Mac OS X

  • Mac clone maker 'happily' agrees to OS X injunction

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar traded barbs last week in federal court as they simultaneously asked a judge to end the case that began more than 15 months ago.
  • The case for Entourage on Snow Leopard

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    With last month's release of Mac OS X 10.6, much has been made about the potential impact of the included Exchange support in Snow Leopard. Many pundits have even gone so far as to say that with Mac OS X 10.6, you won't need to deal with Exchange clients like Microsoft Entourage, or even the upcoming Outlook for Mac OS X ever again. Exchange support is already in there! The reality of course, is a bit more complicated.
  • Tracking Snow Leopard's upgrade rate

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    How quickly are Mac users adopting Snow Leopard? It's hard to tell, but everyone's got a guess. In general, Mac users are much faster to upgrade than their Windows counterparts. But Snow Leopard's got one aspect that should drive upgrades (its $29 price tag) and another that might cause upgrades to lag (its relatively scant list of major new features).
  • The seven most underused Apple Mail features

    Posted September 21, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    If you're anything like me, you fall into certain habits when using programs such as Apple Mail--you get used to using the same small set of core features all the time and tend to overlook capabilities that are less obvious, though no less useful. Here are seven truly helpful features that often go unnoticed.
  • See hidden files in Snow Leopard's Open and Save dialogs

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Many of OS X's files and folders are hidden when working with the system--most of the Unix-only folders, such as /usr, /etc, and /bin, for instance. If you want to always see these hidden files and folders, you can do just that.
  • Snow Leopard sales roar out the gate

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Sales of Snow Leopard during its first two weeks on the shelves far exceeded those of the last two Apple operating systems -- Leopard and Tiger -- a retail research analyst said today.
  • Keyboard navigation of Snow Leopard's Stacks

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    If you like using Stacks in Grid view mode in OS X, and you prefer using your keyboard to your mouse, Snow Leopard adds some new keyboard-based navigation ability to Stacks.
  • Apple issues security updates for Leopard, Tiger

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    On the same day that Apple released the first update to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, the company also issued a slew of security updates for Tiger and Leopard users.
  • Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.1

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Less than two weeks after it rolled out Snow Leopard, Apple released the first update to its new OS. Included in the OS X 10.6.1 update are a number of stability and compatibility improvements as well as patches for security issues, among them including the more recent version of the Flash plug-in for Safari.
  • How to use text substitution in Snow Leopard

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    One of the potentially more useful new features in Snow Leopard is the ability to create (nearly) system-wide text replacements. If you open the Text tab of the Language & Text System Preferences, you'll see a number of predefined replacements, including (c) for ©, (r) for ®, and TM for ™.
  • Apple updates QuickTime for Leopard, Tiger users

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 8:55 am

    It may not get the attention shown to a new version of iTunes or even an iPhone OS update, but QuickTime also saw a new version rolled out on Wednesday. QuickTime 7.6.4 adds support for the newly released iTunes 9 as well as improved audio device support for Windows Vista users.
  • Review

    Online backup services

    Posted September 7, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    With large amounts of storage and faster Internet connections, backing up your files online has become more viable. These hosted backup providers can also add depth to your archives, since most of them store data in such a way that you can retrieve several--or even several hundred--previous versions of a modified file.
  • Snow Leopard's (partial) Gem substitutes

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 9:41 am

    One of the goals of Mac Gems is to find inexpensive software that makes Mac OS X even better--system tweaks and add-ons, productivity tools, and anything else that helps you get more out of your Mac. But as I've noted in the past, sometimes the features provided by third-party software are so useful that Apple decides they should be part of the OS itself. As a result, after every major new version of Mac OS X, I take a brief look at past Gems that are no longer necessary--or, at the very least, are less necessary for some people.
  • Snow Leopard fixes Expose

    Posted September 3, 2009 - 12:10 am

    And you probably didn't even know it was broken!
  • Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard

    Posted August 28, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Not even the health care debate can compare to a good Windows vs. Mac blowout.
  • Penguins, Lizards and Apple's X Factor: How Famous OS Logos Got Started

    Posted August 14, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Ronald McDonald and the NBC Peacock may get more TV air time, but today's operating systems have cool logos, too. Google, Apple, Microsoft and the Linux crowd crafted mascots ranging from cute lizards to circles of life. Here we look at the origins of the logos and look ahead to their future.
  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard hits golden master; When will you be upgrading?

    Posted August 13, 2009 - 2:14 am

    OS X point update day makes your blogger feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
  • Security is a process

    Posted August 12, 2009 - 6:10 pm

    Windows is a security joke, but don't let that trick you into thinking that Macs or Linux are magically immune. If you don't constantly work on security, any system can end up wrecked.
  • Steve Ballmer's problems are other people's fault

    Posted July 31, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Why is Microsoft's CEO promising improvements in products his company doesn't make?
  • The UI challenge: Windows 7 vs Mac OS X

    Posted July 26, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    The ultimate UI battle between Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Find out who wins, and who loses, in each of 10 key areas
  • New Harry Potter ships for Mac, other platforms

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Electronic Arts (EA) on Tuesday announced the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a video game based on the upcoming movie. It debuts simultaneously on multiple platforms including the Mac. It costs $30.

  • Where the iPhone is driving Mac OS X

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Apple's Snow Leopard has gained several key features from the iPhone OS. Is mobile driving the Apple desktop?
  • Apple Java update fixes security hole

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Apple on Monday released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 4 and Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 9, two updates that "deliver improved reliability, security and compatibility." Both are available through the Software Update system preference, or for download from Apple's Web site.
  • iPhone 3.0, Win 7 in the EU, flu pandemic

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 7:52 pm

    Just as expected, Apple showed off its next iPhone at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference, but even though we knew that news was coming it still tops the list this week because, honestly, how could it not?
  • Capture output of certain Unix commands

    Posted June 12, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    A while back, I was trying to capture the output of the Unix command httpd -t to the clipboard. Typically, you do this in OS X by sending the command's output through the pbcopy command. But in this case, it wasn't working. After much investigation, what I learned is that some Unix commands, httpd -t included, don't send their output to the Terminal in the usual way.
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