[Published Tuesday, June 10th]
There are two main levels at which software problems can occur: the user level and the system level.
Recall that Mac OS X, with its Unix roots, is user-based. Each user has a home directory (with its own Documents, Music, Library, Preferences, and other built-in folders), and permissions are supposed to guarantee that users cannot trespass on one another's territory. It's easy to forget about this, though, because most of us have just one user - ourselves. (And that user is usually the computer's administrator as well.)
When problems occur, one of the … Read more