Left 4 Dead now on Mac

left-for-dead Mac OS X

Valve has released the original Left 4 Dead for Mac OS X on its Steam Play platform. This is mere weeks after Valve released Left 4 Dead 2 on Mac OS X on October 5. To celebrate its release, Left 4 Dead is now available at 50% discount at $9.99. For a limited time, you can get the bundle for both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 at $14.99.

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How to secure delete in Mac OS X

secure delete mac os x

Mac OS X makes it easy for you to secure delete your files. Secure delete prevents other people from undeleting or recovering any information about the file. The following are four ways to secure delete files in Mac OS X:

  • Right click the trash bin while holding Command. Select the “Secure Empty Trash” option that appears.
  • From the Finder menu, select “Secure Empty Trash…”.
  • From the terminal, use the “-P” option of the rm command. The “-P” option is:
    -P    Overwrite regular files before deleting them.  Files are overwritten three times, first with the byte pattern 0xff, then 0x00, and then 0xff again, before they are deleted.
  • From the terminal, use the “srm” command instead of “rm -P“. Enter “man srm” on the terminal for more info.

Mac OS X 10th anniversary

Mac OS X 10th anniversary

Mac OS X debuted on September 13, 2000. And on its 10th anniversary, [Ars Technica rerun a review of Mac OS X Public Beta by John Siracusa](http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2010/09/macos-x-beta.ars) which was published on October 15, 2000.

Makes you feel old or nostalgic?

32 Things You Should Know About Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Before Upgrading

With Snow Leopard’s low upgrade price and performance boost, many Mac OS X users are expected to upgrade if not already done so. The upgrade to most users so far has been smooth, most are inconvenient by certain third party apps that are not running well with the new OS. The following are 32 things that are new or changed in Snow Leopard, helpful info before your upgrade.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard List of Incompatible Software

Apple has published [in a support document a list of incompatible software](http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3258) for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

When you install Snow Leopard or upgrade to Snow Leopard, the operating system by default moves known-incompatible software to a folder named “Incompatible Software” on your hard drive. The list of incompatible software includes:

* Parallels Desktop, version 2.5 and earlier
* McAfee VirusScan, version 8.6
* Norton AntiVirus, version 11.0
* Internet Cleanup 5, version 5.0.4
* Application Enhancer, version 2.0.1 and earlier
* AT&T Laptop Connect Card, version 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.10.0
* launch2net, version 2.13.0
* iWOW plug-in for iTunes, version 2.0
* Missing Sync for Palm Sony CLIE Driver, version 6.0.4
* TonePort UX8 Driver, version 4.1.0
* ioHD Driver, version 6.0.3
* Silicon Image SiI3132 Drivers, version

Snow Leopard also prevents known-incompatible software from opening. The list of software that Snow Leopard will not open and run:

* Parallels Desktop, version 3.0
* VirusBarrier X4, version 10.4.4 and earlier
* SPSS 17, version 17.1
* Director MX 2004, version 10.2
* EyeTV, version 3.0.0 to 3.1.0
* Ratatouille, version 1.1
* AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow, version 4.2.5

Visit Apple’s [Snow Leopard Support Page](http://www.apple.com/support/snowleopard/) for more help on installation, manuals and tutorial.


For a more comprehensive list of what software runs with Snow Leopard, visit [Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List at Wikidot.com](http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/).

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Release On August 28

Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 August 28

Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.6 will go on sale this Friday August 28 and [Apple online store is now accepting pre-orders](http://store.apple.com/us/product/MAC_OS_X_SNGL).

If you have an Intel Mac, Snow Leopard is a no-brainer upgrade with loads of refinements to 10.5 Leopard and its $29 low upgrade price. Among them are: core support for 64-bit processor, system applications such as Finder, Mail, iCal, iChat, Safari etc are now 64-bit; more responsive Finder; Mail loads messages up to twice as fast; Time Machine backups 80 percent faster for initial backup; build-in Microsoft Exchange Server support; new QuickTime X; 64-bit of Safari that is up to 50 percent faster.

Pre-order Mac OS X Snow Leopard At Amazon

![Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard](http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41eGVqy795L._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will be released next month, but you can pre-order your copy from Amazon and have it shipped to you as soon as it is officially released. Snow Leopard can run only on Intel-based Mac.

Please note that if you have purchased a new Mac on or after June 8, 2009, you can upgrade to Snow Leopard cheaper for $9.95 plus tax under Apple’s Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program. Visit [Apple website for detail](http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/) on this program.

Available for pre-order on Amazon are:

* [Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard single user edition at $29](http://www.amazon.com/Mac-version-10-6-Snow-Leopard/dp/B001AMHWP8/ref=br_lf_m_1000410511_1_1_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=485134671&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000410511&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=07S4Q963QQEA2MANQ25E). This is for users who has Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installed. Apple priced the upgrade at low price to entice adoption. If you have Tiger or earlier Mac OS X version, you need to purchase the Mac Box Set in order to get Snow Leopard.

* [Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Family Pack (5-User) at $49](http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Leopard-Family-Pack-5-User/dp/B001AMPP0W/ref=br_lf_m_1000410511_1_2_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=485134671&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000410511&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=07S4Q963QQEA2MANQ25E). This is Snow Leopard upgrade for Leopard users for up to 5 Macs.

* [Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard at $499](http://www.amazon.com/Server-version-10-6-Snow-Leopard/dp/B001AMPORG/ref=br_lf_m_1000410511_1_3_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=485134671&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000410511&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=12ND1YNBXZYV20RGX77V). This is the server version of Snow Leopard.

* [Mac Box Set With Snow Leopard at $169](http://www.amazon.com/Mac-Box-Set-Snow-Leopard/dp/B002I0JKE2/ref=br_lf_m_1000410511_1_4_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=485134671&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000410511&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=12ND1YNBXZYV20RGX77V). Box Set includes Snow Leopard, iLife 09 and iWorks 09.

* [Mac Box Set Family Pack With Snow Leopard at $229](http://www.amazon.com/Mac-Family-Pack-Snow-Leopard/dp/B002I0HK9Y/ref=br_lf_m_1000410511_1_5_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=485134671&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000410511&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=12ND1YNBXZYV20RGX77V). Box Set includes Snow Leopard, iLife 09 and iWorks 09, for up to 5 Macs.

Map Your CapsLock Key to Control

When you are editing text under Mac OS X, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:

* Control-a
: move to beginning of line
* Control-e
: move to end of line
* Control-d
: erase character
* Control-k
: erase characters till end of line
* Control-b
: move backward one character
* Control-f
: move forward one character
* Control-p
: move to previous line
* Control-n
: move to next line

You can use the above keyboard shortcuts in TextEdit, when you enter URL address in Safari browser, in the command line on the Terminal app etc. In fact it applies to all apps that make use of the Mac OS X edit control.

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