Strange Keyboard/Spaces Bug Found in Snow Leopard

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 05:17
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Maybe Apple will fix it in Mac OS X 10.6.2.

Per CNET, a strange bug is still hassling users taking advantage of Spaces in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. When another Space is selected using the keyboard shortcut, the Spaces selection window freezes on screen and disables the keyboard for typing.

The issue is described over on the Apple Support Discussions thread by poster “neu242″:
“A couple of times a day, the keyboard stops working when I select another space using a keyboard shortcut. It does not happen every time I switch spaces.

Symptoms:
The Spaces selector stays on-screen, it doesn’t fade away as usual
The keyboard is unresponsive for regular typing (such as in a text document or in Terminal)
I can still use keyboard shortcuts to move to another space
The Keyboard Viewer still shows keys as I type them
The mouse and touchpad works as it should

The only thing that makes the keyboard responsive again is either a reboot, or performing a standby + resume.”

Another thread shares similar issues. Some users have reported that by unplugging their keyboard (for those using external keyboards) and plugging it back in they regain functionality. The only other workarounds that seem to help are the ones described in the post by “neu242″.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or have found a workaround or fix of your own, please let us know!

VirtualBox 3.0.8 Released

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 03:22
Category: Software

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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 3.0.8. The new version, a 62.9 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:
– VMM: fixed 64 bits guest on 32 bits host regression in 3.0.6 (VT-x only; bug #4947).
– VMM: fixed a recompiler triple fault guru meditation (VT-x & AMD-V only; bug #5058).
– VMM: fixed hang after guest state restore (AMD-V, 32 bits Windows guest and IO-APIC enabled only; bug #5059).
– VMM: fixed paging issue with OS/2 guests.
– VMM: fixed guru meditation in rare cases (2.0 regression; software virtualization only).
– VMM: fixed release assertion during state restore when using the Sound Blaster 16 emulation (bug #5042).
– Security: fixed vulnerability that allowed to execute commands with root privileges.
– Linux hosts: fixed runtime assertion in semaphore implementation which was triggered under certain conditions (bug #616).
– Linux hosts: change the default USB access mode on certain distributions (bugs #3394 and #4291).
– Linux hosts: on hardened Gentoo, the VBoxSVC daemon crashed by opening the VM network settings (bug #3732).
– Linux hosts, Solaris hosts: pass the XAUTHORITY variable along the DISPLAY variable when starting a VM from VBoxManage or from the VM selector (bug #5063).
– Linux hosts: use sysfs to enumerate host drives if hal is not available.
– Solaris hosts: fixed a bug which would hang the host sporadically as interrupts were not re-enabled everytime.
– Solaris hosts: fixed a kernel panic with bridged and host-only networking (bug #4775).
– Solaris hosts: fixed incorrectly persistent CD/DVD-ROMs when changing them (bug #5077).
– X11-based hosts: support additional function keys on Sun keyboards (bug #4907).
– Mac OS X hosts (Snow Leopard): fixed problem starting headless VMs without a graphical session (bug #5002).
– Mac OS X hosts: fixed problem listing host-only adapter names with trailing garbage (attached VMs won’t start).
– Windows Additions: now work with Vista 64-bit Home editions (bug #3865).
– Windows Additions: fixed screen corruption with ZoomText Magnifier.
– Windows Additions: fixed NPGetUniversalName failure (bug #4853).
– Windows Additions: fixed Windows NT regression (bug #4946).
– Windows Additions: fixed VBoxService not running if no Shared Folders are installed.
– Linux Additions: implemented ftrunctate (bug #4771).
– VRDP: start VM even if configured VRDP port is in use.
– Networking: the PCnet network device stopped receiving under rare conditions (bug #4870).
– VBoxManage: implemented controlvm vrdpport command.
– iSCSI: fixed issue with NetApp targets (#5072).
– SCSI: add support for virtual disks larger than 2TB.
– USB: fixed potential crash when unplugging USB2 devices (bug #5089).
– NAT: IPSEC did not properly work with Linux guests (bug #4801).

VirtualBox 3.0.8 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

Some Mac OS X 10.6 Users Report Difficulty Using .DMG Files

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 03:17
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As cool as Snow Leopard may be, if this issue happens, you’re going to notice it:

Per CNET, a number of users are experiencing issues concerning Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s handling of .dmg files. Since upgrading to Snow Leopard these users are not able to mount the files or run packages stored in them.

Over on the Apple Support Discussions web site user “Logan G” described the following:

“Since upgrading to Snow Leopard, I cannot get any downloaded .dmg files to do anything. After downloading them, I double click on them and nothing happens. Nothing. No error message. No bouncing dock icons. Nothing. I’ve tried downloading them using Firefox and Safari with the same results. This is happening with all .dmg files, not just the same ones, so I know it’s not unique to a particular .dmg file.”

Several suggestions are made regarding a fix for this issue, although none seem to permanently solve the problem. First, check to be sure your Disk Image files are set to open with the correct program–in this case, DiskImageMounter. To check, highlight a disk image file and press (Command + I) to Get Info. In the Open with: section, if DiskImageMounter is not selected, choose it and click “Change All…”

Users can also try deleting the following files:
Home > Library > Preferences > com.apple.frameworks.diskimages.uiagent
Home > Library > Preferences > com.apple.diskimages.fsck

From here, log out, log back in again or restart your Mac. This appears to be a temporary fix only and a long term solution has yet to be discovered and reported back. If you’ve seen this on your end or, better yet, found a fix, let us know!!!

