Swap the Command (cmd) and Control (ctrl) keys on your Mac Windows Bootcamp

My Mac running a Windows bootcamp is arguably the best Windows laptop I’ve ever owned. Switching between Windows and Mac can be a little disorientating because of the way the Command and Control keys are mapped though. If, like me, you also struggle with this, just download and run this registry file and the keys […]

Adobe Flash (Mac OS X) stutters when playing full-screen video [SOLVED]

I’m not sure when it started, but lately Flash (v11.6.602.171) has been stuttering like crazy when playing YouTube, BBC iPlayer or in fact any full-screen video. I tried uninstalling Flash, reinstalling, disabling plug-ins in Chrome and re-enabling, but nothing helped. After googling around for a couple of hours, plenty of other people are seeing the […]

Good news! Flash Player v11 beta for Mac fixes everything

Flash Player v11 – currently in beta – seems to fix video playback stuttering and excessive CPU activity. Yes, you too can now watch smooth fullscreen videos on YouTube without feeling like your Macs fans are about to take off. Here’s what to do… Download the latest Flash Player v11 build from here:  http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer11.html Run the installer, […]

Secure your Mac and backup your data in 10 minutes

Earlier in the week, you may have heard about Joshua Kaufman who had his MacBook Pro stolen from his flat. Using a service called Hidden, he tracked its location and even got photos of the alleged thief using it in his home (yep, that’s him below). The police eventually caught up with the thief thanks […]

When your Mac DOESN’T “just work”, and needs a spring clean

I recently had a Mac misbehaving; weekly kernel panics, kernel_task consuming excessive CPU and leaking memory, and spotlight appearing to delay boot up. To be fair, the poorly Mac had never seen an OS reinstall after three years, taking it from 10.4 to 10.6.6. I could’ve reinstalled the OS, but curiosity got the better of […]

Mac OS X bug: Empty folders when browsing Samba shares on Windows 2003 Server

First bug report of 2011, and it’s one for Apple. Here’s the write-up… I’m using a MBP running OS X 10.6.6 and a Windows 2003 R2 SP2 file server. The Windows 2003 server is in a domain (“neurope”), and my MBP is configured to log on to the AD domain. All working fine (internet access, […]