Archive for the 'Macintosh' Category

Exceptional Apps

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Today I went to launch VMware 4.1.0 on my OS X 10.8.1 Mac and was met with this surprising refusal to open: Well, that’s interesting. Mac OS X supports the ability for applications to specify in their “Info.plist” files the minimum system version they require, but as far as I know there are no keys […]

Permanently Unhide Library

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

When Apple shipped Mac OS X Lion 10.7, the “Library” folder located within every user’s home folder, which had previously been visible to users in the Finder, was made invisible. To access the Library folder, users must now hold down the option key while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder. This is probably a […]

Lion’s Whole-Disk Encryption

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

One of my favorite new features in Lion is a completely revamped “FileVault”, Apple’s brand-name for encryption techonologies that protect the data on your disk from eavesdroppers, should the disk be lost or stolen. In Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier, FileVault was a feature that only affected your home directory. In OS X Lion, […]

The Future Of Mac App Store Installs

Friday, January 7th, 2011

It’s only been one day since the launch of the Mac App Store, and the Mac developer and user communities are buzzing with consequences, both good and bad, of the store and how it operates. One particularly vexing issue is the question of whether an app that is already on your Mac is “installed” or […]