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How to Force Quit an Application

19. September 2008

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If your Mac has an application that is frozen, or you have the dreaded spinning beach ball, you probably have an app that will not quit gracefully. Normally the protected memory feature of OS X allows an application to crash and you can keep working — no restart required. Hit the keystroke combination of Option-Apple-Esc […]

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Tips & Tricks: open applications

18. September 2008

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Number One tip:  stop quitting your most-used applications! I see scores of people use their PCs. Almost everyone will do the following: Open their browser. Quit (close) their browser. Open their email program. Quit their email program. Open Word. Quit Word. Then they repeat this process. Over and over. STOP. Here’s the tip: keep your […]

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Mac running slow? Check your Memory

18. September 2008

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I find myself sharing this tip every week. When your Mac has been used for several days/weeks, the consistent opening and closing of applications chip away at your available memory (RAM). Soon you will be out of what is referred to as “contiguous memory”, and the machine will start using the much slower virtual memory […]

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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.5

17. September 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

17. September 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

14. September 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

12. September 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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