After much anticipation, Google has finally released Google Chrome for Mac. It is the first beta release, so it will no doubt have bugs, but should be at least fun and interesting for people to check out. The browser has risen in popularity since it's release for Windows about a year ago, and people have been waiting for Google to release it for Linux and OS X. While there have been development versions available for a while, this marks the first step in the final product.… Read more
Two key pieces of Google's effort to make Chrome a more competitive browser fell into place on Tuesday as Google released beta versions of the browser for Mac OS X and Linux.
Tuesday's software release is a version of Chrome that had previously been available only as developer preview software for Mac and Linux machines. "It took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it," product manager Brian Rakowski said in a blog post.
Macs are widely used, if not as common as Windows machines, and there's been some demand in … Read more
Apple has released and updated a few troubleshooting articles covering problems people have been having with iWork and iLife applications after updating to 10.6.2, with using VoiceOver on headless Macs, and when trying to activate iPhones.… Read more
Trash problems may periodically crop up for OS X users, mainly because of permissions issues that prevent a user either from accessing files in the the trash folder, or from accessing the folder itself. When this happens, you may see problems such as files deleting immediately without going to the trash, deleted files reappearing in the trash, or files persisting in the trash and not deleting (sometimes without an error message).… Read more
When you open a folder in the Finder you should be able to scroll through your documents in the Finder with no problem; however, there may be an issue where when scrolling through your documents the scrolling behavior is jerky and choppy. This may be due to several reasons, including disk usage, and corruption in DS_Store files or caches, all which may interfere with the icon loading behavior of the Finder.… Read more
Every week I try to list the updates for utilities that can help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems, an outline one that I've not discussed before. This week I noticed an update to "Maintenance", which is a program that has a variety of performance optimization and system cleanup routines for OS X.… Read more
Number conversions are always convenient to have around. There are many times when you may need to convert grams to pounds, miles to kilometers, or see the latest exchange rates. In OS X there are some convenient ways to convert numbers that are readily available.… Read more
When you load a website, or use any other fully qualified domain name (ie, www.macfixit.com), the name needs to be resolved to something that your computer can use, such as an IP address. The service that does this is DNS, or "Domain Name System", which is essentially the index or address book for the internet. The DNS network consists of servers and resolvers that work to cache and propagate a distributed hierarchical database of internet names, domains, and subdomains. The resolved IP addresses are sent to the client system (your computer) when you make a DNS request.… Read more
Check Software Upate! Apple has released a couple of updates to Java, this being the first for Snow Leopard and the sixth for Leopard, bringing the latest versions of Java for OS X (SE6 and SE5) to versions 1.6.0_17 and 1.5.0_22, respectively. These updates addresses security issues with applets gaining elevated privileges and invalid certificates being treated as valid.… Read more