A few people on the Apple discussion boards have found a problem with Snow Leopard, where the system has deleted their home directories after logging in to the guest account.… Read more
Mac OS X has an option to keep hard drives spinning for quick file access, or to save power and reduce noise by spinning them down when they're not in use. This can be convenient, but is rather limiting for users who would like to customize when their disks should spin down.… Read more
For those who run the ClamXav antivirus software for OS X, the latest public beta version (2.0.1) will launch in OS X Snow Leopard, but there are some problems that prevent it from fully functioning. These include the inability to run custom analysis of folders, and the program becoming unresponsive during usage. The developer "Mark Allan" recently responded to a forum posting, mentioning that he will soon be releasing the 2.0.2 update to the program, which should address these issues and get ClamXav running more smoothly on Snow Leopard.
Stay tuned, and hopefully ClamXav … Read more
Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. While utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our main focus in this column is to bring you those that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.… Read more
Mac OS X Snow Leopard has been available for one week, and for the most part, users are reporting very few problems upgrading.
While not everyone is thrilled with the way Apple handled the release, it turns out that Snow Leopard is Apple's most compatible operating system release ever. According to sources familiar with Snow Leopard's internal testing process, Apple kept an enormous amount of statistics on third-party application compatibility.
They said that Apple not only tracked many of the most widely-used apps, they tracked many of the shareware apps, as well. If an application exhibited problems, the … Read more
I have always been intrigued by tools that have provided similar functions as the Dock to other operating systems: in the classic Mac OS, there was the control strip, and I even appreciated the "quick launch" feature in Windows XP. I have enjoyed seeing new features and refinements added to the OS X Dock over the years; and in Snow Leopard, Apple has added a few new features that may be useful to some people, but which can easily be overlooked if you use the Dock in the same way as you did with Leopard.… Read more
Apple has released an update to Java for people who are running OS X 10.5 Leopard. This appears to be a security fix, but in addition Apple has improved reliability, and compatability of Java in 10.5 with this update.… Read more
With Snow Leopard, Apple changed the "International" preference pane organization, and also altered the input menu icon so that depending on the options in the menu, it removes the country flag. This is a subtle change, but I personally liked having my country's flag in the upper-right corner of my computer.… Read more
Apple has built a potentially dangerous downgrade into Mac OS X Snow Leopard, according to a security expert.
When Apple's updated operating system is installed, it downgrades Adobe Systems' Flash to an earlier, less secure version. Sophos security expert Graham Cluley said Wednesday in a company blog post that Apple installs version 10.0.23.1, which has not been upgraded to protect users against the latest threats.
"Mac users who have been diligent enough to keep their security up-to-date do not deserve to be silently downgraded," Cluley said in the blog. "We know that hackers … Read more
Periodically, readers will need to access files off old computers that they have kept stashed away for years (I still have my PowerBook 150, and will probably never get rid of it). If you are one of these people and have protected your old Mac with OS 9's password protection, there may be a chance you have forgotten your log-in password and cannot access your system. As with OS X, in order to get around the password protection in OS 9 you will need a boot CD, in this case preferably one that's loads the classic Mac OS.… Read more