Archive for the 'Macintosh' Category

App Movement Monitoring

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

I’ve been helping out when I can with the NetNewsWire open source project. Recently, Brent shared one of only a couple crash reports he’s received, in which the only plausible explanation would be if the app’s own internal files had failed to load. I recognized the likely cause of the problem immediately, because … After […]

Exceptional Apps

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Today I went to launch VMware 4.1.0 on my OS X 10.8.1 Mac and was met with this surprising refusal to open: Well, that’s interesting. Mac OS X supports the ability for applications to specify in their “Info.plist” files the minimum system version they require, but as far as I know there are no keys […]

Permanently Unhide Library

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

When Apple shipped Mac OS X Lion 10.7, the “Library” folder located within every user’s home folder, which had previously been visible to users in the Finder, was made invisible. To access the Library folder, users must now hold down the option key while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder. This is probably a […]

Lion’s Whole-Disk Encryption

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

One of my favorite new features in Lion is a completely revamped “FileVault”, Apple’s brand-name for encryption techonologies that protect the data on your disk from eavesdroppers, should the disk be lost or stolen. In Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier, FileVault was a feature that only affected your home directory. In OS X Lion, […]