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Since I write reviews on apps for the Mac, I often times download lots of apps to try out. Once I finish learning how to use the app, I usually uninstall it because I don’t need it anymore. There is no specific uninstall option in Mac OS X, but there is Spotlight. With Spotlight you can search for all the necessary files to delete an application. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new Finder window by going to File > New Finder Window.
  2. Type in the name of the application in the search bar.
  3. Look for a few specific files: the application itself, the .plist file, and folders with the application’s name.
  4. If you can’t find one of the files related to your app, try searching for the company who makes the application.
  5. Select the files that are related to the app holding down the ⌘ (Command) key to allow for a multiple selection.
  6. Then, right-click on the files you have selected and choose Move To Trash in the contextual menu.
  7. If you find this to be too tedious, feel free to check out AppDelete.

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One of the cooler things you can do in iTunes is share your music with others. This allows other users on your local network to listen to your music. The only problem is that you can only listen to their music and that’s it. You can’t put it in your own iTunes library or on your iPod. I used to use an app called ourTunes, which allowed you to view and download songs from another users’ library on your local network. This application worked great until iTunes 7 was released. Since then, it stopped working. I found a much better app out there called MyTunesRSS, which uses an open port on your Mac to share your music. Here’s how to use MyTunesRSS to share your music:

  1. After you’ve downloaded MyTunesRSS, it should appear on your desktop. Click on the MyTunesRSS folder and open up up MyTunesRSS.
  2. Once MyTunesRSS opens up, it will set itself up, so you may have to wait a few seconds.
  3. In MyTunesRSS, go to the “Users” section and click on the “create user” button.
  4. Now, create a username and password.
  5. After you have saved your settings, go back to the “Server” section in MyTunesRSS.
  6. Click on the “Start Server” button.
  7. Then, click on the “Server Info” button.
  8. Copy and paste the internal address into a web browser.
  9. In your web browser, you should see an login interface appear with a MyTunesRSS logo.
  10. If you’re using an AirPort Express/Extreme to go online, you need to enable Port Mapping.
  11. To do so, open up AirPort Admin Utility in the Applications >Utilities folder.
  12. Then, go to the Port Mapping section in the AirPort Admin Utility and click on the Add button.
  13. In the drop-down menu, put in “8080”.
  14. For the Private Address, you need to enter “2”.
  15. Then skip the Private Port field.
  16. Once your online with MyTunesRSS server, you should see your music playlists.
  17. There are several options in the interface:
    1. The first is a green icon that shows the number of songs in the playlist.
    2. Use this if you want to browse through all the songs in a playlist.
    3. The second is an orange button with a radar-like icon.
    4. This will makes an RSS-like page for all of the songs in that particular playlist.
    5. The third is a blue button with a sideways triangle on it.
    6. This will create a live-streaming playlist on your desktop. Double click on it to open it in iTunes.
    7. The fourth is a green button with a volume icon on it.
    8. This will make a pop-up window with a Flash-based playlist where you can play all of the songs from the selected playlist.
    9. The final one is a green button with an upside down triangle icon on it.
    10. This will download all of the songs from the selected playlist into a folder onto your desktop.
  18. To download a single song:
    1. Click on the orange button, and an RSS-like page will open.
    2. You should see a link to the song on the page. Right-click on the link and select “Download Linked File”.
    3. The song should then appear on your desktop.
    4. Drag the song file into the iTunes dock icon and iTunes will automatically import it into iTunes.
    5. Then you move the song off your desktop and into the trashcan.

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iChat is a great instant-messaging app that I happen to use quite a bit with family and friends. There is a lot that you can do with iChat such as: video conversations, audio-chats, send files, and much more. There are some options that I wish would show up in iChat but they just don’t. One, for instance, is that small preview image of yourself that shows up in the video conversation window. Some other options are the ability to send SMS messages, double click on an image to open  in Preview, and the ability to have tabbed chats. If iChat had these features, it would be the perfect client for instant-messaging. Surprisingly, you can turn iChat into a more featured iChat, by installing Chax. Chax is a plug-in for iChat that enables features like: tabbed chats, show animated user icons, hiding the audio/video status icon, message notification in the dock, custom fonts, Preview integration and more.

One of my favorite features in Mac OS X is the Dock because it is like a “hub” for quick access to my frequently used applications. It can be even more helpful when you add folders and files to it. Since I often times need to open applications, I added my applications folder to my dock. Here’s how to add folders and files into your dock:

  1. Open up Finder.
  2. Go to the Applications folder.
  3. At the very top of the Finder window, you should notice a small folder icon that says “Applications”.
  4. Click and drag that into the Dock.
  5. The trick is that you place the folder to the left of that “split-line” in the Dock.
  6. Once the folder is in the Dock, I suggest you right-click on the folder so you can navigate faster through the folder.
  7. You can also add your Home folder, Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, and other folders or files into the Dock as well.

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Once in a while, when I’m on the web, there are some interesting words I notice. Sometimes, they’re unfamiliar words. I usually open up the Dictionary app and type in the word that I want to be defined. Having to open up Dictionary each time I needed a definition got a little bit too repetitive for me. If you are in any (Cocoa-based) Mac OS X application, and want to see a definition for a word, you can do so with just a few keystrokes:

  1. Hold down the ⌘ (Command), Control, and “D” keys with the mouse pointer on the word.
  2. A small window will come up with a definition of the word.
  3. If you keep holding down the ⌘ (Command) and Control keys, you can move your mouse pointer over other words to get more definitions.

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One of the most common items on my to-do lists is organizing. Luckily, there are many ways to organize your files in Mac OS X. One of the built-in features in Mac OS X, called Smart Folders, will organize any file into specific folders based on the type, the color label, the date is was created, and more. Since, I mainly use Smart Folders in iTunes and Mac OS X Mail, I’m going to mention how to add Smart Folders to Mac OS X Mail and Finder because I have already talked about how to do it in iTunes.

Making Smart Folders In Mac OS X Mail

  1. Go ahead and open up Mail.
  2. In the Mailbox menu, go down to New Smart Mailbox.
  3. If you want to make a folder with all of the email from a specific person, go to From, which is located in the first drop-down menu.
  4. Then, in the second drop-down menu go to Contains, and in the field beside Contains, type in the email address of the person.
  5. If there are multiple settings you would like to add to this Smart Folder, click on the plus sign.

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Making Smart Folders In Finder

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. In the File menu, go to New Smart Folder.
  3. Finder should show a new window with several options.
  4. To make a folder with only “.jpegs” in it for example, you choose Others… under the menu that says “Any” and type in ‘JPEG Image’.
  5. Once you’ve chosen your settings, click on the Save button to save the folder.

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