The Mac Observer’s Melissa Holt spends endless hours poking and prodding OS X and her apps to find news ways to be more productive with her Mac. That means she doesn’t get to go outdoors very often, but the upside is that she’s always finding great tips to share — like how to use Safari more effectively with the Command key.
The Secure Empty Trash feature of OS X’s Finder is a powerful tool for ensuring your deleted files are truly destroyed. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t provide it with a handy keyboard shortcut. We show you how to set one up for yourself.
One of the more advanced tools that’s nice to have in your arsenal of “what to do if things go wrong” is a Terminal command called fs_usage. This will show you what your file system is doing at any particular time, and it’s pretty helpful if you’re trying to do some fancy power-user troubleshooting. Here’s how you use it and what options you have to do so.
Apple released Epson 2.8 Driver Update late on Tuesday. The update, according to Apple’s slim release notes, “the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.”
Apple released QuickTime 7.7 for Mac OS X 10.5, or Leopard, users on Wednesday. The update addresses several security-related issues, and is also available for Windows XP users.
The ITC has announced that Apple’s Mac OS X violates patents once owned by S3 Graphics, but the commission’s ruling cleared iOS of any infringement. Those patents are now owned by HTC, and will be brought to bear in the two companies ongoing fight over Android.
Apple announced Thursday that sales of OS X 10.7 Lion topped the one million mark on Wednesday, the first day of availability. Lion is only available through the Mac App Store, and at US$29.99, that means Apple has added another $30 million to its coffers (you know, because Apple was running short on cash).
Apple has updated Java in Leopard and Snow Leopard, updates that address “multiple vulnerabilities” in Java that could allow the bad guys to gain control of your Mac.
Along with Mac OS X 10.6.8 for Snow Leopard users, Apple released Security Update 2011-004 for Leopard users on Thursday. The update improves protection against the Mac Defender trojan horse and other potential security issues.
Apple has published tips to Mac users for avoiding the Mac Defender malware currently in circulation, and the company has promised an update to Mac OS X, ” that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants.” In a KnowledgeBase support article, Apple also included step-by-step instructions for removing the malware if it does get installed.
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