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  • July 26, 2012

    Mac Apps That Need Retina Support

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  • Apple has just released an update for the Lion OS X 10.7.4 According to the release notes 10.7.4 includes fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This addresses the nasty bug that exposed FileVault passwords in plain text. Here’s the list of fixes from the release notes: Resolve an issue in which the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled. Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards. Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function “Apply to enclosed items…” on your home directory. For more information, see this article. Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections. Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file. Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server. Improve printing to an SMB print queue. Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server. Enable automatic login for NIS accounts. Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras. Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts. The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes Safari 5.1.6, which contains stability improvements.  
  • The latest Lion security update, Mac OS X 10.7.3, Apple has accidentally turned on a debug log file outside of the encrypted area that stores the user’s password in clear text.  An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag in the most recent version of the Mac OS X Lion.  In a specific configurations applying OS X Lion update 10.7.3 turns on a system-wide debug log file that contains the login passwords in clear text of every user who has logged in since the update was applied.  Anyone who used FileVault encryption on their Mac prior to upgraded to Lion but kept the folders encrypted using the legacy version of FileVault is vulnerable. FileVault 2 will full disk encryption is unaffected by the security flaw.  The Mac OSX patch10.7.3 was released on February 1, 2012.  The good news is that log file are only kept by default for several weeks.  Meaning that users do not have months of unencrypted passwords sitting on there PC.  Apple needs to fix this issue ASAP.  When a patch is released people need to ensure the log file has been deleted and your password has been changed.  I hope Apple takes care of this VERY SOON!
  • The whole Apple Flashback Trojan started with compromised word press blog.  Kaspersky labs confirms this the virus was spread threw a vulnerability in java.  When clicking on the wordpress link or post executed the silent malicious code.  This is the same thing that happened at pwn to own.  Any time you integrate the browser into the OS you are open up security vulnerabilities. Microsoft has had issues like this for years with Internet Explorer.  Apple sacrificed security for useability in there Safari browser and in iTunes.  One major security concern regarding iTunes is since they have designed iTunes as an all in one hub if there is every a security flaw it would be critical do to the integration into every Apple OS.  The flashback malware has infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide.  There are removal tools available at Apples website http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1517.  There is an update off of Apple’s website to prevent infection http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338
  • One thing that has made every business news conglomerate is that Facebook has chosen the NASDAQ (NDAQ) for the IPO.  This is great for the NASDAQ group they lost LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora (P) and Yelp (YELP) recently.  The latest IPO boom every market has been trying to sweeten the deal for technology and internet companies when Zynga (ZNGA) made its IPO it choose NASDAQ. What does this mean for the NASDAQ Index with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Zynga (ZNGA), Microsoft (MSFT), Netflix (NFLX) and now Facebook joining then market index?  With all these BIG technology companies joining the NASDAQ or already being part of the Index as long as they do good so will the Index.  If a few of them should start to do badly so will the Index value.  One of the major concerns is what if the technology bubble breaks again the whole NASDAQ market could tank.  This is a major concern when a market gets top heavy with a certain type of business stock. Facebook’s IPO has been anticipated for a while and looks to be very strong and beefed up.  With any social media company there is always concerns especially after the failure of Myspace.  Facebook’s revenue is derived from ads and games.  Facebook has hung around longer, has a much better following and is biggest of any social media company to date. I be leave myself that these tech IPO’s have been the saving grace for the stock market and are adding to the rebound of our economy just like the Computer and PC industry helped our economy in the 80’s and the dot com industry did in the 90’s.  Facebook is looking to IPO at $150.00 a share and I be leave it will sky rocket on opening day despite recent tech IPO’s not doing great on opening day.  Most investors and share holding are waiting for the Mark Zuckerberg to ring the NASDAQ bell.
  • August 10, 2010

    Silent Install Quicktime

    Download the quicktimeinstaller.exe from quicktimes site and extract the file into a folder using 7zip or winrar. Inside the extracted folder create a file called quicktime.cmd and drop these to lines into the file msiexec /i %~dp0quicktime.msi ALLUSERS=1 REGSRCH_INSTALL_ASU=0 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=1 ProductLanguage=1033 /qn msiexec /i %~dp0appleapplicationsupport.msi ALLUSERS=1 REGSRCH_INSTALL_ASU=0 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=1 ProductLanguage=1033 /qn then deploy the quicktime.cmd as hidden(just so the users do not see the command box)
  • July 1, 2010

    Converting WMA to MP3 on Mac

    As most on you know I recently purchased a Mac and I must say I am very pleased.  Being a big Linux enthusiast I am very pleased with my new Macbook pro the look and feel is great and the easy user interface is great.  The Mac really reminds me of the current release of Ubuntu just better.  Sorry to all you Ubuntu users I am not trying to offend anyone but that’s my feeling anyway.  I still like Linux so you will still see me at the Linux conferences just with my Mac.  But one thing I did struggle with most of my music was in WMA format.  On the Mac only MP3 and up gets recognized.  So I used this tool All2MP3 to convert my library.  I was very pleased everything converted no file corruption or anything.  All you have to do is install the tool.   Just click the add button pick the files you want to convert.  Click convert and the software does the conversion very fast and painless and drops the MP3 in the original folder with the WMA file.  The link be low will allow you to download the app and has a few instructions.