The PowerMac G5 was the first system developed by Apple that came with a liquid cooling mechanism for the models with higher-clocked dual PowerPC chips. In most systems, this cooling system worked well. To this day, my system has not shown any problems; however, some systems had an issue where coolant leaked, causing corrosion and shorting out mainboard components.… Read more
While Apple's spotlight search is a great way to find files and folders on your Mac, there are some limitations to its default behavior that can sometimes prevent an item from being easily found. In addition, sometimes Spotlight will just not work altogether. Nevertheless there are many hidden features in Spotlight that can help overcome its limitations.… Read more
A new report from security software provider Secunia shows that despite considerable security investments, the software industry at large is unable to produce software with substantially fewer vulnerabilities.
The latest data shows that Apple has surpassed Oracle and even Microsoft with accounting for the most software vulnerabilities, though the No. 1 ranking is related only to the number of vulnerabilities--not to how risky they are or how fast they get patched.
This analysis also supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities--with Apple (maker of iTunes and QuickTime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), … Read more
Digital security investigator Jeremiah Grossman has uncovered a problem with Safari, where websites can exploit the autofill feature to get personal information from the sources that Safari uses for Autofill, including the address book and Safari's own autofill database.… Read more
Periodically users may run into an issue wherein files on the system cannot be copied or moved in the Finder. Upon dragging and dropping them with the mouse the file may start copying partially (if at all), but then stops with a warning, stating "Error -36". … Read more
An update to iTunes is available, which is basically a security update to address an issue where a maliciously crafted website could lead to the application quitting or arbitrary code being executed. According to Apple's knowlegebase article on the security content of the update, the bug at hand occurs when a buffer overflow in the handling of iTunes URLs (itpc) is exploited.
Other than this bug fix, the iTunes update includes the following bug fixes over the prior version:
Disables older versions of some incompatible third-party plug-ins
Addresses minor issues with dragging and dropping items
Addresses a performance issue … Read more
CNET TV's Brian Tong discusses the latest in the world of Apple. This week, Brian recaps Steve Jobs' press conference about iPhone 4 antenna issues, examines the iOS 4.1 developer release, and talks about rumors for the next generation iPod touch.
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When migrating your iTunes library from one computer to another, you may find that all the songs have been duplicated in their storage locations on the hard drive and have been given a naming pattern to differentiate it from its corresponding duplicate. For most cases of file duplication an easy approach may be easy to just remove the duplicated file; however, in the case of iTunes libraries there can be thousands of files in multiple directories.… Read more
One feature in OS X that I use on a regular basis is the system-wide spell checker, which is available in any application built to include this function (an easy thing to do with Apple's developer tools). In OS X 10.5 and prior, misspelled words were marked by a dotted red underline, but in Snow Leopard the new autocorrection feature is sometimes frustrating.… Read more