Mac OS X: Controlling Compressed Files

9:30 AM, Jul. 6th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

By default, Mac OS X uses a built-in program called Archive Utility to handle compressing and uncompressing files. It gives us a quick way to shrink file sizes before emailing attachments, for example. But did you know that you can control these compressed files using a program buried deep within your hard drive? You can, and you should. Here’s how.

Apple Faces New Chinese Trademark Dispute Over Snow Leopard

10:44 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Xuebao Snow Leopard logo

Chinese company Jiangsu Xuebao has filed suit against Apple accusing the American company of infringing on its Snow Leopard trademark in China. The company is best known for household products, but holds some trademarks in the electrical equipment and software categories.

Apple Tweaks Antivirus Marketing Message

10:17 PM, Jun. 25th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Built to be safe

Apple has tweaked the wording on its “Why you’ll love a Mac” webpage, replacing “It doesn’t get PC viruses” with “It’s built to be safe.” The change is being seen by many in the security world as a tacit admission by Apple that its Macintosh computers are more susceptible to malware and some other attacks than the company has previously claimed.

iOS, Mac App Stores Expand to 32 More Countries

11:41 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Apple rolled out its App Store for iOS and Mac App Store in 32 more countries on Friday, bringing the total number of countries where customers can buy iPhone, iPad and Mac apps through the company’s online stores up over 150.

Mac OS X: Using Address Book’s Notes

9:30 AM, Jun. 15th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Even if you use Address Book on your Mac or iOS device frequently, you may not know how simple it is to add notes to each contact. No entering into Edit mode, no extra steps, no chanting incantations to any Norse gods. In this tip, Melissa Holt’s going to show you just how easy keeping notes on your contacts’ lives really can be.

Apple Releases Same-Day Java Update for Snow Leopard, Lion

4:46 PM, Jun. 13th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Java for Mac

Apple released Java updates for Lion and Snow Leopard Tuesday—notably, the updates were released the same day that Oracle patched the software, as noted by Krebs on Security. All told, Apple patched 11 security flaws in the updates out of 14 patched by Oracle.

Mac OS X: Adding User Account Aliases

9:25 AM, May. 30th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

If you have multiple accounts on your Mac (or if you’re managing many computers), you may find it frustrating to have to remember the administrator’s username every time a standard user needs to do something that requires admin privileges. Luckily, our friends at Apple have provided us a way to add short aliases to our accounts. So if you’d like to get familiar with this simple method to avoid typing long usernames, come on in and read this tip. 

Mac OS X: Getting the Most Out of the Fonts Window

9:25 AM, May. 25th, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

Mac OS X’s Fonts Window, which is accessible from many programs by hitting Command-T, makes handling and choosing your fonts easier. (Note that we didn’t suggest that anything about fonts is ever actually easy.) In this article, Melissa Holt will show you some secrets of that little window and how to use them to your best advantage.

How to Configure a Static DHCP Reservation with Airport Extreme

10:31 AM, May. 23rd, 2012 · · Snow Leopard

How to Configure Static DHCP Reservation

All network devices, from computers, to smartphones, to printers, to televisions, need a unique IP address. These are usually handed out by a router as needed and change from time to time. Some devices, however, such as file or print servers, greatly benefit from having an IP address that never changes. The Mac Observer shows you how to easily set up static IP address, or “DHCP Reservations,” using your Mac and an Airport Extreme.