Biggest Mac Warning To Windows Users

This is one Mac OS X behavior every new Mac users must keep in mind, especially for those coming from Windows: when you copy/move a folder to a location containing a folder with the same name, Mac OS X will replace the entire content of the folder with the new one you are copying/moving over. Under Windows, the files under the two folders will be merged together.

Let say you have five photos under your folder ~/Pictures/Photos/ with the file names feb001.jpg, feb002.jpg, feb003.jpg, feb004.jpg and feb005.jpg. And on your USB thumbdrive you have a folder named Photos which has three photos with the file names feb004.jpg, feb005.jpg and feb006.jpg.

Under Mac OS X, when you copy the Photos folder from your USB thumbdrive to your ~/Pictures folder, the system will prompt you to confirm. If you proceed by clicking on the “Replace” button, the ~/Pictures/Photos content will be replaced by the content on your thumbdrive, thus you will have the files feb004.jpg, feb005.jpg and feb006.jpg. Files feb001.jpg, feb002.jpg and feb003.jpg are gone!

Under Windows, system will merge the contents of the two folders, result in six files feb001.jpg to feb006.jpg. Files feb004.jpg and feb005.jpg will be overwritten with the version on the USB thumbdrive.

As you can see this OS X behaviour can be damaging if you are not being careful, imagine having your whole year’s photos wipe out by a folder copy.

CoreLocation and Multi-Touch Comes to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Two iPhone technologies, CoreLocation and Multi-Touch, are coming to the Mac. These software frameworks are included in the latest developer seed of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, allows developers to add CoreLocation (ability to identify the current latitude and longtitude of your Mac) and multi-touch features to Mac applications.

In the iPhone, CoreLocation makes use of the hardware’s GPS or WiFi to identify its location. Current Macs will make use of less accurate WiFi method for obtaining the location since there is no GPS technology included. We suspect that future Macs especially MacBooks will have built-in GPS technology as standard.

Current Macs already have multi-touch support via the multi-touch trackpad in newer MacBooks. By including the multi-touch APIs framework, Apple is making it easier for developer to multi-touch enabled their application. We are guessing Apple will extend the support for multi-touch to include touch-panel LCD in future Macs.

10 Quick Ways To Launch Mac OS X Applications

You do not always have to use the Dock or the Finder application folder to start an application under Mac OS X. There are other ways and techniques you can accomplish such trivial task, some are obvious, some are improvements and some might appeal to your way of working. Choose your pick.

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Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update

apple-releases-mac-os-x-10-5-4-updateApple on Monday evening posted the update 10.5.4 for its Mac OS X Leopard operating system. This release “includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”, Apple said. This release is believed to contain codes that support the upcoming MobileMe online service that will debut on July 11. The 88MB download is available via OS X’s Software Update mechanism or from Apple Downloads website.

Apple Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.4 update includes all recent security updates and resolves issues with several system and third-party applications, such as saving and re-opening Adobe Creative Suite 3 files on a remote server. It adds RAW image support for additional digital camera, improves L2TP VPN client reliability and solves AirPort reliability issues. The update also delivers fixes to improve the stability of iCal calendaring application. Read Apple’s support document for details of Mac OS X 10.5.4 update.

This update is widely believed to support Apple’s new MobilMe online services that will replace the .Mac service coming July 11. MobileMe costs $99 per year and comes with 20GB of storage, an email account with a @me.com domain, contacts, calendar, photos and file sharing services. You can synchronizes these information between Macs, PCs and iPhones so that everything is up to date.

Besides Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard update, Apple also released security updates for Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS X Tiger Server as well as Safari 3.1.2 for Mac OS X Tiger. These updates replicate the security fixes featured in 10.5.4 Leopard update.

WALL•E Robot Made of Mac?

In the new Disney-Pixar movie WALL•E opening this weekend, the robot makes the standard Mac startup sound when he boots up. This suggests that the core operating system of the robot is a variant of Mac OS X and Apple already has plan to make foray into building robots. Well…

We are not sure if the robot looks like an Apple product, but the sleek EVE floating robot certainly fits the Apple look. Yes, Pixar team actually consulted Jonathan Ive in 2005 for EVE’s design. Jonathan Ive, if you are not aware, is Apple Senior VP of Industrial Design, and is the Apple ‘it’ design guy responsible for the design of Apple products such as iMac, iPod and iPhone.