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How to Earn the ACSP (Apple Certified Support Professional) Mavericks

Interested in becoming an Apple Certified Support Professional?  I’ll tell you how I have passed it for the last three versions of OS X (Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks).

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OS X: List of Four-finger Death-strike Keyboard Shortcuts

All of the following keyboard shortcuts require four fingers.

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Rickroll Your Terminal with the Power of the Force

Type this into Terminial: traceroute -m 254 -q1 obiwan.scrye.net traceroute  is a command line utility that displays each router on the path to a final destination.  The clever person who named each one deserves some credit!  After a few hops, you will see some familiar words:

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Best OS X Shortcuts to Learn Before Yosemite is Released: Spotlight

Now that OS X Yosemite has put Spotlight “into the spotlight,” so to say, here are some keyboard shortcuts that will help you dominate your Mac with incredible speed.

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Casper Imaging in the Recovery HD and A Lightweight Netboot Image

[UPDATE] JAMF has set the feature request for this as under review OS X Netboot images can be many GigaBytes in size, which is not great when multiple client computers are trying to download that image from the network, especially if the infrastructure is not there to support it. I wanted to create a lightweight netboot image to run […]

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Read Quora Forums First Answer Without An Account

Some sites like Quora prompt for you to sign in before reading the first answer.  These posts appear in Google searches.  Rather than signing up for an account, you can use AdBlock plus to read the post.

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OS X Yosemite and osascript: Enabling Access to Assistive Devices

I love automating things, so I also wrote a command line utility that you can use to add items into the accessibility database (located at /Library/Application Support/com.apple.TCC/tcc.db ).

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Give the Apple Menu A Retro Look with a Colored Apple Logo

Miss the old days when the  Apple logo was rainbow-colored?  Get nostalgic by replacing the boring black Apple menu logo with a colored one!

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OS X: Instant Alpha Using Preview

Use Preview’s Instant Alpha feature to erase backgrounds in images or make certain parts transparent. Start with a base image.  In this example, I use a picture of the Minneapolis skyline and will try to remove the fog/clouds on top of the building. Open your image in Preview.  Click the Edit button and then the […]

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OS X: Sign PDF Documents Using Your Real Signature Using Preview

You can add your signature to PDFs using your Mac.  Sign official documents using your own hand-written signautre.  Sign business letters, tax forms, or any other document requiring your signature. I rarely have access to a fax machine and have found that most places will accept my documents when signed using this method.