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How to Set up File Sharing in Mac OS X Lion

Macintosh file sharing enables you to use files, folders, and disks from other Macs on a network — any network, including the Internet — as easily as though they were on your own local hard drive. If you [more…]

How to Set Access and Permissions Preferences in Mac OS X Lion

Macintosh file sharing (and indeed, Mac OS X Lion as well) is based on the concept of users. You can share items with no users, one user, or many users, depending on your needs and what you tell your Mac [more…]

How to Create Users in Mac OS X Lion

People who share folders and drives in Mac OS X Lion (or your Mac) are users. A user’s access to items on your local hard drive is entirely at your discretion. You can configure your Mac so only you can [more…]

How to Change or Remove a User in Mac OS X Lion

When working with user accounts and file sharing in Mac OS X Lion, circumstances might dictate that you need to change a user’s identity, password, or accessibility, or perhaps delete a user. Follow these [more…]

How to Limit the Capabilities of a User in Mac OS X Lion

Sometimes you want to limit what users of your computer can access in Mac OS X Lion. For example, you might want to make certain programs off limits. You do this by clicking the Parental Controls button [more…]

Understanding Mac OS X Lion Folder Permissions

As you might expect, folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion control who can use a given folder or any disk (or partition) other than the startup disk. You can set permissions for the folder’s owner, a subset [more…]

Sharing a Folder in Mac OS X Lion

Suppose, while using Mac OS X Lion, you have a folder you want to share, but it has slightly different rules than those set up for the Public folder, for the Drop Box folder within the Public folder, or [more…]

Taking Advantage of Useful Permissions Settings in Mac OS X Lion

When working with and setting folder permissions in Mac OS X Lion, you can combine permissions for a folder. You’ll probably find one option that fits the way you work and the people you want to share [more…]

How to Connect to a Shared Folder on a Remote Mac with Mac OS X Lion

You can access folders remotely from another computer with Mac OS X Lion. (Just make sure first that you have the correct administrative permissions to it.) File sharing must be activated on the Mac where [more…]

How to Change Account Passwords in Mac OS X Lion

You can change your Mac OS X Lion user password at any time. Changing your password is a good idea if you’re concerned about security — for example, if there’s a chance your password has been discovered [more…]

How to Turn on Screen Sharing in Mac OS X Lion

Screen Sharing in Mac OS X Lion lets you control another Mac on your network from your Mac. In essence, you see the other Mac’s screen on your Mac — and control it using [more…]

Setting Up Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion

Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion enables your Mac to recognize and respond to human speech. The only thing you need to use it is a microphone, and all laptops and iMacs have a built-in mic these days [more…]

How to Use Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion

Speech Recognition in Mac OS X Lion enables your Mac to recognize and respond to human speech. It lets you issue verbal commands to your Mac and have it actually perform the commanded tasks. [more…]

How to Use Text to Speech in Mac OS X Lion

One way your Mac can speak to you in Mac OS X Lion is using Text to Speech, which converts on-screen text to spoken words. If you’ve used Text to Speech in earlier versions of Mac OS X, you’ll find that [more…]

How to Use a Mouse with Mac OS X Lion

Are you new to the Mac and just figuring out how to move the mouse around? Now is a good time to go over some fundamental stuff that you need to know for just about everything you’ll be doing on a Mac [more…]

Navigating the Help Menu in Mac OS X Lion

One of the best features about all Macs is the excellent built-in help, and Mac OS X Lion doesn’t cheat you on that legacy: This system has online help in abundance. When you have a question about how [more…]

Navigating the Finder in Mac OS X Lion

The Finder is the program that creates the Desktop, keeps track of your files and folders, and is always running. Just about everything you do on your Mac in OS X Lion begins and ends with the Finder. [more…]

Navigating Windows in Mac OS X Lion

Windows are a ubiquitous part of using a Mac. When you open a folder in OS X Lion, you see a window. When you write a letter, the document that you’re working on appears in a window. When you browse the [more…]

Using Scroll Bars in Mac OS X Lion

One way to see more of what’s in a window or pane on a Mac is to scroll through it. Scroll bars appear at the bottom and right sides of any window or pane in OS X Lion that contains more stuff — icons, [more…]

Lion Server Management Tools beyond Server and Server Admin

Lion Server provides a number of management tools in addition to the most used Server and Server Admin applications. These tools do everything from managing client disk images and security policies to [more…]

Top Ten Signs You Know It’s Time to Buy a Server

Server refers to software, hardware, or both. Server software can be the whole package, such as Mac OS X Server, or one of its features, such as the e-mail server. The Mac that Mac OS X Server runs on [more…]

The Servers in Lion Server that Enable User Collaboration

Lion Server isn’t one server, but more than two dozen servers. You turn many of them on and off with a few mouse clicks. Here’s a quick look at the services on a Lion server that will help your users collaborate [more…]

The Servers in Lion Server that Help You Manage Your Network and Devices

Lion Server is made up of more than two dozen servers. Here’s a quick look at services available to help you manage the network and the devices on it. [more…]

The Web Server inside Lion Server

Lion Server’s web server is really a package of technology, starting with the Apache web server, the most popular web server on the Internet. The web server also includes the PostgreSQL database [more…]

Why You Need a Lion Server

For a small network, Lion Server will serve your PCs and your Macs, too. On a large network, Mac OS X will peacefully coexist with Windows servers, serving your Macs like no Windows server can. [more…]

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