The website "iFixIt" has been a goldmine of information and how-to instructions for repairing various models of Macintosh that have been released over the years, starting with the "Pismo" PowerBook G3 in 2004. Their take-apart manuals have been filled with detailed photographs and illustrations that clearly show the steps for replacing parts, and accessing components for servicing. On December 15th, they licensed all of their repair manuals to the public for free.… Read more
There are a variety of tools available for managing your hard drive's structure and data. Most are shareware utilities that give you function or time limits until you register the program, but there are a few out there that are both useful and free.… Read more
With Psystar barred permanently by a judge from selling anymore Open Computers, the Mac clone maker became just one in a string of companies that have tried selling Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware.
During Apple's three decades in business, it has at some points licensed its operating system for use on third-party computers. But since CEO Steve Jobs' return in 1997, the policy has been clear: Apple will be the only company allowed to sell Mac OS preinstalled.
Though Psystar tried and failed, there are still two companies out there--safely outside the U.S. and the reach of … Read more
Apple has released a couple of updates for Epson and Lexmark printers for OS X 10.6. Not much is mentioned about the drivers, and they are said to include the "latest printing and scanning software" for Snow Leopard. If you are having troubles with your Epson or Lexmark printer, this update may help.… Read more
OS X supports a number of menu bar additions (known as "menu extras"), which can be convenient to use; however, you may run into problems where placing your mouse over the icons will give no response and may show the spinning beachball. When this happens, items such as the clock and network graphs will freeze; however, regular applications and the system menus to the left that they use will still function properly.… Read more
Thanks to the "Darwin" underpinnings in OS X, Mac users can compile and run many useful open source projects that are available for Unix operating systems. These include everything from command-line tools and editors, to graphical desktop environments and games. While websites such as "Sourceforge" try to make it easy to access the latest versions of open source projects, the projects will still need to be compiled if a binary is not available. Usually this process is straightforward, but at times modifications to the source code and installation scripts may be required to get them running.… Read more
Every week I try to list the updates for utilities that can help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems, an outline one that I've not discussed before. This week NTFS-3G was updated, which is a driver that adds full NTFS support to OS X.… Read more
Apple has done a great job at implementing multi-touch technology in their input devices, and the new Magic Mouse and MacBook trackpads are hits for most people who've tried them. Despite this, there are some limitations to the devices which prevent them from being used at their full potential.… Read more
There is a known problem with Snow Leopard's handling of FAT32 drive partitions, where the system will run into an error when folders containing files are copied from one drive to another. This only happens when copying between FAT32 drives, and not when different filesystem types are used.… Read more