Google Desktop Updated to 1.0.1.216

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:09
Category: Software

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Software and Internet search giant Google has updated its recently-released Google Desktop for Mac to version 1.0.1.216.
The new version, a one megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
-Speed of re-crawl (after restart) by about 20%.
-Memory use when quickly indexing a lot of data by compressing it until we can process it.
-Handling of UTF8 in Gmail.
-Support for datefrom: and dateto: query restricts.
-Display of search results when a document has been moved or renamed.
-Performance when indexing has been turned off in preferences.
-Detection of command-command key to reduce chances of activating it by accident.
-Thumbnails for image files in the Web UI.
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FTP Security Disaster with 2007-04 Update on OS X Server

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Apple has caused a major disaster with the 2007-04 Security Update.
The 2007-004 Security Update replaced the ftp.plist in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons from Mac OS X server with the version from Mac OS X *Client*. There is no check in the installer if the update installs on client or Server, and it is the same update for both.
The problem this occurred is that when a client uploads something via FTP, the file permissions are wrong, and are set to -rw-r—– instead of -rw-r–r–.
Why is this a problem? My server, for example is a web server, and ever since I applied the security update 2 days ago, new files uploaded to the server would not work, resulting in this error:
Forbidden
You don’t have permission to access [name of file] on this server.
Apache/1.3.33 Server at www.XXXXXX.com Port 16080
How do you fix it? Find out after the jump…

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Flip4Mac 2.1.1.70 Beta Released

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 15:55
Category: Software

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Flip4Mac, the pretty-much-indispensable freeware utility that steps in where Windows Media Player left off years ago and allows QuickTime components to be installed in order to view Windows Media files, has been updated to version 2.1.1.70 in a public beta release.
The new version, a 7.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Added support for Windows Media 9 Advanced playback.
-Added support for reclaiming file types assumed by other applications.
-Improved ASX handling.
-Improved support for MPEG 4 playback.
-Resolved some issues related to 2pass VBR encoding.
-Resolved manual activation issue.
-Resolved Helix streaming server playback issue.
-Resolved Save as and Save As QuickTime Movie issue on OS 10.3.9/QT 7.1.2 systems.
-Resolved potential for crash when playing back files that have been deliberately modified/damaged.
-Improved support for installation using Apple Remote Desktop.
Flip4Mac is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The application requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
Take a test run with the new version and if you have any comments, positive or negative, let us know.

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Microsoft Updates IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 07:32
Category: Software

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On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, a 6.9 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker).
The new version enables features such as button and keyboard customization as well as access to battery status and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run. The drivers are programmed as a Universal Binary and function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
So far the update’s gone smoothly on this end, but if you’ve tried the new version and had a memorable user experience (either positive or negative), let us know.

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Retrospect 6 Driver Update 6.1.10.100 Released

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 14:31
Category: Software

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It may be minor on some level, but if you’ve forgotten to back your files up and a hard drive goes south, there’s only so much complaining your friends and family will put up with after the fact. On Thursday, Dantz released Retrospect 6 Driver Update 6.1.10.100, a maintenance update for its Retrospect 6 backup software that fixes bugs and adds support for the following devices:
-Buffalo Link Station Pro
-Dell PowerVault TL2000
-Dell PowerVault TL4000
-HP StorageWorks 1/8 G2 Tape Autoloader
-Imation Odyssey
-Qualstar RLS-8204
-Qualstar RLS-8404
-Qualstar RLS-8216
-Tandberg RDX QuikStor USB
The update is a 2.2 megabyte download and requires Retrospect 6 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’re a heavy Retrospect, let us know what the new version changes and how you like it.

