Great new Stuff from MacWorld!!!!
Apple updates Trackpad and Quicktime H.264 Compatibility!
I am very happy to see this since I got my New Macbook a few weeks ago!
Go Get your updates Via Software Updates (you knew that)!
The rumors have begun…. arstechnica is reporting:
“Apple has been releasing updates to Leopard quite frequently as of late, with the latest being released for testing near the end of October. The latest two test builds of Mac OS X 10.5.6, 9G35 and 9G38, came just days apart last week. The rapid release of the builds, along with the fact that seed notes for build 9G38 lists ‘None’ under Known Issues, are indicators that the release is coming soon.”
Commence finger crossing….NOW
(Read all about it HERE)
Late Thursday Apple released another security update to fix a potentially dangerous exploit of Domain Name System servers for spoofing attacks.
Get it from your friendly Software Update App.
Inside the OS X 10.5.4 Update
The most significant thing about what’s changed in OS X 10.5.4 may be what hasn’t changed with Monday’s release of the OS X update. The ARDAgent security hole–discovered just a few weeks ago–remains unplugged. This actually isn’t all that surprising–if the chatter around the Internet is to be believed, Apple has been working on the 10.5.4 update for quite a while, predating the discovery of the ARDAgent issue. System updates are complex things with many inter-related parts, and adding in a fix for the ARDAgent issue would have required more testing, and perhaps delayed the release of 10.5.4.
So what will happen with the ARDAGent hole? Only Apple knows, of course, but I think we’ll see a standalone security update released in the near future to address that issue (as well as any other security issues that haven’t been patched with the 10.5.4 release).
As for new things introduced in OS X 10.5.4, I dug around a bit in the bom files, as I did with May’s 10.5.3 release. This latest update is much smaller than 10.5.3, and I didn’t find anything nearly as interesting as I did last month, other than the non-fix for ARDAgent. There are a slew of extension updates, though it’s tough to figure out exactly what changes those may entail.
There were a number of updates to PDF-related utilities, including the Mail PDF, Save as PDF-X, and Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder workflows, as well as changes to many PDF-related Automator actions. Non-English language files in many programs were updated, and there was some sort of change to Mail’s preferences, though I couldn’t see any obvious change when compared with Mail on a 10.5.3 machine. iChat received updates to the balloons, boxes, and compact styles, as well as some (also not obvious) changes in its preferences.
The Apple-provided dictionary in Dictionary was also updated, adding (at a minimum) the definition of MobileMe, Apple’s soon-to-launch online service:
An Internet service from Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers, iPhone, iPod touch, and PCs. A MobileMe subscription provides push email, push contacts, and push calendar to keep your data automatically up-to-date on all your devices.
Given the size of the updated file, I expect there are more new definitions, but MobileMe was the only one I could think to check.
There are also changes on the Unix side of OS X. Some Perl and Ruby related bits were updated, as were snmp-related Unix programs, and various other Unix components, such as the pasteboard server.
I’ve been running 10.5.4 on two machines now for a few hours, and haven’t experienced any issues–though as with any update, I strongly recommend having a current backup before proceeding.
(Via Latest Technology News)
AppleInsider thinks so. According to their report the newest build, “9E17″ has no known issue and that only two fixes have been in the last 10 days.
The article suggests that we’ll see 10.5.4 before July 11th, because of a need for the system to integrate Mobile Me support into OS X.
I think its highly likely we’ll see some kind of update in the very near future. I seriously doubt Apple is going to go through this much trouble to rebrand the .Mac service without issuing an update to change it throughout OS X as well.
(Via Apple Gazette)
Rumor: 10.5.4 due before July 11th
AppleInsider claims to have information on the next point update of Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5.4). According to AppleInsider, the build number of 10.5.4 is 9E17. They also reported that the beta of 10.5.4 has “no known issues” in its latest build, and that beta testers were asked to focus on AirPort, networking with Windows, Spaces and other frequently used (and often problematic) aspects of OS X.
Filed under: Mac 101
Welcome to another Mac 101 here at TUAW. Mac 101 is our recurring feature in which we point out some tips and tricks for folks new to the Mac. Remember, if you’re a Mac expert this post isn’t for you.
Have you ever tried to unmount a disc in Mac OS X, but it simply wouldn’t come out of your Mac’s drive? Here are three ways to removing discs from your Mac’s drive. If your Mac is currently using the disc you won’t be able to eject it, so make sure that isn’t the case first. If the disc isn’t in use and you still can’t eject it, give these a try.
Step 1: Drag the disc to the trash can
Find the disc on the desktop and drag its icon to the Mac OS X trash can. As you start dragging it towards the trash, the icon will change to an eject button, release the mouse button when the disc’s icon is directly over the eject button.
Step 2: Try some command line good-ness
If you have tried to eject the disc by dragging its icon over the trash bin, then why not try a simple Terminal command to eject the disc. Open Terminal.app (found in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app; or use Command + Shift + U to in any Finder window to move to the Utilities folder).
Once you have Terminal opened, type (or copy/paste) the following command: drutil eject
Step 3: Restart your Mac while holding mouse button
If you’ve tried the other steps to no avail, then why not reboot your Mac while holding down the mouse button. Upon loading the Apple boot screen, your disc should be ejected.
Please note that if you have a disc that is actually stuck in the drive this will not help. Stuck discs may need the assistance of an Apple Genius or certified Apple repair professional.
Apple is marketing the idea of there being “no new features” for Snow Leopard and instead promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood, thanks to a diligent code optimization and refactoring cycle discussed in the previous article. At the same time, there are plenty of significant new features coming in Snow Leopard to look forward to. Here are ten big new features (plus a few minor ones) that you probably haven’t heard much about from anywhere else,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for RoughlyDrafted.
Dilger looks at many new fetaures and techinologies, including:
• LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine)
• CUPS 1.4 (Common Unix Printing System)
• ZFS support
• QuickTime X
• Grand Central
• Multi-Touch™ support
• Resolution Independence
• Code optimization
Full article here
(Via macdailynews )