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Pending update from Apple should fix HDMI, Bluetooth, hard-drive sleep, and FaceTime HD camera issues in the latest OS X release.
Mac OS X has an option to keep hard drives spinning for quick file access, or to save power and reduce noise by spinning them down when they're not in use. This can be convenient, but is rather limiting for users who would like to customize when their
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External hard drives can sometimes continually spin and become exceptionally hot. Here are some ways to manage this to help prolong the life of your drive.
Apple CHUD Tools 4.4.2 released
Utilities Updates: MacScan X 2.0b3; Apple CHUD Tools 4.2.3; Camino 1.0b1; Default Folder X 2.0.4b1; more
PDFCompress; Launch Items; Uninstaller; Spindowner; more
Utilities Updates: Cocktail 3.1; Synchronize! Pro X 3.2.1; Watson 1.7.5; more
Deep sleep and FireWire 800 cards: Update from FireWire Depot
Utilities Updates: Cocktail 2.0; RBrowser 3.1.2; ALAP InTools 1.0.1; txt2pdf 6.5; Font Sampler 0.2; more