With Leopard and prior versions of OS X, one of the popular maintenance utilities was AppleJack, which is a free SourceForge project and ran in the Terminal (preferably Single User mode) as an easy-to-access way to run a bout of cleaning functions on the Mac. AppleJack so far has been incompatible with Snow Leopard, but with today's update the Snow Leopard incompatibility has been squashed.… Read more
Adobe today released an update to Dreamweaver CS5, bringing the latest version to 11.0.2. The update addresses small issues with the program since its initial release, and also includes previous updates for Adobe's Browser Lab.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Hewlett-Packard mobile evangelist Phil McKinney didn't have much new to say Monday about HP's mobile operating strategy, but did highlight the company's work on new display technology.
McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer for HP's personal systems group, kicked off the MobileBeat 2010 conference with a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session in which he reaffirmed the current goal of the personal computing industry: to figure out what the hell people want in a device bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a notebook PC. Now armed with Palm's WebOS operating system … Read more
In setting up OS X one of the convenient options is to add menu extras to the right-hand side of the menu bar, providing convenient access to system settings as well as functions provided by third-party utilities (virus scanners, activity monitors, etc). Sometimes, however, some or all of these menu extras may become nonfunctional and show the spinning color wheel when you mouse over them.… Read more
The video shows the redesigned home screen, universal search, the new media interface, context menus, and a couple of new applications. It also highlights the new BlackBerry browser, which has long been maligned for its sluggishness and light features. RIM's decision to base its new version on the WebKit platform is a move that's sure to go a long way toward easing complaints.
The video also lingers on BlackBerry … Read more
Apple has acknowledged a problem with time capsule devices released between February and June in 2008, where the devices will not turn on or will randomly shut down after starting up. This may cause hangs and other interruptions in Time Machine backups as well as other network activity.… Read more
Apple has started distributing its iAds advertising content in participating App Store apps using data that has been collected from iTunes accounts and analyzed to customize your consumption experience. If you no longer want Apple to collect your data, opting out is simple.
While opting out … Read more
Apple's Activity Monitor allows you to view all the running processes (system-based or user-initiated) on your computer to see which are using the most resources. After installing Google's Chrome browser, you may find that Activity Monitor can get filled with Chrome-related processes.… Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature where we answer questions e-mailed to us by readers. This week, we have questions on recovering accidentally deleted files, retrieving files off iPhones, where the QuickTime preferences went in Snow Leopard, and external drive compatibility with the Mac.… Read more