The only sure thing about hard drives is that they fail. Backing up the data on your Mac turns a hard drive failure into a non-event, instead of a Mac disaster. If you run Leopard, Time Machine makes backups easy.
I’m trying to wrap my head around the new To Do feature in Leopard’s Mail. In iCal, I can hide any To Dos that have already been completed or haven’t arrived yet. But in Mail, it lists all of my To Dos, even if they’re completed or they’re from the future. Plus, it doesn’t show me the notes I’ve typed in for each To Do. Annoying!
Checking this box in EasyFind enables you to search your trash, plus it simultaneously shows results from the rest of your hard drive in the same window.
I just upgraded to Leopard, and now whenever I perform a Spotlight search, it no longer searches my trash like it used to in Tiger. How can I search the contents of my trash?
Until Apple brings this feature back to Mac OS X, one solution is to use the search utility EasyFind (free, www.devon-technologies.com), which can simultaneously search through both visible and invisible folders.
Another solution is built into Mac OS X, but it only searches your trash and nowhere else on your hard drive. Go to the Finder, select Go > Go To Folder and type in ~/.Trash to bring up a Finder window showing the contents of your Trash, but this time around, Mac OS X recognizes it as a searchable window. Type your search criteria, and then be sure to select .Trash as the location you’re searching (if you choose This Mac, the results you’re looking for won’t be found).
You can even save the results of this search as a custom search in your sidebar, and then modify it later by clicking the Action menu in your Finder’s toolbar and selecting Show Search Criteria.
The grumbling about Leopard started before its arrival. After all, it was, ahem, late. Apple had originally wanted to release it at 2007’s Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, but had to borrow some personnel from the Mac OS X team to help get the iPhone finished for its big coming-out party on June 29. Then when the cat was finally out of the bag on October 26, early reports of install problems, performance hits, bugs, and even the dreaded blue screens of death put a damper on all the great things about Leopard. We dig a lot about Leopard, but plenty of little touches (it’s always the little things, isn’t it?) in the interface have always seemed odd. While minor issues with the aesthetics and functionality of Leopard’s interface hardly represent major problems, they can still be incredibly frustrating. And we here at Mac|Life were annoyed right along with you. But as the Beatles used to sing, it’s getting better all the time. The Mac OS is now up to version 10.5.2, and a lot of the little annoyances have been cured, either by Apple in its software updates, or by third-party apps, Terminal hacks, and other workarounds. One by one, all the pieces to customize Leopard to your exact liking are falling into place.