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In case you are a user of MAC OS X, you don’t require any specialized third part security software for keeping the important data out of the intruders. If you use the FileVault option found in System Preferences with a strong user account password, the entire disk of yours will be encrypted automatically.

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Most of the time, MAC OS X has been proved to be doing a great job in keeping the data protected. However, the most sensitive time for my data is when the computer is used by me actively. No, I am not talking of any Trojans or other digital intruders. It does not matter how secure my system is, if others can look at all the files of my system just by looking over my shoulder. Hence, I feel that the most important files with sensitive information should always be hidden from sight and today, I’ll talk about a tool that helps you in achieving this – MacHider.

MacPaw is the developer behind MacHider and the software costs $9.99. MacPaw incidentally, is behind many other popular software such as CleanMyPC, CleanMyDrive and CleanMyMac. The user interface of MacHider is really nice, just like the other products of MacPaw.

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Hiding a file is important because others in that case, won’t even know that the sensitive files ever existed. You need to drag and drop files onto the main panel of the application and thereby those are added to the overarching collection of All Files. Each of the files can individually be hidden; otherwise, you can toggle the big Hide switch that can be found in the top right corner.

You can even create custom groups of your choice and thereby have fine control over the hiding activities. Some of the custom groups can be Private Files and Secret Pictures. The custom groups can be edited and you can create other custom groups with a name of your choice as well.

Hazel – a Few Other Stuffs

May 24th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac - (0 Comments)

I already discussed the basics of Hazel in a previous article and in this, I’ll go into more advanced features of Hazel and how does it excel in automating stuffs for you.

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Remember that Hazel does nothing but watching the folders where you have assigned rules. For an example, you can create a rule that whenever a new PDF file is downloaded in your download folder, the same will be opened by Adobe Reader by default.

The best way of getting accustomed to the functionality of Hazel is to download the trial version of the same and nurture it. There are a few sample rules which come along with Hazel, however, it will be easier for you to understand things once you create and use a few of your own.

Let’s start with a possible action that you can take on the Downloads folder of your system. You should see a “+” sign at the bottom of the left side of the interface of Hazel. There should be a dropdown window as well through which you can navigate to the Downloads folder and select the same. Now, make a click on the “+” button that you see under Rules and create the conditions that you will like to use.

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I think that the toughest part of using Hazel is setting up all the rules and then testing out those. A rule may not only be applicable to a folder, but, you can create some for sub folders and files as well.

Make sure to watch out all the rules you create and also carefully assign if a rule should be applicable to all, any or none of a specified folder or file. There are several conditions to choose from while creating a rule and those are mostly the ones that we generally do in our system.

In a previous article, I discussed about a couple of calculator apps for MAC users. In this article, I will discuss a couple more which I feel deserve a place in this discussion.

Magic Calculator

Magic Calculator

This app costs $3.99 and will help you to save some of the intermediate results to a memory location. This will remain over there for being pursued at a later time. But, the feature list does not just end up there. This is an advanced calculator and through the same, you can use variables and functions as well. You can save not only a number, but, a formula evaluation as well. Thus, it will be possible for you to juggle between the intermediate results just like an expert.

You can use Magic Calculator for other advanced purposes as well. You can define functions of your own and performing user-friendly function plotting is also achievable with this app.

PCalc

PCalc

If you are a fan of the RPN mode, you must have heard of this MAC app before, due to the extreme popularity that it enjoys. However, PCalc is undoubtedly an all-round programmer and scientific calculator.

The default calculator app of MAC has a scientific mode of its own and that grants access to a number of functions. The default app is impressive, but, it’s tough for the same to reach the heights of that of PCalc.

The app has got an extremely good to eyes user interface and it’s user-friendly as well. The app has been in existence since 1992 when the first version came out. The 2nd version came out in 2002 and as a special promotion; it was shipped with MAC OS X in US and in some other countries. The current version is PCalc 3. With a price of $9.99, the application is not cheap, however, given the great number of functionalities it covers, you cannot complain about that.

MAC OS X users definitely cannot complain when it comes to calculating options. The default calculator that comes with MAC OS is pretty diverse in nature and better than the other standard calculators. However, it is not really possible to build an app which is as general as a calculator for satisfying all the user scenarios. Depending on the user, different calculator apps will be found to be the favorite. Luckily, when it comes to MAC, there is no dearth of calculator alternatives and below, I will discuss a couple of them:

Soulver

Soulver

This app costs $19.99 and it is pretty good at number crunching, something you will probably expect from the expansive spreadsheets in general. Contrary to the other similar applications, Soulver is pretty easy to use and intuitive as well. As far as my personal experience is concerned, I’ll call it a contextual and smart calculator. Soulver lets you use natural language and that eradicates the need of using formula chains. Soulver is probably the most expensive calculator app for the MAC users. However, the app is definitely worth the price as it speeds up your work procedure and allows you to juggle between various currencies. Apart from that, using natural language constructions, you can get idea on the current stock prices as well.

