Macworld | iWorld 2012 highlights for general Apple users

We’ve already talked about some key highlights from the Macworld | iWorld 2012 show, particularly from the prosumer and developer angles. But my focus here is on those products average Apple users might be interested in, for both Mac and iOS devices.

Why the MacBook Air will be the iMac of notebooks

Apple’s iMac occupies a prized place in a fast-growing segment of the overall desktop PC market, the all-in-ones, that few others can approach. It got there by spotting a growth opportunity that’s paying off big now, and the MacBook Air is primed to do the same.

How to manage your privacy with Lion’s “Resume” feature

With OS X Lion’s incredible success and high adoption rate, Apple customers and repair technicians such as myself are facing higher than usual rates of embarrassment thanks to Lion’s ability to restore your windows exactly as they were when an app was closed.

Make Lion’s Mission Control behave more like Spaces

When Lion first came out, transitioning from Spaces to Mission Control was a big change for me. If you’re looking to take some control back from Mission Control in order to make things feel a little more like how they were before, here are some tips.

Lion 101: System Preferences

System Preferences are the motivational speakers of your operating system. Don’t like something? The OS gives you the power to change! I’m not going to list every preference, but I am going to tell which choices you can make will have the greatest impact.

Get more from the OS X menu bar

The menu bar in OS X doesn’t just contain the menus for the application you’re currently using; it can also hold all sorts of helpful extras that can be accessed from any application with just one click, and make using OS X a little easier.

Lion 101: How to know more about your Mac

New Mac owners don’t often know things about their computers that might prove otherwise helpful, like exactly which model they have. Luckily, OS X Lion organizes system info in a better way than its predecessor. Plus, there are two other great free tools that help, too.

Today in Cloud

Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson blogged yesterday, suggesting that “there will be no files in the cloud.” The basic unit of desktop computing has been the file for a very long time. We have become used to sorting files and searching for files, and constructing convoluted folder structures to give our files homes. In the cloud, Wilson argues, this model begins to break down. “And what people will want is a service that doesn’t have files as the atomic unit,” Wilson writes. Instead, the focus shifts to the data, the resources, that we actually want… rather than the file they happen to have been created in. Bob Warfield was amongst those to respond, suggesting that Wilson’s exuberance marked him out as the early adopter he clearly is. “Files, PC’s, and Money,” Warfield writes, “are in no danger of disappearing any time soon nor is Oracle, MySQL or SQL Server.  As good as the alternatives may seem, they don’t solve all the problems well enough to truly eradicate their older competitors.” And, as usual, they’re both sort of right. The cloud, tablets, smartphones and the rest are clearly blurring the previously rigid hierarchies and structures that governed our filing of data on computers; and that’s a good thing. But behind the scenes, software and operating systems are still working with files, and there are plenty of situations in which the user will want or need some of that underlying structure to be made visible to them. The cloud hasn’t killed the file yet.

Lion 101: New Screen Sharing features explained

OS X Lion brings multiple improvements to one of OS X’s most useful and least celebrated built-in elements: screen sharing. Experienced Screen Sharing users may have missed some new features, and if you’ve never tried it, these additions might encourage you to do so.

7 Lion annoyances and how to fix them

With every OS upgrade, there’s always some new annoyances that pop up, and since Lion is such a big update to OS X, it stands to reason that it has more annoyances than usual. Here’s how to remedy seven of them quickly and easily.