There are a couple of bootup warning signs that may occur with the Mac OS, the most common of which is the folder with the blinking question mark, which means a valid start-up disk has not yet been found. Another error that may occur is the universal "prohibitory" sign.… Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature from MacFixIt where our editors answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. It has been a while since we issued an installment of "MacFixIt Answers," but we hope to bring it around more frequently. This week we have questions on the difference between firmware and software, managing the boot chime volume, and changing the default background in OS X.… Read more
FinalData Standard Demo by AOS Technologies America automatically recovers files that have been accidentally deleted from your Windows PC. It will also perform more complex operations, including recovering data from damaged Master Boot Record files, directories, file allocation tables, and hard-drive partitions. It works with all Windows files systems from FAT12 to NTFS as well as most portable media, including floppy, ZIP, and Jaz drives, so it supports legacy formats and hardware. It has some nice extras, too, such as the ability to place files in password-protected folders to prevent them from being accidentally deleted or deliberately tampered with.
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While a number of people have been successfully running Windows 7 on their Boot Camp partitions since the first public beta releases were available, many have been waiting for official support from Apple before installing it. Yesterday Apple released Boot Camp 3.1, which provides support for Windows 7, but full support on some systems may not be as straightforward as updating Boot Camp and then installing Windows 7. Additionally, some people have wondered whether or not the updates that state specific support for Windows 7 are applicable to Vista and XP installations.… Read more
Apple on Tuesday released Security Update 2010-001, a collection of fixes for users of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6).
As with most security releases, the latest Mac OS X update fixes issues within the core system and does not add new features to built-in applications or fix application bugs.
Security Update 2010-001 fixes an issue in Mac OS X's CoreAudio where a maliciously crafted MP4 audio file could be used as a way to execute code or terminate an application on the user's computer. Image RAW's handling of DNG files has … Read more
UPDATED! Full Windows 7 support includes more than just installing the Boot Camp update!
Apple has released a security update for OS X, which currently is for Leopard and Snow Leopard systems. Apple has not issued any details on the update yet, and so far only states these updates improve the security of OS X. Additionally, Apple has released the long-awaited support for Windows 7 with an update to Boot Camp and several driver and firmware updates for people upgrading from Vista.… Read more
The release of Windows 7 has had a number of Boot Camp users wondering about official support from Apple. Installing Windows 7 over Vista will give numerous advantages, even if for nothing more than to increase the stability of the operating system; however, because Apple has not officially supported Windows, our recommendation so far has been to hold off on using it under Boot Camp, and run it in a virtual machine instead.… Read more
AnVir Task Manager Free offers users a one-stop shop for managing your system's running processes and applications. Though it more than delivers the information it promises, it could really benefit from a more streamlined interface.
Users will need to spend some time taking in AnVir's user interface, because at first glance it's overwhelming. It uses tabs to distinguish system categories, such as start-up, applications, processes, and services. Command buttons at the top of the window give you the ability to kill processes, block processes, free memory, and select a parent process. The bottom of the window details … Read more
The hack exploits a vulnerability in Apple's latest Bluetooth Update, uncovering Magic Mouse drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows from XP to 7. We've yet to put it to the test ourselves, but users online are reporting success with full use of the Magic Mouse's vertical touch-scrolling. Leave a comment and let us know if it works for you.
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As with any machine, your PC needs regular tune-ups to maintain peak performance. This virtual toolbox can enhance the speed, safety, and power of your computer with a wide range of functions and an extensive help system.
System Mechanic performs cleanup, optimization, and privacy protection with equal agility. As with similar tune-up utilities, it enables you to clean up your registry, remove junk files, and customize hidden settings to improve performance. Novice users can get all of that done at once or automatically taken care of via the software's ActiveCare feature. The app has additional tools for removing spyware … Read more