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Bento Review Screenshots - Using Pop-up Menus
Once you create a Choices field, Bento will display it as a pop-up menu within a database record. Page 7.

Partition Your Hard Drive With Boot Camp Assistant
We will use Boot Camp Assistant to partition a hard drive. Locate and launch Boot Camp Assistant, and then select the option to create or remove a Windows partition.

Use Boot Camp Assistant to Partition Your Mac's Drive
Boot Camp Assistant, part of Apple’s Boot Camp lets you create or remove a Windows partition and install the drivers to let your Mac run Windows.

Using Boot Camp Assistant: Back Up Your Data
Before you start working with Boot Camp Assistant, back up your data. Even if you back up your data on a regular basis, you should make a fresh backup before you start fiddling with Boot Camp.

Using Boot Camp Assistant to Partition Your Hard Drive
After you select the option to create or remove a Windows partition, Boot Camp Assistant will display a list of the hard drives that are installed on your computer. Select the drive you want to use for Windows.

Select a Custom or Pre-Defined Size for Your Windows Partition
Using Boot Camp Assistant's graphical depiction of the selected hard drive, you can set the size of the Mac and Windows partitions. You can select a pre-defined size or create a custom size.

Your New Partitions Are Ready
When Boot Camp Assistant finishes partitioning your hard drive, it will give you the option to either quit the program or begin the Windows installation.

Using Boot Camp Assistant to Install Windows on Your Mac
Boot Camp Assistant 4.x allows you to partition your Mac's drive and install Windows 7. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process, and point out a few pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Boot Camp Assistant 4.x - Start by Backing Up
Before you use Boot Camp Assistant, be sure to back up the data on your Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will repartition your Mac's disc and although it is uncommon for anything to go wrong, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Boot Camp Assistant 4.x - Three Tasks
Boot Camp Assistant performs three basic tasks to either get you ready to install Windows or help you uninstall Windows.

Boot Camp Assistant 4.x - Download Windows Support Software
The Windows support software from the Apple web site contains all the drivers and software you need to ensure that Windows can work with all of your Mac's native hardware. Page 4.

Boot Camp Assistant 4.x - Partitioning Your Drive
You can use Boot Camp Assistant to partition your Mac's drive to prepare for installing Windows. The partitioning is non-destructive, leaving you with both a working OS X partition and an empty partition that's ready to install Windows on.

Boot Camp Assistant 4.x - Installing Windows 7
After it partitions your Mac's drive, Boot Camp Assistant will reboot your Mac and boot from the Windows Install media. Although the Windows installation is fairly straightforward, there are a few steps you need to be careful with, to ensure that you don’t accidentally erase any of your Mac's data.

Setting Up a Fusion Drive on Your Current Mac
Creating your own performance-driven Fusion drive on your Mac is easier than you may think; it even works on older Macs. This guide will take you through the entire process using Terminal, an app that's included with OS X.

Fusion Drive and Core Storage
Creating a Fusion drive with Terminal involves using the diskutil command along with core storage structures.

Setting Up a Fusion Drive on Your Current Mac
When creating a Fusion drive, diskutil requires the use of device names, not volume names. You can find device names using the list function. Page 3.

Create a Fusion Drive on Your Mac - Create the Logical Volume Group
The next step in creating a Fusion drive is to create the logical volume group using Terminal.

Create a Fusion Drive on Your Mac - Create the Logical Volume
You are now ready to create the logical volume that allows your Mac to use a Fusion drive.

Meteorologist - Top Ten Applications Installed on Macs
I use Meteorologist to keep up with weather warnings, such as thunderstorms, high winds, or tornadoes, that could impact the servers we use here at home and in our home office.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Mac
Whenever a new Mac shows up here, or for that matter, whenever I reconfigure a Mac or install a new OS, one of the first things I do is install this base group of 10 applications.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - Xcode
Xcode is Apple's development environment for creating applications for the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It comes free with your Mac, and can be found on

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - Google Earth
Google Earth is a free application from Google that is a map lover's dream. You can visit any place on the earth without ever leaving your desk.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - 1Password
1Password is a handy password manager that frees me from having to maintain a list of login data for all of the various sites and services I use daily on my Mac.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - Firefox
I have to say that generally I prefer Apple Safari for day-to-day web browsing. But Firefox also has a place on my Mac.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - SuperDuper
SuperDuper is my personal choice for a clone-making backup application. I like it for its user interface, and ability to schedule the creation of startup clones.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - TextWrangler
TextWrangler is a handy text editor. It has some basic features that I tend to need a few times when I'm first configuring a new Mac, including the ability to open hidden files without first using Terminal to make the files visible.

Top 10 Applications to Install on a Mac - Cocktail
Cocktail is a system utility that provides quick and convenient access to many OS X settings that are normally hidden from users.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - VLC
VLC is a media player, much like Apple's QuickTime or DVD Player. VLC understands many audio and video formats; you can also use it as a media converter. One reason I install VLC is because it can play back all of the popular Windows media formats, both video and audio.

Top 10 Applications I Install on My Macs - Toast
Toast is my go to app for burning data, music, or video's to CD and DVD media. It provides an easy to use interface that takes the guess work out of media burning.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014
The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014
The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013 lists my weekly selections for the best Mac application recently released or updated. Winning apps can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014
The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014
The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013 lists my weekly selections for the best Mac application recently released or updated. Winning apps can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013 lists my weekly selections for the best Mac application recently released or updated. Winning apps can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014
The Tom's Mac Software Picks 2014 list includes my weekly selection for the best recently released or updated Mac app. Winning applications can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013 lists my weekly selections for the best Mac application recently released or updated. Winning apps can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013
Tom's Mac Software Picks 2013 lists my weekly selections for the best Mac application recently released or updated. Winning apps can come from any software category as long as the app runs natively on the Mac, is well designed, and offers exceptional value.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2015
Every week I find the best Mac apps and add them to my ever-growing list of recommended apps for the Mac. Only apps that offer exceptional value and quality make the list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2015
Every week I find the best Mac apps and add them to my ever-growing list of recommended apps for the Mac. Only apps that offer exceptional value and quality make the list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2015
Every week I find the best Mac apps and add them to my ever-growing list of recommended apps for the Mac. Only apps that offer exceptional value and quality make the list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2015
Every week I find the best Mac apps and add them to my ever-growing list of recommended apps for the Mac. Only apps that offer exceptional value and quality make the list.

Tom's Mac Software Picks 2015
Every week I find the best Mac apps and add them to my ever-growing list of recommended apps for the Mac. Only apps that offer exceptional value and quality make the list.

Copy Music From Your iPod to Your Mac, Using iTunes
Copy purchased music from your iPod to your Mac, using iTunes 7.3 or later. This step-by-step Guide will help you recover the music files from your iPod.

Transfer Purchases From Your iPod to Your Mac
You can copy files from iPod to Mac using the iTunes Transfer Purchases feature. These step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process.

