Preparing a Mac for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Apple announced the latest version of it’s OS X operating system, on the 2nd June 2014, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.

The second in a departure from the previous naming system of big cats, the next iteration of OS X, being 10.10, will start a new naming convention taken from places in California. OS X 10.10 will be known as Yosemite, named after the Yosemite National Park in California.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you what you will need to do to ensure that a Mac is ready for upgrade, from OS X 10.9 Mavericks, or earlier, to OS X 10.10 Yosemite when it is released later this year.

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How to Order Photographic Prints From iPhoto

Digital technology allows the taking of countless photographs for little or no cost; a stark contrast to the expensive, film-based photography of just a couple of decades ago. Yet photos are printed less often than in the past. It’s still possible and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to have chosen photos printed professionally and delivered to your door.

Photography, for me, began with a secondhand Zenit camera and a roll of stuff called film that had to be developed before I could see the image I’d just framed. Fast-forward to recent history and now photographs are captured digitally and viewed instantaneously.

Perhaps it’s the ease with which I can rattle off hundreds, if not thousands, of photos that means I rarely look at them after I’ve taken them. In this tutorial I will show you how to produce a custom book highlighting the best of your photography.

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How to Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite on an External Drive

Sometimes it would be great to be able to try different versions of the OS X operating system before upgrading. This is easy if you have a number of Macs, less so if you have just one. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to install OS X on an external drive without replacing the particular version of the operating system, on the Mac, itself.

Whilst this tutorial is entitled How to Install OS X Yosemite Onto an External Volume, the same principles apply for installing Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks on to an external volume.

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How to Watch the WWDC 2014 Keynote, Live

Whether you have time free to watch the WWDC keynote event live, or prefer to see it later, I’ll show you the ways in which you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in iOS and OS X, from Apple.

On Monday 2nd June 2014 at 1000hrs PDT–Pacific Daylight Time (which is 1700hrs GMT–Greenwich Mean Time or 1800hrs BST–British Summer Time), Apple will live stream the keynote event that kicks off the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference, WWDC, that runs from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th June.

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How to Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Drive, for Mac, in OS X

Ubuntu is, perhaps, one of the most accessible distributions of Linux available to the home computer user or enthusiast. If you are interested in experimenting with Linux, you can do worse than to test-drive Ubuntu from a USB drive.  In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create an Ubuntu USB live-drive, using a Mac, to test on a Mac.

Ubuntu, a Nguni Bantu term meaning Human-ness, recently released version 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) codename Trusty Tahr.  Based on Debian Linux, Ubuntu is estimated to be used on more than 26% of all Linux websites.

Since its first release in October 2004, it is estimated that, in 2011, Ubuntu had in excess of 20-million users worldwide and it is being increasingly adopted for large-scale public sector deployments, notably the Gendarmerie Nationale, thus replacing expensive Microsoft Office licences with OpenOffice for 5,000 workstations.

Regardless of whether you have thousands of workstations, or not, experimenting with Ubuntu from a USB drive is a good way to get an introduction to this interesting and alternative operating system.

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How To Silence the Startup Chime on a Mac

Each time you start a Mac, you’ll hear a familiar start-up chime. You may have noticed that sometimes it seems louder, or perhaps quieter, than usual. Or perhaps there is no chime at all.  In this tutorial I’ll show you how to change the volume of the Mac start up chime, or mute it completely.

There may be good reasons as to why you want to mute the start up chime on a Mac. Or change the volume.

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Tuts+ Mac Podcast 3: Windows on a Mac


In episode three, of the Tuts+ Mac Podcast, Jordan explains to Johnny why running Microsoft Windows on a Mac is a good idea and why some people want to, or need to, do this.  You can listen above, or subscribe on iTunes.

Jordan explains different options of running Windows, or Windows programs, using BootCamp, virtualisation software or software to accommodate Windows programs on an ad-hoc basis without needing VMware Fusion or Parallels.

Johnny learns the pros and cons of each of the options that Jordan discusses.

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Getting Started With Google Chromecast and a Mac

Until now, the way to wirelessly send audio, video, photos and webpages to your television has been through the use of an Apple TV and an iOS device or a Mac with additional software.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to get up and running with the Google Chromecast to give you an alternative way of viewing content on the big screen in the living room.

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Tuts+ Mac Podcast 2: Password Security


In episode two, of the Tuts+ Mac Podcast, Jordan explains to Johnny why he shouldn’t be using the same password for everything he does.  You can listen above, or subscribe on iTunes.

Jordan explains importance of unique passwords, not using dictionary words and introduces techniques for making passwords increasingly secure.

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