System Preferences

Stop iTunes from opening when you insert a CD

I like burning my CDs in a lossy format. I could use Apple’s lossy compression algorithm built into iTunes but I prefer to use FLAC. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn’t do FLAC so I’m forced to use XLD. However, every time I stick a CD into my Mac iTunes opens asking me if I want to burn…

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How do I find the IP address on my Mac?

From time to time you need to know the IP address for your Mac. What you might not know is that there are usually two IP addresses on your computer if it’s connected to the Internet. There is an internal IP address that is between your computer and your router or cable modem. There is…

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Make your Desktop less transparent in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite intoduced a new visual style that for some takes a bit of getting used to. One of the things you might not like is the high level of transparency in the Dock. Luckily it’s easy to reduce the transparency in the Dock through your System Preferences. To reduce the transparency, open System Preferences and…

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The Secret to Keeping Junk Out of Your Spotlight Results

Have you ever tried search for files using Spotlight only to get buried by a bunch of irrelevant results? If so, this quick tip should help you clean up your Spotlight results. Spotlight has a handy feature that allows you to exclude certain directories from the Spotlight results. You can use it to exclude junk…

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Control What Happens When You Insert A DVD or CD

When you insert a CD or DVD player into your Mac the OS X detects the disc type and then will launch the appropriate program. With CDs it will launch iTunes, with DVDs it will launch the DVD player. In most cases, this is exactly what you want to happen. However, if you want to…

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