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  • The new Mac OS X: What Apple has in store for business

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    As Mac sales grow, more find their way into businesses
  • OS X 10.7: The rumors and the reality

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 8:54 pm

    On Wednesday, when Apple holds a Mac-focused event--you remember, those machines that Apple made before iPhones, iPods, and iPads took over?--it promises a look at the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7. Although this release hasn't been named, the invitation clearly shows a lion peeking out from behind a rotated Apple logo... so I'm guessing that Mac OS X 10.7 will be named Lynx. OK, just kidding on that one; clearly it's going to be Lion.
  • 5 Things Linux Does Better Than Mac OS X

    Posted September 30, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    Were it not for Windows' long-standing installed base and overwhelming market dominance, it seems unlikely that anyone would argue seriously for the merit of the operating system, plagued as it is by high prices, security problems and vendor lock-in.
  • OS X's ten most innovative features

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    When Apple took the wraps off Mac OS X a decade ago, it clearly marked a big leap forward from the old Mac operating system. But as Mac users installed that first beta disk, it wasn't exactly clear how big a leap OS X would turn out to be. With ten of updates, innovations, and enhancements under our belt, we can now see how far we've come since Steve Jobs released the Mac OS X Public Beta at the Apple Expo in Paris on September 13, 2000. We now rely on OS X features that early OS adopters probably couldn't even conceive of a decade ago.
  • OS X then and now: What's changed since the beta

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 10:26 am

    Since OS X Public Beta, released ten years ago on September 13, 2000, Apple has launched seven major versions of Mac OS X. During that long evolution, Apple has changed many things about its operating system: Finder behavior, bundled applications, appearance, and more. The most recent release--2009's Snow Leopard--packs features that would have made users of early OS X very jealous indeed.
  • Parallels Desktop 6 coming to Mac

    Posted September 9, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    On Thursday, Parallels announced the latest version of its virtualization software, Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac. The software allows Mac users to run Windows within Mac OS X. The company says that Parallels Desktop 6 has over 80 new features and improvements.
  • Flash 10.1 on Mac OS X

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 9:00 am

    In June of this year, the Adobe Flash team released version 10.1 of the Flash plugin/player. This was the version that would fix all the problems Flash had. No more bogging down of browsers. No more eating your CPU alive. Runs just as perfectly on every handheld (but the iPhone) as it does on desktops. If you had a complaint about Flash, 10.1 would fix it. In short, this was to be the Magic Unicorn release.
  • Apple releases OS X updates for new iMacs, Magic Trackpad

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 9:15 pm

    If you already rushed out to purchase a Magic Trackpad or one of the brand new iMacs Apple announced on Tuesday morning, then it's time to do the Software Update dance. The company has rolled out a pair of updates for Mac OS X 10.6.4 and Mac OS X 10.6.4 Server installations running on the new desktop models, as well as software updates for those who want to use the Magic Trackpad with their existing Mac.
  • Remote access: OS X's built-in tools

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 8:46 pm

    OS X 10.5 and 10.6 both have the robust Screen Sharing program built in. It lets you access other 10.5 and 10.6 systems, and it's backward-compatible with the industry-standard VNC (virtual network computing) protocol. Unfortunately, on its own, that program alone isn't very good at reaching out over the Internet; it's best for connecting to computers that are hooked up to the same router, using Bonjour.
  • Patching the Patch: Trouble with the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard update

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    The good news: The new Snow Leopard patch fixes a lot of problems. The bad news: It also introduces one.
  • 6 Free Tools to Make Windows and Mac Play Nice

    Posted June 3, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    Over time, Windows and Mac OS X systems have grown to accept each others' place in the average home or office. That doesn't mean there aren't some remaining kinks in sharing files and staying in sync. Here are some free tools that make Microsoft and Apple products just get along.
  • OS X 10.5, 10.6 get Java updates

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 11:34 am

    We'd be remiss if we let Tuesday pass without noting that Apple has released a pair of Java updates for OS X 10.5 and 10.6. Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2 is aimed at Snow Leopard users, while Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7 does the trick for those of us still using Leopard.
  • Adobe, pack out your trash

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 2:21 pm

    I recently had a chance to do a manual install of Adobe's CS5 Master Collection on my Macbook Pro. Anyone who knows me knows that I am particularly hard on installers, because as a sysadmin, I deal with them a lot. I have to say for 99% of the experience, I was reasonably pleased. Compared to CS installers of yore, the install went well, and Adobe finally waits until the absolute last minute to flash the infamous "please quit your browser" notice. You still have to, but instead of making you do so for the entire installation, you only have to deal with this annoyance for a few minutes at most.
  • Question: Why switch to Linux or a Mac?

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Answer: Because, you can't keep Windows secure even if you do the right things.
  • Make your Mac application work with IT

    Posted April 22, 2010 - 7:56 pm

    Some simple tips to help Mac developers ensure their applications fit in well with the widest range of Mac IT tools.
  • Apple tweaks OS X 10.6.3 with stability update

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.3 v1.1, what is essentially an update to its recent update for Snow Leopard. It contains a typical round of stability, compatibility, and security fixes for Mac OS X, though apparently not enough to warrant a bump to 10.6.4.
  • Inside Apple's OS X 10.6.3 update

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 10:01 am

    For many years now, I've written articles detailing the changes in each minor OS X update that's released, such as the now-available Mac OS X 10.6.3. In the beginning, writing these articles was both interesting and worthwhile, as Apple rarely went into great detail about what was in a given update.
  • CeBIT 2010 Day Two: Down to Business

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 10:05 am

    A stroll through the business-focused halls at CeBIT reveals an enormously diverse and vibrant IT economy.
  • Windows turns table on Mac OS X, gains share

    Posted March 1, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Microsoft Windows climbed out of its rut last month to gain market share, Web measurement company NetApplications.com said today.
  • Enable some missing Snow Leopard Services

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 1:10 pm

    Try this experiment on your Mac OS 10.6 machine. Select some text in TextEdit, then Control-click on the selection. In the contextual menu that appears, you should see three entries at the bottom of the menu: New Note With Selection, New Email With Selection, and Make New Sticky Note. If you don't see these entries, you're experiencing the bug. Here's how to fix it.
  • Virtualizing Your Desktop: Unavoidable.

    Posted January 26, 2010 - 11:49 am

    Juggling operating systems is becoming the norm. If you have less than three of them available at just a click, then you're not working hard enough.
  • Top Ten General Operating Systems Rants

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    Operating systems are full of chutzpah. Mine's faster than yours. It does tricks, see? Bah. Most all of them fail at the most basic of needs. We list them.
  • Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

    Posted December 21, 2009 - 7:14 am

    There were literally hundreds of them from huge companies down to busy people with laptops: operating systems. Some found their way into microdevices, watches, refrigerators, mobile phones, cars, motorcycles, jets, even the International Space Station. Occasionally, they worked, and perhaps they worked well. Others, sadly, didn't-- or weren't the right thing at the right time. We name names.
  • Apple doesn't owe you anything

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:25 pm

    Doesn't this relationship seems like it only goes one way?
  • Apple releases server diagnostic tool for Snow Leopard

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    Apple released a server diagnostic download on Thursday that the company says will test servers running Mac OS X Server 10.6 for hardware issues.
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