How to edit the Hosts file on a Mac

The Hosts file is used to map human-friendly domain names to numerical IP addresses. When a web browser is directed to a domain name, the system will check the Hosts file for matching records first, and if nothing is found, it will use the DNS servers to resolve the IP. Editing the Hosts file is a way for overriding DNS settings, and can be very useful for web development, or blocking a harmful domain. On Mac OS X, the Hosts file is used in much the same way as other operating systems. The difference is file location, and method of editing.

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How to share Internet connection on a mac

Mac OS X has a built-in Internet Sharing function that can be a real life saver while travelling. If you’re in a hotel room with one Ethernet jack, you can make wireless hotspot to share the connection with other computers. On the other hand, if you have only wireless access, it’s possible to share that connection with a wired PC. Read on to find out how.

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How to resize a batch of images on a Mac with Automator

There are many instances when you may need to resize images. Large 16 Megapixel images from your camera are great for prints, but overkill for posting online. They take a while to upload, may not fit into email attachment limits, and are scaled down on the web anyways. This quick guide will show you got to use the built-in Apple Automator application to resize batches of images. It’s quick, easy, and free.

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How to fix slow shutdown and startup times.

Startup spinnerAre you suddenly experiencing slower then usual startup/shutdown times? It’s normal for your mac to take slightly more time to boot as you fill it up with documents and applications. But if one day, all of the sudden you experience a drastic change in startup times, it could be a sign of a problem. Here are 5 possible solutions in the order of likeliness.

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How to make bootable backups with Carbon Copy Cloner.

Carbon Copy ClonerRegular backups are a good practice to prevent data loss. You should always have a backup copy of your precious data. Hard drive failures are mostly unpredictable, and portable computers are more likely to be physically lost or stolen. Because of the low cost of hard drives, not having a back up plan is just being lazy. Today’s tip is Carbon Copy Cloner, a free app (donations accepted) that creates a bootable backup copy of your disk.
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Guide: How to format an external drive to work seamlessly with Macs and PCs without third party software.

mac external drive exfatExternal drives allow you to quickly moves large files between computers. If you want yours to seamlessly work with both Macs and PCs, your external drive needs to use a filesystem that is supported by both platforms. The problem is that by default Windows uses NFTS, and Macs use HFS. Out of the box, Windows can not read or write HFS drives, and Macs are unable to write to NTFS drives.

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