For the first time ever, Apple has been forced to shut down a ransomware attack targeting Mac users running OS X. The file-encrypting malware is embedded in version 2.90 of the BitTorrent client Transmission and demands a bitcoin payment of approximately $400. If you are using Transmission 2.90, you are advised to delete it immediately. Here are the steps you need to take.
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Nobody likes to see the beach ball (aka pinwheel, aka the spinning pizza, aka spinning wait cursor) in OS X, but have you ever wondered why you see different ones from time to time? Or, when things get real weird, you'll sometimes see a ticking watch? It turns out that the answer has to do with the app you're working with.
Adam's Hack Attack feature which explained how to Build a Hackintosh Mac for under $800 inspired the Uneasy Silence blog to Load OSX 10.5 Leopard onto ASUS' mini-laptop, the eeePC.
All platforms: Add drop shadows, round corners, resize and do much more to multiple photos at once with Phatch, a free batch image processing program. Phatch guides a user through creating customised, reusable "action lists." Once a list is set up, it can be used to, for instance, size a folder of images down to 1024 pixels wide, round the top two corners with a five percent radius and convert them all to PNG files. Hit the "via" link below for a basic walk-through of Phatch's features.
Phatch is a free download for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, although each platform requires setting up the Python environment and a few other packages, which is a bit easier to do in Linux. Windows users who don't want to dive in can check out FastStone Photo Resizer, and Mac owners can try Photo Drop.Phatch
Now that you've added another monitor to your computer setup, you've got double the screen real estate to get things done—but are you putting all that space to good use? Whether you want to stretch your desktop wallpaper or taskbar across two monitors or perfectly snap all your windows into place every time, there are a few utilities that can help you make the most of every last pixel of your dual monitors. Let's take a look.
Mac OS X only: When 300 new features get added to a new operating system revision, chances are it's built in functionality that was only available in third party applications before. When it came to building a fresh Mac with Leopard, we left out quite a few installations in favour of the built-in enhanced versions, like iTerm (Terminal), SilverKeeper (Time Machine), VirtueDesktops (Spaces) and SharePoints (System Preferences' Sharing panel). Macworld revisits their catalog of "Mac gems" software and lists the ones Leopard includes features from, too. What favourite Mac app of yours does Leopard make obsolete? Let us know in the comments.Leopard's Gems replacements, Part 1
Mac OS X Leopard only: A week into using Leopard and the translucent menu bar driving you batty? Speaking of tiger-izing Leopard, tiny utility OpaqueMenuBar brings solidity back to your menu bar, trading the see-through look for opacity. OpaqueMenuBar is a free download for Leopard only. OpaqueMenuBar
Mac OS X only: Hate the new reflective Dock in Leopard, or the little blue dots that indicate open programs? Wired's How To Wiki details what it takes to get the old Tiger-style Dock back (a simple Terminal command) and replace the glowing blue dots with Tiger's old black triangles. You can also customise Leopard's startup background image for booting and login. Tweak Mac OS X Leopard's User Interface