The Apple Core: OSX.Leap.A: A Near Miss for Mac Users

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2006, 10:53
Category: The Apple Core

apple-worm.jpgThis week’s “Mac virus” scare turned out to be nothing more than a worm for Mac OS X that propagates through iChat and infects local Mac applications. OSX/Leap.A is a wake up call to Mac users that we’re not immune to all the nasties floating around on the Web.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Merge? Replace? Again? Weird .Mac Problem Du Jour

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2006, 10:48
Category: Software

I’m stumped.
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I have removed this computer from the .Mac system preferences pane, added it back. I told it to reset my information. Every time this workstation goes to .Mac to perform a sync, it asks me about my calendars. These same calendars sync to two other Macs via .Mac without incident.
There is nothing in dotmacsync.log that mentions the calendars.

2006-02-16 10:12:52 -0500|Info|Starting .Mac Sync Session for 'sempai'
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|The dataclass Keychains will not sync because the dataclass is disabled in the .Mac Preferences
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|No anchors or first sync for this dataclass - Full Syncing dataclass Mail Rules, Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|The dataclass Mail Rules, Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes will not sync because it is not enabled in the .Mac Sync Preferences
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|No anchors or first sync for this dataclass - Full Syncing dataclass Mail Accounts
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|The dataclass Mail Accounts will not sync because it is not enabled in the .Mac Sync Preferences
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|Nothing to sync for this session - cancelling the sync
2006-02-16 10:13:01 -0500|Info|Ended .Mac Sync Session

Any ideas? Remember, I have removed this machine, added it back, done a reset, to no avail. I even did a “Backup” from iCal and AddressBook on known-good machines, then imported that backup to iCal and AddressBook on this machine. Still asks me to merge or replace.

iLife '06 Updated

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2006, 08:08
Category: Software

ilife-06-updates.jpgApple has released a rash of updates to the iLife ’06 suite of applications via Software Update. As usual the PowerPage recommends waiting 72 hours before installing any update from Apple. (Anyone remember the iTunes MiniStore fiasco?)

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Web Snafu

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

MBP-3-4-weeks.jpgThe roller coaster ride of Apple ship dates keeps on rolling. Yesterday I posted a note about a new third configuration of the MacBook Pro that Apple was offering on the high end – a previously unannounced 2.16GHz model.
When a sharp PowerPage reader noted that the new 2.16GHz MacBook Pro was being quoted as shipping in “1-3 days” from the Apple online store I rushed to place my order. Sure enough the confirmation page and the online order status page indicated that my new super-zippy 2.16GHz Mac Book Pro is “Estimated (to) Ship By” March 16th. I had jumped to the front of the line.
Until I got the phone call yesterday afternoon from Apple…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Mac OS X 10.4.5 Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Software

10.4.5-screen-shot.jpgA new “dot release” of Mac OS X is available via software update:

The 10.4.5 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies:
- iChat video conferencing
- Safari rendering of web pages
- usability of Dashboard and widgets
- viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
- printing to some Epson printer models
- iDisk and Portable Home Directory syncing
- time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007
- VPN connections to Cisco servers when using NAT
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303179.
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Speed-bumps Delayed

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

I was excited yesterday to report that Apple had speed-bumped the MacBook Pro notebooks to 1.83 and 2.0GHz but disappointed that they also moved my ship date back almost two weeks as a result. Did Apple just throw us a bone?
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Why I Like NewsGator

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 08:44
Category: Software

I’ve been using dozens of various RSS and Atom readers and aggregators lately. This is in no small part because it has been a requirement these days, and where I was once happy with NetNewswire Lite I have had to use various web-based, mobile, and even a few Windows (!!) readers.
Like many of you, I don’t have just one computer. I want to read my feeds on a Mac or two at home, a Mac at the office, a company-supplied Thinkpad, or my SE P910 smartphone. So it really doesn’t make any sense to use a desktop client unless I want to keep reading the same things over and over again.
So I’ve focused a lot on the web-based readers out there, and what follows is my short tale of discovery on what is out there, and why I like NewsGator Online so much.
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Chronos Users Revolt (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2006, 08:22
Category: Opinion

Updated Entry!
I have been talking to members of the ChronosTalk Google Group, as well as Senior Management at Chronos.
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Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro to 1.83, 2.0 and 2.16GHz (Updated 2x)

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2006, 10:37
Category: MacBook Pro

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Apple announced that the the first wave of MacBook Pros began shipping today. In a surprising move Apple quietly speed-bumped the original 1.67 and 1.83GHz MacBook Pro configurations to 1.83 and 2.0GHz today without advanced notice. 2.0′s will begin shipping “this week” according to Apple, 1.83′s “next week.”

All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $1,999 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67 GHz, and will begin shipping next week.

Users with orders in queue at the Apple online store will automatically get upgraded to the faster configuration. A representative from the Apple online store told me that “emails are going out by the end of today (to customers with pending orders) about the new configurations.”
Apple also added a third top-of-the-line 2.16GHz MacBook Pro configuration today (Good, Better, Best, anyone?) that will cost an extra US$300 or US$2799. (UPDATE) The 2.16GHz model is available in 1-3 days according to the Apple online store. You simply need to place an order for the 2.0GHz model, then supersize it to 2.16GHz.
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A rep from the Apple store told me that customers who ordered online will be getting their MacBook Pros before they arrive at Apple retail stores across the U.S.

Happy Valentine’s Day MacBook lovers!

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The Apple Core: An easy fix for iPod volume issue

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2006, 10:40
Category: The Apple Core

The best way to prevent hearing damage from listening to your iPod too loud is to just turn it down – but that’s common sense. Here are a couple of easy ways Apple could avoid lawsuits claiming that iPods can cause permanent hearing damage.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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