Road to Mac OS X Snow Leopard: 64-bits, Santa Rosa, and more
By Prince McLean Published: 06:00 AM EST Snow Leopard's across-the-board leap to 64-bits, from the kernel to all of its bundled apps, will do more than just make more memory available. It also exposes a great PC swindle and highlights Apple's lead in 64-bit computing. Here's why.
Related AppleInsider articles: Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits Parallels aims to virtualize Leopard Server... Apple unveils most powerful Xserve ever iMac Software 1.2.1; Time Machine fix; MacBook... Leopard driver install may hint at future... Following the initial introduction to 64-bit computing leading up to Snow Leopard, this second segment takes a look at the issues related to the amount of RAM that can be installed and actually used by the system. Additional segments will examine how much memory a specific app can reserve for itself, how the OS gets faster with 64-bit addressing despite the additional overhead involved, how the market for 64-bit apps is unfolding, and how Apple is pioneering 64-bits on the desktop.
When to run Permissions Fixes, Disk Repair, and Cache Cleaning routines
There are a variety of maintenance routines that people can run in OS X, including the disk verification and permissions repair that come with the system, along with scripts such as cache cleaners that are available in third-party utilities. These scripts can be quite useful, but also can give odd-looking output that may concern people and cause them to try extra measures to fix problems, which can lead to unexpected errors.