Microsoft's Windows 8 beta is now available as a free download, which means that it's time to figure out how to install it.Officially called the Consumer Preview, the Windows 8 beta is actually quite simple to install. There are some requirements, though. Most Windows 7 computers ought to be able to handle Windows 8. You'll want to have: a 1 gigahertz or faster processor 1 gig of RAM for 32-bit or 2 gigs for 64-bit a 16 gig hard drive for 32-bit, or 20 gigs for 64-bit a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 or … Read more
I just wanted to send out a quick follow-up to my post on Wednesday.
(By the way, yes I now I have my own account, so I can post here myself. I wanted to get that last one up quickly since it was already late in coming, and Cat already had an account, so I went with it. Sad, but true. Oh, and because you all know who Cat is, but may have no clue who I am, I'm the General Manager of Download.com).
Clearly we had a big breakdown this past week and I sincerely … Read more
Dear Download.com Community,
Some press surfaced yesterday about how we're bundling advertising offers with an open source software called Nmap. The bundling of this software was a mistake on our part and we apologize to the user and developer communities for the unrest it caused. In addition to immediately taking Nmap out of the download manager, we reviewed all open source files in our catalog to ensure none are being bundled. It is a Download.com policy not to bundle open source software and we will continue to take pains to ensure this does not happen again.
Following … Read more
When you purchase an application or download it from a the Internet, often it will download as a .dmg file instead of the application itself. The file will likely be named similarly to the application, and some people may be a bit confused about how to properly use what they have downloaded.
MacFixIt reader Mary wrote in with a question about this:"How do you use these DMG files properly when downloading applications? Sometimes when I download apps a DMG file opens and there are instructions to install the program when I open it. At other times when I … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers.
This week people wrote in with questions about apparent incorrect file size and disk usage calculations in the Finder, recreating a lost playlist after upgrading iTunes, whether Lion install media should be kept updated, and Mail messages appearing blank. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present answers here, we welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: File size and disk space calculations not adding up MacFixIt reader Malcolm asks:
Answer: The folders … Read more
CNET reader Ryan M. writes:
TV height is an incredibly important issue, whether you're using a stand or mounting the TV on the wall.… Read more
Despite getting off to a smooth start, some users are experiencing problems upgrading to Apple's latest version of iOS.
Numerous users on Twitter and Apple's support forums are now reporting issues downloading the new version of the iOS software. The Next Web notes that most users with problems are getting a 3200 error, with the message that an "internal error" occurred, and that the upgrade process has been canceled as a result.
Other users--including at least one CNET editor--have run into problems after successfully downloading the update, with iTunes spitting out an error message as the … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers. This week readers wrote in with questions on restoring a missing Mail application in OS X, photos in iPhoto not uploading to Facebook, fixing a non-booting iMac without the installation DVD, and movie files requiring QuickTime 7 to run. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few answers here, we welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Restoring a missing Mail application on OS X MacFixIt reader "Randel" asks:… Read more
Generally installing OS X takes about 20 to 40 minutes, but there are times when the install process may take longer or seem to hang at a specific step. This may be especially true if you're using Apple's new Internet-based installation for Lion. When this happens, even though the installer progress bar has an estimated time remaining underneath it, the time will not change and the bar will not advance.
This mainly happens when the installer is waiting for data to load. The installer will wait for the media to be available, and instead of updating its status … Read more
St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., announced today it's beginning construction this October to install 10,000 solar panels throughout its campus.
The 2.1-megawatt project will be the largest solar installation of any hospital in New Jersey to date, and be distributed across six different locations within the hospital's campus.
The solar system will include two rooftop installations, three parking lots with solar carports, and a solar carport on the roof of an existing parking garage.
The solar system will be constructed by Sun Farm Network, and the 10,000 solar cells will … Read more