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

Sep 7, 2009 - 20 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
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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
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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
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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 - 81 Comments
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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. You’ll need access to a DVD drive *somewhere* so that you can make a … Read More

Installing 10.6 Snow Leopard Resets your /etc/hosts file

Sep 1, 2009 - 6 Comments
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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

Just Upgraded to Snow Leopard!

Aug 29, 2009 - 8 Comments

I was pretty excited to install Snow Leopard today, and the upgrade from 10.5.8 went without a hitch, finishing in about an hour. A couple Snow Leopard install tips: * Be sure to customize your installation to have Rosetta support, as it’s not installed by default anymore. * If you’re an X-Code user, you’ll probably … Read More

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard upgrade works on Tiger 10.4 machines

Aug 28, 2009 - 60 Comments

This is somewhat controversial because it is against the Apple EULA, but apparently you can save $140 if you’re a Tiger 10.4 user and run the 10.6 Snow Leopard upgrade without a problem. To make things even more interesting, popular Mac writer Walt Mossberg actually recommends that you do this if you are a Tiger … Read More

Malware Blocker Included in Snow Leopard

Aug 27, 2009 - Leave a Comment

Yet another feature to be excited about, ZDNet reports that Apple has included a malware blocker in 10.6 Snow Leopard. Personally I have never run into any malware or viruses in Mac OS X, but it’s nice to know that Apple is including this functionality by default in their latest operating system. Better safe than … Read More

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