A few weeks ago we wrote an article on built-in options for launching applications in OS X, which included creating a quick-launch or Windows "Run" equivalent with Automator, using Spotlight, and also using an application folder stack in the Dock. One reader e-mailed us about another option that we overlooked in the article, which is to use a Finder window's toolbar for launching applications.… Read more
Editor's Note: Since this story was posted, Oracle has updated its Web site to clarify that VirtualBox is for use only with Snow Leopard Server. Apple's EULA for Snow Leopard allows the installation of one copy of OS X on one Apple-branded computer, while Snow Leopard Server allows additional copies of Mac OS X Server on the same computer, as long as you have licenses for each of these copies. The article has since been updated to reflect this clarification.
On Monday Oracle released version 3.2 of their VirtualBox software, which it now own as part of its recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The update changes the developer references in the program, but also brings another bout of enhancements and optimizations, one of which is support for virtualizing OS X (Apple allows virtualization of the Server OS only). Seeing this as a feature, I couldn't resist giving it a shot to see how it runs.… Read more
Apple has seeded the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.4 to developers. The build, version 10F54, is reported to have no known issues.… Read more
Check Software Update! Apple has released a couple of Java updates for OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6. These updates will install Java version 1.6.0_20 on Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard, and will install Java version 1.5.0_24 on OS X 10.5. The updates will also fix a couple of security holes that allow arbitrary code to be executed by Java applets.… Read more
New to Mac? Don't worry, MacFixIt is taking it back to basics, starting with System Preferences and moving throughout Apple's Mac OS X and the iLife and iWork application suites. This edition of Mac Basics sorts out the preferences you can change regarding your Mac's appearance.… Read more