Peacekeeper Test Results - 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark
The Peacekeeper benchmark is the first of the independent benchmarks we used to determine which browser comes out on top in raw performance.

Octane Test Results - 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark
Octane, developed by Google, is another JavaScript benchmark. We ran all of our browsers through the benchmarks multiple times and then averaged the results.

2014 Mac Browser Benchmark - Final Results
With all the benchmarks complete, we set about crunching numbers to determine a winner, as well as to reveal a bit of a surprise in the testing results.

Impact HTML5-Benchmark Test Results - 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark
We used Impact HTML5-Benchmark to measure gaming performance of the browsers under test.

CanvasMark Test Results - 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark
For our 2014 browser benchmark, we used CanvasMark to measure HTML5 capabilities.

Kraken - 2014 Browser Benchmark Results
The Kraken benchmark suite from Mozilla tests the JavaScript performance of the underlying browser engine. We tested all four of our browsers multiple times and then averaged the results.

SunSpider Test Results - 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark
SunSpider from WebKit.org is yet another JavaScript benchmark that we used to measure the performance of our four browsers.

How We Performed the 2014 Mac Browser Benchmark Tests
We performed all of our browser benchmark tests on the same Mac Pro, following a specific methodology to ensure fair and repeatable results.

Selecting the 2014 Mac Browser Benchmarks to Use
We will use six browser benchmarks to measure browser performance. We chose these six tests to ensure that no single browser would have an advantage in testing.

Mac Browser Benchmarks 2014 - Who's Number One?
The 2014 Mac browser benchmark test pits four top browsers (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) against the clock to determine who will come out on top.

SoftRAID Lite 5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
SoftRAID Lite 5 is a good choice to replace the RAID tools lost in Disk Utility and OS X El Capitan.

1Password 6: Tom's Mac Software Pick
1Password 6 is a password manager for the Mac that allows secure password and login storage along with easy access.

Acorn 5: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Acorn 5 is the Mac image editor that everyone should try. It provides robust tools and high-end capabilities without costing a fortune.

VidConvert: Tom's Mac Software Pick
With a large number of presets, and advanced options that are easy to access, VidConvert can handle just about all your video and audio conversion needs.

Move Your iTunes Library to a New Location
Move your iTunes Music folder, to another location without losing playlists or other iTunes information with the help of this guide.

Creating a New iTunes Library Location
iTunes can move your music library to a new location for you, ensuring that all the needed data arrives intact. This guide will show you how.

iMovie - Video Editing Tips and Tricks
iMovie is one of the most user-friendly video editors for the Mac. But easy doesn't mean limited. iMovie can produce stunning results. It's also capable of performing advanced video editing functions. All it takes to learn the basics of iMovie is a few videos to work with, and a little bit of time.

Install OS X Mavericks From the Bootable USB Flash Drive
We'll use the bootable version of the Mavericks installer you created to erase your Mac's startup drive and then install the new OS.

Configure OS X Mavericks Initial Settings
When you perform a clean install of Mavericks, you'll need to run through some initial setup steps, including creating an administrator account, and deciding whether you're going to transfer your old user data from a backup to your new Mavericks installation.

Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mavericks on a Startup Drive
A clean install of OS X Mavericks requires a few more steps than the simpler upgrade install. Our guide to performing a clean install of Mavericks will help you successfully complete the process.

Top 10 Troubleshooting Tips for Mac Startup Problems
10 troubleshooting tips for your Mac including blue or gray screen, safe boot, resetting the PRAM/NVRAM, question mark at boot, and other startup issues.

Clean Install of OS X Mountain Lion on a Startup Drive
A clean install of Mountain Lion on a startup drive requires starting your Mac from the bootable version of the Mountain Lion installer that you create, and then erasing the contents of your startup drive.

OS X Mountain Lion: Finishing the Clean Install Process
Performing a clean install of OS X Mountain Lion on a startup drive is a little trickier and more time-consuming than performing the same installation on a non-startup drive, but these instructions will take you through the process.

How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Mountain Lion supports performing a clean install of the OS, but the process may not be self-evident. In this guide, we'll take you through performing a clean install of Mountain Lion on a startup drive.

Getting Ready for a Clean Install of OS X Lion Server
Before you start the installation and configuration process, be sure to review and properly set up your Mac's DNS, DHCP, and IP address assignments.

The Installation and Configuration Process for OS X Lion Server
Installation and configuration are automatically performed once you start the Server app. When they're complete, you can continue to use the basic Server app to administer your server, or you can use the advanced Server Admin Tools 10.7.

Bootable OS X Yosemite Installer with Disk Utility
You can use Disk Utility to manually create a bootable OS X Yosemite installer on just about any bootable media, including flash drives, and SSDs.

How to Mount the OS X Yosemite Installer Image So You Can Make Copies of It
The OS X Yosemite download contains a hidden disk image within the installer that you can use in creating a bootable version of the Yosemite installer.

Installing Mac OS X Lion Server
Installing OS X Lion Server is a pretty straightforward task, but there are some pre-installation housekeeping chores that you must perform. If you don't prepare correctly, your Lion Server installation may have problems down the road.

Purchase & Download OS X Lion Server From Mac App Store
OS X Lion Server is available for $49.99 from the Mac App Store. But before you make your purchase, you need to review OS X Lion Server's technical specifications.

Use Disk Utility's Restore Feature to Clone the OS X Install ESD Image
Use Disk Utility's Restore Feature to Clone the OS X Install ESD Image

The Final Step: Modify the OS X Base System on the Flash Drive
The final step in creating a bootable version of the OS X Yosemite installer is to modify the clone you created in earlier steps to include all of the needed install packages.

Set Up iCloud Keychain - Don't Create a Security Code
One option for iCloud Keychain is to not use a security code when configuring additional Macs and iOS devices. If you don't use a security code, you don't have to worry about remembering what it is.

Set Up iCloud Keychain - Get a Random Security Code
We recommend using the advanced security code options with iCloud Keychain. If you're struggling with coming up with a security code, you can have your Mac generate a random security code instead.

Set Up iCloud Keychain and Improve on its Security Code
Setting up iCloud Keychain on a Mac requires a few steps, but it's important to make the right choices when it comes to the type of security code.

Set Up iCloud Keychain - Protect Your Mac From Casual Access
This guide will help you protect your Mac from casual access when you're using iCloud Keychain.

Set Up iCloud Keychain - Advanced Security Code Options
The default security code in iCloud Keychain uses only four digits, but you can create a code that's up to 32 characters in length.

Set Up iCloud Keychain - Use a Complex Security Code
The complex security code option for iCloud Keychain lets you create a more robust access code.

The Best Apple Mail Tips and Tricks
Apple Mail is the default mail client for OS X. Some of its special features are hidden. These tips will help you get the most out of Mail

The Best Apple Mail Tips and Tricks
Apple Mail is the default mail client for OS X. Some of its special features are hidden. These tips will help you get the most out of Mail

Mac Stocking Stuffers: 10 Cool Apps and Hardware for the Mac
Here are 10 of our favorite holiday stocking-stuffer gifts for family and friends: a collection of useful apps and Mac peripherals, all at low prices.

How to Save Files to iCloud or iCloud Drive
You can save files to iCloud using applications or the Mac's Finder, and with these tips, ​you can use iCloud Drive even in older versions of OS X.

Guide to External Drives for Your Mac
You can easily upgrade a Mac storage system with an external drive. This guide explains the various enclosure and port types, and provides a list of possible sources for the drives.

OS X Mountain Lion Clean Install on Non-Startup Drive
You can install OS X Mountain Lion as an upgrade or as a clean install, which involves erasing everything on the target drive. This guide will take you through the process of performing a clean install on a drive other than a startup drive.

OS X Mountain Lion Install on a Non-Startup Drive - Completing The Setup
Performing a clean install of Mountain Lion on a drive other than a startup drive is a pretty simple process. These instructions will take you through the installation process, from beginning to end.

Save a Little Time by Using the Parallels Windows Express Installation Option
Parallels Desktop for Mac lets you install and run many different operating systems, but because most Mac users will choose to install Windows, Parallels includes a Windows Express installation option.

Using the Parallels OS Installation Assistant
Parallels Desktop for Mac includes an OS Installation Assistant for the Windows Express installation option that does most of the work for you.

Using Parallels Desktop for Mac to Configure the Virtual Machine for Windows
As part of the process of creating a virtual machine and installing an operating system, you'll need to tell Parallels which OS you plan to install. You'll also need to supply a few other pieces of critical information.

Name That Virtual Machine
When you create a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop for Mac, you'll need to give it a descriptive name that will distinguish it from other drives and partitions on your system or network.

Now That You Have a Virtual Machine, You Can Install Windows
After you use Parallels Desktop for Mac to create a virtual machine on your Mac, it's time to install Windows (or the operating system of your choice).

Entering Your Windows Product Key and Other Configuration Information in Parallels Desktop for Mac
In order to automate the installation process, Parallels will need to collect some information from you, including the Windows product key and your name.

Performance: Who Gets Top Billing?
When you create a virtual machine, its operating system and applications will compete against OS X and its applications for processor time and attention. You will need to decide whether Windows or OS X should get dibs on performance.

How to Re-Download Apps From the Mac App Store
You can re-download any app acquired from the Mac App store, which is helpful if you deleted an app or had installation issues. Get the details here.

Resetting SMC (System Management Controller) on a Mac
Resetting your Mac's SMC can fix quite a few common problems, as well as some uncommon ones. See the entire list, and how to perform the reset.

Unable to Start Up My Mac - How Can I Repair My Hard Drive?
The Mac has three good options for emergency startup and repair: booting from a different device, Safe Boot, and Single User Mode. We show you how to use all three methods to fix your Macs startup issues.

How to Use Your Mac's Safe Boot Option
Safe Boot can fix Mac problems caused by corrupt apps, data, fonts, preference files, even fix basic disk issues on your Mac's startup drive.

How to Connect to Another Desktop Via Mac Screen Sharing
Screen sharing capability is built in to the Mac. With it, you can access a remote Mac's desktop, and view and manipulate files, folders, and applications, just as if you were sitting in front of the remote Mac.

How to Keep Your Mac Keyboard and Mouse Clean
Learn how to keep your Mac keyboard and mouse in good working order with these cleaning tips.

Ejecting CDs or DVDs from a Mac
Unlike many PCs, Macs don't have a manual eject button on their CD/DVD drives. You can eject a CD or DVD from a Mac using one of these methods.

Halloween Wallpaper for Your Mac
Add ghoulish delights and frightful fun to your Mac desktop with Halloween wallpaper. Ten of the best sites for getting your Mac into the Halloween mood.

How to Use a Multi-Button Mouse With Your Mac
Turning on multi-button mouse support in OS X is a simple task, one that will allow you to easily perform right-clicks and access shortcuts via a pop-up menu.

Mac OS X Shortcuts: Aliases, Symbolic Links, Hard Links
Learn the differences between aliases, symbolic links, and hard links in Mac OS X and how to know which type of shortcut link is best for finding files.

Perform a Clean Install of Snow Leopard OS X 10.6
The Snow Leopard installer has no option for performing any type of installation other than an upgrade, but with a few extra steps, you can get it to perform an 'Erase and Install' for you.

Do Macs Need Anti-Virus Protection?
The Mac has a longstanding reputation as a secure operating system, with no known successful virus attacks in the wild. With a rich history of being virus free, do Macs need anti-virus protection?

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Booting From the Leopard Install DVD
Installing OS X Leopard requires you to boot from the Leopard Install DVD. There are multiple ways to start this boot process, including a method for when your Mac isn’t working correctly.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Verify and Repair Your Hard Drive
Before you actually start the installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard, it’s a good idea to use Disk Utility to verify and repair the hard drive volume you plan to use for the installation.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Choosing Leopard Installation Options
OS X 10.5 Leopard has multiple installation options, including Upgrade Mac OS X, Archive and Install, and Erase and Install. This tutorial will guide you through the Archive and Install option.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Customize Leopard Software Packages
During the installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard, you can choose to customize the software packages that will be installed. Specifically, you can add or remove printer drivers, languages, and x11 and other software packages.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Setup Assistant
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard will continue with the launch of the Setup Assistant and the option to register your copy of OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Archive and Install Method for OS X 10.5 Leopard
Installing OS X 10.5 Leopard using the Archive and Install method lets you create a clean, fresh install without giving up the ability to access your older system folder, should you ever need any of your old data.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - .Mac Account Information
At the end of the OS X 10.5 Leopard installation process, you can choose to set up a .Mac (soon to be known as MobileMe) account to use with your Mac. It’s tempting to pause here and create a .Mac account, but I suggest moving on and creating the account later, after you’ve verified that your installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard was successful.

Archive and Install OS X 10.5 Leopard - Welcome to the Leopard Desktop
The installation of OS X 10.5 Leopard is complete. Your brand new desktop awaits you. Take a good look, because there are plenty of new OS X 10.5 leopard features to see.

Planning Your OS X Lion Installation
Planning an installation of OS X Lion involves picking an installation type to use, as well as preparing your Mac for the installation by performing backups and creating bootable Lion installers.

Add Standard User Accounts to a Mac
Adding standard user accounts allows you to share your Mac with multiple individuals. It's easy to add user accounts; all you need is an existing administrative account, and these instructions.

Introduction to Administrating Your OS X Lion Server
OS X Lion Server comes with its own Server app that you can use to perform basic Lion Server administration tasks. With this guide, you can learn the basics of using the Server app.