Elgato Releases EyeTV 3.2 Update

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 03:37
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, Elgato Systems released version 3.2 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:
– Turbo.264 HD users can now access the Turbo custom options when exporting from EyeTV.
– Fixed a crash when using the digital audio output.
– Fixed missing commands in AppleScript dictionary.
– Improved H.264 playback with certain channels.
– Improved tuning for both DVB-S and DVB-S2 with EyeTV Sat and Terratec S7
– Fix default sort order and improved channel assignments on several different channels.
– Fix a problem where EyeTV Sat could not manually add DVB-S2 channels.
– Reception improvements with the EyeTV DTT.
– Improved localizations.

EyeTV 3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$79.95.

Microsoft Releases Version 7.0.1 of IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 03:42
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, which can be selected and downloaded here, bring the software up to speed with Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) and offer full 64-bit compatibility with the operating system.

The drivers require Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know what you think and feel free to hurl your two cents in.

Cocktail 4.4 (Tiger Edition) Released

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, 03:25
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.4 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular freeware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fixed miscellaneous bugs discovered in the previous release.
– Now distributed as freeware.

Cocktail 4.4 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

Some Snow Leopard Users Complain of Spontaneous Logouts

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Date: Monday, September 28th, 2009, 05:31
Category: Software

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If Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is behaving strangely for you, you’re not alone. Per CNET, a number of users have reported that Mac OS X 10.6 (as well as 10.6.1) will spontaneously log out of their account in the middle of using applications. The issue does not appear to be related to specific applications running as users have reported it happening while using Excel, Word, Safari, Photoshop, and Filemaker Pro among others. Most guesses have the problem related to Rosetta running on the new operating system, though an official fix has yet to be reported.

Over on the Apple Support Discussions, forum poster “Stu Baker” writes:
“I am having spontaneous logouts while I am in Snow Leopard. This is happening a couple times a day and it is very annoying. When it logs out it instantly goes to a blue screen and then the login screen appears. When I log back in all my apps have quit and it is like I am logging in for the first time. I did have this happen in Leopard too, but very rarely.”

One forum poster suggested a complete erase and install of Snow Leopard. If you’re going to attempt this, make sure you have all your data backed up to a safe location, if not a Time Machine archive on an external disk to make setup that much easier after the OS is installed.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know.

Carbon Copy Cloner Updated to 3.3

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Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2009, 04:42
Category: Software

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Late Monday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, has released version 3.3 of the program. The new version, a 3.2 megabyte download, adds the following changes:

– Added support for HFS+ filesystem compression that was introduced in Snow Leopard.
– To correspond with how the Finder and Disk Utility report these values on Snow Leopard, CCC will now use base 10 for reporting MB and GB on Snow Leopard. CCC will continue to use base 2 to report these values when booted from Leopard or Tiger.
– Improved the performance of backing up a large number of files with extended attributes.
– It is no longer a requirement that CCC be installed on media that supports the setuid bit.
– Added a bootability notification that will notify users when a target volume’s underlying disk is partitioned with the MBR partitioning scheme (rather than the Apple-recommended GUID or APM partition scheme).
– Increased the increment value of the disk image segment size stepper from 1 to 25. Now it takes mere seconds to get from 650MB to 4.6GB.
– Addressed an issue in which the source and target menus would not be properly updated if a disk disappears unexpectedly in the middle of a backup task.
– CCC now properly excludes the Time Machine database when backing up a hard drive using the “Backup everything” cloning method in file-level mode.
– Much like the Snow Leopard update, this release includes hundreds of tweaks and adjustments to improve performance and reliability.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee. The application requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

Skype 2.8.0.722 Released

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Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2009, 12:31
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On Monday, Skype released version 2.8.0.722 of its popular Voice over Internet Protocol communications program.
The new version, a 43.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Call Phones and Send SMS window “Type number” text field is too dark.
– Chat window does not refresh properly when chatting with a user whose avatar file is corrupted.
– When creating a new contact request, the option to request to see the contact’s status but not let them see yours is disabled.
– In a contact request, the option to add a new contact to your Contact list is disabled when the user chooses not to let the contact see when they are online.
– In a contact request, new contacts are added to a user’s Contact list even when they uncheck the option to add them.
– When screen sharing in fullscreen mode, the user can’t click on Skype menu items at the top of the screen.
– Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Layout issues in the video window when a video call is put on hold.
– The Hold button appears over the Call on Hold message.
– Skype sometimes crashes when plugging in or removing a webcam.
– Skype sometimes crashes soon after launching when an auto-config (PAC) file was used to connect to the internet.
– Skype sometimes crashes when shutting down.
– Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
– Main window does not display properly when signing in as another user from the Account menu.

Skype 2.8.0.722 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to install and run.

Adobe Releases Lightroom 2.5 Update

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Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, 03:50
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Adobe released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5, the newest version of its professional-grade image editing program and Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit processing under Mac OS X 10.5.
The new version, a 67 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and changes:
– Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D3000 and Olympus E-P1.
– Includes several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 retails for US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version, let us know what you think of it over in the comments or forums.