To edit the Mac’s hosts file only requires a few steps. This file is a text file that is used to map hostnames to external IP addresses. Software vendors usually do this so they know who is using their software. As you open a program like Photoshop it looks for the Adobe validation servers. If you prefer to block Adobe from doing this, the Mac hosts file is the file you want to edit. Again, this procedure prevents any software from forcing your computer to access an external IP address by blocking particular address inside the hosts file. Brilliant. So here’s how to edit the Mac hosts file on Yosemite OS X. There are a few different ways to do this, but I think this is the most straight forward.
The Mac Finder is equivalent to Windows Explorer. The difference, the Mac Finder will sometimes open after you turn on your computer. Unless you live in Finder, you probably don’t want this. The good news, there is a way to prevent finder from opening at startup. In this video I am going to show you step by step how to correct this annoying problem. These steps will work on most versions of Mac OS. In this video I am using Yosemite. If you still have problems with the Mac Finder let me know in the comments.
For all of you Boom Mac Volume Booster users who have lost your sound in one speaker, headphone or both, I have the fix.
I’ve been using Boom Volume Booster for some time now. Used it on my Macbook Pro and now on my iMac. The other day I noticed the sound in the left speaker in my Sony MDR-7506 Professional Series headphones fading in and out. I thought it might be the Headphones, after all, they are 8 years old. Then I thought, maybe it’s the microphone jack. Then I remembered, Boom is software that pushes your default sound to the outer limits. The Boom Mac Volume Booster program places kernel extensions & audio plugins in the system, according to the the support team at Global Delight.
The Fix: Uninstall Boom from your applications folder. Then reinstall the app by going into your trash can and selecting “Put Back”. I’m sure after downloading fresh copy from the website and doing a fresh install would work too. If you are not familiar with Boom, definitely give it a try. http://www.globaldelight.com/boom