Using Server App - Introduction to the Server App Interface
The OS X Lion Server app user interface is somewhat new. Broken into three main panes, it provides an easy-to-use interface for setting up your Lion Server.

Using Lion Server App - Server Accounts
This overview of the Accounts section of the Server app will give you a quick introduction to setting up and managing users and groups on your Lion Server.

Using Lion Server App - Status
The Status area of the Server app provides useful information about the performance of your server, as well as any issues the server has encountered. This guide provides an overview of working with the Server app.

Using Lion Server App - Services
Services are the heart of configuring a Lion Server. This guide provides an overview of using the Server app to manage your Lion Server and the various available services.

Using Lion Server App - Hardware
The Server app's hardware section is where you can make changes to the underlying Mac that is hosting your server. Configuration options are many. This guide provides an overview of how the Server app can set up or change your hardware configuration.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: Introduction
Benchmark: Parallels 5, Fusion 3, and VirtualBox 3: How do they compare? We used GeekBench and CineBench to test the three most popular virtual environments running under Mac OS X.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: The Testing Method Used With Parallels, Fusion, and VirtualBox
We’re going to use two different, popular, cross-platform benchmark test suites. The first, CineBench 10, performs a real-world test of a computer’s CPU, and its graphics card’s ability to render images. The second test suite is GeekBench 2.1.4, which we will use to test the processor’s integer, memory, and floating-point performance.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: Benchmark Results for Host System Mac Pro
A Mac Pro (2006 edition) will host the three virtual environments: Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMWare Fusion, and Sun VirtualBox. The results of the GeekBench and CineBench tests on the host Mac Pro should provide the practical upper limit of performance we should see from any of the virtual environments.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: Benchmark Results for Parallels Desktop for Mac 5.0
Parallels Desktop for Mac 5.0 successfully completed all benchmark tests. GeekBench saw only minor differences in performance between Windows XP and Windows 7, which is what we expected. GeekBench concentrates on testing processor and memory performance, so we expect GeekBench to be a good indicator of the underlying performance of the virtual environment and how well it makes the host Mac Pro’s hardware available to the guest OSes.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: Benchmark Results for VMWare Fusion 3.0
We ran into problems with Fusion and the benchmark tests. In the case of Windows XP with a single processor, GeekBench reported memory stream performance at a rate better than 25 times the rate of the host Mac Pro. This unusual memory result bumped the GeekBench score for the single CPU version of Windows XP to 8148.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: Benchmark Results for Sun VirtualBox
Sun VirtualBox and our benchtest applications ran into a problem with Windows XP. Specifically, both GeekBench and CineBench were unable to see more than a single CPU, regardless of how we configured the guest OS.

Virtualization Benchmark Test: The Results
None of the virtualization candidates in our GeekBench tests were able to measure up to the performance of the host Mac Pro. The best result was recorded by Fusion, which was able to achieve nearly 68.5% of the host’s performance. Parallels was close behind at 66.7%. Bringing up the rear was VirtualBox, at 57.4%.

Using Your Mac's System Preferences - How to Use Preference Panes
Your Mac's System Preferences is made up of preference panes that give you control over many aspects of how your Mac works and allow you to customize the user interface.

Change the File Format Your Mac Uses for Screenshots
Change the image format for screenshots on your Mac using Terminal and the commands in this guide. Bonus tip change where screenshots are stored.

Mac Printer Sharing With Windows XP Overview
In this step-by-step tutorial, we will show you how to share a printer attached to a Mac running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) with a computer running Windows XP.

Mac Printer Sharing - Configure the Workgroup Name
Mac printer sharing requires the workgroup name to be the same on both the Macs and the PCs on your network. Follow these instructions to change the workgroup name on your Macs to match your PCs.

Enable Printer Sharing on Your Mac
Enabling printer sharing on your Mac will allow other computers on your local network to see the shared printer as a resource they can use.

Add the Shared Mac Printer to Windows XP
Once you enable Mac printer sharing you will need to add the shared printer to your Windows XP PC.

Using Your Shared Mac Printer With Windows XP
Once your Windows XP PC has access to your shared Mac printer, Windows apps and users will have no problem using the printer, just as if it was attached directly to the Windows machine.

Control How Your Mac Applications Make Use of App Nap to Save Energy
App Nap is a power-saving feature of OS X that can put individual apps to sleep to save energy. You can disable or enable App Nap with these commands to control how background processes are treated.

Using Finder Tags in OS X
Finder tags replace the former Finder labels, and bring a much more versatile method of managing files and folders to the Mac. These tag tips will have you using the new feature in no time.

Using the Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences Pane
The Mac OS includes screen saver modules. You can use the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane to control how your Mac's screen savers operate.

Perform an Upgrade Install of Lion on Your Mac
In this step-by-step guide, we're going to look at installing Lion as an upgrade to Snow Leopard, which should be the current working installation of OS X on your Mac.

Install Lion - The Upgrade Process
This is an upgrade install of Lion, which means you'll replace your current installation of Snow Leopard with OS X Lion. The upgrade should not affect your user data, account information, network settings, or other personal settings.

Install Lion - Completing the Lion Upgrade Installation
The first startup can take a bit of time, as Lion fills its internal cache files with new data, so it may take a while before your desktop displays. This delay is a one-time event; subsequent restarts will take the normal amount of time.

Create a New Virtual Machine With Fusion
VMware’s Fusion lets you run an almost unlimited number of operating systems concurrently with OS X. Before you can install and run a guest (non-native) OS, you must first create a virtual machine.

Create a New Virtual Machine With Fusion
After you launch VMware's Fusion, go to the Virtual Machine Library. This is where you create a new virtual machine, as well as adjust settings for existing virtual machines.

Select an Operating System for Your New Virtual Machine
VMware's Fusion supports a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, NetWare, Sun Solaris, and others. This guide assumes that you're planning to install Windows Vista, but the instructions will work for any OS.

Select a Name and Location for Your New Virtual Machine
When you create a virtual machine with VMware's Fusion, you can store it at the default location in your Home directory (~/vmware), or at the location of your choice, such as on a different hard drive. At this point in the VM creation process, you'll also give your new virtual machine a name.

Select Your Preferred Virtual Hard Disk Options
VMware's Fusion offers several hard disk options to choose from when you create a virtual machine, including the size of the virtual machine and the way it allocates disk space.

Take the Easy Way Out by Using the Windows Easy Install Option
VMware's Fusion has a Windows Easy Install option that uses the information you supply when you create a virtual machine, along with a few pieces of additional data, to automate a Windows XP or Vista installation.

Save the Virtual Machine and Install Windows Vista
You've finished configuring your new virtual machine with VMware's Fusion. You can now install an operating system, in this case, Windows Vista.

File Sharing With Snow Leopard - Specifying Folders to Share
File Sharing With Snow Leopard: By default, your Mac will share the public folder of all user accounts. You can specify additional folders for sharing as needed.

