Dan FrakesSenior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan writes about OS X, iOS, troubleshooting, utilities, and cool apps; and he covers hardware, mobile and AV gear, input devices, and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and been a policy analyst.

First Look: Safari 5.1

Reading List might headline the changes to OS X's built-in browser, but there are plenty of other changes in Safari that you need to know about. Dan Frakes gives you the rundown on what's new in the latest version of Safari.

First Look: Mail in Mac OS X Lion

With Lion, Apple's Mail gets its most significant update yet. In this first look, Dan Frakes tells you what's new and improved with OS X's built-in mail client.

How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive

Though you can install Lion directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive or DVD can be more convenient for installing Lion onto multiple Macs, and if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency disk or disc.

Should you do a "clean install" of Lion?

Some Mac users prefer to do a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. We examine whether or not that's possible or, more important, advisable with Lion.

Hands on with Lion Recovery

One of the most significant new features of Lion is that it lets you boot your Lion-equipped Mac into a special recovery mode that includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and even reinstalling Lion. Here's our comprehensive look at this new troubleshooting tool.

Installing Lion: Our complete guide

Here's our guide to installing Lion, from the best way to get your Mac ready, to undertaking the actual install process, to creating a bootable installer, to exploring Lion's new recovery mode.

Installing Lion: What you need to know

Now that Lion has been released, here’s a look at the details of installing and setting up Apple’s first download-only OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

How to install Lion over Leopard

Installing Lion officially requires that you have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) installed, but there are situations in which you may have a valid Snow Leopard license but want to go directly from Leopard (OS X 10.5) to Lion. It turns out there are several ways to do so.

Get your Mac ready for Lion

Apple bills Lion as the easiest-to-install version of OS X yet, and that may be true. But there are still a few things you can do right now to ensure that your Mac is ready for 10.7.

Get Lion's new scrolling in Snow Leopard today

When Lion hits the streets, it will bring with it a new way of scrolling. Start acclimating yourself now with a free add-on for Snow Leopard.

I Love Stars 3.5.3

I Love Stars puts iTunes' rating scale right in your menu bar. If a track already has a rating, you see that rating without having to switch to iTunes.

DTerm 1.5

If you frequently use Terminal, check out DTerm, a nifty utility that provides instant access to a Terminal-like shell interface from within whatever application you're currently using.

Hitachi announces G-Connect storage, backup, wireless-access device

Hitachi on Wednesday announced the G-Connect, a portable accessory that functions as iOS file storage, a Time Machine-ready portable hard drive, and a wireless access point in one compact package.

How to build your own AirPlay audio system

Want to wirelessly stream your music to speakers using Apple's AirPlay technology, but don't want to buy an expensive (and still somewhat rare) AirPlay-enabled system? Dan Frakes explains how to make your own.

Welcome to GemFest 2011

Starting today and continuing through late July, we'll use the Mac Gems blog to cover a new Gem every day (except Sunday). Some of the programs are simple, some more complex. Some will be niche-y, while others will be programs everyone should use. The one thing they all have in common is that each is a Mac Gem.