Rob GriffithsSenior Contributor, Macworld

Former Macworld Senior Editor Rob Griffiths founded Mac OS X Hints. He's now master of ceremonies at Many Tricks Software.

Intego clarifies VirusBarrier X6 renewal pricing

New information on VirusBarrier X6 renewal pricing changes a recent article about Intego's auto-expire policy on VirusBarrier X6.

Does auto-expiring security software make sense?

The latest version of VirusBarrier stops working after 12 months unless you repurchase it. At first glance, this sounds absolutely terrible ... but is it really all that bad?

Make 10.6's List Stacks look like Grid Stacks

Use a Terminal command to change the behavior of List Stacks in Snow Leopard so that they behave like Grid Stacks: Folders won't open in slide-out menus on mouseover, and instead must be opened with a click or press of the Return key.

Set digital camera auto-import options in Snow Leopard

Learn how to control what happens if you use Snow Leopard's new auto importer feature to automatically import photos from your digital cameras.

SSDs and the MacBook Pro

Rob Griffiths discusses the Wintec Filemate 48GB ExpressCard SSD and demonstrates how to install it in the MacBook Pro.

Set background color for selected text in TextEdit

Learn how to set the background color for selected text (instead of the entire document) in TextEdit

Use mouseover highlights in Snow Leopard's Stacks

Learn two ways to see mouseover highlights when using grid and fan view Stacks in Snow Leopard.

LaunchCodes brings back 10.5-style document opening

LaunchCodes forces Snow Leopard to respect creator codes on documents you create so they open in the application that created them.

Manage OS X's downloaded file warning system

The first time you launch a downloaded application in OS X, the system will warn you that the file was downloaded, and ask if you're sure you want to open it. This hint explains how to remove that warning from files you've already downloaded, and optionally, from all future downloads.

Don't send special keys in 10.6's Screen Sharing

In 10.6, the system will send keys, such as Command-Tab, Command-Option-Escape, and others, to the remote machine during Screen Sharing sessions. This hint explains how to prevent that from happening, so that the special keys are interpreted by the local Mac.

Add an ExpressCard solid state drive to some MacBook Pros

Rob Griffiths talks about his experiences adding an ExpressCard solid state drive (SSD) to his 15-inch MacBook Pro, and then using it as the system boot drive. Learn how well it works, what to watch out for, and the benefits and risks of making the move.

Disable spell checking in Stickies in 10.6

Learn how to permanently disable spell check in Stickies in Snow Leopard

Batch conversion saves slow QuickTime clips

Rob Griffiths discusses a problem he had with extremely slow frame rates on some high definition video backgrounds. In the end, saving the clips required converting them to another QuickTime compression format.

See path to messages in Snow Leopard's Mail

A quick hint about a new feature in Snow Leopard's Mail that lets you easily see the path to any message you have opened in a separate window.

Remove unwanted text shadows in iWork programs

Learn how to remove unwanted, and occasionally doubled, shadows in iWork applications. This hint will also work in other programs that use both their own font styling features alongside the system-wide Fonts panel.