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Save video messages on Skype on OS X

Skype on OS X (and on Windows, for that matter) does not provide a way to save video messages. From what I understand, you’ll need to pay for a pro version of Skype (according to what I’ve read in forums; it’s not something I’ve confirmed with Skype.com) for the ability to save video messages. That sounds ridiculous to me. There’s another way. I provide the simplest solution here.

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Cheap long-distance calls from OS X and iPhone, and local numbers

For about 4 years now I have been using a service called LocalPhone. For people who travel a lot and/or make a lot of international calls to and from a range of countries, it’s an excellent service. LocalPhone provides very low rates for phone calls and text messages. When you turn up in a country, […]

Mac Friendly VPN providers: HideIPVPN

There are a growing number of VPN service providers, a rapidly escalating industry after the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying programs. Not all VPN services are created equal, and not all are as Mac friendly as they could be. Here we will look at how HideIPVPN performs as far as Mac support, ease of use, privacy, and anonymity.

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Extract RAR files on Mac OS X

Received a RAR file and wondering the best and easiest way to extract it on your Mac OS X computer. Extracting RAR files is simple, and the best part is the tools for the job are free.

Using TextEditor from the Command Line

A lot of people find the ASCII based command-line text editors (like Vim) a pain to work with. Here’s a few suggestions on how to easily invoke TextEditor (or any other GUI based editor you prefer) from the command line in Terminal.

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Restore File Name Label Colours in Mavericks

People who relied on color labels highlighting files and folders in Finder on per-Mavericks OS X were dismayed to discover this feature was removed by Apple, with no option for recourse. Here’s an easy and free way to restore color labels (aka. tags) on filenames and folders in OS X 10.9+