Depending on how you have your Mac set up, and what you have installed on it, you may see a number of files such as "$RECYCLE.BIN" and "Thumbs.db" appear in various folders. These files and folders are the Windows equivalent to the notorious .DS_Store files that OS X litters on Windows and Linux shares, and there are several reasons why you may be seeing them:… Read more
Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a basic program that allows users to find and delete duplicate files taking up valuable space on their hard drives. This is a helpful utility for users who find themselves with limited disk space and can't figure out why.
The program's interface is simple and extremely easy to use. Users simply select the folders they want to search in, set the matching criteria and file types, and click the Scan button. The program displays a list of duplicate files, allowing users to select and delete those that are not needed. That's really … Read more
A few people have noticed a problem in Snow Leopard where depending on the view being used, the Finder may not properly manage files on shared SMB resources. Specifically, when in column view in the Finder, while files and folders can be created and deleted, folders cannot be renamed. In some instances doing this leads to the Finder crashing and relaunching but for the most part folders just will not rename.… Read more
We all know our cell phones can give away our locations whether or not we want them to. But what if you want to track someone who's too forgetful--or perhaps ornery--to carry one around?
EmFinders to the rescue. This week the Frisco, Texas-based tech start-up unveiled EmSeeQ, which is designed to look and be worn like a watch (though strangely does not tell time--but hey, it's better than a collar) and uses cellular network-based U-TDOA technology to provide tracking information to law enforcement and E-911 systems.
The company says the device, which costs $185 plus a $25 monthly service charge, "can be worn by anyone with the propensity to wander, including those with Alzheimer's, autism, and other cognitive and developmental disabilities." Which to any discerning parent translates to teenagers, and while we're at it, pets, all of whom have propensities to wander.
Whether kids or pets would have any success getting away with wearing this beguilingly plain black "I am either Batman or a special agent" wristband that doesn't tell time remains to be seen.
Of course law enforcement in Frisco, a fast-growing suburb of Dallas, is all for it, and understandably so. "Locating wandering individuals in a particular area can often be like searching for a needle in a haystack," says Frisco Police Chief Todd Renshaw. "If the wanderer has driven somewhere, that becomes multiple haystacks. It's encouraging to know that we can begin receiving support from EmFinders immediately without any extra effort on our part. I would advise all law enforcement agencies to become familiar with this service."… Read more
Recently there have been a number of reports around the data loss bug that, while rare, can cause a Snow Leopard user's home folder to be deleted upon logging into and out of the guest account. These reports may have people concerned about their data in OS X, but in reality it is a very rare and easy bug to avoid, and also it is much easier to inadvertently overwrite a file or accidentally trash one than be caught by this bug and other behaviors that may lead to data loss.… Read more
Duplicate File Finder Lite is an easy-to-use program that allows users to locate and delete duplicate files on their computers. It's a pretty intuitive program, but don't expect guidance on whether or not it's safe to delete duplicate files.
The program's interface is very straightforward, with each step of the process arranged in its own tab. Users first select whether they want to search by file name or bytes, then select a location to search and the types of files they want to search for. The program scans the selected location and provides a list of … Read more
Foreclosure Finder is a basic program that allows users to access listings of properties that have been foreclosed upon. Although the program doesn't do anything that users couldn't do on their own, the fact that the program compiles links to various listings in one place is handy.
The program's interface is basic, consisting mostly of a series of gray buttons. Click on the Bank Owned Homes button and the program displays buttons for 34 major lenders. Clicking on each button takes users to that lender's online listing of homes for sale. The program works similarly for … Read more
When you change the size and position of a freshly opened window, the new settings should be retained whenever you next open that window, even after restarting the system. This is because the settings for each window are stored in the hidden .DS_Store file within the opened directory for that window. Sometimes, however, the settings will not appear to load properly, which can be frustrating for users.… Read more