Like any computer, a Mac is prone to serious problems over the course of its life. A wide variety of things can go horribly, horribly wrong. From a complete failure to start, to that terrifying kernel panic screen, here's how to troubleshoot (and hopefully fix) what's plaguing your Mac.
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Mac: When Mountain Lion was released last year it dropped support for older generation Macs from 2006-2008. There were workarounds to get it to install, but they were far from user-friendly. MLPostFactor is a utility that makes the process of getting Mountain Lion installed on an older Mac a bit simpler.
Even if you're a happy Windows user, you may have thought about trying Mac OS X. Maybe you'd like to test drive OS X before switching to a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run that one killer Mac app on your Windows machine. Whatever your reason, you can actually install and run OS X inside your existing Windows setup with a program called VirtualBox. Here's how.
When Mountain Lion launched, we discussed how to use its new Dictaction feature effectively. It works pretty well on its own, but reader MDaemon wrote in with a handy tip: if you're having trouble getting Dictation to understand words you use often, just create a fake contact for it -- since the tool scans your contacts to make sure it gets proper nouns right, it'll see your contact, match your word with the contact, and print it correctly.
We've already highlighted 10 secret features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, but another hidden standout is the ability to link Twitter handles to all your contacts with a single click.
Mountain Lion brings lots of small changes to the way Apple's operating system works. It also locks down a lot of default behaviours that many people were used to in Mac OS X Lion. Thankfully, a group over at Github has compiled a huge list of the command line tricks that still work in Mountain Lion.