File Sharing With Snow Leopard - Guest Sharing or User Account Sharing
File Sharing With Snow Leopard: Guest Sharing is controlled by the access rights you granted to the shared folder(s) in the previous step. You can also activate User Account Sharing, which lets you log in to your Mac from a Windows computer using your Mac username and password.

Snow Leopard/ Windows 7 File Sharing- Guest Account
To log in to SMB file sharing as a guest, you must enable the special Guest account on your Mac. Learn how in this computing tutorial. Page 6.

Snow Leopard/ Windows 7: SMB and Types of File Sharing
OS X 10.6 supports Guest Sharing and User Account Sharing using the Server Message Block protocol. Learn about each in this computing tutorial. Page 2.

Sharing Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) Files With Windows 7
In this computing tutorial, you will be taken through the entire process of configuring your Mac to share files with a PC.

File Sharing With Snow Leopard - Setting Up the Workgroup Name
The Mac and PC need to be in the same 'workgroup' for file sharing to work. Windows 7 uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. If you haven't made any changes to the workgroup name on the Windows computer connected to your network, then you’re ready to go. The Mac also creates a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP for connecting to Windows machines.

Select Audio In and Out From Your Mac's Menu Bar
Your Mac has multiple audio ins and outs. Selecting which ones to use can be done easily from the menubar with this trick. It certainly beats a trip to the Sound preference pane.

OpenOffice: Review of OpenOffice.org Office Suite for Macs
OpenOffice.org is a free office suite that provides all of the core tools a business or home office user needs to be productive in a day-to-day work environment. In this review we will examine each of the core OpenOffice.org applications. Page 2.

Review of OpenOffice.org Office Suite for Macs
Review - OpenOffice.org is a free office suite that provides all of the core tools a business or home office user needs to be productive in a day-to-day work environment. In this review we will examine each of the core OpenOffice.org applications.

Verify Your Mac's Time Machine Backups
You can verify Time Machine backups using Terminal's tmutil command. There's an even easier way to verify Time Capsule backups, without using Terminal.

Set Up a Gmail Account Using the Mac's Mail Application
The Mac's Mail app can use just about any email account type, including Google's Gmail. Setting up a Gmail account on your Mac is easy with this guide.

Spotlight: Using the Finder Search Window
Spotlight searches can be better performed from the Finder's Search window, resulting in easier to manipulate search criteria to zero in on the results.

Set Up Your Mac's File Sharing Options
Your Mac's file sharing preferences allow you to select which folders and users will be shared with other Macs, Windows, and Linux users, using SMB.

Do-It-Yourself Projects for Your Macintosh Computer
Step-by-step guides for a wide variety of DIY projects, including upgrading memory, installing hard drives, and building your own application workflow tools.

External Hard Drive - Choosing a Case
External hard drive cases come in many forms, with many capabilities. Deciding which external enclosure to use may be the hardest part of the project

External Hard Drive - Choosing a Hard Drive
External hard drive enclosures are designed to fit standard hard drives, which means you have the choice of buying a new hard drive or reusing an existing hard drive.

External Hard Drive - Opening the Case
Opening the case of an external hard drive is usually a simple process, but the exact method to use varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

External Hard Drive - Reassemble the Case
Reassembling the external hard drive case is usually just a matter of reversing the disassembly process you performed earlier. The only thing to watch out for is to avoid pinching any cables or wiring in the external hard drive enclosure, which can prevent the case from closing completely.

External Hard Drive - Connect Your External Enclosure to Your Mac
Connecting the external enclosure to your Mac is the last step in testing your home-built external hard drive. You can connect it via FireWire or USB; your Mac will automatically recognize the presence of the new external hard drive.

Build Your Own External Hard Drive
Building an external hard drive is an easy project that anyone can undertake. All you need is an external enclosure, a hard drive, and about 10 minutes of your time.

External Hard Drive - Attach the Hard Drive
Attaching a hard drive to an external enclosure is a simple matter of inserting and tightening four screws, and plugging in two cables.

Set Up iCloud Keychain Using a Security Code
You can grant iCloud Keychain access to additional Macs and iOS devices using the security code and SMS-enabled phone that you originally associated with your iCloud Keychain.

Set Up iCloud Keychain Without Using a Security Code
You can grant a Mac access to your iCloud Keychain without using a security code. With this method, the original Mac receives a request for permission to use the iCloud Keychain.

Setting Up Additional Macs to Use Your iCloud Keychain
You can grant other Macs access to your iCloud Keychain by using one of two available verification methods.

Managing the Resume Feature in OS X
Besides turning OS X's Resume feature on or off, you can also control which applications Resume will work with.

Apple OS X Lion Installation Guides
OS X Lion uses a new distribution method for OS X, the Mac App Store, where you purchase and download the OS X Lion installer. But with a little work, you can custom install Lion in many different ways.

Carbon Copy Cloner 4: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Carbon Copy Cloner 4 takes all the great capabilities of CCC that we know and love and adds a new interface, and quite a few new features, to create one of the must-have backup apps for the Mac.

What You Should Know Before You Buy a 2011 iMac
The 2011 iMacs are outfitted with either Quad-Core Intel i5 processors or Quad-Core Intel i7 processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. They also received updated graphics, and the Thunderbolt port.

MacBook Upgrade Guide 2006 - 2015
If you're thinking about upgrading your 2006 - 2010 MacBook and wondering how difficult it might be, stop worrying. The MacBook is one of the easiest Macs to upgrade with more memory or a larger hard drive.

Optimize Parallels Desktop - How We Test
Optimize Parallels Desktop - How we Test: We will use Geekbench 2.1.10 and CINEBENCH R11.5 to measure the performance of Windows 7 as we alter the guest OS configuration options.

Parallels Memory and CPU Allocation - What We Discovered
Parallels Memory and CPU Allocation - What We Discovered: After testing Parallels with memory allocations of 512 RAM, 1 GB RAM, and 2 GB RAM, along with testing with multiple CPU/Core configurations, we came to some definite conclusions.

Optimize Parallels Desktop - Parallels Guest OS Optimization
Before you start fine-tuning your Windows or other guest OS, you should first give the Parallels guest OS configuration options a tune-up. Learn how with this guide.

Optimize Parallels Desktop - 512 MB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs/Cores
Optimize Parallels Desktop - 512 MB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs/Cores: We’ll start this benchmark by assigning 512 MB of RAM to the Windows 7 guest OS. This is the minimum amount of RAM recommended by Parallels to run Windows 7 (64-bit).

Optimize Parallels Desktop - 1 GB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs/Cores
Optimize Parallels Desktop - 1 GB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs/Cores: We’ll start this benchmark by assigning 1 GB of RAM to the Windows 7 guest OS. This is the recommended memory allocation for Windows 7 (64-bit), at least according to Parallels.