Always on Top Calculator

Always on Top Calculator

This app always stays on top and this cheap (Comes for $0.99 only), little calculator, by no means, is a powerful MAC application. It still supports the general number crunching and as it stays on the top, you don’t need to switch to and fro between the other apps and this in case of multitasking.

I will soon come up with another article discussing some other calculator apps for MAC users. In the meantime, check out either of the two and let me and other visitors know about your experience.

 

This is the final installment of my write-ups explaining the file systems. In this one, I’ll explain FAT, NTFS and HFS+.

FAT

File Allocation Table; more popular by its abbreviation FAT, is one of the most common file systems in the computing world. This file system, developed by Microsoft, has been in existence for quite a while and has seen  a few updates along the way as well, in form of FAT16 and FAT32. According to me, this is the simplest file system of all and supports file size up to 4 GB. A linked list structure is used by this and removable Medias such as SD cards and USB drives use this more often, rather than a general hard drive.

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NTFS

New Technology File System is a product of Microsoft and is often termed as the next generation file system. The structure is more complex compared to FAT and starting from Windows XP, Microsoft incorporated this file system into their operating systems as well. It keeps records of all the operations and hence is known to be a journaling file system. It easily detects errors and knows the relevant recovery process as well. Some errors it can easily recover from are: Power Outage and Drive Failure. Each file size can be as much as 16 TB with NTFS, the maximum volume size being 256 TB. NTFS is not universal as FAT, however most of the operating systems provide support for this. Unlike FAT, this is suitable for the hard drives, but not for the removable Medias.

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HFS+

This has been developed by Apple for the MACs. Just like NTFS, this is a journaling file system as well and it supports easy recovery in case of serious issues. Both Linux and MAC OS X operating systems are compatible with HFS+, but not Windows.

With this, I finish my 3-part series on file systems here. I hope it was entertaining and informative. If anyone reading these articles has any questions for me, feel free to shoot them through the comments section.

YouTube gets more visitors everyday than population of some of the biggest nations. The biggest video sharing website in the online world has good enough videos to keep one intrigued for an entire day. Well, the internet connection is not fast for everyone and many users like to download a YouTube video first to the system and then watch it.

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Today, I will talk about one software which works amazingly well for downloading YouTube videos. I know there are other similar apps, but, I will mention this software here because it is pretty well organized. The name is 4K Video Downloader and I just loved using this.

The software is free to use, but unless you actually want it, don’t end up installing the Oople toolbar. While installing the software, you need to click on Custom Installation and then unselect all of the checkboxes.

The application is pretty simple look wise. It’s nothing but a box which you can place on the screen. It is ready to accept the videos from almost any site in the world from where you wish to download videos for watching at a later time.

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The only two tasks that you need to complete are highlighting the URL present in your browser and copy the same. You can also copy the URL that your friends may have shared in Facebook or other similar social networking websites. Now, just right click anywhere inside the 4K Video Downloader box and then select the option Paste URL. 4K Video Downloader will now automatically detect any available video in the webpage mentioned by you. You can save the video in numerous available formats.

The download process will automatically launch inside the center pane and it will continue in the background. There is also a Smart Mode available through which you can select a resolution and file format. All the videos will get downloaded in the resolution and format you select in Smart Mode by default.

There are so many features of Linux that have made this operating system so popular among the users, but, the fact that it makes the system so secure, is definitely a plus point for the same. Well, through the permission system of the same, Linux is able to secure the machines. It is possible for you to have control over all the files present in your system and assign permissions to groups, users and everyone else as well. There is a terminal utility known as “chmod” available in Linux. This helps you to control all the various types of permissions in your Linux based system. Through this article, I’ll try to help you understand how the permission system in the Linux operating system works:

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To understand the mechanics of the Linux permission system, there is a lot of information which you’ll need to know about. If you are a starter, you should go through the 40 terminal commands to make yourself familiar with all these before you actually dive in to understand things in a better way.

The file and directory permissions can be assigned to three different categories: the group, the user and everyone else. A file or a directory is thereby owned by a particular user or group and you cannot leave these fields empty. If a user owns a file, the group name is generally same with the username of that user.

