Sleep Tips for MacBook, MacBook Pro Notebooks Published

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2009, 09:03
Category: How-To

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Albeit generally reliable, putting your MacBook or MacBook Pro notebook to sleep can be a bit of a gamble. When you open the notebook back up, you want to make sure the computer will wake up again or your day just got that much worse.
Over on the Apple Core, David Morgenstern has offered the following tips in getting his MacBook Pro to wake from sleep under both Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS X 10.5.
Per Mac OS X 10.4:

1. Before I put the machine to sleep, I unplug anything connected, such as an Ethernet cable, hard drive or mouse.
2. Next I use the Sleep command under the Apple Menu to put the MacBook to sleep and I wait until the screen actually goes blank before closing the lid. I don’t just close the lid.
3. When I go to wake the MacBook, I open the machine and make sure that I don’t plug anything into the machine before I wake it.

Interestingly enough, Mac OS X’s Energy Saver panel allows for multiple types of sleep (“computer sleep,” which is what we commonly think of as sleep, where the system sleeps; “display sleep,” where the screen goes black; and “hard disk” sleep, where the drive spins down).
The column then mentions that the following types of sleep can be used:

Sleep, where the Mac saves the state in RAM, which means it can go to sleep and wake up quickly, but could bring trouble if the battery runs down or is removed.
Hibernate, where the state is written to the hard disk (the safest for your data), but takes the longest time to be put to sleep and to wake up.
Combination Sleep and Hibernate, which Apple calls Safe Sleep. It may take the longest time to sleep but it also can wake quickly. And if your MacBook supports it, you can swap in a fresh battery.

For users looking to specify the sleep type used, software developer Patrick Stein’s SmartSleep lets you choose between the modes.
For users experiencing problems getting their MacBook notebook to sleep, Apple’s “Why Your Mac Might Not Sleep or Stay in Sleep Mode” Knowledge Base article offers the following tips:

There are reasons why you may want your Mac to stay awake even though you are not using the keyboard or mouse, such as when you are:
Watching a DVD movie
Listening to your iTunes music library
Running an automated backup
Away from your computer while downloading large files

The article also mentions that using Bluetooth devices can disrupt a MacBook’s sleep function:

You can allow Bluetooth devices to wake a sleeping computer by enabling “Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer” in Bluetooth preferences. A bluetooth device paired correctly should not typically prevent a computer from sleeping. However, some Bluetooth mice can interfere with sleep.

Finally, applications themselves can affect sleep:

If an application uses a custom font to display text but the font resource is marked purgeable, then at some point the memory manager will purge the font from memory. When the application tries to draw text using that font again, it will be loaded from the hard drive, resetting the sleep timer.
Applications can be designed to keep the system awake and prevent idle sleep indefinitely. In developer lingo, an application may explicitly prevent system sleep by calling IORegisterForSystemPower(), and calling IOCancelPowerChange() when it receives a power management kIOMessageCanSystemSleep notification.

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VLC Updated to 0.9.9a

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Date: Monday, April 6th, 2009, 06:36
Category: Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), has recently been updated to version 0.9.9a. The new version, a 31.6 megabyte download, fixes the application’s behavior on PowerPC-based Macs and includes updated libraries for the Mac OS X platforms.
VLC 0.9.9a requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is available as a free download.

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VMWare Releases Fusion 2.0.3

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Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2009, 08:23
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 2.0.3 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.
The new version, a 286 megabyte download, offers the following new features and fixes:

  • Resolves an issue where driverless printing stops working for users that run Mac OS X 10.5.6, and installed Apple Mac OS X Security Update 2009-001. The shared printers would disappear from Windows. If you configured your printer differently as a workaround, turn on driverless printing feature again by clicking Virtual Machine > Settings, selecting Printers, and selecting the Enabled check box.
  • Provides experimental support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server as a guest operating system. You can now run the current Snow Leopard Server builds (32-bit kernel) in a virtual machine.
  • Resolves an issue with driverless printing, where the Enabled check box on Virtual Machine > Settings > Printers might get deselected automatically.
  • The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.

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    OmniWeb Updated to 5.9.2

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    Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2009, 07:31
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Omni released version 5.9.1 of its OmniWeb web browser. The new version, a 23.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Implemented support for the Gopher protocol–a first for WebKit-based browsers.
  • OmniWeb 5.9.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve played with the new version and noticed any major improvements or shortcomings, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Cocktail 4.3.3 (Tiger Edition) Released

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    Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 15:22
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3.3 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 1.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Major improvements on the clear potentially harmful files procedure.
  • Added clearing of the latest (F and G) variants of the RSPlug trojan horse.
  • Added clearing of the Inqtana.C worm.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Cocktail 4.3.3 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to 3.2.1

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    Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, 08:49
    Category: Software

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    Late Monday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released version 3.2.1 of the program. The new version, a 2.7 megabyte download, adds the following changes:

