Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, lets you boot your Mac into a special recovery mode called OS X Recovery. This mode includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and reinstalling the operating system. Here's our comprehensive look at this troubleshooting tool and the special Internet Recovery feature available on recent Macs.
TuneSpan lets you move parts of your iTunes library to other hard drives, but still use the content for playback and syncing as usual. Kirk McElhearn walks you through how to use it.
Two Macs, one keyboard and one mouse (or one trackpad). Care to control those Macs with just one set of input devices? Chris Breen shows you how.
The hard drive in Lex Friedman's MacBook Pro failed after a water-related disaster at 30,000 feet. Good backups and some good luck prevented a true data disaster.
Ted Landau address a trio of issues including inconsistent calendar alarms, delayed typing, and update difficulties in this week's Bugs & Fixes.
Adding Spotlight comments to your files and folders can make it easier to locate those items later. Sound like more trouble than it's worth? Automator makes it a cinch with this one-line workflow.
You say attempts to empty your Mac's trash fail with an arcane error? Chris Breen has a solution.
You're on the road and you need some images in your Mac's iPhoto library on your iPhone, tout suite. Chris Breen explains how to do it.
You have two Macs and you'd like to restart one from the other. Chris Breen offers two solutions for doing just that.
Need a way to access files on an FTP server from your iOS device? Chris Breen offers three solutions.
Seeking a way to easily open and save PowerPoint presentations in Keynote? This month's Automator workflow shows you how.
Sometimes, .zip files (and other archives) don't unzip when you double-click them. When that happens, there are a couple of other things you can try.
Interested in making a screencast based on actions taking place on an iOS device? It used to be a pain in the neck. Thanks to AirPlay that pain has eased significantly.