Mac OS X

  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What business can expect from Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    The newest Mac OS -- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, due to be released later this summer -- has two major changes aimed directly at business users and the IT staff that supports them: tighter integration with Exchange and the end of AppleTalk.
  • 15 easy fixes for Mac security risks

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    The debate as to whether Mac users truly have more-secure machines or simply enjoy "security through obscurity" rages on, but this article isn't about that debate; it's about a pair of simple questions: "How safe is your Mac?" and "How can you make it safer?"
  • Macs and malware: The straight dope

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 10:46 am

    Is Mac OS X the impenetrable fortress that Apple makes it out to be, or is it really a lurking malware death trap? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.
  • From iPod to Android: How 10 tech products got their names

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:27 am

    The makers of these 10 tech products -- the iPod, BlackBerry, Firefox, Twitter, Windows 7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, Mac OS X and the "Big Cats," and Red Hat Linux -- all have displayed certain amounts marketing savvy, common sense and fun-loving spirit in settling on their products' names. Here are the intriguing, surprising and sometimes predictable accounts of their creation.
  • 10 essential tasks to keep Mac OS X Leopard purring

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 9:35 pm

    One of the big selling points for Mac OS X Leopard is that it is a stable operating system that is not prone to crashes, freezes, corrupted or fragmented hard drives, viruses and spyware, or the seemingly inexplicable performance losses typically associated with Windows. However, even the best-engineered car still requires the occasional oil change and tune-up to keep it running at its best. Periodically performing a few key maintenance tasks can keep Leopard -- and earlier versions of Mac OS X -- running strong and prevent or resolve problems.
  • OpenCL: What you need to know

    Posted August 6, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    But based on Apple's public statements about the next version of OS X, we know that Snow Leopard features some new technology that promises to more thoroughly utilize the potential processing capability of the powerful graphics processors included with many Macs. Apple is promoting the technology, OpenCL, as a new open standard for graphics. But what is OpenCL exactly?
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