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Like versions of OS X's firewall before it, Lion limits what you can do with the firewall from within the Security & Privacy system preference. Thankfully there's a terrific tool for digging deeper.
If you troubleshoot a number of Macs and seek a way to easily generate detailed reports about each one of those computer's hardware and software, Automator provides a slick solution.
If you upgraded to the latest version of VLC Player, you may no longer be able to rip encrypted DVDs with HandBrake. Luckily, there's an easy fix.
Chris Breen gets a lot of questions but those questions don't always merit a long answer. In this edition of Mac 911 he makes a dent in the mailbag by answer questions about missing iOS apps, how to restore Safari warnings, using a "PC" hard drive with a Mac, and redownloading the Lion installer.
No, Automator doesn't include an Empty the Trash action, but Chris Breen reveals how you can build your own.
Here are two ways to quickly create new notes from selected text or images in the Mac's venerable Stickies app.
At one time keeping your home folder on a drive other than the one used to start up your Mac was something of a black art. It needn't be. Chris Breen explains.
Lion introduced local Time Machine snapshots for when your laptop isn't connected to your backup drive. But you can enable those local snapshots on a desktop Mac, too.
Are there tools for encrypting folders on your Mac? Sure. But before going there, take a second look at Disk Utility.
Setting up a bridged network can be pretty straightforward. Figuring out which base station you're connected to a bit more complicated--until you learn the trick.
Siri is certainly fun to show off, but it can also help you get more done with your iPhone 4S. If you can learn a few of Siri's nuances, you can turn the artificially intelligent assistant into an impressive productivity tool.
Your Mac is in the attic, you and your iPod are on the couch. Here's how to transfer a variety of files to your iPad without shifting your keister.
You can create shared Reminders lists with iOS 5 and iCloud. Then, you and others can add to and review the shared list--using Siri on the iPhone 4S, if you wish.
Because Apple hosts a fully-functional version of its iPod nano Mickey Mouse clock face on its website, you can put a working copy of it in Dashboard.