OS X Mountain Lion

Show hidden files Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

NOTE: If the following command didn’t work, just simply change TRUE/FALSE to…

NOTE: If the following command didn’t work, just simply change TRUE/FALSE to YES/NO.

To enable hidden files/folders in finder windows:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Open the Utilities folder
  3. Open a terminal window
  4. Copy and paste the following line in:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
  5. Press return
  6. Now hold ‘alt’ on the keyboard and right click on the Finder icon
  7. Click on Relaunch
You should find you will now be able to see any hidden files or folders. One you are done, perform the steps above however, replace the terminal command in step 4 with:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
Access and Use Emoji in Mac OS X

Access and Use Emoji in Mac OS X

Emoji are extremely popular picture characters and emoticons that are an integral…

Access and Use Emoji in Mac OS X
Access and Use Emoji in Mac OS X

Emoji are extremely popular picture characters and emoticons that are an integral part of Japanese tech culture and communication, and now with OS X Lion onward (yes, Mountain Lion and 10.9 too), the Emoji character set is available to everyone on a Mac regardless of your localization settings. They’re quickly taking the world by storm with their inclusion on the iPhone and iPad keyboards as well, and using them on the Mac is a fun way to emphasize dialog and messaging between people. Some of the characters are pretty funny so even if you have no intention on using them they’re fun to browse through.

Disable the Guest User Account at Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion Login Screen

Disable the Guest User Account at Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion Login Screen

If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.7.2 and rebooted or ended up…

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guest-user-osx-lion

If you’ve installed Mac OS X 10.7.2 and rebooted or ended up at the lock screen, you may have noticed that a new “Guest User” account appears at the login screen.

This is not a full guest user account, if you select the Guest User option at login, the Mac will restart to a secured Safari-only version of the OS with access to the internet. So what’s the point of this? It turns out this is part of setting up iCloud in Mac OS X, specifically the “Find My Mac” feature. The Safari Guest User allows someone to get online so the Mac can be located, but prevents the Safari user from accessing your files and applications.

I’m going to highly recommend keeping the Guest User Safari account enabled so that if you happen to lose your Mac, or if it’s stolen, it could easily be tracked down. Nonetheless, here’s how to turn this off if you don’t need it for some reason.

Mac OS X Lion

How to Create & Burn a Bootable Mac OS X Lion Install DVD

Apple announced that Lion would be released exclusively through the Mac App…

Mac OS X Lion
Mac OS X Lion

Apple announced that Lion would be released exclusively through the Mac App Store for £20.99. This is great because the App Store policy allows a single purchase to install on all your Macs, but what if you don’t have broadband access on all your Macs, or what if you just want a bootable installation disc? Well, you can make your own bootable installation DVD.

Creating a Bootable Install Disc for Mac OS X Lion

This is pretty easy. These instructions are born from the 10.7 developer preview but should remain identical come time for the July public release:

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iPhone Backup Location

If you’ve looking for the location of your iPhone Backup files, then…

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iPhone 4

If you’ve looking for the location of your iPhone Backup files, then look no further. Whether you use Mac OS X or Windows, the iPhone backup process is basically the same, iTunes backs up all of your iPhonefiles and identifier information to a specific directory in the following locations… but first a warning: if you don’t know what you’re doing, do not mess with these iPhone backup files! Ok on with the backup locations:

How to clear Skype IM Chat and Call History?

If you’re a frequent Skype user, you might have noticed that Skype…

If you’re a frequent Skype user, you might have noticed that Skype keeps a record of all events including instant messages, calls, file transfers and SMS all stored and accessible from the Conversation tab by clicking on the Show History button.

Deleting the chat and call history in Skype is easy, but the Delete History option is buried inside Skype menus. All you need to do is choose Tools > Options, go to the Privacy tab and hit the ‘Clear History’ button.