Rob Griffiths discusses the Wintec Filemate 48GB ExpressCard SSD and demonstrates how to install it in the MacBook Pro.
Learn how to set the background color for selected text (instead of the entire document) in TextEdit
Learn two ways to see mouseover highlights when using grid and fan view Stacks in Snow Leopard.
LaunchCodes forces Snow Leopard to respect creator codes on documents you create so they open in the application that created them.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to permanently disable spell check in Stickies in Snow Leopard
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.
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.
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.
Run Stats tracks your speed, distance, time, and elevation changes during a run, using the iPhone's built-in GPS. When done with a run, you can view your route on a map, and charts showing speed and elevation changes over time. It's also useful for tracking travels in a car.
If you use the Page Up and Page Down keys to flip through files in TextEdit and other applications, learn how to also move the cursor location while doing so.
Snow Leopard removed some options for font smoothing, and some third-party monitors may suffer degraded font rendering as a result. This hint explains how to possibly restore the font smoothing on those monitors via a Terminal command
You can set up the Finder to securely empty your Mac's trash by default. But here's another, very simple way to securely empty the trash in Snow Leopard.