  • Resolved interface issues with non-English localizations.
  • Resolved an issue in which, in some circumstances, rsync was unable to create a directory if the parent directory was locked.
  • Addressed a codesigning issue that would prevent CCC from launching in some cases on Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Resolved an issue in which the Authentication Credentials installer package would not install on certain installations of Mac OS X Tiger.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.8 Update

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    Date: Monday, March 30th, 2009, 06:16
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.8 of its Firefox web browser.
    The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts two unspecified security changes.
    The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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    TomTom Home Updated to 2.6.1.238

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    Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, 07:38
    Category: Software

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    TomTom Home, the desktop/driver software for the TomTom GPS devices, reached version 2.6.1.238 late Tuesday. The new version, a 42.4 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), offers the following bug fixes and new features:

  • Link to our new online Route Planner.
  • Fresh new menu icons.
  • HOME now shows in the bottom right corner which TomTom device you have and offers a button to disconnect it.
  • It is now easier to get the latest maps by clicking the new Add Maps button.
  • After buying a new map you can now choose Install later.
  • Greek added as a new language.
  • Deselected update items are moved to the bottom of the list and remain deselected until you select them again.
  • TomTom HOME now stores all username and password combinations (if auto-login is chosen). You can automatically log in with any previously used device.
  • You need to fill in fewer fields when creating an account.
  • Improved device linking to better explain the process.
  • Fewer steps when using your activation or promotion code.
  • Bug fix: TomTom HOME now allows you to log in with e-mail domains of only one character long: e.g. username@c.dk.
  • It is now easier to install TomTom HOME themes and extensions that are already on your computer.
  • The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and is available as a free update.
    If you’ve tried the new version of TomTom Home or have a GPS program of choice, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.1.2 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009, 09:11
    Category: Software

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    Late Sunday, Elgato Systems released version 3.1.1 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.
    The new version, which can be found here (and can also be found through EyeTV 3.0′s update feature), adds the following fixes and features:

  • A problem where EyeTV would require increasing amounts of memory while playing back live television has been resolved.
  • Exporting a recording to elementary streams now preserves the native audio format.
  • Resolved an issue in 10.4.11 that would cause EyeTV to hang when creating a manual schedule.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when teletext was toggled on and off.
  • Improved USB performance of EyeTV Hybrid US 2009 after starting up the Macintosh.
  • The Freebox live TV window no longer opens by itself every 10 minutes when using Freebox in Wi-Fi mode.
  • EyeTV 3.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    The program retails for US$79.95.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to 3.2

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    Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009, 07:16
    Category: Software

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    Late Tuesday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released version 3.2 of the program. The new version, a 2.8 megabyte download, adds the following changes:

  • Prior to version 3, CCC would not delete items at the root level of the target volume if those items were not present on the source volume. This was a convenient feature, but due to some fairly significant underlying changes in CCC 3, that feature was not brought forward. This feature is now available again in version 3.2 and later via the “Protect root-level items on the target” option. See the documentation for more details on the implementation of this feature.
  • Implemented filters support for remote source volumes.
  • CCC no longer disables non-HFS formatted volumes in the source and target lists. Rather, selecting these non-supported filesystems as a source or target will produce a helpful dialog box indicating how to proceed with those volumes.
  • The description of what will happen during a “Backup everything” task has been updated to more accurately reflect what actually occurs.
  • CCC now correctly reports on the bootability of mirrored volumes on PowerPC systems.
  • Resolved a few minor issues with cropped text in non-English localizations.
  • CCC will now report IO errors via a dialog box every time they are encountered. Previously, non-IO related errors encountered after IO errors would take precedence, and IO errors would only be reported in the CCC log.
  • Addressed an issue in which CCC would fail with a generic error when running out of space for temporary files on the target volume.
  • Included an updated version of rsync 3.0.5.
  • Resolved an issue in which locked folders caused synchronization errors in rare circumstances.
  • Resolved several rsync-related issues related to getting, listing, setting, and removing extended attributes.
  • Resolved an issue in which CCC would prompt the user to run a scheduled task (with a remote Macintosh as the target) when the network connection was re-established even if the task had been explicitly deferred.
  • CCC now creates its own key pair for ssh communication with other Macs on your network, rather than using any pre-existing key pairs.
  • CCC now mounts disk images at custom mount points in /tmp rather than in the default location of /Volumes.
  • Resolved an issue in which disk images could not be created on AFP or SMB network shares.
  • Resolved an issue in which the failure of certain built-in tasks would indicate that there was an error with a preflight script.
  • Several updates to the documentation: Expanded on the Tips section, added extensive coverage of the new “Protect root-level items on the target” feature, updated instructions on restoring from a disk image, minor updates to the “Backing up to a remote Macintosh” section (plus a large addition on backing up multiple Macs to a single “server”), and added several items to the FAQ section.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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