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  • No, 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • '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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 'I am really starting to hate Mac OS X' says Tim O'Reilly

    Posted November 14, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media and general guru for the last 30 plus years, opened a rant storm when he complained about Apple's Mac OS X. Surprise: many agree.
  • Mac OS X Trojan steals processing power to produce Bitcoins

    Posted October 31, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    A newly identified Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that leverages the processing power of video cards (GPUs) to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency.
  • JetBrains adds IDE for Apple iOS, Mac OS X development

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Developers can build Objective-C apps and deliver Xcode-compliant projects, keeping them on the right side of Apple's development restrictions
  • Mac OS X Lion: Losing its security pride

    Posted September 28, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Spate of vulnerabilities and Trojan attacks has some wondering about the state of Apple Mac security.
  • Apple malware update protects against PDF Trojan horse

    Posted September 27, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    If recent stories of malware have you fretting, take a deep breath: All is not lost. Apple last week updated the anti-malware definitions in Mac OS X to protect against a recently-discovered Trojan horse that masquerades as a PDF.
  • Get Lion's new scrolling in Snow Leopard today

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 10:46 am

    The "golden master" of Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) has been released to developers, which means it won't be too long before the new OS will be in the hands of consumers. When it is, among Lion's over 250 new features is one that's generating quite a bit of hand-wringing (or, in this case, finger-wringing): a new way of scrolling. More specifically, the default scroll direction in Lion is backwards--at least compared to the way we computer users have come to think of scrolling.
  • Mozilla slates Firefox 5 update to fix Mac OS X 10.7 crash bug

    Posted July 10, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    Mozilla plans to update Firefox for the Mac to deal with a bug affecting the browser in Apple's soon-to-be-released Lion operating system.
  • How to prep your Mac for Lion

    Posted July 5, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Now that Lion has attained "golden master" status, it may be just days before Apple releases Mac OS X 10.7.
  • Office 365: What's in it for the Mac and iOS

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Microsoft on Tuesday launched Office 365, an online office suite with its virtual eye on dethroning Google Apps as the king of the cloud-based workplace. The new service seems well-poised to benefit business users who rely on Apple products to get their work done.
  • Mac OS X update supports SSD optimization

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    Mac OS X 10.6.8 supports an SSD optimization algorithm called TRIM, which improves a drive's ability to remove old data and consolidate and organize remaining data.
  • Apple: Use our stores' Wi-Fi to download Lion

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Apple store representatives today said that while Genius Bar technicians won't install Lion for customers, Mac owners can use a store's Internet connection to download the 4GB upgrade.
  • Mac FAQ: No, you can't have Lion

    Posted June 17, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Next month Apple will ship Lion, giving customers the chance to upgrade to the company's newest edition of Mac OS X. Most customers, but not all.
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