macOS

NIST SP 800-179: Securing Apple OS X 10.10 Systems

  I noticed that NIST recently published the Draft Special Publication 800-179: Guide to Securing Apple OS X 10.10 Systems for IT Professionals. I’m looking forward to reading it. The public comment… Read more »

Ditching Adobe Flash on the Mac

  While I’ve kept Flash updated religiously over the years, last month I finally reached the point where the plugin was adversely impacting my Mac Pro’s performance. So I uninstalled… Read more »

FaceTime microphone input bug

  Yosemite introduced a bug that impacts a relatively small group of Mac users, including myself. I use a Mac Pro with a Logitech USB webcam. Mac Pros don’t have a built-in… Read more »

The menu bar debate

  One of the more notable user interface differences between Macs and PCs is the location of the menu bar. On Macs, one menu bar is located at the top… Read more »

Puppet

  For most of the history of personal computing, large companies shunned Macs because there were few tools available to manage hundreds or thousands of computers. Large companies have scalability… Read more »

Questionable advice

  I came across the advice of a Mac consultant who wrote that you should restart your Mac once or twice daily to prevent your Mac from slowing down. This… Read more »

Is the Find command psychic?

Have you ever used the Find command in an OS X application and found that the word you want to search for has already been entered into the search field?… Read more »

Notes syncing with Mountain Lion

Under Mountain Lion, Apple removed the ability to sync notes between your Mac and iOS devices without iCloud. This option used to be available on the iTunes “info” panel for… Read more »

Mountain Lion bugs

I’ve encountered the following bugs on my Mac Pro running 10.8. Feel free to comment on the bugs you’re experiencing. Incoming mail.app notification sound does not always play. Spontaneous wake-ups… Read more »

Mountain Lion

Assuming your software and hardware are compatible with Mountain Lion, it’s a no-brainer upgrade. For $20, you’ll get a nice set of new features. Before you upgrade, check the following… Read more »