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Useful tools in the OS X CoreServices folder

OS X contains a number of hidden utilities that are generally accessed via System Preferences, but which can also be launched and used independently.

By February 18, 2014


MacBook EFI Firmware updates follow OS X 10.8.2 release

Updates address hangs during heavy CPU loads and more.

By September 19, 2012


MacBook Pro EFI update fixes flickering

Following its first round of updates, Apple has released another EFI firmware update for MacBook Pro models.

By February 28, 2012


Apple releases EFI firmware updates for 2011 Macs

If you have an early- or mid-2011 Mac, a firmware update for it might be available.

By February 23, 2012


Recovery options for Macs running OS X Lion

Apple has introduced new system recovery options for people running Lion and who have purchased newly introduced Macs.

By July 20, 2011


Considering OS X Server for home users

Apple's OS X Server software is slated to be a $49 add-on to OS X Lion when it is released, and some home users may wonder what it is for and whether or not they can use it.

By June 15, 2011


How-to: Boot commands for Mac OS X

Many users are aware of some boot commands for Mac OS X that provide different functionality for your system. The following is a more comprehensive list of the keyboard commands you know and many you may not.

By March 9, 2011


Xserve's death not a deterrent for many IT admins

A few weeks since Apple announced it would no longer sell an enterprise-class server, a survey of IT admins shows that they're sticking with the Xserve for now, despite disappointment in Apple's perceived disinterest in enterprise customers.

By December 1, 2010


Key combinations to troubleshoot your Intel-based Mac at start-up

Many articles you read on Mac troubleshooting mention troubleshooting methods like resetting the NVRAM, starting in FireWire Target Disk Mode, starting in Safe Mode, or starting in Single-User Mode, but fail to explain exactly how to do that.

By February 25, 2010


Locking down parental controls

A number of parents are running into problems where their kids are cleverly getting around the parental restrictions. Here are the ways they are doing this, and how to best combat them.

By December 1, 2009