Monthly Archives: August 2015

Quick fixes for icons missing from your desktop

DesktopAndScreenSaverIconXThe desktop on your Mac serves multiple purposes, as both a representation of the Desktop folder contents in your home directory, and as a location to access computer resources, such as hard drives and mounted network shares. These make the desktop a convenient place to store temporary work, and organize commonly-accessed files; however, there may be times when items you know should be on the desktop are missing. Continue reading

Malware developers targeting MacKeeper settlement Web page

BurnIconXFollowing the recent announcement of the MacKeeper legal settlement, malware developers are creating routines that redirect people from the settlement site to nefarious Web pages that use javascript hacks to “lock” a browser. When this happens, you will see an alert window that has an OK button, but clicking the button just pops open another alert. Continue reading

Feeling burnt by MacKeeper? Claim a refund

MacKeeperIconXIf you have purchased the MacKeeper utility suite for your Mac and are finding it does not perform its functions as advertised, then you can now make a claim for a refund of your purchase.

MacKeeper has developed a reputation as one of the more notorious software packages for OS X, which offers tools for repairing, cleaning, and securing Mac OS systems. Continue reading

Overcome Gatekeeper automatically re-enabling in OS X Yosemite

SecurityIconXThe Gatekeeper feature in OS X is a security measure that adds a layer of protection by only allowing Apple-approved apps to run, be they either from members of Apple’s developer community, or apps that are distributed in the App Store. This feature should be enabled by default, but if desired you can change Gatekeeper’s behavior, or disable it altogether. However, some OS X 10.10 users have found that after a while, Gatekeeper may re-enable automatically. Continue reading

Apple’s Swift programming language now available in Mandarin

SwiftIconWhen it comes to developing code, if you have limited English knowledge then you might find yourself not only frustrated with the programming logic, but also the fact that you will have to pick up enough English to understand what is being typed. However, with Apple’s new easy-to-learn programming language Swift, a new project has translated the language into Mandarin Chinese, making it easier to pick up for people who speak this language with not much English. Continue reading

How to manage your Messages histories in OS X

NewMessagesIconXWhen using Messages in OS X to chat with friends and colleagues, the program will save a record of your message contents, to then keep a history of your conversation that you can review at a later point. While immediate conversation messages may be on Apple’s servers and synchronize to your devices, once this is done they will be gone, so your device retains the history so you can browse and search it if needed. Continue reading