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  • No, HealthCare.gov doesn’t require half a billion lines of code

    Posted May 28, 2014 - 6:00 am

    New data confirms that a previous claim about the size of the Obamacare portal’s code base was way off the mark
  • Why your next computer will run...Unix?

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    The next time you buy a computer, you'll likely get one tied to the ancient computing past --- Unix. Yes, you heard that right, Unix. Here's why.
  • Why a Chromebook should be your next notebook

    Posted September 6, 2013 - 11:37 am

    Google has just announced a new generation of Chrome OS apps, and for the first time, Chromebooks may be able to compete against their more expensive Windows and Mac OS X competitors. In a BYOD world where companies increasingly ask you to buy your own portable devices, it may be time to opt for a Chromebook.
  • Transfer music, photos, and other files from Android to your computer

    Posted April 22, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Here are the best tools, in a short list, that I recommend for transferring music, photos, and files between Android and systems.
  • Top 20 OS X command-line secrets for power users

    Posted September 21, 2012 - 7:37 am

    For most people, the Mac's OS X is all about the graphical user interface. But system administrators and power users know that the Mac's command-line interface can be a powerful time saver and, in many cases, the only method to accomplish certain tasks. The command shell itself, delivered by Apple's included lTerminal program, is a wonder of open source. Bash -- for "Bourne again shell" -- was developed by free-software guru Brian Fox. It's widely used on operating systems of all kinds, including iOS, Linux, Unix, and mainframes. There's already a huge brain trust of tool knowledge around using Bash as a systems administrator's command shell.
  • Review

    Log Leech offers a clean interface for viewing system log files

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2012 series. Every weekday from mid June through mid August, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.
  • Top IT tools for Mac OS X

    Posted June 29, 2012 - 8:00 am

    15 handy troubleshooting and productivity tools for Mac-loving server and network admins.
  • How to edit images for free

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:21 am

    If you work on the Web, you've probably been asked to do some simple image editing, even if your job has little or nothing to do with the artistic side of things. The standard image editors that came with your computer are fine for basic tasks, but complex editing typically requires the more sophisticated functions of Adobe Photoshop. This can be a problem, since Photoshop's $600 price tag is rather hefty.
  • Kaspersky doubles up slam at Apple, Mac OS X

    Posted May 14, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Two Kaspersky Labs top execs publicly and explicitly slammed Apple for poor security in recent weeks as Apple customers go through the pain of growing into malware targets and Kaspersky makes a big push to round up new customers for its cloud security service. Apple users, maybe.
  • Apple offers free OS X upgrade to prep for switch to iCloud

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Apple is offering Mac users a free upgrade to OS X 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard, in an attempt to prep them for the June switch from MobileMe to the newer iCloud online sync and backup service.
  • Quickly print files from within the Finder in OS X

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Is there some way to quickly print a single copy of a file without having to go through a Print dialog box? Yes, if you do it in the Finder. Here's how
  • 'Flashback' Mac malware: One more reason to switch to Linux

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Given the vast numbers of Macs that are apparently infected with the Flashback Trojan malware, it's not at all surprising to see that sales of Mac security software are now skyrocketing.
  • Kaspersky Lab suspends Flashback-fighting tool

    Posted April 13, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Kaspersky Lab on Thursday suspended distribution of its tool to remove the Flashback malware attacking Mac computers, saying the tool itself was making unacceptable alterations to user computers. A replacement is expected soon.
  • Mac security software sales jump after Flashback infections make news

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 11:15 am

    Sales of Mac security software have jumped since the news broke last week about a massive malware infection of Apple computers, according to application statistics and some antivirus vendors.
  • FREE eBook: 'Switching to the Mac' by David Pogue

    Posted April 10, 2012 - 1:45 pm

    ITworld is giving away 10 eBook copies of David Pogue's new book 'Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition'. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Create a bootable Mac OS X Lion install drive for newer Macs

    Posted February 18, 2012 - 8:20 am

    One of the premier troubleshooting features of Lion, Lion Recovery lets you boot your Mac into a special recovery mode to check or repair your hard drive, browse the Web for troubleshooting help, restore your drive from a backup, or even reinstall Lion itself. But there are still good reasons to have a bootable installer disc or drive. Here's how to create one.
  • Hands on with Apple's new OS X: Mountain Lion

    Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Apple updates its iOS mobile operating system once a year. But why should the iPhone and iPad have all the fun? On Thursday Apple announced that it will release a new version of OS X—Mountain Lion—this summer, just a year after the release of OS X Lion.
  • Some Mac OS X 10.7.3 users encounter nasty bug; fix available

    Posted February 2, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who rush to install every new software update that Apple offers up, and those who hold off to make sure the coast is clear before they click the Install button. Some aggressive installers who were quick to install Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3, released Wednesday, encountered a troubling bug that surely left the “wait-and-see” crowd prouder than ever to be patient.
  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.7.3

    Posted February 2, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Apple on Wednesday released Mac OS X 10.7.3, an incremental update to Lion. As usual, Apple recommends the update to all Lion users, saying that it addresses stability, compatibility, and security issues.
  • Updates for Snow Leopard security, Remote Desktop now available

    Posted February 1, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    In addition to releasing Mac OS X 10.7.3 on Wednesday, Apple also pushed out two other software updates: a security update for Snow Leopard and an update to Apple Remote Desktop.
  • Four great Mac OS X services you don't know about

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Once you know the basics about services, OS X’s underused shortcuts, your next question is inevitably: Where can I find more? You can add -- and even create -- your own services. Here are four of the best:
  • Apple loses bid to block Mac OS X copy protection secrets in clone case

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    A federal judge this week denied Apple's request to keep secret the technical information that describes how the company locks Mac OS X to its hardware.
  • How to reset a forgotten administrator's password in Mac OS X Lion

    Posted January 3, 2012 - 5:34 pm

    Reader Lee Benjamin would like to reset his administrator’s password but it doesn’t work the way it once did. He writes:
  • Parallels Desktop vs. Boot Camp: Which is best for running Windows on a Mac?

    Posted November 28, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    Parallels Desktop 7 promises Apple users the best Windows experience on the Mac through virtualization. But is it actually better than running Boot Camp? We put both solutions to the test.
  • VMware backtracks on OS X Client virtualization

    Posted November 22, 2011 - 2:07 pm

    On Friday, we reported that VMware Fusion 4.1 can run virtual versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard, a feature previously barred by Apple’s end-user license agreement. On Monday, the other shoe dropped: VMware posted a blog entry that seems to back away from that feature.

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