Optimize Parallels Desktop - 2 GB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs
Optimize Parallels Desktop - 2 GB RAM vs. Multiple CPUs/Cores: We’ll start this benchmark by assigning 2 GB of RAM to the Windows 7 guest OS. This is likely to be the upper end of RAM allocation for most individuals who run Windows 7 (64-bit) under Parallels. We anticipate a bit better performance than the 512 MB and 1 GB tests we ran earlier.

Parallels Video Performance - Video RAM Size
Parallels Video Performance - Video RAM Size: In this video performance test of Parallels, we’re going to use two baseline configurations. The first will be 512 MB of RAM and a single CPU allocated to the Windows 7 guest OS. The second configuration will be 1 GB of RAM and 4 CPUs allocated to the Windows 7 guest OS.

Optimize Parallels Desktop – Guest OS Optimization
Optimize Parallels Desktop - Best Configuration for Mac Performance: Tuning Parallels’ guest OS configuration options for best Mac performance assumes that you have guest OS applications that you wish to leave running at all times, and that you want them to have minimal impact on your use of your Mac. An example would be running Outlook in the guest OS, so you can frequently check your corporate email. You want your Mac applications to continue to run, without any big performance hit from running the virtual machine.

Configuring Parallels Desktop for Guest OS Performance
Optimize Parallels Desktop - Best Configuration for Guest OS Performance: With the benchmarks out of the way, we can turn to tuning Parallels 6 Desktop for Mac for the best performance for the guest OS. Page 8.

Create a Jabber-Based Server for iChat
If you use iChat, you probably already know that it has built-in support for Jabber-based messaging. This guide takes you through the easy steps to getting your own Jabber server running on your Mac.

Configuring the Openfire Jabber Server
Now that the basic setup of the Openfire Jabber server is complete, it's time to configure the server so that your iChat clients can access it.

iChat Jabber-Based Server Installation and Setup
We chose Openfire for our Jabber server because of its ease of installation, web-based configuration, and adherence to standards that let us create a cross-platform server. To get started on the installation and setup, you need to grab the most current version of Openfire from the Ignite Realtime web site. Page 2.

iChat Server - Uninstalling the Openfire Jabber Server
One thing I don't like about Openfire is that it doesn't include an uninstaller, or readily available documentation about how to uninstall it. Luckily, the Unix/Linux version contains details about where the Openfire files are located, and since OS X is based on a UNIX platform, it was fairly easy to find all of the files that need to be removed to uninstall the application.

Using the Energy Saver Preferences Pane on Your Mac
Use the Energy Saver preferences pane to put your Mac to sleep, to turn off your display, and to spin down your hard drives, all to save energy. You can also use the Energy Saver preferences pane to manage your UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply).

Using Energy Saver to Set Display Sleep Time
Your computer’s display can be a significant source of energy use, as well as a battery drain for portable Macs. You can use the Energy Saver preferences pane to control when your display is put into sleep mode.

Energy Saver: Energy Saver Settings for UPS
If you have a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) connected to your Mac, you may have additional settings that control how the UPS will manage power during an outage. In order for the UPS options to be present, your Mac must be plugged directly into a UPS, and the UPS must be connected to your Mac via a USB port.

Energy Saver: Using the Energy Saver Preferences Pane to Schedule Startup and Sleep Times
You can use the Energy Saver preferences pane to schedule times for your Mac to start up or wake from sleep, as well as a time for your Mac to go to sleep.

Energy Saver: Using the Energy Saver Preferences Pane to Set Computer Sleep Time
The Energy Saver preferences pane contains settings that can be applied to the AC power adapter, battery, and UPS, if present. Each item can have its own unique settings, which lets you tailor your Mac’s energy use and performance based on how your Mac is being powered.

Using the Energy Saver to Put Your Hard Drives to Sleep
The Energy Saver preferences pane allows you to sleep or spin down your hard drives whenever possible. Hard drive sleep does not affect display sleep. That is, your drive spinning down or waking from hard drive sleep will not affect display sleep, either in waking or in registering as an activity to keep the display awake.

Energy Saver: Energy Saver Options
The Energy Saver preferences pane offers additional options for energy management on your Mac. These options include wake from sleep, automatic restart on power failure, and more.

Copy iPod Music to a Mac Using OS X Lion and iTunes 10
This guide will take you through the process of copying music, movies, and videos to your Mac using OS X Lion and iTunes 10 or later.

Disable Automatic iPod Syncing With iTunes
Prevent automatic syncing between your iPod and iTunes on your Mac.

Transfer iTunes Purchases From Your iPod
iTunes has a built-in method for transferring purchased content from an iPod to an iTunes library.

Manually Transfer Music, Movies, and Other Files From Your iPod to Your Mac
You can copy all of your iPod data to your Mac using the Finder and a bit of Terminal magic.

Where Are the iPod's Music Files?
The iPod_Control folder contains the music folder and all of your content.

Copy iPod Content to Your iTunes Library
You can use iTunes to add your iPod Restore files to your iTunes library. It will use each file's ID3 tag to sort and set up the artist, title, album, genre, and more.

Clean Up After Copying Music to the iTunes Library
With all of the files copied to your iTunes library, you can now take the time to do a little cleanup and restore your Mac's Finder to its default condition.

Using the Mac Security Preference Pane - FileVault Settings
FileVault Settings: FileVault uses a 128-bit (AES-128) encryption scheme to protect your user data from prying eyes. Encrypting your home folder makes it nearly impossible for anyone to access any user data on your Mac without your account name and password.

Using the Mac Security Preference Pane: Getting Started
The Security preference pane allows you to control the security level of the user accounts on your Mac.It's also where you configure your Mac's firewall, as well as turn data encryption on or off for your user account.

Using the Mac Security Preference Pane
General Mac Security Settings: The General section of the Security preference pane controls a number of basic but important security settings for your Mac. In this guide, we will show you what each setting does, and how to make changes to the settings. You can then decide if you need the security enhancements available from the Security preference pane, based on how you use your Mac.

Mac Security Preference Pane: Configuring Your Firewall
Configuring Your Mac's Firewall: Your Mac includes a personal firewall you can use to prevent network or Internet connections. The Mac's firewall is based on a standard UNIX firewall called ipfw. This is a good, though basic, packet-filtering firewall. To this basic firewall Apple adds a socket-filtering system, also known as an application firewall. The application firewall makes it easier to configure the firewall settings.

Add Recovered iPod Music to Your iTunes Library
With the recovered iPod music files copied to your Mac's desktop, you can now import them back into your iTunes library.

How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac - What You Need
By following these instructions, you should be able to copy your music, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac, and then add them back to your iTunes library.

Prevent Automatic iTunes Syncing With Your iPod
Before you connect your iPod to your Mac, you must first prevent the automatic syncing between your iPod and iTunes that could cause your music library to be wiped out.

