Many of Apple's applications have gone the route of being self-contained packages, hiding their resources from the casual user to protect file structure integrity. This has also allowed Apple to include many interesting resources, such as extra fonts, with these applications.… Read more
Apple has released a security update for OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.5 machines, which addresses a number of security holes for both the client and server versions of OS X. For both the client and server versions, the update fixes several problems that could lead to arbitrary code execution.
The specific services fixed are CoreGraphics, Apple Type Services, PHP, and libsecurity (certificate host name resolution), as well as Samba. The majority of the exploits are buffer overflows that could result in arbitrary code execution.
It is highly recommended that you apply these updates to your system, … Read more
Sometimes, errors can occur in Mail where the program will periodically hang, crash, or freeze, and will require a force-quit. Several things could cause this, including faulty preferences, corrupt mailboxes that need rebuilding, and errors in individual messages that result in odd behavior whenever the message is displayed. In addition to these possibilities, some shared resources that Mail uses could also contribute to crashes and hangs.
Preferences One of the first things to try when a program crashes or does not work properly is to remove its preferences. In this case, Mail's preferences are called "com.apple.Mail.… Read more
Sending an e-mail has become one of the primal functions on the Internet, but the power of e-mail clients like Apple's Mail application go largely unused. Get to know Mail a little better with these tips, tricks, and hints. … Read more
Our weekly utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.
A number of maintenance-related utilities were updated this week, most of which are minor releases for bugfixes.
The Finder's labels have been a convenient aspect of the Mac OS since early in the classic Mac's development. Applying labels gives a file an extended attribute that the Finder can use to sort or group files, making them easy to find and manage. By default the Finder should not be applying any labels to files; however, some people may see this happening.
Apple Discussion member "JimFerguson" writes:
"Sometime after upgrading to 10.6.4 on my MacBook Pro, I noticed that new files created by any application are labeled yellow. I've looked at … Read more
CNET TV's Brian Tong discusses the latest in Apple news, rumors, tips, and tricks. This week, the iPad gets more television than you can shake a stick at, iPhone 4 rumors heat up with reports of Apple testing near field communications, and a quick tip for reading PDFs in iOS 4.
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Is near field communications the next big feature for iPhone? … Read more
Apple's latest graphics update brought a number of speed improvements to the graphics drivers, especially for games, but a few people have reported a couple of problems after installing them. One is a minor flicker on some Mac displays, and another is some sites that issue videos through Flash, specifically those at Gametrailers.com, are not working properly.
The Mac screen flickering is an intermittent issue, and has been reported to happen on iMac and MacBook Pro systems. It also seems to happen randomly for affected people.
This issue is not shared among all people with the same system, … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on extending wireless networks with AirPort Express devices, new Macs not booting to a retail upgrade DVD for Snow Leopard, QuickTime not able to play some media files, and changing from the less secure WEP wireless security scheme to WPA or WPA2.
Question: Extending wireless networks with an AirPort express
MacFixIt reader "Mark" asks:
How can I get my Airport Express to act as a bridge (extend my Wi-Fi signal)? I only have a 2Wire (WEP password) router, and … Read more
When it comes to graphics performance in OS X, Apple has taken the conservative approach and focused on compatibility and stability in drivers instead of including the cutting-edge and highly tweaked drivers and graphics systems that bring the best quality to performance-related applications like games.
This compatibility-based approach may be good for productivity applications to prevent potential crashes, but has kept Apple behind when it comes to gaming performance. For awhile this was not an issue, but the recent release of Valve's "Steam" client for the Mac along with a few other gaming titles have not only … Read more