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There are 3 different permissions that you can assign and those are: read, write and execute:

Read (4 – ‘r’)

Write (2 – ‘w’)

Execute (1 – ‘x’)

The letters r, w, x and the numbers 4, 2, 1 make the different ways through which you can assign permissions to a category.

With read access, one can read content of a file and even copy the same if they wish to. If it’s write access, a user can overwrite the content of the file partially or completely. With execute access; it is possible for a user to execute that file, no matter what the file type is.

What is Hazel?

May 10th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Mac - (0 Comments)

I have always been on the lookout for a MAC application that works in the background and does not want any keyboard shortcuts or any sort of mouse click on my part. Well, if you have been searching for something similar, your search ends here. Hazel is an automation program which goes into action whenever files are added to the system or any sort of changes are made into the designated folders. Automator is a similar application, but, according to me, Hazel is easier to use and faster in operation as well. You can create your own customized rules and some of these in my MAC are: automatically clearing off files on the system after a specific period of time, changing file size of the screenshots, opening up new applications which are added to the Applications folder, move PDF files in a specific folder etc. It is also possible for you to integrate with the Dropbox account automatically.

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There are so many features of Hazel that it may not be possible for me to cover everything up in a single article. Remember, if you are a fan of free applications, Hazel is probably not for you. It costs a total of $25. However, there is an option to test whether this is worth using or not, you just need to sign up for the 14-day free trial.

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Hazel watches the folder for which you assign certain rules. Let me give you an example: create a rule for a folder where all of your downloaded exe files will be moved. After setting the rules correctly, you don’t need to do anything else for executing that particular rule. Hazel is installed in the System Preferences menu of yours, but, it is also possible for you to interact with the same through the menu bar.

CloudClip is a clipboard management tool and it caters to very specific needs. It is available to a limited number of platforms only. However, it scores higher than its competitors on the ground that it synchronizes with the cloud. Apart from that, it allows you to share the clipboard between various computers (Something you will find extremely useful if you switch between your laptop and desktop pretty often, just like me). The application is completely portable as well and that means that CloudClip can itself be synchronized within a Dropbox folder.

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To use CloudClip, you should create an account on the official website first. This is only for associating the CloudClip with your cloud account data. You don’t need to confirm your email address after registration, so, you can easily use a fake one. Even if you use an original email id, there are slim chances of you being bombarded with spam emails. To keep the speed fast, CloudClip doesn’t support images and other files. I don’t mind that though. Clipboards are meant for plain text only.

Once you have registered, you will be able to download the MAC or Windows version of the application. CloudClip does not support mobile devices as of yet, but, according to reports, they are pushing towards it in the future. Once you have finished downloading, go to the Account tab, enter your details and log in.

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Now, go to the Clips tab and for testing purpose, copy a block of text. Within a couple of seconds at maximum, the same will appear in the top row of the application. You will see all the clips being numbered and with time stamps, sorted from newest to oldest. A former entry can be copied just by making a double click. Similar entries are not re-added and hence, you won’t find duplicate entries. Any entry can be deleted by right clicking on the same and thereby choosing Delete option.

Almost everything is being plugged into cloud these days. I personally don’t see any surprise in the fact that file storage solutions such as SugarSync or Dropbox have found such huge popularity among the users. If the mobile devices are taken into account, a lot of cloud management is done by these as well, behind the scenes.

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I understand that on mobile platform, cloud is already a big deal. However, you should not forget about your good old PC. Windows 8 seems to have made a push to the cloud, despite of the fact that a lot has to be done. On today’s article, I’ll explain the whereabouts of a Windows application that helps you with clipboard management, the name is ArchiveClipboard.

ArchiveClipboard works perfectly not only for your desktop, but laptop or netbook as well running on various operating systems such as Mac, Linux or Windows. The only dependency for ArchiveClipboard lies on JAVA and all the modern versions of these operating systems are supported by ArchiveClipboard.

The interface is lightweight, at the same time attractive and easy to use. There are 2 panes on the main user interface: the system clipboard and the archive clipboard. While the archive clipboard shows all the earlier entries, the system clipboard shows text, image or file that is copied currently.

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There is a Settings menu as well and through that, you can toggle monitoring for images, texts and files. There is also an option to let ArchiveClipboard run in the system tray and also notify you in case of occurrence of a particular event. Not only English, but the app supports various other languages such as Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese and German as well.

The app is yet to support the functionality of allowing the users to synchronize clipboard between different devices, but, this feature, should be available soon. Apps for both Android and iOS are also on their way.