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Apple releases Grand Central Dispatch into the Open Source community

Sep 27, 2009 - Leave a Comment

In a move that has surprised many, Apple has decided to open source their multiprocessor task management technology known as Grand Central Dispatch. This comes as a surprise because the technology has barely gotten into the hands of customers through 10.6 Snow Leopard, and it’s widely considered to be a competitive advantage. So why would … Read More

Developer Examples, API Docs, and Other Things Removed in Snow Leopard

Sep 16, 2009 - Leave a Comment

We know that Snow Leopard added some features to Mac OS X, but what about the things that Snow Leopard took away? Waffle has an updated list of things known to be removed from Snow Leopard, and there’s some interesting stuff on there. Here’s what I found to be most interesting (and surprising) that was … Read More

Force Snow Leopard to Use 64 Bit Kernel

Sep 10, 2009 - 21 Comments

By default, Mac OS X Snow Leopard boots using a 32 bit kernel. You can force Snow Leopard 10.6 to use the 64 bit kernel by holding down the “6″ and “4″ keys during system boot. Likewise, you can switch back to the 32 bit kernel by holding down “3″ and “2″ during system boot. … Read More

How to tell if you’re running the 32 bit or 64 bit kernel in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Sep 7, 2009 - 19 Comments

Snow Leopard 10.6 is the first Mac OS X version to ship with a 64 bit kernel, and obviously your Mac has to have a 64 bit processor to utilize that kernel, but some 64 bit Mac’s are not defaulting to the 64 bit kernel. So how do you know which kernel version your machine … Read More

Snow Leopard Desktop Background Pictures

Sep 6, 2009 - Leave a Comment

If you haven’t installed Snow Leopard yet but you want to share in the nice eye candy, try downloading some full resolution background pics! You can click on the thumbnail to the left to download the full version of the default Snow Leopard background, and you can get the rest at Uneasy Silence. The desktop … Read More

Is Snow Leopard a disappointing upgrade because there isn’t a new GUI? TechCrunch thinks so.

Sep 4, 2009 - 10 Comments

TechCrunch has an interesting op-ed piece today about why Snow Leopard is seen as disappointing to some casual Mac users who upgrade. The readers digest version? It doesn’t look or feel different enough. TechCrunch author MG Siegler basically argues that to the average user, changes in the look and feel of an operating system are … Read More

Build a Screaming Desktop Hackintosh running Snow Leopard for around $900

Sep 3, 2009 - 4 Comments

The Hackintosh community just keeps on growing, and this particular guide is sure to roil some feathers. Lifehacker has an excellent walkthrough from start to finish on how to build a screaming desktop Mac Hackintosh that runs Snow Leopard, for under $900! Assuming you order the same parts, the incredible specs of the machine you … Read More

AutoPlay QuickTime Movies on Open and 5 Other Useful QuickTime X Hacks

Sep 3, 2009 - 5 Comments

QuickTime X is really cool and one of the many great improvements in Snow Leopard, but I was really surprised to find out that QuickTime X no longer automatically plays movie files on open, you’d think since I just opened the file I’d want to watch the movie! Thankfully resolving this is just a matter … Read More

Evidence Snow Leopard Built for Touch Screen Macs?

Sep 2, 2009 - 4 Comments

Cult of Mac posted a pretty compelling picture of a new full screen keyboard feature in Snow Leopard that certainly looks like it’d be handy if you had a touchscreen Mac. With all the rumors of the Tablet Mac floating around, this just may be some evidence that the upcoming Mac Tablet will be running … Read More

Install Snow Leopard from External Firewire or USB Hard Drive: How to Upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 Without a DVD Drive

Sep 2, 2009 - 76 Comments

If you have a Mac without a functioning DVD drive (or a MacBook Air), you’ll need to find another way to upgrade to Snow Leopard, thankfully this is very easy, all you’ll need is an external firewire or USB hard drive. OK so the title might be slightly misleading, you’ll need access to a DVD … Read More

Installing 10.6 Snow Leopard Resets your /etc/hosts file

Sep 1, 2009 - 6 Comments

OS X Daily reader Todd Harris has tipped us off that when installing Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, your /etc/hosts file is reset. If you followed a tip we posted a while back about how to block access to specific websites then this is particularly relevant to you, so be sure to manually adjust … Read More

Snow Leopard Performance Reviews

Aug 30, 2009 - Leave a Comment

So now that Snow Leopard is out, how does it stack up? In many cases it’s faster and in some cases, well, it’s slower. It appears that the most significant speed gains are in Apple’s own software and Mac OS X itself, this is likely because Apple has optimized as much as possible to use … Read More

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