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Rich Mogull No comments

Leopard Firewall Takes One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

Apple touted Leopard's firewall as an improvement over Tiger, but security consultant Rich Mogull found significant problems with how it works and makes some suggestions for better security.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Releases Minor MacBook and MacBook Pro Upgrades

Apple has quietly updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro with slightly faster processors and a few other minor, though welcome, improvements. Less welcome in the enterprise world is the implied requirement than the new MacBook run only Leopard.

Matt Neuburg No comments

Spotlight Strikes Back: In Leopard, It Works Great

Spotlight on Leopard is so much better than Spotlight on Tiger, it could be a major reason for upgrading. It's full of power user tricks you might not realize are there - until you read this article, that is!

Jeff Carlson No comments

Leopard Early Fixes and Warnings

Now that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is released, we're starting to see an expected set of updates and incompatibilities. Login and Keychain Update 1.0 corrects issues with accounts created in early versions of Mac OS X; the new Back to My Mac feature could allow someone with access to your .Mac account to take control of your machine; Apple warns Aperture users not to run the software while Time Machine is performing a backup; and a slew of compatibility updates are also available.

Sharon Zardetto No comments

Are Your Fonts Ready for Leopard?

If you're still hanging on to Classic, and to fonts that exist only in Classic, this might be a good time to straighten out any old font suitcases that you want to bring forward into Leopard.

Tonya Engst No comments

Solve Link-Clicking Problems When Reading PDFs

Few people have trouble viewing a PDF, but clicking links in PDFs is another story. If you've ever had trouble clicking a link in a PDF to go to a Web site, or have been nagged incessantly by Adobe Reader about visiting Web sites, read on for how to take control of your PDF-reading software.

Adam Engst No comments

QuicKeys X3 3.2 Updated for Leopard

If you use QuicKeys and are planning to upgrade to Leopard, make sure to install QuicKeys X3 3.2 first to ensure compatibility. You'll also find some new features and welcome bug fixes.

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Remote Desktop 3.2 Fixes Bugs

Apple has released Apple Remote Desktop 3.2 Admin and Client, fixing a variety of nagging bugs, improving performance in several situations, and adding Leopard compatibility.

Adam Engst No comments

GrandPerspective and WhatSize Identify Disk Pigs

When faced with the dreaded "The startup disk is almost full." error message, Adam turns to a pair of free tools for exploring how disk space is being used.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Battery Update 1.3 Addresses MacBook Pro Power

Battery Update 1.3 improves performance of batteries for 15-inch MacBook Pro portables by updating their firmware.

Jeff Carlson No comments

MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 Enables Journaling

Apple has released MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 to enable journaling on the hard disks of the latest laptop models.

Adam Engst No comments

Daylight Saving Time Rules Fixed for New Zealand

Mac OS X 10.4.10 doesn't know about the new daylight savings time rules that take effect on 30-Sep-07 in New Zealand, but New Zealand Mac users can fix their Macs with a free utility from Glenn Anderson.

Simon C. Leemann No comments

Confusion Over Santa Rosa: What’s in a Name?

The latest iMacs and MacBook Pros have been dubbed the "Santa Rosa" models, but is that accurate? Simon Leemann says not only is it wrong, it's wrong in two different ways. Read on for a look at why Apple's naming scheme is broken, how Intel's marketing efforts are creating confusion, and what hardware is really in those Macs.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Apple Releases iMac, iLife, Pro Application Updates

Apple released a number of bug-fix updates last week: iMac Software Update 1.1, Keyboard Software Update 1.2, Compatibility Update for QuickTime 7.2, iTunes 7.4.1, and Pro Application Support 4.0.2.

Adam Engst No comments

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