Posts from the desk of Tom Nelson

macOS 101: What’s in the Utility Folder, Part 2

Have you ever wondered what’s stored in your Mac’s Utilities folder? This folder contains apps that are used to perform a number of interesting chores, from providing basic information about your Mac, to displaying complex mathematical formulas as 2D or 3D graphs, to allowing your Mac to speak, not only the text in a window,…
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macOS 101: What’s in the Utility Folder, Part 1

The utility folder is chock full of handy apps that perform a wide spectrum of tasks, from monitoring the performance of your Mac to giving your Mac a voice. In this first of a two-part article, we’re going to...

Ride the Waves: 8 Tricks for Better Safari Surfing

Safari is the most popular web browser for the Mac, and why not; it’s fast, easy to use, and it comes with every Mac. These eight tricks (sixteen, if you count the tip included with each trick) can make...

Up Your Browser Game: Six Free...
Choosing the six best free and almost free Safari extensions is generally a fun task, though this time I had to be a bit more careful, because of the...

Auto Save and Versions: An Often...
Auto Save and versions has been a feature of the Mac OS since OS X Lion was released, in the summer of 2011. That’s a long time for a very...

macOS 101: Edit Images With Preview
The Preview app is a handy tool for viewing and working with PDF (Portable Document Format) files, as outlined in the Rocket Yard guide: macOS 101: Mark It Up...

macOS 101: Mark It Up with...
Preview, the free PDF viewing app included with the Mac, can do a lot more than view images or open PDF files to view. It includes a number of...

Launch Services: Keeping Apps and File...
Launch Services is a core service of the Mac OS that enables an actively running application to open other apps, documents, or URLs (Uniform Resource Locators). Launch Services is...