Stop Safari crashing from Flash

All too often does one encounter a time when Safari will freeze and not respond to any input, and sometimes crashes altogether, losing any precious open webpages you didn't want to lose in the first place.

It's best to update to the latest Flash 10.1 because this latest version seems address some of the freezing in Safari, but unfortunately, not all of it.

If your browser becomes unresponsive due to Flash, you can use a very simple but effective Terminal technique:

Open Terminal using Spotlight (or however you wish to open it)

Type the following: killall -9 WebKitPluginHost

Now Terminal will quit all Flash Plugins in Safari, which will instantly stop the frozen state. You can then refresh the webpage to reload the plugin, hopefully without the freeze state occurring again anytime soon.

Enable Magic Mouse Free-Scrolling in Leopard

You might have noticed the ability to scroll through web pages with the trackpad on the Magic Mouse in a way that is similar to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

It seems that Apple has only made this feature visible in System Preferences in Snow Leopard, but they have not added it to the interface on Leopard.

You can enable this kind of scrolling manually by typing some basic commands.

Simply start Terminal, and type the following (without quotation marks):

"defaults write MouseMomentumScroll -bool yes"

After doing this, you might have to check and uncheck the Scroll option in System Preferences, and now you should have free scrolling fully enabled.

How To Enable Password For Screen Saver

Maybe some of you might be wondering how to set a password for a Screen Saver on your Mac. It is a little confusing at first when you go to look for an option to enable your login password, because upon first glance there is not an option to set a password for Screen Savers in the Desktop & Screen Saver pane in System Preferences, like one might expect to find in the Screen Saver section of Display Properties for Windows.

Make sure you have already set a login password in Accounts, and then, all you have to do is go to System Preferences, and then click on Security. This is where the feature is hiding. Click on the General pane, if it is not already enabled. Then check "Require password after sleep or screen saver begins". You can change the interval for when the computer will ask for a password. The default is set to require a password immediately.