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helps to support over 300 Macs worldwide for a global technology company. A long-time Apple fan, he started on the Apple IIe and has owned countless Macs since then. He lives in Missouri with his wife and their Mac tech in training, daughter Sofia, born June 2005.
- How to Install and Configure MySQL in Mountain Lion, 2012.08.22. MySQL doesn't come with OS X, but it's free, easy to install, and very powerful.
- How to Enable PHP in Mountain Lion, 2012.08.08. How to enable the PHP scripting language on your Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
- Restore Web Sharing in Mountain Lion, 2012.08.06. Web Sharing isn't missing in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - just the checkbox to enable it is gone.
- Steve Jobs in His Own Words, 2011.10.06. Steve Jobs spoke his mind, carefully choosing his words for maximum impact.
- End of G4 models points to unprecedented value for used G4 Macs, 2006.06.02. The PowerPC G4 may no longer have a place in Apple's product line, but that's a far cry from saying G4-based Macs are obsolete. If anything, there value is going to increase.
- X11: Your window for using Unix apps on the Mac, 2006.05.17. Mac OS X is a Unix variant. X11 is the tool that lets you access Unix applications using a graphical interface with mouse support.
- 6 extensions to make Firefox even better, 2006.03.29. Improve Firefox with everything from web developer tools to nuking unwanted ads, from faster page loads to knowing the weather.
- Intel Mac mini confounds market with higher price, 2006.03.23. After the raging success of the $499 Mac mini, why did Apple feel a need to move away from the entry-level market by making the Intel Mac mini more expensive?
- MySQL and PostgreSQL: Two free relational databases for OS X users, 2006.03.15. FileMaker Pro is nice, user friendly, and pretty powerful, but these free SQL implementations will give you plenty of power for free.
- Apple and the enterprise: Ignoring the market or biding their time?, 2006.02.16. Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Xserve RAID are incredible values, but Apple is putting the focus on the consumer market. Will that change when Xserve goes Intel?
- 36 ways to tweak Tiger with TinkerTool, 2006.02.02. One freeware app lets you control 36 different features in OS X 10.4.
- Camino: A better Mac browser than Safari or Firefox, 2006.01.25. If you're looking for a fast browser with most of the features found in Firefox and Safari, Camino could be just the ticket.
- Apple's Intel transition smooth, paves way for next big thing, 2006.01.20. "With the Intel Core Duo processors two to four times as fast as the G4s and G5s they replace, plenty of native apps, and the reported outstanding performance of Rosetta for PPC emulation, a majority of OS X users could make the switch today and be better off for it."
- 5 ways to use the Terminal in OS X, from useful to just fun, 2006.01.10. Browse the Web quickly, make your Mac sing, view a calendar, watch Star Wars, and make a banner with the Terminal.
- Dealing with resource forks and .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, 2006.01.04. Macs readily connect to non-Mac servers, but OS X tends to leave .DS_Store files and separate resource files behind. Here's how to keep your Mac from cluttering up those servers.
- Fedora Core and Yellow Dog Linux: Two more good choices for Mac hardware, 2005.12.21. Fedora Core Linux is on the leading edge of development, but Yellow Dog Linux has better support for older Mac hardware.
- Getting Ubuntu Linux up and running on a PowerPC Mac, 2005.12.14. Ubuntu may be the easiest Linux to install on your Mac. It only requires you burn one CD and have an Internet connection.
- Using Linux to give an aging Mac more zip, 2005.12.07. Older Power Macs and newer versions of OS X can be a sluggish combination. Linux can perk up your old Power Mac and still let you use a graphical interface.
- Using regular Mac OS X to set up a low-end server, 2005.11.28. Put off by OS X Server at $499 for ten users? The normal 'client' version of Mac OS X can do nearly as well for a lot less money. Here's how.
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