After running your system for a while and using various applications, you may receive an error stating, "Throttling Respawn: Will start in 10 seconds," over and over again. These messages are usually associated with a plist file and will repeat every 10 seconds for as long as the system is booted.12/30/09 9:20:13 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds 12/30/09 9:20:23 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds 12/… Read more
There are times when you may copy files or folders to your system and cannot access them because the system does not allow you permission to them. In the case of folders, you may see a small "no entry" symbol to the lower right of the folder icon. This may happen after migrating or copying files, but it can also happen when accessing shared resources such as network drives, thumb drives, or external hard drives.
The reason these files are not accessible is a simple mixup in the permissions flags for them. Usually when you copy files, the … Read more
The current version of Firefox will likely be the end of the road for people using PowerPC Macs.
A final decision will be based on usage data that's better than what Mozilla possesses right now, but technical difficulties raised by Firefox 4 improvements mean at a minimum that it's a strong possibility only Intel-based Macs will be able to run the new browser.
"I am gathering data on the number of PPC users we have, but the likely outcome is that we will not be supporting PPC [PowerPC] for Firefox 4," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's … Read more
The Wall Street Journal reports that iAds may appear in iBooks as publishers watch their profits dwindle amid technology advances like Apple's iPad. The publishing industry has been less than supportive of these advances and the result could come at the expense of its content.
From a business standpoint, though, this makes total sense. Ads have been queued and served in every other form of digital technology for as long as I can remember. Why not add them to books? With heavy competition in the e-book market, prices are dropping and with it, profits. Enter Apple's iAds.
With … Read more
If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch and you're not yet playing Angry Birds, you don't know what you're missing.
Angry Birds, which has been downloaded more than 5 million times via iTunes, is a game in which you play an army of titular birds angry at an enemy army of green pigs that have stolen all your eggs. They've made up structures to hide behind, which you destroy by flinging super-powered birds at them, knocking down their walls.
The game is far and away one of the most fun games on the platform. … 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
iPhone and iPad users who have longed to get the same functionality found in Google's "Chrome to Phone" extension, which sends items from the browser to the mobile phone, need wait no longer.
A new extension from developer Tom Lerendu called Chrome to iPhone brings a similar level of convenience to users who wish to send links directly to their phones. Users with the extension installed can send whatever page they're looking at in Chrome to their iPhone. Though unlike on a compatible Android device, these links or application shortcuts don't automatically fire up the … 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