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With Leopard and prior versions of OS X, one of the popular maintenance utilities was AppleJack, which is a free SourceForge project and ran in the Terminal (preferably Single User mode) as an easy-to-access way to run a bout of cleaning functions on the Mac. AppleJack so far has been incompatible with Snow Leopard, but with today's update the Snow Leopard incompatibility has been squashed.
Today, MacFixIt author Topher Kessler answers Mac questions. Topics tackled include the curse of the slow start-up, the forgotten Wi-Fi password, and the touchy Time Machine backup. Also, for good measure: Some non-Mac questions.
Spaces is a virtual desktop implementation by Apple that allows you to organize content in up to 16 separate desktop "workspace" environments to prevent window and application clutter.
Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems
When it comes to troubleshooting the Mac, there are many cheap and some expensive utilities you can buy to get the job done; however, there are also some very robust free options out there.
There are many times when in our articles we will mention "General Maintenance" as part of a troubleshooting routine. If you are having software issues, either with third-party applications or the Mac OS itself, giving the computer a virtual scrub-down will many times help, or at least give you a cleaner slate upon which to do more in-depth troubleshooting.
There are a variety of tools available for managing your hard drive's structure and data. Most are shareware utilities that give you function or time limits until you register the program, but there are a few out there that are both useful and free.
AppleJack 1.4.3 final edition released; Intel-based Mac compatibility
Some users have reported an inability to startup after installing Safari 4.
For several MacBook Pro users, specifically owners of the newer "unibody" models, the screenshot functions cause problems wherein the computer will freeze up for a few minutes.