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The Empty Desktop

Aside from the time, battery level and music in the lower left corner, you might think this is just a wallpaper. But it’s not — it’s Dan C‘s desktop, and he likes it empty. Every time he sits down it’s a glorious fresh start. Here’s how he made it.

Turn An Old Mac Into A Cheap VPN With OS X Server

VPN subscriptions cost money, and they often require a bit of research just to figure out if they’re legit. If you have an old Mac sitting around, you can make use of it by turning it into the simplest DIY VPN around, perfect for browsing safely on public Wi-Fi or grab files from your home computer on-the-go.

Erase Your Mac's User Folder For A Quick And Dirty Data Wipe

If you’re selling off or donating your computer, doing a full, secure wipe is an important step to protecting your personal data. But if you’re just handing your corporate Mac back to your company or giving it to a family member, Six Colours points out that deleting the user folder is a simpler, if less secure, way to get rid of your info.

Make Animated GIFs From Still Images In OS X With A Right-Click

Have a bunch of still images you’d like to turn into an animated GIF? Blogger Jacob Salmela’s shows off how to add that option to the right-click menu with Automator.

The iOS 9 Jailbreak App Is Now Available On OS X

The iOS 9 jailbreak was released earlier this month, but it was only available for Windows. Today, the jailbreak’s available for Mac.

Last Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.

Access Advanced Colour Calibration Options In OS X El Capitan With A Shortcut

Mac: If you spend a lot of time tweaking your display, you may have noticed that El Capitan seems to get rid of advanced options, including native and target gamma adjustment. Thankfully, these settings are just hidden behind a keyboard shortcut.

Should You Upgrade To Mac OS X El Capitan?

OS X El Capitan is out. It looks good, but it’s still an upgrade, and any upgrade has a chance of going bad. So is it ready for prime time, or should we wait for the next patch to fix the bugs people will inevitably find?

Top Secret Features In OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan doesn’t have a ton of landmark features, which means most of the cool stuff is under the hood. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known features.

Forecast Bar Puts A Ton Of Weather Info In Your Mac's Menu Bar

Mac: Weather is a fickle thing, but if you like to stay on top of it from your Mac, you don’t have a ton of options beyond refreshing a web site. Forecast Bar is an app that will help you do just that, with a forecast in your menu bar, weather alerts, and more.

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