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    How to Build a Steam Machine for $500: Part 2Steampreview
    In part two of the series on building a budget living room gaming computer using Valve's SteamOS Linux platform, I'll show you how to assemble the selected hardware components.Read More…
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    Getting Started With Google Chromecast and a MacChromecast
    For those invested in the Apple ecosystem, an Apple TV is the way to send audio and video from a Mac or iOS device to a television. Now, there's another way.Read More…
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    Hardware
    How to Build a Steam Machine for $500: Part 1Steampreview
    With Valve's Steam gaming service making a strong push for a residency in your living room, this three-part tutorial describes how to build a Steam Machine for around $500 and covers why you might want to.Read More…
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    How to Build a Custom RAID Setup for a MacPreview image raid
    There’s a lot of good reasons to explore different ways of backing up information and preparing yourself for the worst, especially as more of our data ends up on our computers than ever before. I run a small business, and for me, having a large home storage and backup system for all my clients’ data is of critical importance. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to select the right storage and backup regime for your Mac.Read More…
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    How to Check and Enable TRIM on a Mac SSDTrim preview retina
    You probably know that solid state drives (SSD) differ from Hard Disk Drives (HDD) in how they store information, and you may have heard that something called TRIM can maintain their performance. In this tutorial, I’ll not only show you how you can enable TRIM support for your SSDs, but also understand what the term means and how it fits into the functionality of solid state storage.Read More…
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    Apple's Thunderbolt Display Explored and ExplainedThunderboltdisplay400
    Originally announced in July 2011, but not shipping until the September, Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is a high-specced external 27" display for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. At some £899 in the UK ($999 in the USA), this Apple accessory does not come cheap, but it is perhaps better equipped than you realised. Here, Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is explored and explained.Read More…
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    Apples and Pears: A Guide to Alternative Apple AccessoriesLogitech icon 2x
    While Apple manufactures some of the best accessories for the Mac, they aren't the only company that does so. In fact, there are many other companies that manufacture some great accessories for your Mac, from keyboards and mice to cables and adapters. Some of these are not only cheaper, they're far more versatile and feature-packed than Apple's offerings. In this guide, I'll show you some alternatives to Apple's own accessories for your Mac, saving you money as well as increasing your productivity using accessories that you may never have considered before.Read More…
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    Replace Your Gaming Console With Your MacSteam retina icon1
    With the upcoming launches of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, the time has once again come to choose which platform you're going to be taking into the next generation of gaming. The choice may seem clear -- stick with your console platform or swap to another -- but the Mac at your desk might just be your classic underdog competitor. In this tutorial, I'll be taking a look at how you can use your Mac as a viable candidate for replacing your current-generation gaming console using the power of Steam's Big Picture mode and an Xbox 360 Controller.Read More…
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    Security
    How to Securely Format Your SSDSsdpreview400
    Ever since Apple started implementing solid state drives (SSDs) in its line of notebook computers, the process for formatting the drive has evolved from the method previously used for a SATA magnetic disk drive. The tried-and-true method of writing 35-plus series of zeros over the entire disk for maximum data obscurity is no longer a recommendable option because filling an SSD that many times can negatively impact the life expectancy and efficiency of the drive. In this tutorial, I'll be explaining what you should you do if you find yourself needing to permanently destroy files on an SSD.Read More…
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    My Mac's Screen Is Broken, Now What?Applecare400px
    When we first purchase our Mac's they are the most exciting gadget in the world. Their technology amazes us and they improve our workflows. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen and parts of your Mac can be broken in the process. Many of these accidents are relatively cheap and easy to fix, but what do you do when your screen is broken? In this tutorial, I'll examine what you can do if your Mac's screen is broken.Read More…
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    Mac mini Media CentreMediacentre400
    According to analysts – Gene Munster, of Piper Jaffray, in particular – Apple is soon to launch a revolutionary Apple TV device. Don’t mistake this for another Apple “hobby”; it’s not going to be a set-top box. This is going to be the real-deal, Siri-enabled, iCloud-attached, iOS-controlled, large flat-panel to dominate your living room! Apparently. But since Gene has been banging on about this for three years or more (Apple has it’s “hobby”, and Gene has his), the Mac mini makes for a pretty good media centre in the meantime. In this tutorial, I’ll examine some of the possibilities and options for making a Mac mini into a media centre.Read More…
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    Keeping Your Cool With Apple Mac Operating TemperaturesTemp400
    Apple’s Mac range of computers are, literally, the hot technology of the day with shipments of some 13.5 million portable MacBooks Pro and 4.65 million Mac minis and iMacs in the most recent quarter. Compare this with the longest decline in PC sales history and you can see what I mean. But Mac’s are physically hot, too, sometimes. If this is something about which you are be concerned then this tutorial will explain a little more about the causes, the problems and the solutions to your hot Apple.Read More…
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