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How to: Mount an ISO on Mac

There are many different type of images that you may need to mount on your Mac. Mounting an ISO on a Mac is simpler than you may think. Simply, open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/). From Disk Utility, go to File and click “Open Disk Image.” Disk Utility is not limited to ISO images, but can also open dmg and img files.

If you prefer the command line, input the following line into your shell: hdiutil mount sample.iso. Remember to specify the path of your iso file, using the above command assumes the iso is in your home directory. If the iso is on your desktop, input: hdiutil mount ~/Desktop/sample.iso. That will mount the sample.iso file that exists on the Desktop.

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How To: Make Your Desktop Background Into a Screensaver

Do you want an awesome background on your computer? Well I will show you how to make your desktop background into a lively moving screensaver with a few easy steps. The first step to this process is to open up System¬†Preferences,¬†go into “Desktop and Screensaver,” and then into the “Screensaver” portion. From there select which screensaver you would like to have as your background. After that open up Terminal. Then copy and paste the following code in /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background and press “enter.” After that your background should come up as the screensaver you choose. If you want to have a different screensaver you need to open a new Terminal window select the new screensaver in System Prefrences and press “Enter” again in terminal. Note that the screensaver will only stay up as long as the Terminal app is open.

Let us know how this worked for you.

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New Link Meet Safari’s Tab

Are you ever at a website and it has a link to a different page and want to read it later? Usually, it opens the link in a new window in front of what you are currently reading. Frustrating I know. I have a little trick for you, but this only works with Safari. Launch the Terminal application (Applications>Utilities) and get ready to rock. You will need to type the command exactly as it is here (Note: To be a Real Mac Genius, type it) :

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

and of course if you want to undo type:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool false