Even if you don't own an iPod, it can be easy to get sucked into the AAC trap. It's the default format used by the popular iTunes Software to rip CDs, and the program will prompt you to convert WMAs to AACs upon initial use if you have the Windows format living in your music folder. That's not to say AAC--or WMA, for that matter--is a bad format to use; in fact, some users prefer it to MP3. Plus, more and more portable devices are adding AAC support. However, MP3 is still the most widely supported file … Read more
On Wednesday, YouTube unveiled the winners of its help video challenge. Last month the company offered users a chance to get their how-to screencast featured as the default video on the service's help center, giving fledgling screencasters the opportunity to get more exposure and a larger following.
Among the clips chosen are short how-tos on adding video annotations, creating playlists, and digging deep into YouTube's settings to get videos to automatically play in high-quality mode. Ironically, this video, along with the tutorial on creating subtitles, has YouTube's overlay ads, which in the case of the high-quality how-to … Read more
Despite a notable backlash from some Ad-Aware SE fans, Ad-Aware 2007 is still a very powerful weapon in the fight against malicious software. Ad-Aware 2007 is bigger than its previous editions and it tends to use up more system resources. Most unfortunately, all of Ad-Aware 2007's premium (paid) features, and even applications such as Ad-Watch 2007 and the Host File Editor, are included with the free version, but are nonoperational. Despite those minor complaints, the new program did add valuable features, including support for multiple browsers, a Web privacy tool, and multilingual support (although French is the only available … Read more
If you think you've got it tough on Valentine's Day, consider your poor, humble Download.com editor. My wife's birthday is on Valentine's Day! Luckily, we've been together long enough that I don't have to impress her with dozens of roses, buckets of chocolates, and the rest of the conventional commercial holiday paraphernalia. However, a homemade card is always a great way to demonstrate my love.
Ted Landau January 2007
The Accounts System Preferences pane may not be the most glamorous destination in Mac OS X, but it?s definitely worth a stopover in Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5). Check it out and you?ll find a collection of valuable new features. To take advantage of these features, you also want to familiarize yourself with some new options in the File Sharing section of the Sharing System Preferences pane. What all these features are and how to use them is the subject of this tutorial.
Part A: Accounts System Preferences Pane
Guest Invitations. After arriving … Read more
So you bought a guitar (or bass, or drum kit). Now what? Back in my day, there were several popular ways to learn how to play. You could take lessons, which was probably the quickest way to get to basic competence, but seemed short on creativity and punk-rock DIY spirit. You could play along to CDs by your favorite bands, which was slow, error-prone, and frustrating, but balanced by occasional moments of "a ha" enlightenment. (This is how I did it, playing along to Led Zeppelin, which were the only CDs I had in my possession after a … Read more
If you are into troubleshooting (and given that you are here at MacFixIt, it's likely that you are), you'll find a wealth of welcome goodies in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). If I were to make a list of Noteworthy New Troubleshooting-Related Features in Leopard, the first item would be the redesigned and pumped-up Sharing System Preferences pane and its related features. And of all the new sharing?related features, the one perched at the absolute pinnacle would be screen sharing.… Read more
In an earlier tutorial, we explained how to clone the Tiger install DVD to a partition on an external FireWire disk. This is a good idea because the DVD is optical media, and optical media can have problems. A DVD is slow to boot up, and if there is any kind of glitch with the drive or the medium, you may not be able to complete the installation. A FireWire drive, on the other hand, is fast and reliable, so if you need to reinstall, or install to a new partition, you just boot up from the partition containing the … Read more
Herewith, a short philosophical and practical guide to upgrading to Leopard.
Your ground of being should be caution and forbearance. Consider the situation both for Apple and for developers:
Apple, having allowed this shipment to slip six months already, has had to get Leopard out the door before the end of October by hook or by crook. You may reasonably conclude that this cake is probably not entirely baked. As with Tiger, an early software update (10.5.1) will likely be needed to correct a multitude of issues. Until then, consider yourself a beta tester.
Most of the changes … Read more
Earlier, we published a tutorial explaining how to clone the Tiger installer DVD to an external FireWire drive. In that tutorial, we suggested that while you're doing this you should also have a second partition on the external drive on which you can actually install the system. Well, now the truth can be told; in that tutorial, we were just preparing you for a valuable Leopard installation technique.
You see, Leopard is the first Mac OS X system that comes on a Universal Binary DVD. The very same DVD can be used to install Leopard either on a PowerPC … Read more