image of the Snow Leopard installer. How do you proceed? Chris Breen shows the way.

When good Macs go bad: Steps to take when your Mac won't start up

Senior writer Lex Friedman's friend Julian had a MacBook Pro that refused to start up. Here are the steps they took in their attempts to get the Mac working again.

How to make DVDs as holiday gifts

A DVD (and increasingly, a high-definition Blu-ray disc) is still a near-universal way to share your photos and videos as a holiday gift. Here's how.

Q&A: Mountain Lion’s notifications

Love them or hate them, notifications are now a core feature of OS X. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about using these alerts and reminders.