Through the mists of time comes an ancient feature from the days when our little Mac friend was still a toddler. The feature is still with us, and it's called the Stationery Pad. In this how-to, Sandro Cuccia shows us where it came from, how to use it, and better yet, why you might find it useful today.
Selecting "About This Mac" under the Apple menu leads you to vital information about your machine. All your system information and hardware specifications are displayed. Having these "vitals" handy is important when it comes to obtaining technical support and getting your Mac upgraded or serviced. It will also help you determine if your Mac is eligible for system software upgrades when certain minimum hardware requirements are specified.
The GIMP team released its first ever Mac-native version of the GIMP image editor on Wednesday. Earlier versions of the Photoshop-ish image editor required users to install the X11 windowing system instead of running as a native OS X application.
World travelers, take note—if you want to set a different country format for the address of every contact you have, you can. After you read this tip, you will no longer have to fit the address of your girlfriend from Burkina Faso to the format of your default country. Which is almost as neat as having a girlfriend from Burkina Faso in the first place. Or knowing where Burkina Faso is, for that matter.
All that Mac Geek Gab listener Larry wanted was to connect to an airport’s free Wi-Fi while he was waiting for his flight. Unfortunately, his MacBook Pro and the Wi-Fi network didn’t play nice. We show him some tips on how to troubleshoot connection issues on public Wi-Fi networks.
Security firm Kaspersky issued a statement on Monday saying that comments claiming that Apple had asked the firm for security help were taken out of context. It would appear, however, that Kaspersky overstated the situation, and that Nikolay Grebennikov, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, misspoke, and that the clarification is really a correction.
Apple released Flashback Removal Security Update for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on Monday. The software will search for and remove most variations of the Flashback malware in circulation on Macs running Leopard. Apple also released Leopard Security Update 2012-003, software that merely disables out of date versions of Adobe Flash.
Apple has started offering at least some MobileMe users that haven’t moved to Snow Leopard yet free copies of the operating system to cut down on their upgrade costs to Lion ahead of their transition to iCloud. Lion is required for iCloud, so by giving Leopard users a free upgrade to Snow Leopard, Apple is saving customers US$30 off the cost of migrating to Lion.
Apple’s recent Java updates address the security issues that led to the Flashback trojan outbreak and now LuckyCat, too. If you aren’t running OS X 10.6 or higher, however, there aren’t any security updates available. Disabling Java will stop hackers from taking advantage of those unpatched flaws, and it only takes a couple steps.
Using System Preferences, you can easily set up automatic sleep, startup, and shutdown times and configure them to only happen on certain days of the week. In this tip, Melissa Holt’s gonna tell us how to do it, and we’ll all start waking up to an already-powered-on computer. Hearing the startup chime first thing in the morning might even be better than smelling fresh coffee.
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