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Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation?

If you’ve just bought a new Mac, and you’re upgrading from an older computer, you want all of your files and data to be accessible on the new machine. But when setting up a new Mac, should you migrate or do a clean installation? When you buy a new Mac, it might be a good […]

Apple’s Handoff and Continuity Work Now; So What?

I wrote about a month ago about my travails getting Handoff and Continuity features to work on my Macs and iOS devices. With the exception of my MacBook Pro, which does not work at all with these features, all my other devices – my iMac, iPhone, iPad Air 2 and iPod touch – work. It’s […]

OS X Tip: Increase Icon Size in iTunes, Mail and Finder Sidebars

If you find the icons and text in the sidebar of iTunes, Mail or the Finder to be too small or too large, you can change their sizes. But the setting isn’t easy to find; it’s not in the preferences of any of those three apps; it’s in the General pane of System Preferences. Choose […]

Insecure Keyboard Entry

If you do type sensitive passwords into Terminal or Screen Sharing, what should you do to limit your exposure? Terminal in particular makes it easy to enable the same secure keyboard entry mode that standard password fields employ, but to leave it active the entire time you are in Terminal. To activate this, just choose Terminal -> Secure Keyboard Entry. I have confirmed that when this option is checked, my tool is not able to see the typing of passwords.

Daniel Jalkut explores secure keyboard entry mode in Terminal. If you use Terminal, and type passwords, you should read this.

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Six Colors: Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet

This morning I tried to save a file in BBEdit, only to discover that I couldn’t see half of the save sheet—it was so large, it went off the bottom of the screen.

It turns out—and thanks to Jon Gotow of St. Clair Software, maker of the excellent Default Folder X, for the answer to this—that there’s a bug in Yosemite that causes a sheet to grow taller by 22 pixels every time you use it.

I hadn’t noticed this, but, sure enough, when I tried it out, I saw that each time I invoked the Save sheet – by pressing Command-S – it got a bit longer. Try it, even with Safari. Press Command-S, note where the Save sheet ends, then press the Escape key, or click Cancel. Then do it again a few times.

Read the article on Jason Snell’s website Six Colors to find out how to fix it.

This is a stupid bug. Stupid bugs like this shouldn’t be in shipping software.

via Six Colors: Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet.

When Handoff and Continuity on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Don’t Work

Handoff and Continuity are the biggest gee-whiz features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The ability to start composing an email, view a web page, or work on a document on one device, then switch to another, could actually merit the use of the word “magical,” which Apple has applied to a number of […]

Turn Off Software Updates for OS X Yosemite Betas

If you have an OS X developer account, or if you participated in Apple’s public beta program for OS X Yosemite, you might be seeing update notifications in the App Store app for new beta releases of Yosemite. This seems to be new in Yosemite, and is most likely the case only if your Mac […]

RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014

Dearly beloved…

On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints.

While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”

I worked on the Mac OS X Hints web site for many years. I got to know Rob Griffiths, who founded the site, way back when, probably a couple of years after he launched this site. I worked with him writing a few chapters of a book which collected hints (whose title was so dumb, I won’t mention it). Subsequently, I filled in for Rob when he took vacations, took time off when his kids were born, and then, when he left Macworld, I took over as site editor for a while.

I’ll miss the site. It had lots of great information.

via RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014 | The Robservatory.

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