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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.5

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Apple has released the latest Leopard update, Mac OS X 10.5.5 which is available through Software Update. The 10.5.5 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. Apple details the updates at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2405 as well as […]

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iTunes 8 hidden import settings

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Apple has changed the preferences in iTunes 8. Several readers have complained that they cannot find the import settings anymore. To make sure you import higher-quality MP3s (or AAC, Lossless, etc.), go to iTunes: Preferences: General Tab: Import Settings. The default is the old-fashioned and lower-quality 128 kbps MP3. We recommend changing it to the […]

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Our top pick for FTP program: Transmit

Sunday, September 14, 2008

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Our number one pick for FTP application is Transmit. It is solid, and quite full-featured: Column view. iDisk. sidebar. ftp/ssl. search. zooming. it even has tabs. What is FTP? FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is the universal way to send, receive, and manage your files and folders using the internet. If you manage a web […]

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Automountd trying to connect to Backups.backupdb

Friday, September 12, 2008

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Little Snitch’s outbound firewall tells me that automountd wants to connect to Backups.backupdb on port 111. We found out that this is caused by our switch to the free OpenDNS service. It is Time Machine trying to mount a remote NFS (network file system), but cannot. We told Little Snitch to Deny, but you can […]

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Mac Maintenance: Repair Disk Permissions

Thursday, September 11, 2008

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As in all Unix-based systems, Mac OS X assigns specific access privileges, known as permissions, to each of your programs, folders, and documents, which are associated with a particular owner, a group, or groups. When an error in your permissions settings occurs, it may cause significant problems. For example, your applications may not launch or […]

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Free DNS Service: great idea for laptops

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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We’ve been using the free DynDNS service for a while now and thought it would be a good idea to post about its merits (for those of you who don’t already know about it). With their service, you can access your computer remotely with a DNS name instead of an IP address that probably changes […]

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What is the best application ever created?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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No one agrees with me. My vote for the best software ever created may surprise you. Maybe not. I have used SO much software, between Office, Graphics/Video, Internet, Sound, and Utility apps. There are so many great applications. TextWrangler or BBEdit. VMWare. Photoshop. Dreamweaver. InDesign. Illustrator. Flash (OK, Adobe, stop showing off). Aperture. Final Cut […]

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