"The first thing I do when I buy a new Mac is '$ killall Dock' to stop the resource sucking widgets," Enso Cloud tweeted at me last week. "Does anyone actually use Dashboard widgets?" Chris MacDonald said.
"No to widgets. I disable them on all Macs I work on. They're quite stagnant and useless with an iOS device nearby," Ken Fager added. Do you still use the OS X Dashboard? It turns out that a good number of Mac users don't—or at least those who follow Ars (and me) on Twitter.
Getting Mountain Lion's new system-wide notifications to work best for your own needs may take a little adjusting. Notification Center gives developers an (official) standardized way to send notifications to the user, but also a way to consolidate and control those notifications. We show you how to make the most of what this first desktop incarnation of Notification Center offers.
L33tdawg: On a hackintosh and looking to upgrade? We've got a guide for you.
Apple released OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" ($19.99, Mac App Store) today and we Mac users tend to be quicker than most to update our software. This blog post is a cautionary tale that you should heed if you use your Mac to earn a living or if your rely on it to be productive.
Alongside the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion earlier today, Apple has published version 6.0 of its Safari web browser for OS X 10.7 Lion, adding a number of new features and closing numerous security holes. According to the company, the major update addresses more than 120 vulnerabilities found in the previous 5.x branch. Among the holes closed are problems in the handling of feed:// URLs could have led to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks or users' files being sent to a remote server.
A new script-based malware threat for OS X has been uncovered by security company Intego. The malware, called OSX/Crisis, has so far not been found "in the wild," but it has the potential to do harm.