How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac
Apple chose to hide the folders that contain an iPod's media files, but you can easily make these hidden folders visible by using Terminal, the command line interface included with OS X. Once they are visible, you can easily copy the needed files to your Mac.

Identify the iPod's Music Files Strange Names
The iPod's music files use strange and seemingly arbitrary names. Luckily you don't need to try and decipher them. Instead the embedded ID3 tags will take care of the naming and organization for you.

Use The Finder And Drag the iPod Music to Your Mac
With all the music files on your iPod now visible, you can use the Finder to drag the music to your Mac.

Hide the Copied iPod Music Files, Then Enjoy Your Music
Now that your iTunes library has been restored from your iPod, its time to hide the iPod music files and folders.

Using The OS X Recovery Disk Assistant
The Recovery Disk Assistant is a welcome utility for OS X Lion users, but it has limitations that can get in the way of its use. This guide provides tips for the best use of the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant.

OS X Recovery Disk Assistant - What You Need
Before you can use the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, you need to gather a few required items. Page 2.

OS X Recovery Disk Assistant - Preparing the External Drive
Preparing the external drive that will be the destination for your new OS X Lion Recovery HD is an easy process, but a surprisingly important one.

Using the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant - Step 4 of 4
Creating the Lion Recovery HD is an easy process, but be sure to follow this guide from start to finish, including its suggestions for testing the installation.

Windows on Your Mac
Running Windows on your Mac is a simple process, whether you use Apple’s Boot Camp or third-party virtual machine technology, such as Parallels and Fusion. No matter which method you choose, our guides and advice will have you booting Windows on your Mac in no time.

Sharing OS X 10.5 Files With Windows XP
File sharing between a Mac running OS X 10.5 Leopard and Windows XP is fairly easy. This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of file sharing using the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows XP - The Basics
Apple uses the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol for file sharing with Windows users, as well as Unix/Linux users. This is the same protocol that Windows uses for network file and print sharing, but Microsoft calls it Microsoft Windows Network.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows XP - Set Up File Sharing
File sharing in OS X 10.5 is controlled via the Sharing preferences pane. Using the Sharing preferences pane, you can enable file sharing as well as select the protocols to use.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows XP - Types of SMB Sharing
The Mac supports two types of SMB file sharing: Guest Sharing and User Account Sharing. Guest sharing is the preferred method, because it limits access to specific folders and doesn't risk exposing your username and password.

File Sharing OS X 10.5 to Windows XP - Set Up the Guest Account
Now that SMB file sharing is enabled, you still have one more step to complete if you want to use Guest Sharing. Apple created a special Guest user account specifically for file sharing, but the account is disabled by default.

Mapping Network Shares From OS X 10.5 to Windows XP
One annoying thing I've noticed when file sharing with Windows machines is that the shared folders sometimes disappear from Windows XP's Network Places. One way around this intermittent problem is to use Windows XP's Map to Network Drive option to assign your shared folder(s) to network drives.

Manually Install a Printer on Your Mac
Manually installing a printer is a viable option for getting older printers, or printers that failed the automatic install process, to work with a Mac.

Enable File Sharing on Your Windows 7 PC
There are many file sharing options with Windows 7. We are going to show you how to connect, using basic guest access, to special Public folders that Windows 7 uses. You can change these settings later to meet your specific needs, but this is a good place to start.

File Sharing: Win 7 and Snow Leopard
With your Windows 7 computer configured to share specific folders, you are ready to access the folders from your Mac, using the Finder's 'Connect to Server' option.

File Sharing: Win 7 and Snow Leopard - Finder Tips for Accessing Win 7 Folders
4 tips for using the Finder in OS X 10.6 to connect to Windows 7 shared folders.

Share Windows 7 Files With OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Sharing files between a PC running Windows 7 and a Mac running OS X 10.6 is one of the easiest cross-platform file sharing activities. Learn how with this guide.

Configuring The Mac's Workgroup Name (For File Sharing)
The Mac and PC need to be in the same 'workgroup' for file sharing to work. Windows 7 uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. If you haven't made any changes to the workgroup name on the Windows computer connected to your network, then you're ready to go. The Mac also creates a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP for connecting to Windows machines.

File Sharing: Win 7 and Snow Leopard - Configuring the PC's Workgroup Name
The Mac and PC need to be in the same 'workgroup' for file sharing to work. Windows 7 uses a default workgroup name of WORKGROUP. Workgroup names are not case sensitive, but Windows always uses the uppercase format, so we will follow that convention here as well.

File Sharing: Win 7 and Snow Leopard - Sharing a Win 7 Folder
Now that your PC and Mac share the same workgroup name, and you have enabled file sharing on your Windows 7 PC, you are ready to go to your Win 7 computer and select any additional folders (beyond the Public folders) that you wish to share.

File Sharing: Win 7 and Snow Leopard - Using the Finder's Sidebar to Connect
With your Windows 7 computer configured to share specific folders, you are ready to access the folders from your Mac, by using your Finders Sidebar.

Set Up File Sharing in OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
File sharing with the newest version of OS X provides finer control over who can access shared folders on a Mac network and what access rights they have.

Set Up OS X Lion Server - Open Directory and Network Users
Open Directory is an important service that you should probably be running on your Lion Server. Setting up Open Directory is much easier with Lion than with previous versions of OS X Server. This guide will walk you through the setup process.

Configure Open Directory on Lion Server
This guide will take you through the process of creating an Open Directory administrator account, as well as enabling the directory services on your Lion Server.

Using Network Accounts - Bind OS X Clients to Your Lion Server
The previous step of this guide enabled Open Directory services on your Lion Server. Now let's get your client Macs talking to your server.

Upgrade Your Intel MacBook Pro - Guide
If you're ready to consider an upgrade, the first step is to find out what upgrades your MacBook Pro supports. The upgrade options depend on the specific model you have.

MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide - MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch 2006 Models
MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros introduced in the spring and summer of 2006 were the first pro level notebooks from Apple to use Intel processors. Specifically, these MacBook Pros used 1.83 GHz, 2.0 GHz, or 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processors.

MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: 15", 17" Late 2006-Mid 2008
MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: Starting in October of 2006, Apple updated the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor. This is a 64-bit processor, which should ensure these MacBook Pros have a long life ahead of them. It also makes them good upgrade candidates. You can extend the effective lifetime of one of these MacBook Pros by adding memory or a larger hard drive, or replacing the optical drive.

MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide - MacBook Pro Mid 2009 Models
MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: June 2009 saw the MacBook Pro line updated with a new 13-inch model, and a speed bump in processor performance for the 15-inch and 17-inch models. The other change in mid 2009 was a standard case design for all unibody MacBook Pros. The 15-inch and 17-inch models had previously used slightly different case arrangements, requiring a unique upgrade guide for each model. Page 4.

MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide - MacBook Pro Mid 2010 Models
MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: In April 2010, Apple updated the MacBook Pro line with new Intel processors and graphics chips. The 15-inch and 17-inch models got the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics chip, while the 13-inch model retained the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, but had its graphics pumped up to the NVIDIA GeForce 320M. Page 5.

MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: Unibody Late 2008-Early 2009
MacBook Pro Upgrade Guide: In October of 2008, Apple introduced the first unibody MacBook Pro. Originally only the 15-inch model used the unibody construction, but Apple followed up in February 2009 with a unibody 17-inch model.

Using Boot Camp to Run Windows
Boot Camp is Apple’s answer to running Windows operating systems on Intel-based Mac hardware. Learn how to prepare your Mac for Boot Camp, as well as how to install and use Windows on your Mac.

Copy DVDs to Your Mac - Configure HandBrake to Copy a DVD
You can configure HandBrake to copy source material to many different types of formats, including creating files to play on your iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV, and in iTunes. Before you start the copy process, you must tell HandBrake what the destination will be, and fine-tune a few settings to produce the best results.

Copy DVDs to Your Mac - Configuring HandBrake Preferences
It's a good idea to configure HandBrake's preferences before you start copying your videos because it can save time later, once you start using HandBrake more often.

Copy DVDs to Your Mac - Starting HandBrake
All that’s left to do is to click the 'Start' button near the top left of the HandBrake window. Once a copy or conversion starts, HandBrake will display a progress bar along the bottom of its window, along with an estimate of the time remaining to complete. HandBrake adds the progress bar to its Dock icon, so you can easily hide the HandBrake window and go on about your work while occasionally stealing a glance at the progress HandBrake is making.

Copy DVDs to Your Mac - VLC and HandBrake
Learn how to copying DVDs to your Mac using HandBrake. By creating a copy that can be loaded into your iTunes library, you can easily use your Mac to watch a DVD without any wear or tear on the DVD itself.

Create Bootable Copies of OS X Mountain Lion Installer
OS X Mountain Lion may not be distributed on bootable media, but that doesn't mean you can’t create your own bootable Mountain Lion DVD or USB flash drive.

Locate the Mountain Lion Installer Image
The OS X Mountain Lion installer file you download from the Mac App Store includes a hidden .dmg (disk image) file you can use to create your own bootable Mountain Lion installer.

Burn a Bootable DVD of the OS X Mountain Lion Installer
Using Apple's Disk Utility, you can burn the OS X Mountain Lion installer onto a blank DVD, creating a bootable copy for later use.

Copy OS X ML Installer to a Bootable USB Flash Drive
The OS X Mountain Lion installer image can be copied to a USB flash drive, which can then be used as bootable media for subsequent installs of Mountain Lion. Page 4.

How to Manage Your Mac's Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
The SMS (Sudden Motion Sensor) protects portable Macs that use a hard drive from damage due to shock. The SMS system can be enabled or disabled by the user with a few Terminal commands; this guide will show you how.

Virtualization of Leopard/Snow Leopard Using VMware Fusion
Create a VMware Fusion virtual machine to run Leopard or Snow Leopard clients with VMware Fusion 4.1 or later and a Leopard or Snow Leopard install DVD.

Snow Leopard Installation Steps for Fusion VM
With the Fusion VM set up to run the Snow Leopard client, all you need to do is to step through the OS X installation process.

Install Snow Leopard in a VMware Fusion Virtual Machine
Creating a VMware Fusion virtual machine to run OS X Snow Leopard is pretty easy. Fusion even helps you through the process.

Boot Camp Is the Fastest Way to Run Windows on a Mac
Apple's Boot Camp not only assists you in installing Windows, it also lets you selectively boot from OS X or a Windows operating system.

Restore iTunes From Your Backup
Restoring files from a backup of your iTunes system is easy, using the Finder and a simple trick you perform when first starting iTunes after the restore is complete.

Back Up iTunes on Your Mac
This guide will show you how to manually back up your iTunes library. The process is simple, but has a few gotchas you need to know about.

Printer Sharing - PC to Mac Overview
You may already have a printer hooked up to one of your PCs. Set up printer sharing for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) is easy with these instructions.

Printer Sharing - Configure the Workgroup Name
Printer sharing requires the workgroup name to be the same on both the Macs and the PCs on your network. Follow these instructions to change the workgroup name on your Mac(s) to match your PCs.

Set Up Windows XP for Printer Sharing
The next step is to enable printer sharing on your Windows XP computer. Follow these instructions to enable printer sharing on your PC.

Printer Sharing - Add the Windows Printer to Your Mac
Once you set up Windows printer sharing, it’s time to add the shared printer to your Mac. Follow these instructions to complete the printer sharing setup process. Page 4.

Printer Sharing - Using Your Shared Printer
You’ve completed the printer sharing setup process; now you’re ready to use the shared printer.

OS X Can Map Your Hard Drive Space Usage by File Type
OS X has the ability to display how much space various file types are taking up on your drives. This guide will show you how to make the System Profiler spill the details.

Apple Partition Types on the Hard Drive
Apple supports three different partition schemes: GUID Partition Table, Apple Partition Map, and Master Boot Record. Which one should you use when you format or partition a hard drive?

Macs Fan Control: Tom's Mac Software Pick
Macs Fan Control can alter your Mac's fan speed to assist in cooling or reducing noise. Use a custom temperature profile, or set the fan speed manually.

Use Quick Look to View Drive Size and Free Space
Use Quick Look to quickly divine the size and available free space on any drive, folder, or volume on your Mac.

Add Your Favorite Applications to the Mac's Dock
The Dock, which serves as the Mac's app launcher, is pre-populated with many Apple applications. You can also add your own favorite apps to the Dock.

WinZip 5 Mac: Tom's Mac Software Pick
WinZip Mac 5 offers a full range of zipping and unzipping capabilities, file encryption, and support for Quick Look. It can also resize photos for sharing.

AppleTalk: A Look Back at the Early Mac Networks
AppleTalk was the original zero-configuration network included with Mac and Lisa computers; it allowed sharing of the LaserWriter printer.

Use Dock Menus to Manage Mac Applications and Stacks
You can use the Mac's Dock menus to control active applications or stacks in OS X, all without having to first bring the app to the foreground.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages for Kids
A few boxes of crayons, and a variety of coloring and activity pages, can go a long way toward keeping the natives from getting restless while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking. Here are some possibilities from around the web.

Favorite Sites for Christmas Desktop Wallpaper
Decorating your Mac for the holidays is an easy project. Once you find some desktop wallpapers you like, installing and activating them only takes a matter of minutes. You can even set up a holiday slideshow on your desktop, if you like.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages for Kids
A few boxes of crayons, and a variety of coloring and activity pages, can go a long way toward keeping the natives from getting restless while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking. Here are some possibilities from around the web.

How to Remove Preference Panes From Your Mac
You can remove system preference panes with an option + click in the System Preferences window, or use the Finder to manually uninstall them.