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Wake On Demand in Snow Leopard

Putting your Mac to sleep saves power, but it also disrupts using your Mac as a file server, among other purposes. Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard works in conjunction with an Apple base station to continue announcing Bonjour services that the sleeping computer offers.

While the requirements for this feature are complex, eligible users can toggle this feature in the Energy Saver preference pane. It's labeled Wake on Network Access for computers that can be roused either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; Wake on Ethernet Network Access or Wake on AirPort Network Access for wired- or wireless-only machines, respectively. Uncheck the box to disable this feature.

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Apple Releases iMac, iLife, Pro Application Updates

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Apple has rolled out several bug-fix updates in the last week targeting specific machines or applications. The updaters are available via Software Update or as stand-alone downloads. They include:

  • iMac Software Update 1.1 provides unspecified bug fixes for 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMacs with 2.0, 2.4, and 2.8 GHz processors. It's a 5.1 MB download.
  • Keyboard Software Update 1.2 is also geared toward iMac owners as well as purchasers of the new aluminum keyboard. The update fixes problems with the keyboard's special features and is a 35.3 MB download.
  • Compatibility Update for QuickTime 7.2 "delivers increased compatibility with iLife," and is an 18.1 MB download.
  • iTunes 7.4.1 (for Mac and for Windows) adds support for the latest iPods and adds the new ringtone maker. The Mac version is a 38.3 MB download; the Windows version is a 49.1 MB download.
  • Pro Application Support 4.0.2 "addresses issues with keyboard interface reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio," according to Apple. The update is a 7.6 MB download.

 

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