Fire up Software Update, Mac OS X 10.6.8 has been released. The update prepares your Mac for installing Mac OS X Lion when it is released next month and includes other bug and security fixes.
The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac,
including fixes that:Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
Improve support for IPv6
Improve VPN reliability
Identify ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
After update up 10.6.2 I’ve noticed that my menu bar had all of it’s icons missing, including clock, istat, etc. Re-downloaded the update from Apple is not helps…The problem in spotlight fix – If you are disabled the spotlight icon by modifying the Search.bundle in /System/Library/CoreServices
Here instructions how to fix it:Replace Search.bundle from your backup in /System/Library/CoreServices ( click here to download a default version ).
Note: Maybe you have to delete a current file and then copy a new one.
Launch Activity Monitor and kill the SystemUIServer.MacOS ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.6.2, the second maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update brings several bug fixes, reportedly including one for a serious issue involving Guest accounts that has caused some users to lose all data from their primary user accounts.The 10.6.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes for:
- an issue that might cause your system to logout unexpectedly
- a graphics distortion in Safari ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
One of the oddities of my computer use style is that I don’t like to have my system go into screensaver or lock automatically very quickly. When I leave the keyboard, I like to be able to activate the screensaver/lock manually. Since I’m also not a fan of active screen corners, I want to be able to do so by keystroke.
Annoyingly, OS X doesn’t let me bind a key to activate the screensaver. There used to be a couple utilities that enabled this, but they haven’t been updated since 10.3.
The screensaver engine itself is an application, but we still need a convenient wayto activate it. Enter ...(continue read) tags: 10.5
You can reveal the location of a recently-used item by holding down the Command key while looking at the Apple menu’s Recent Items menu. With the Command key held down, the wording of the menu items (for Applications and Documents) changes from some item to Show “some item” in Finder.source: osxdaily tags: 10.6
The seed is said to contain dozens of minor bug fixes and performance improvements in these areas:
Address Book, AppleScript, AppleScriptObjC, ATS, ColorSync, Component Manager, Core Animation, Core Audio, Core Chinese Engine, Core Data, Core Graphics, Core Text, File Manager, Garbage Collection, Graphic drivers, Help Viewer, ImageKit, IOHIDFamily, Networking, NS Image, OpenCL, OpenGL, OSA, QT Kit, Speech Recognition, Sync Services, and Xtype.
The seed notes reportedly include a caution that there is a known issue with optical drives: that they may not be recognized and the eject key may not eject ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
Quick Look has a hidden feature that is not enabled by default, and can only be enabled through Terminal. Essentially, when ‘X-Ray mode’ is turned on, Quick Looking a folder will show, in a way, the contents of the folder.
Instead of just seeing the regular folder icon in Quick Look, the folder icon will be semi-transparent, with previews of the folder’s contents visible in the Quick Look window, as seen in the image at right. What’s more, the preview images will rotate automatically, moving through each item in the folder (click the image to see a movie of the animation).
To ...(continue read) tags: 10.5
, hidden feature
If you want to quickly change your sound input device, simply Option-Click the Sound menu at the top of your screen to enable an alternate menu pulldown list of input devices.
This trick is much faster than launching into the System Preferences and adjusting from microphone to line-in audio source. As far as I know this is new to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. tags: 10.6
, system preferences
In Snow Leopard’s PDF Preview,
if you click Control – or Right-click on a PDF preview and change the display option (e.g. from Single Page Continuous to Two Pages), this setting does not stick between launches. The next time you open a PDF, Preview reverts back to the original display setting.
However, if you change the display setting from the menu (View » PDF Display) the setting does stick, and becomes the new default for viewing PDFs in Preview. tags: 10.6
Run the following command in Terminal to see exactly how many of OS X’s extensions are 64-bit and how many are still 32-bit and shows ppc kexts as well.
file /System/Library/Extensions/*.kext/Contents/MacOS/* | perl -nle 'print $1 if /\((.*)\)/' | sort | uniq -c
Above command will take a few seconds to run.
Comparison between 10.5.8 and 10.6.0.
10.5.8109 for architecture i386
106 for architecture ppc
3 for architecture ppc740010.6.0135 for architecture i386
38 for architecture ppc
127 for architecture x86_64You can also look at “Extensions” in the “Software” ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
Users who want to run the new 64-bit kernel on late-model Macs (pretty much anything released after early 2008) can do so by booting with the 6 and 4 keys held down. If you’re wondering whether your Mac has a 64-bit EFI firmware, you can type this command in Terminal:
# ioreg -l -p IODeviceTree | grep firmware-abi
The response will identify the machine as either having 32-bit or 64-bit EFI.
To boot 64-bit kernel every time you boot machine:
1. Print nvram settings
# sudo nvram -p
2. Set boot-args to use 64 bit kernel
# sudo nvram boot-args="arch=x86_64"
Don’t forget to add in your ...(continue read) tags: 10.6
Apple released the first dot update of Snow Leopard on Thursday. The 75.1MB update fixes a few minor issues mostly related to the functionality of Mac OS. Here is a complete list of included fixes.Improves compatibility with some Sierra Wireless 3G modems
Addresses an issue in which some printer compatibility drivers might not appear properly in the Add Printer browser
Addresses an issue that might cause DVD playback to stop unexpectedly
Addresses an issue that might make it difficult to remove an item from the Dock
Resolves an issue in which the Command-Option-T keyboard shortcut would sometimes ...(continue read) tags: 10.6