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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 08-Dec-08

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BusySync 2.1.9 from BusyMac updates the iCal synchronization software with a handful of bug fixes. Issues addressed include bugs that caused alarms to multiply, calendars to become orphaned on Google Calendar, crashes in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and problems to occur when syncing recurrence exceptions and Google Holiday calendars. ($25, free update, 2.6 MB)

Bento 2.0v3 from FileMaker, Inc. is a minor stability update to the personal database software. The new version includes fixes for several customer-reported issues, including a problem with vertical spacing between checkbox fields, a bug that caused partially downloaded email messages from IMAP clients to prevent users from opening or viewing messages in a Message List field, and an issue related to editing text boxes containing only numbers on imported templates. Additionally, issues regarding the exporting of tab-delimited files and non-ISO date formats have been repaired, and integration with AppleWorks, Numbers, and Excel has been improved. ($49 new, free update, 76 MB)

QuickTime 7.5.7 from Apple is a minor update to the media technology that resolves an issue in which standard definition purchases from the iTunes Store would not play on external displays lacking HDCP support. Apple's Mini DisplayPort, found on the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, is designed to prevent HD content from being played on non-HDCP compliant displays. The update is currently available only via Software Update on the new 2008 laptops. (Free update, 70 MB)

 

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