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BBEdit Updated to 8.6.2

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 12:49
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Bare Bones Software released version 8.6.2 of BBEdit, its popular text and HTML editor. The update, which is free for registered users (the software retails for US$125 and crossgrade and update discounts are available according to Macworld News. The new version, a 14.3 megabyte download, features the following fixes and improvements:
-Fixed bug in which certain Control-key combinations could end up being inserted into the editing window when used as menu command equivalents.
-Fixed bug in which the Java function scanner didn’t correctly handle backslash escapes in strings.
-Fixed bug in which temporary files created for diffs (cvs, p4, subversion) were prematurely removed when multiple diff operations were running.
-Fixed a class of bug in the CSS margin/padding/border editors in which for given inputs they would incorrectly populate the editor dialog and/or generate incorrect CSS when applying the values. (This was most apparent when the rule set specified properties/values for a single side of the box.)
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Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Out the Door

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 08:23
Category: Software

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Mozilla.org, creators of the Firefox web browser, has just released version 2.0 of Thunderbird, its free e-mail client. The new program, a 19.2 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:
-The ability to customize your toolbars the way you want them. Choose View / Toolbars / Customize inside any window.
-UI extensions can be added to Mozilla Thunderbird to customize your experiene with specific features and enchancements that you need. Support for extensions. Extensions allow you to add features particular to your needs such as offline mail support.
-A new look and feel. Thunderbird also supports a large number of downloadable themes which alter the appearance of the client.
-An addressing sidebar for mail compose which makes it easy and convient to add address book contacts to emails.
-Online help includes a FAQ, tips and tricks and other useful information.
-Simplified preferences UI and menus.
-Footprint and performance improvements.
-Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
-Visual Theme: Thunderbird 2′s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability and maximize screen real estate.
-Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
-Advanced Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
-Easy Access to Popular Web Mail Services: Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords.
-Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
-Improved New Mail Notification Alerts: New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message preview text.
-Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
-Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
-Find As You Type: Finds and highlights message text as you type.
-Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
-Updates to the Extension System: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
Thunderbird 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is programmed as a Universal Binary, allowing for native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
As always, if you’ve played with the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know.

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VLC Media Player Updated to 0.8.6b

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 07:11
Category: Software

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VLC, the open source media player client, has received another update, pushing the version up to 0.8.6b. The new version, which measures between 13 and 23 megabytes depending on the specific client chosen for download, offers the following bug fixes and feature improvements:
Notable bug fixes:
-Improvements to out-of-bound read in demuxers.
-Demuxers crashes (incl. CVE-2007-0256).
-Mac OS X interface crashes.
-VP31 decoding on Windows platforms.
-Direct3D Video Output modifications for Vista compatibility.
-Correct behavior for feeding streams to Icecast or Shoutcast servers.
-Enhanced Flash Video support incl. VP61 and VP60.
-Teletext subtitles (telx) support.
-Rectified web browser plug-in behaviour and improved usability.
Mac OS X Interface & Port:
-Diverse usability improvements.
-New wizard option to embed subtitles.
-Screensaver/automatic sleep mode is enabled when a video is paused.
-Improved Delete-Preferences-Script.
VLC requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available in PowerPC-native, Intel-native and Universal Binary formats. The program has gained popularity over the years in that it’s been able to play formats that Apple’s QuickTime software has not yet developed support for or may be legally constrained from supporting for some time given ownership and licensing terms.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either positive or negative experiences with it, let us know.

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John Starmer Releases MightyMonitor Widget

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 09:11
Category: Software

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Falling somewhere between the categories of “pretty neat idea” and “hey, that could be really useful”, developer John Starmer has released the MightyMonitor widget, a small widget application that displays the battery status of Apple’s wireless keyboard as well as its mighty mouse.
The readout displays remaining battery life as a percentage while the stop light-esque status readout warns the user that less than 25% of original battery life remains if the light is yellow and less than 10% remains if the light turns red.
MightyMonitor is available as a 412 kilobyte download through MacUpdate and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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BriteMac Introduces VM2Go Utility

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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As virtual machines have become more popular, software for managing them begins to become necessary. Responding to this, BriteMac has released VM2Go, a shareware utility that allows users of the best-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac to easily load and maintain the individual virtual machine profiles they’ve created with the program. Virtual machines can then be transferred to an external drive such as an iPod, DVD or thumb drive.
VM2Go is available for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and is a 1.5 megabyte download for free, although will require registration after being run 20 times according to Macworld News.
If you’ve tried the program and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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