Help, Guides, and News on making the Switch To Apple Macintosh Computers
As part of today's Snow Leopard Leopard 10.6.3 maintenance update, Apple rolled out a new feature called 'Data Collection' that can automatically collect diagnostic and usage information from your Mac and send it to Apple for analysis. Here's what Apple states in the 10.6.3 Knowledge Base article:
Apple has rolled out this new feature stating that 'Many problems are caused by particular hardware or software configurations.' As a result, reports submitted to Apple will contain specifications about your Mac and software, including information about devices connected to your Mac, as well as OS and application versions running on your Mac.
Choose if/how your Mac sends reports to Apple
You can configure your Mac's ability to send reports to Apple if one of the following diagnostic events occur:
- An application crashes (unexpectedly quits)
- You force quit an application
- A "kernel panic" occurs that informs you that you need to restart your Mac
These reports will include information such as:
- Kernel panics, application or system unresponsiveness, an unexpected application quit
- Event information on your Mac such as if your Mac failed to wake from sleep
- Certain usage information such as information about Apple and third-party hardware, software, and services
As you can see, a 'diagnostic event' hasn't been triggered on my Mac to setup reporting hence, I can't make a change in Console's preferences.
The full details of Data Collection can be viewed in the following knowledge base article.