Apple's MacBook laptops have become increasingly desirable and successful, making them a prime target for thieves. Now that Mac OS X includes integrated and efficient full disk encryption, I recommend that everyone with a MacBook enable it. It's easy, nonintrusive, and a potential lifesaver if your machine is stolen! Why Encrypt Your MacBook? Like so many features in Mac OS … [Read more...] about MacBook Users: Encrypt Your Drive with OS X FileVault! It’s Easy and Free!
What's a love-hate relationship without the love? Whatever that is, that's what I've got going with my copy of Dragon Dictate. I've long been a fan of dictation software, but the bugs and usability flubs in this product continually annoy me. Now it appears that the automatic spell checker in Mac OS X Lion causes Dragon to lose its mind and continually drop a random character … [Read more...] about The Case of the Missing Letters: Another Obnoxious Bug in Dragon Dictate
Yesterday I noted that Apple included a full logical volume manager in Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" without so much as a word. Today I am pleased to say that CoreStorage is much more functional than I had guessed, including a number of undocumented but seemingly functional commands for on-the-fly resizing of logical volumes as well as manipulation of physical volumes. Read on for the … [Read more...] about Undocumented CoreStorage Commands
Apple fan boys won't like to hear this, but Mac OS X was majorly deficient in an area near and dear to my heart. You see, unlike every other modern operating system, Mac OS X lacked a volume manager. This wouldn't seem like a big deal to the average user, but it held back the operating system in many ways. A volume manager brings storage virtualization to an operating system, … [Read more...] about Mac OS X Lion Adds CoreStorage, a Volume Manager (Finally!)