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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Apple Updates 10.4 Plus More!


Yesterday Apple released 10.4.5 for the Power PC(PPC) and Intel-based Macs. The update is a small one, weighing in at 6.4MB. The PPC version comes as a small standalone updater and a as a combo updater that allows you to completely update from any version of 10.4



Improvements

This update offers many improvements, including:

Internet, iDisk, and networking

Safari no longer quits unexpectedly when deleting AOL mail messages via AOL webmail.

Apple's IPSec VPN client now works with Cisco servers whether or not NAT is used.

Addresses an issue in which you could not sync with an iDisk larger than 4 GB.

Files copied across a network via Portable Home Directories are now copied as temporary files until the transfer is complete, in case the network connection is interrupted before the transfer finished.

Addresses an issue in which some Epson printers could not successfully print via AirPort Extreme.

Other

Allows the rotating cube effect to appear as expected on both a primary and a mirrored display, when switching users via Fast User switching.

Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.4.4 in which background columns of text within the RSS Visualizer screen saver are sometimes superimposed over one another.

Dragging a widget out of the widget bar while the desktop picture is changing (automatically, for example) no longer stops the animation on an Intel-based Mac.

On an Intel-based Mac, Telestream Flip4Mac now installs correctly.

Prevents the Setup Assistant from unexpectedly quitting if Kotoeri is selected as the keyboard type following an English language installation of Mac OS X.

Allows applications that run using Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac to successfully open files that are located via an Open window's "search" field.

Addresses an issue in which Rosetta-translated applications running on Intel-based Macs would not correctly receive Keychain notifications.

Console no longer reports a series of "Quartz Composer QuickTime Component" messages for iMovie '06 when applying a Ken Burns clip or image.

Addresses an issue for iMovie HD and Mac OS X 10.4.4 in which iMovie could unexpectedly quit when switching themes.

Updated the rules for time zones and Daylight Savings Time to conform to changes in the law for the United States, Australia, and other locations, for 2006 and later.

Addresses a potential issue that could cause the system process "configd" to unexpectedly stall.

Addresses an issue when viewing streaming media behind a firewall on Intel Macs.

Eliminates some potential video redraw issues when using Front Row on Intel-based Macs.

Apple also released a PPC standalone server updater.

As always I say before updating

1)Boot your computer from the 10.4 DVD (holding down the "C" while computer boots up)

2)Go to Utilities and do Repairs on the Hard drive and repairs on permissions

3) restart your computer

4) install update and restart

5) Open Disk Utilities from your Hard drive (not the DVD) and Repair permissions.

6) Restart computer


Apple Special Event March 1st?

Loop Rumors is quoted as saying
"Apple announced a special event today with 'house band' U2 lead singer Bono. "Please join Steve and Bono" for an invitation-only event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 1st at 10 am. The event also offers the words "Together we can fight it." On January 30th LoopRumors told you of a special red iPod that was set to be announced for charity"
I will look further into this....
*update*
loop rumors has deleted the post. Guess ther ws no truth to it

More Speed For PowerBooks!
Well if you have a G4 PowerBook, Daystar Technology announced the availability of 1.92GHz and 2.0GHz processor upgrades for the Aluminum PowerBook G4. The XLR8 MAChSpeed G4 Aluminum upgrade service includes a box for shipping, factory installation and testing, and return shipping of your PowerBook. The service is available for 15 and 17-inch PowerBooks with original processor speeds ranging from 1.0GHz up to 1.5GHz, and is priced starting at US$499.

But now you ask, why should I upgrade my Aluminum PowerBook G4 and not just get a new MacBook Pro? Well maybe because

1) The software you need is not native yet
2)You have everything just like you like it on your Powerbook
3) Or maybe it's because the MacBook Pro has not been tested to -50C (-58F) like this one.




The photo shows Nicolas Vanier testing the limits of his PowerBook in a industrial fridge in order to validate his notebook before bringing it with him towards Siberia and its polar temperatures. This is of course way below the official certifications provided by Apple (from 10°C/50F).

Thiefs At It Again
Of coarse they are some that just don't get it when it comes to OSX and owning a Mac. Those of you who read this blog know how I feel about the osx86project. Bunch of asswipe thiefs trying to get OSX to run on a PC (windows) box. So now hacking guru Maxxuss has announced preliminary patches for Apple's latest release of OS X for Intel, version 10.4.4.

From Maxxuss's site:
"This is a preliminary release of my Patch Solution for the official Mac OS X on the Intel platform. Consider it a work-in-progess for now. Ultimately, it would allow you to run this Mac OS X release on a generic x86 computer (SSE2 required).
There's still a lot of work to do, like support for SSE2-only CPUs, a proper installation procedure and a PPF patch. However, if you like to play around, this will get you started."
Of coarse the guys at the osx86project where eating this up:
"What this means is that Apple’s best attempts to secure their OS have, ultimately, failed. For its best efforts, the company is unable to lock OS X to their hardware. Without doubt, this will have profound impacts on the company’s future as running OSx86 on a PC becomes less a hacker’s trick and more mainstream. When all it requires is the downloading of a DVD, that’s certainly the future we’re looking at.

This also opens a host of new questions for Apple, OS X, and the PC users who love it. Will this mark the beginning of Apple’s legal endeavors to keep OS X locked down? Will it persuade Steve Jobs that releasing his OS is an insanely great idea?"
For years I have heard the sound of some PC users always saying how Mac's suck, now all of a sudden we have "PC users who love it"? Where all this love come from?

First, let me tell ya, most users are not willing to go through all the hassle, plus with also no support from Apple there is a great possibility of crashes and data loss. And to top it off, a patch slash hack, that is made from a hacker that could have a it's own type of rootkit able to steal your credit card numbers. If I was a PC user I would be super suspicious and leave this alone. Just buy a Mac!

But I also find it funny how the same guy also says:
a few pieces of OS X look for a secret message in “commpage” that gets decrypted via the TPM… basically a decoder ring for geeks. It seems that Apple wasn’t just content with sending an obvious message – they wanted one that sounded pretty too.

Your karma check for today:
There once was a user that whined
his existing OS was so blind,
he'd do better to pirate
an OS that ran great
but found his hardware declined.
Please don't steal Mac OS!
Really, that's way uncool.
(C) Apple Computer, Inc."
But then again the guys at the osx86project prove how all they are, are thiefs & hacks who praise themselves with thier poem,
"Rime of the Ancient Hacker
There once was a hacker named Maxxuss
who Steve did not think was a genius.
But Steve pondered awhile,
grabbed the phone with a smile,
and said “Bill, there’s a thing to discuss…”


How sad.

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