You Beta Be AfRAID of Norton -- Mark James <email@example.com> has identified a severe incompatibility between the public beta of Norton Utilities 4.0 for the Macintosh and volumes formatted with SoftRAID, the RAID software currently bundled with Apple servers. When repairing a striped volume, Norton Utilities apparently changes the partition type to HFS, thereby rendering all striped volumes inaccessible. Independent sources confirm this problem also applies to Apple RAID, RAIDware, ImageRAID, and FWB's RAID ToolKit. Symantec should be able to fix this problem quickly, and while anyone who's been nipped by this issue has our sympathies, it's beyond us why people would be running pre-release disk repair software on an important disk without top-notch backups. (And if you don't have top-notch backups, check out Adam's recent article series on the subject.) [GD]
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.