AMITIAE - Monday 19 December 2011
An A to Z of System Preferences in OS X 10.7, Lion
I first started writing about System Preferences in OS X, 10.5, Leopard, at the suggestion of a Bangkok Post reader, I expected that it would take a few weeks to complete. In the end, with interruptions, it took several months.
There are a number of technologies installed which will only become active when specific devices are attached. For example the handwriting recognition software called Ink, is designed to work with attached graphics tablets; and FibreChannel (for which a preference pane is included with OS X installations) is an OS X server utility that will only work if a Fiber Card is attached. I have omitted these. I have also excluded the third party technologies that install preference panes, such as Flash or Growl. There are a fair number and these may be unique to a user's setup.
I have gone through each part again and rewritten the information totally. The original 10.5 System Preferences texts are available online in PDF format (and ebook).
Before trying anything new, such as changing settings or turning features on or off, users are urged to back up all data -- you should be doing this anyway -- and I take no responsibility for any havoc you might wreak on your own computer.
Preferences PanelsFor most ordinary users, System Preferences is the core of the system: where much fine-tuning takes place. With OS X, Lion, there have been several changes to certain of the panels as well as software changes (under the hood).
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