Archive for December, 2009

Putting your Mac display to sleep

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

When I was on Tiger, I used a Dashboard Widget called Sleep Display.  It worked great because there was not a quicker way to do this.  Well, when I upgraded to Snow Leopard, I found out that the widget no longer worked!  Luckily, it was easy to track down a keyboard shortcut.  I guess starting with Leopard (10.5) you’ve been able to press Control-Shift-Eject and presto!  Instant display sleep!

Categories: Mac 101, Mac OS X

Dismissing Tiger

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

No, not Tiger Woods, I mean OS X 10.4.  I’ve actually moved into 2009 by finally installing Snow Leopard.  I must say, I quite like it!

One thing I notice about it right away though: it takes up about 200MB more RAM than Tiger did.  Don’t know if that’s something about my system or not, but now I’m thinking I need to install more memory.  If Snow Leopard isn’t supposed to take up so much memory, please let me know how to get it back down to where it’s supposed to be!

I’ll also be playing with both iLife and iWork, although I think iLife will be more useful to me.  iWord seems to be great, but I (as most of us) live in a Windows world and being more compatible with MS Office is just a wee bit more important than being really cool. 🙂

Taking the plunge

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, I went out and bought myself Snow Leopard.  I need to backup my system (probably using SuperDuper), then I’ll go ahead and do the update.  It’ll be interesting to go straight from Tiger to Snow Leopard, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

I’m really interested in the iLife suite, but not so much in iWork.  I already have the Microsoft Office suite and just about everyone I deal with at work uses it, so I guess I better stick with it.

Updates coming soon!

Categories: Mac OS X, Software

Microsoft security no longer an oxymoron?

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment


According to this article from Lifehacker, you can have a reasonably secure system by following some common sense advice and by using Microsoft’s free antivirus software, Security Essentials.  You know me and good, free software.  I’m all over it!  Especially since it’s not my main system at home, it’s a lot easier to use when I don’t have to pay for it.

Categories: Security, Software, Windows

Upgraded to Snow Leopard yet?

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I haven’t yet.  Yes, I am behind the times just a little bit…

Well, if you haven’t and want to (I still have Tiger…), but also have to make sure all your must-run apps work, better run your system by Snow Leopard Compatibility Checker.

Categories: Mac OS X, Software