How To: Get your external Super Drive working in Lion

External Super Drive in Lion

Every once in awhile I like to post a tip that will likely help only one other person on the planet. Today is such a time. As some of you may know, I recently replaced my MacBook Pro’s internal SuperDrive with an SSD drive. I chose the MCE Optibay kit for both its ease of installation, and also because it included an external enclosure for my SuperDrive (basically turning... Read More

Review: MCE OptiBay Hard Drive kit for Unibody MacBook Pro

All done, just need to  close it up

MCE's sled replaces your built-in optical drive with either a regular 2.5 inch Sata or an SSD SSD’s (Solid State Drives) are all the rage these days, and if the MacBook Air is any indication, Apple has plans to include them in most of, if not all of, their future computers. SSD drives boast a number of benefits over traditional hard drives, such as increased speed, low... Read More

How To: Play classic DOS games on your current Mac (Warning: You will likely be eaten by a Grue)

BOXER has a nice shelf display veiw, showing you all your various titles

Fresh from the “I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’ll find this information useful” department, I’ve decided to post a brief “How-To” on how to play classic DOS games you might have purchased back in your PC days on your current Mac OS X system. Why would you want to do this? Well, in my case, it all started when I was helping my... Read More

How to fix “The disc can’t be burned, because the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media” error


This post may only be helpful to one person, but as I always say, if you can help just ONE person… then you may as well have not even bothered. But just in case this helps TWO people, I will post it anyway. Last week I attempted to burn a DVD in my 2008 MacBook Pro for the first time in about 2 years, and was greeted by a somewhat cryptic but high tech error message which... Read More

How to: Stop iPhoto from opening every time you sync your iPhone


EDIT: Check out the comments for an even better, smarter way to do this provided by faithful Macenstein reader Anonymoose . Faithful Macenstein reader Kelly writes: “Hey, do you know if there’s a way to stop iPhoto from launching every time I sync my iPhone? Just got it, and find it very annoying, thanks!” Well, sure there is, and it’s actually as easy as: 1:... Read More

GrandPerspective: A colorful (and FREE) way to reclaim hard drive space


Earlier today I Tweeted a pic of what my hard drive looks like through the eyes of GrandPerspective, a free utility that creates a graphical representation of the sizes of the files and folders on your Mac. A couple people asked me what it was, so I figured I’d do a quick post about it. Basically, you tell GP a location to scan on your hard drive (I just chose the whole... Read More

How To: Rip a Blu-Ray movie on the Mac


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How To: Shake down AT&T for 1000 rollover minutes

AT&T, in an apparent bid to foster some sort of love/loyalty from its current iPhone customers has reportedly begun sending out gifts to a lucky few in the form of 1000 free rollover minutes. The messages come via a text message, which simply asks the recipient to respond “YES” to redeem said offer. The good news is, it looks like even if you weren’t lucky... Read More

How To: Reclaim your function keys with FunctionFlip

Those handy little keyboard shortcuts for things like display brightness and iTunes playback which Apple has placed all along the top row of Function Keys on your laptop keyboard can be a real time saver, but they can also suck up the place when you just want to quick access to what a Function Key was supposed to do. Whether you’re a hard-core gamer (well, medium-core gamer,... Read More

How To: Get thousands of back issue comics on your iPad for pennies an issue

Comics and iPads – two extremely geeky things that go great together. And while I have the DC, Marvel, ComiXology, IDW, and Archie apps, one thing they all have in common is the digital issues don’t quite reflect the cost savings you would think would accompany ditching the printing, shipping, and restocking fees associated with going paperless. But this holiday season... Read More


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