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Back Up Your Computer: It's a Big Deal

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

        These days it can sometimes seem as though our entire lives are on our devices. Our conversations with our loved ones are on iMessage. Our pictures from vacations and outings are on our smartphone. Perhaps even your children's first drawings are now saved on an iPad. Fortunately, unlike physical photo albums, your files can't burn down, fall apart, rip, or tear. But your systems can crash, be corrupted, or reset. Your data also needs protection just as much as your photo albums. That's why you need to back up your data consistently. It's like making several...

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How to Delete User Accounts From Your Mac

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Why would you keep so many different user accounts if you don’t even use them? It’s time to make your lock screen look clean again! How to delete a user account in Mac OS X First, click on the Apple menu and then click "System Preferences" Click "Users & Groups" Click on the lock and then enter your password to make changes Now select the user account you want to delete and then press the minus button to remove it You’ll get three different options before deleting the user account: Delete user account but save the home folder to a...

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Put Your Mac to Sleep with Sleep Timer

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Created by Rainy Cape, today’s tip is Sleep Timer. This app runs on the OS X menu bar and allows you to schedule a time for your MacBook to go to sleep. With Sleep Timer you can set your computer to sleep within  15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. When the scheduled time comes, a notification appears and you can either cancel or delay it. Sleep Timer is free and requires OS X 10.10 or higher. The application can be downloaded here for free.

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How to erase a disk from Terminal in Mac OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Most users use Disk Utility to erase a disk or hard drive. But some Mac users might need to erase them from the command line on Mac OS. To do that, the only thing you need is a bit of precise syntax to make sure that you are erasing the proper disk. Here I'll show you how you can erase and format a disk using the command line. Working with Terminal Start off by running the following command in the command line: Diskutil list This is going to list all the mounted drives on your Mac. Once you have found...

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