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Video freezes on Mac Pro: Video card replacement required

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

I don’t know it is bad luck or something else, but I have certainly experienced my share of hardware flaws and failures with Apple products over the years. I am not talking about more or less predictable failures here, like conventional hard drives failing after a few years, or power adapter cords becoming frayed (although […]

Responsiveness problems in Yosemite: Menu-delay bug caused by ‘Reduce transparency’ option?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

When I was young and careless, I used to love being an early adopter of new technology, including computer technology. This meant that I often installed new system releases as soon as they became available, come what may. I was even quite excited when I was invited to join the AppleSeed program back in the […]

OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): Video corruption in Safari

Friday, February 28th, 2014

For me, the problem started as soon as I upgraded to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). I started seeing all kinds of unsightly video corruption artefacts on web pages in Safari, like this one (click to enlarge): The video corruption artefacts are static or sometimes “dynamic”, with actual flickering taking place in real time. (Needless to […]

OS X 10.8.4: Yet another big disappointment

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

What’s the point of submitting bug reports? That’s the question I used to ask myself when it came to Microsoft and its crappy software, but I must say I am increasingly asking myself the exact same thing with Apple and its own software offerings. The two pieces of Apple software that I use the most […]

Safari’s history and URL shorteners: Pretty useless

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Alright, if you are in Safari, go to this item posted by someone on Twitter (chosen randomly), and then click on the link provided in the tweet ( This should normally take you to a new window with the picture in question and the Safari window’s title bar and address bar should look like this: […]

Pages documents in the Cloud: 5 MB for a blank document with plain text?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The one thing I hate the most about cloud-based computing is the sense that I have lost control, that the computer does things on my behalf with very little input or feedback, and that things can fairly easily go wrong. And so I tend to avoid it like the plague. That said, as a tech […]

Mountain Lion’s Safari: Does not resume properly after restart

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I don’t know if it’s just me, but there’s definitely something that is not right with Safari’s Resume feature in Mountain Lion on my machine. Well-behaved OS X applications follow the “Close windows when quitting an application” setting in System Preferences › General: If the option is not checked, when I re-open those well-behaved applications, […]

OS X 10.8.2: Hot corners not so hot with dual monitor setup

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Among other glitches that I have noticed with the latest version of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.2), there is the fact that the “Hot Corners” feature accessible via the Screen Saver preference pane in System Preferences no longer works reliably. I use hot corners to put my displays to sleep. I have two 30″ monitors […]

OS X 10.8.2: Event-handling bug and other glitches

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Apart from the kernel panics, OS X 10.8.2 is a fine release (it fixes the most outrageous flaw in Mountain Lion, which was the crazy behaviour of the Save As architecture). But it sure feels rather glitchy to me. I’ve already talked about the selection highlighting issues after hiding background applications. The problem is on-going. […]

Mac OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update: Updates IOPCIFamily.kext

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Apple has just released a small system update called “OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Supplemental Update”. While the information provided on the release’s page makes no mention of the kernel panic issue or a possible fix, I have proceeded with the installation of the update and it does indeed modify one of the “IO” files […]

2009 Mac Pro (Nehalem): Audio causes CPU temperature rise

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I first read about this a few days ago, over at MacInTouch. I was able to confirm this myself, so I thought I should report on it and add to the chorus of voices asking for a fix. I bought a new Mac Pro (2 x 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon) with a few bells […]

Mac OS X’s Finder: Now saves open windows in real time?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

It used to be that Mac OS X’s Finder application would only save its current status—i.e. its currently open windows, along with each window’s size and position—when quit. Since Mac OS X’s Finder does not have a “Quit Finder” command in its application window, the only way to quit it is to go through the […]

Time Capsule: Backing up slowly, but surely

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Using Apple’s Time Capsule for Time Machine-controlled backups for my wife has been a rather frustrating experience. (I don’t use Time Machine or the Time Capsule for my own backups, because I have long used my own SuperDuper!-based automatic backup scheme. But I do use the Time Capsule as a remote disk for manual backups […]

Time Capsule: Using TimeMachineEditor to decrease the frequency of Time Machine backups

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Following my recent misadventures with a damaged Time Capsule backup disk image causing repeated kernel panics, and some reader feedback about the issue, I downloaded a small third-party utility called TimeMachineEditor. It is a simple application whose sole purpose is to enable you to customize the schedule of Time Machine backups. I have reasons to […]

Mac OS X 10.5.2: Mouse tracking problems not quite gone?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

A correction to yesterday’s post: Some mouse tracking problems remain.