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Understanding Mac OS X Open Directory

Directory services are a critical component of any enterprise environment. These services provide a database for central account management for both user and computer, as well as a framework for sharing that information among workstations and servers...

Mac OS X 'an ideal platform' for SMBs

Historically, Macs and small business aren't often associated with each other. Yet smaller firms seem to be one of the markets Apple is targeting with Mac OS X Leopard Server. Leopard Server's new Server Preferences interface is designed primarily fo...

Leopard: Shining the spotlight on Spotlight

In recent columns, I've talked about the new features coming in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, including Time Machine and Spaces. Both are major additions that will make computing more reliable and help organize the way you work within Mac OS X.

MACWORLD - Why Apple dropped 'computer'

Perhaps one of the most telling statements about the newly renamed Apple Inc. that CEO Steve Jobs made during his Tuesday keynote at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco was that the company will now be referred to as simply as Apple, not as Apple Comp...

What does 2007 hold for Apple?

It's clear that 2006 was a momentous year for Apple. The company's entire Mac lineup was converted to Intel processors, Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop offered every Intel Mac owner the ability to run Windows on their computers and iPod sales continu...

Spaces: Apple's take on virtual desktops

Although Apple has been mum on many of the details of Leopard, CEO Steve Jobs did preview some of the coming attractions back in August. This month, I'm looking at another of those new features in Leopard that has gotten a lot of attention -- and eng...

Apple's Time Machine: Forward into the past?

One of the most talked about features in Apple Computer's upcoming operating system, Mac OS X 10.5, also known as Leopard, is the built-in backup tool called Time Machine. For Mac users, Time Machine is big news: It marks the first time Apple has bun...

Apple's new iPods are better than ever

Apple's newest iPod lineup doesn't offer a huge number of new features, but that doesn't mean that the company has decided to rest on its laurels. The latest iPods, which were released along with a major update of the company's iTunes software, addre...

Why IT staff, users will like Apple's plans

Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs opened Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference this week with a keynote that put an end to weeks of speculation about new products and features in the next generation of Mac OS X. The announcements Jobs made can b...

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