September 2009 Links

Links for the month of September.

Here are a few links of interest to the folks who read my books and articles or watch my training videos.

  • Snow Leopard Features Suggest It’s a Touchscreen OS – If you’ve got one of Axiotron’s awesome Modbooks, and you’re running Snow Leopard, you may have already stumbled across a few features that make your Mac so much easier to use. It’s unlikely Apple had Axiotron in mind when it included these features, though, so what’s the real story here? On TheAppleBlog. Thanks to @DonPerrault for sharing the link on Twitter.
  • Must-have / essential applications on Mac OS X (10.6 – Snow Leopard) – Interesting list of applications that a Snow Leopard user might want to have on his system. By Trent Lloyd.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review – Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard has landed. This time around, Apple goes light on the glitz in favor of some heavy work under the hood. John Siracusa dives deep into Apple's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading.
  • Snow Leopard’s Four Best Improvements (for Civilians) – Most of Mac OS 10.6's changes are deep in its underpinnings for developers to put to good use. But what do the rest of us get out of Snow Leopard? Modest, but nice, improvements to the everyday Mac workflow. Note: This isn't a thorough Snow Leopard review. It's a boiled-down, "what's in it for me" rundown for time-strapped folks who want the bottom line. On Lifehacker.
  • MacJury #913: Passing Judgement on Snow Leopard (Part 2) – More MacJurors weigh in on the newest version of Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. This panel discusses why Snow Leopard looks better and what that means for graphics professionals as well as the casual user, why the transition to Snow Leopard is “important but not urgent,” and the issues surrounding QuickTime 10. The panel also discusses why the newest version of the Mac OS will force developers to stay focused, and share some of the best new changes to existing features. Featuring yours truly as one of the jurists.
  • Old WordPress Versions Under Attack – Otto42 of OttoDestruct, a key WordPress developer and supporter, reports that there is an “attack” on older versions of WordPress right now. The number of sites hit by this is growing every hour. Protect your WordPress blog now: UPDATE NOW!!! On Lorelle on WordPress.
  • How to Keep WordPress Secure – Right now there is a worm making its way around old, unpatched versions of WordPress. From Matt on
  • If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers – This is why I don't do Web work for other people. Brilliant! On DigitalSurvivors.
  • Fonts for web design: a primer – Modern CSS provides web designers with an unprecedented level of control over online typography. Restrictions are still imposed however by the limited number of “common” fonts—those typefaces that are generally available cross-platform. This article looks at the fonts web designers have available to them, and also considers their suitability for various tasks. On
  • Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – A product review.
  • How to Build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, Start to Finish – Detailed instructions for putting Snow Leopard on a netbook for under $900. On Lifehacker.
  • Snow Leopard Is Less Secure but Safer than Windows, Say Experts – The title says it all. Read more on
  • Upgrading Your Mac To Snow Leopard Using Your USB drive – Jeffry Thurana Explains how to upgrade a Mac without an optical drive. On
  • Found Footage: Snow Leopard hidden features, great video by a 16 year-old – Matt Fisher has created a video on hidden features in Snow Leopard and although we have covered some of these before, this you have to see. In four minutes and twenty-nine seconds Matt covers more content than most people can cover in an hour, and he does it with grace and total clarity. On TUAW.
  • Snow Leopard: what’s to love (or at least appreciate) – A list of improvements in Snow Leopard that you might not initially notice. On TUAW.
  • Use New Exposé Features in Snow Leopard – In Mac OS X 10.5, you could combine the use of Exposé's Application Windows mode and the Command-Tab application switcher by first activating Exposé and then pressing Command-Tab. When you selected another application and released Command-Tab, that application would come to the foreground in Exposé mode, revealing all its windows. Alternatively, you could release just the Command key, and cycle through all your applications (while still in Exposé mode) by just pressing the Tab key. Read more on
  • 50 Essential Web Typography Tutorials, Tips, Guides and Best Practices – The title says it all; the article has links to 50 resources. On Speckyboy Design Magazine. Thanks to @EstherSchindler for sharing the link.
  • How-To: Resurrect Your AppleTalk Printer in Snow Leopard – Did Snow Leopard leave your old AppleTalk printer out in the cold? Grab a hot cup of cocoa and warm your printer up with some of these handy tips to continue to use your classic AppleTalk printer with your state of the art operating system. On The Apple Blog.
  • Three Useful Snow Leopard Links… – Author and programmer Dave Mark shares three links to software you might want to install on Snow Leopard. (I use 2 of the 3.) On Dave Mark's Blog.
  • 18 Resources to Help you Write Better Blog Titles – This is one I really needed and should study. I write the crappies blog titles. But it's an important skill to master if you want more hits. Thanks to @estherschindler for tweeting the link. On
  • Install Snow Leopard on Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required – If you're not comfortable with command-line hacking, you can now install Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh with just a few point-and-clicks. On LifeHacker.
  • The Snow Leopard appreciation society – "A lot has been written about Snow Leopard since its release two weeks ago: but maybe the best way of describing Apple's latest operating system update is by comparing it to a second-hand Volkswagen I owned a couple of years after finishing university." Read more on
  • Snow Leopard Gives 50% Performance Boost When Running Optimized Software | Cult of Mac – Snow Leopard can give your Mac a 50% performance improvement when running optimized software, a developer has found. On CultOfMac.
  • QuickBooks update adds Snow Leopard support, bug fixes – Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2009 for Mac R8.2 patch, adding Snow Leopard support to the small-business financial software. On MacNN.
  • Report: Nine Scientifically Proven Ways to Get Retweeted on Twitter – Nine most effective ways to get retweeted on Twitter. On FastCompany. Thanks to @WeberBooks for sharing the link.
  • See Hidden Files in Snow Leopard’s Open and Save Dialogs – Business Center – PC World – Many of OS X's files and folders are hidden when working with the system–most of the Unix-only folders, such as /usr, /etc, and /bin, for instance. If you want to always see these hidden files and folders, you can do just that. On PC World.
  • Snow Leopard tip: Minimize to icon – Now you can minimize windows "behind" their parent app's icon. Here's how. On TUAW.
  • Inside Snow Leopard’s UTI: Apple fixes the Creator Code – Snow Leopard's abandonment of Creator Code metadata, used to open a file with its creating application, has some users are worried that Apple has killed off a core Mac-centric feature. Instead, Apple has invented a superior alternative for the old Creator Code in order to support a variety of new features. Here's why, and what the new Uniform Type Identifiers offer. On Apple Insider.

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