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Find the path to yoga with these free smartphone apps

Looking for your daily fix of yoga? A couple of free smartphone apps can lead the way.

As a student of yoga and meditation, I like to stay in practice as frequently as possible. However, finding the right classes when I'm traveling can be a challenge. That's when I turn to a couple of yoga-locating smartphone apps to help me find a nearby instructor.

Om Finder Available for the iPhone and iPad, Om Finder picks up your current location to suggest nearby yoga classes, studios, and teachers. You'll find the times, location, and other details on each … Read more

How to save to hidden directories in OS X

While in standard uses there may be little reason to save files to a hidden directory in OS X, there are sometimes cases when you might want to do this. The operating system contains numerous hidden directories, such as the Library folder in your user account, a number of system folders that contain configuration files and programs, as well as the ability to manually hide specific folders on your system which, for fun or otherwise, can be used to keep items relatively hidden.

If you would like to access a hidden folder on your system, you might find that accessing … Read more

Fix shared computer 'not found' in Finder

When you connect your Mac to a network where there are file sharing services, such as AFP and SMB services from other Mac and Windows systems, you will see these computers show up in the "Shared" section of the Finder sidebar. Accessing these is then as easy as clicking the computer, logging in, and selecting a shared folder to mount on your system.

While this feature can be exceptionally useful, you might sometimes encounter a problem where the system cannot connect to listed shared devices and will instead give you an error stating the item "cannot be … Read more

Setting up custom keyboard shortcuts in OS X

Keyboard shortcuts are useful options for quickly accessing specific program commands or system services, such holding the Command key and pressing C, X, or V, for copy, cut, and paste.

While common and useful commands are usually assigned a hot-key shortcut, you can also set up custom hot-key assignments in an application to give unassigned commands a hot key to invoke that command.

To do this, simply go to the "Shortcuts" tab in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, and choose "App Shortcuts" in the categories list, where you can click the plus button to add … Read more

Manage grayed-out 'Move to Trash' option in OS X

The OS X Finder allows you to access and organize files and folders on your hard drive, with one common function being to move items to the trash. While you can drag items to the trash, an additional feature is to make a selection and then press the hotkey Command-delete, or choose "Move to Trash" from the File menu, which will place the selected items in your account's trash in preparation for deletion.

While this feature should work for files and folders in your account, sometimes it is not available for a selection, and the command in … Read more

Quickly organize files into folders in OS X

If you regularly use the OS X Finder to manage your files, then you may find yourself organizing them in a classic fashion by first creating folders and then dragging items into these folders. While the final result is a classic hierarchy structure, the two-step process of creating a folder and then dragging items into it can be mundane, especially if you are organizing many files into different folders.

To help with this, OS X supports a quicker way to create a new folder containing files. Simply select your files, then right-click the selection and choose "New Folder with … Read more

Undo inadvertent drag-and-drop errors in Finder

As with most graphic operating systems where you have filesystem access, OS X offers the ability via the Finder to organize files. You can create new folders and copy or move files into them using the keyboard, but the primary mode for doing this is to click and drag a selection of files using the mouse.

This approach is intuitive, but does have the potential, especially depending on the mouse input device you are using, to run into a problem or two with inadvertently copying or moving files to the wrong location. For instance, if you are not too familiar … Read more

Nine tech torments I'd like to see fixed in 2014

I know it's the season of thankfulness and giving, but it's time to complain.

I enjoy technology, and I appreciate how difficult it is to write all that software and design all that hardware. I use it every day, usually for many hours, and it has improved my life in countless ways. But when there are shortcomings I encounter over and over, my irritation skyrockets.

The thing is, many of these problems can be fixed. The computing industry is fixing big problems with USB ports and cables. I no longer have trouble getting iOS 7's control panel … Read more

Eight little-known tips for OS X users

OS X has a number of commands available in various system and application menus which give you access to file and window management, among other details. In addition to these, there are hidden options which can be found by holding the Option, Shift, and Command keys with the various menus open.

Along with built-in commands, there are several useful, but somewhat hidden, behaviors that might be beneficial to some people. These include getting information about controls, manipulating items in Spotlight, and moving windows around on screen.

Tooltips for window controls If you have a window open and do not know … Read more

Review: TotalFinder for Mac offers numerous upgrades to your existing Finder tools

TotalFinder for Mac offers a number of powerful upgrades over the default tools found in OS X Finder. While the file browsing experience on a Mac is good, TotalFinder adds tools that many users have been requesting for years, all natively laid over the existing Finder tools so you don't need to use a separate app. It just runs in the background when installed.

After installing TotalFinder, it will replace the Finder icon in your Dock whenever you open it, so you automatically have access to these tools. You can turn it off at any time by closing the … Read more