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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6

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Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6, a small maintenance release for the backup utility. The update improves the implementation of a bug fix that was introduced in version 3.5.5 related to handling corrupted Access Control List entries, fixes a Drobo-related issue that resulted in the backup task being aborted prematurely, improves filtering of errors caused by a Synology NAS file sharing server’s inability to serve up Synology-proprietary extended attributes, prohibits copying a source volume with ownership disabled directly to the startup disk, and withdraws a configuration change that did not improve detection of dropped connections to a remote Macintosh. ($39.95 new, free update, 10.8 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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Comments about Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6
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Dennis B. Swaney  2014-08-11 20:11
When I clicked on the link you posted: http://www.bombich.com/software/updates/ccc-3.5.5_a.html

I got this:



Looking for something on bombich.com?

Sorry! "/software/updates/ccc-3.5.5_a.html" is not available on bombich.com. Please check that you typed the URL correctly. Also try to find what you're looking for by visiting one of the links above.
Agen Schmitz  2014-08-11 21:29
sorry about that: here's the correct link (which has been updated with this article):

http://www.bombich.com/software/updates/ccc-3.5.6.html