Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Launches Tomorrow Morning

According to the reporting on MacRumors.com here of today’s financial conference call by Apple, the new version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be released on Wednesday, July 20. It will be available as a digital download through Apple’s App Store, which is built into the latest version of 10.6 Snow Leopard. The newContinue reading “Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Launches Tomorrow Morning”

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Available for Download, Last Update to Snow Leopard before Lion?

Mac OS X 10.6.8 Combo Update is now available from Apple here. It is also available through Software Update. Will this be the last update to Snow Leopard before Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is released for digital distribution through the Mac App Store in July 2011? If you are still running Mac OS XContinue reading “Mac OS X 10.6.8 Available for Download, Last Update to Snow Leopard before Lion?”

Apple Announcements from WWDC 2011: iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion

I missed the big announcements from Apple on Monday, because I went on a two day trip to Niagara Falls with my lovely wife and my emerging cosmopolitan parents. We had a great time in Canada and New York, but it is nice to get caught up with the digital goings-on tonight. iCloud is probablyContinue reading “Apple Announcements from WWDC 2011: iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion”

Mac OS X Folk: Run Software Update to Protect Against MacDefender

Apple rolled out the new Mac Security Update 2011-003 to address threats posed by the latest family of malware under the MacDefender moniker. Keep your system up-to-date with Apple’s built-in Software Update program (Apple menu > Software Update), and if your system is infected by MacDefender, the security update will helpfully nuke it. After youContinue reading “Mac OS X Folk: Run Software Update to Protect Against MacDefender”

Protect Yourself from MacDefender Malware on Mac OS X, Some Advice on Secure Systems

Many online news sites (here, here, and here) have been talking about the more visible threat to Mac OS security called “MacDefender” aka “MacProtector” aka “MacSecurity.” Initially, it was a bit of malware that would download from poisoned sites and request your account password to allow full access to your system. Now, it can infectContinue reading “Protect Yourself from MacDefender Malware on Mac OS X, Some Advice on Secure Systems”

Enable TRIM in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for Speed and Longer SSD Life

Lifehacker’s Whitson Gordon has an easy to follow how-to guide on “[Enablng] TRIM on Your Macs Solid-State Drive .” TRIM is a feature on many SSDs (solid state drives) that prolongs their service life while increasing performance. I followed the guide for my 120 GB Intel SSD (model INTEL SSDSA2M120G2GC), and I immediately saw my MacBookContinue reading “Enable TRIM in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for Speed and Longer SSD Life”

Xbox 360 Controller Driver for Mac OS X, Works Like a Dream

Colin Munro’s Xbox 360 USB Controller Driver for Mac OS X works great with Mac OS X 10.6.7 on my MacBook 5,1. If you need a solid controller for your Mac, I can definitely recommend the Xbox 360’s wired controller with Colin’s driver, which you can find here. Many thanks to him and his efforts.

After Reinstall, Watching P2P Work in World of Warcraft

I like to reinstall my OS every few months to keep things tidy and fully functional on my MacBook 5,1. In a typical nuke-and-pave operation, I format my hard drive and then install the OS with most customizable options unchecked to save space. Then, I configure the firewall and other security features before installing allContinue reading “After Reinstall, Watching P2P Work in World of Warcraft”

Issues of Apple App Store Digital Distribution of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

According to AppleInsider on their forums [Apple to release Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store – sources – AppleInsider], Apple plans to move to a digital distribution model for the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 codenamed Lion. Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod and now the App Store for Mac OSContinue reading “Issues of Apple App Store Digital Distribution of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion”

More Mac OS X Resource Savings: Disable AirPort Base Station Agent

I peeked at the running apps on my MacBook using the /Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor application, and I wondered about the AirPort Base Station Agent. I haven’t had an Airport Base Station since I lived in Atlanta, so I certainly didn’t want another background daemon running for a product that I don’t use. Following a quick GoogleContinue reading “More Mac OS X Resource Savings: Disable AirPort Base Station Agent”