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Yugma Provides Free Web Conferencing

Until Mac OS X 10.5's screen sharing becomes available, check out Yugma for free Web conferencing that works in Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Tools We Use: Teleport

The free Teleport utility enables you to control multiple networked Macs from a single keyboard and mouse. It's very cool, and worth using for anyone who wants to use multiple Macs at the same time.

Adam Engst No comments

Office 2004 11.3.7 Blocks Malicious Memories

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac has been updated yet again to block potential security issues.

Matt Neuburg No comments

The Subliminal Snap of Keyclick

If you've been longing for the clicky sound of the keyboards of yesteryear, this $5 utility will provide it on any modern keyboard.

Jorg Brown No comments

iPhone Billing and International Issues

Two problems to watch out for with iPhone bills: they can be too big (too many pages) and too big (too much money). Read on to see how to solve both issues.

Adam Engst No comments

Sparkle Improves Application Update Experience

The open source Sparkle framework lets developers add self-updating capabilities to any Cocoa applications quickly and easily... and if you're not a developer, you can encourage the developers of your favorite programmers to make your life easier in the future with Sparkle.

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Accessing Bare Hard Drives

Several different products make it easy to work with bare hard drive mechanisms for backup, troubleshooting, or disk recovery.

Joe Kissell No comments

Stewing Over Safe Sleep

Does the Safe Sleep feature of modern Mac laptops protect you from data loss... or does it just cause unnecessary aggravation?

Adam Engst No comments

MyFirstMac: Help For Mac Newbies

Long-standing publications like TidBITS face the problem of an ever-evolving audience. After all, most of you have been using Macs (and reading TidBITS) for years, and we use that fact when writing to tailor our choice of articles and our assumptions of what you already know

Jeff Carlson No comments

MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3 Released

Apple has released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3, which "fixes a display issue on 2.2/2.4 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models," according to the minimal text on Apple's download page

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Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.6 Addresses Security Issues

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.6 Update, which addresses vulnerabilities in Excel and fixes a bug in Entourage. In Excel, an attacker could "overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code," according to Microsoft

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AppleCare, Battery Replacement, Service for iPhone

The costs of extending your iPhone's warranty, replacing its battery, and having it otherwise repaired are now available. I mistakenly wrote last week in "My First Days with the iPhone" (2007-07-02) that Apple hadn't yet provided details on its AppleCare plan; in fact, those were apparently available for at least a day on the Apple Store's ordering page for the iPhone (click the Warranty button in the bottom right)

Adam Engst No comments

Apple Silences Mac OS X 10.4.10 Popping Sounds

If you installed Mac OS X 10.4.10 before 02-Jul-07, you probably got version 1.0 of the update, which caused some Intel-based Macs with external speakers to experience "popping" sounds

Adam Engst No comments

ChangeShortName Simplifies Name Changing

Unsatisfied with your identity in Mac OS X? Bothered that the person being asked to provide an administrator password isn't really you? You can always open the Accounts pane of System Preferences and change the Name field that holds your full name

Jeff Carlson No comments

MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0 Released

Apple has released MacBook Pro Software Update 1.0, which fixes a number of unspecified problems with 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro models. According to a post at MacFixIt, the update appears to patch several issues with the Nvidia graphics cards and may solve an issue with "shimmering" display issues