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Amidst the news of Apple delaying deliveries of subsequent pre-orders for the iPad to April 12th, this evening (HK time, GMT+0800) Apple released the latest update to the Mac OS X operating system. Version 10.6.3 of OS X has the following enhancements as outlined by Apple.

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OS X Snow Leopard

While checking Apple Online Store Hong Kong last night I pre-ordered OS 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard), also bought an Airport Express to replace my dying Airport Extreme (white flying saucer).

This is the first time in the past 20+ years that I pre-ordered Mac OS. I personally have a MacBook Pro 15" (mid-2006 MacBookPro1,1) so will not be able to take advantage all that are new in the latest OS. Does this qualify me as a true fanboy?

I recommend anyone with dual core and dual graphic cards to upgrade to OS 10.6, everyone else can wait until more reviews of OS 10.6 are released here on this blog. Unless you're a die-hard like myself.

OS 10.6 Order

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Pwnage Tool logoApple released the new OS X update 10.5.7 on Tuesday evening (US PST). When it was released most users with unlocked iPhone 3G were worry that the latest OS X update will further hamper their Mac's ability to place the iPhone into DFU mode. Now the iPhone Dev Team has tweeted yesterday that OS 10.5.7 is even more compatible to the jailbreak process than OS 10.5.6, which disabled the DFU mode.

The new 10.5.7 Leopard update is safe. In fact it's more jailbreak-friendly than 10.5.6, since the DFU-mode bug is gone.

So I now recommend everyone to upgrade your Mac OS 10.5 as soon as possible, as there are many security fixes in OS 10.5.7, including a Safari 4 Beta security update that you only see after upgrading to OS 10.5.7.

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Everyone who are new and seasoned users of the Macintosh. Seeing that Apple had finally released the long anticipated OS 10.5.7 update. I want to once again reiterate the steps I normally take for applying OS X updates. Before you start, if you're using a notebook Mac, you should ensure the power adapter is plugged in (of course to the wall also).

Here are the steps I recommend my friends to follow:

  1. Ensure all your Apple applications; the ones that came with your Mac, are in their original locations, within the Applications and Utilities folders respectively.
  2. Start the Disk Utility application found in your Utilities folder, and perform the Repair Disk Permissions operation on your startup disk (aka. Boot Up drive); this is normally the first drive you see in the list of hard drives. The "Repair Disk Permissions" button will stay dimmed unless you highlight the volume of your startup disk rather than the disk itself.
  3. Ensure no applications are running. If you really want to be safe you can restart your Mac in Safe mode, but this is rarely necessary, especially for a dot-dot update.
  4. Mount the .DMG file of the OS 10.5.7 Combo Updater you downloaded from Apple and begin performing the update.

It is best, if you do not use your Mac during the execution of the update. Of course, you should not interrupt the update either.

If anything goes wrong, you can always rerun the Combo Updater. I hope this helps!

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Pwnage Tool logoYesterday, I reported that the Mac OS 10.5.6 update killed the iPhone's ability to get into DFU mode. Now there are two solutions: one is to connect the iPhone to the Mac via an USB hub. The other is to replace the IOUSBFamily.kext with the version from 10.5. Someone had created an AppleScript to do this and it is explained in the iPhoneWiki forum thread.

Original Store: WARNING: Mac OS 10.5.6 Breaks Hacked iPhone

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Pwnage Tool logoApple released Mac OS 10.5.6 update on Monday (US PST). As always I would suggest everyone follow the instructions on the release notes plus use the Combo Upgrade to upgrade your Mac. Although, if you are the millions who owns iPhones that had been jailbroken and/or Unlocked, you need to stay AWAY from this Mac OS X update for now. It has been reported that this version of Mac OS X will not recognize hacked iPhones. Until either this report has been independently verified or until the iPhoneDev Team has a method to get around the problem, hacked iPhone users should stay avoid updating their Macintosh for now.

Please stay tuned here, I will update everyone as news develop.

[Update: December 17, 2008] The iPhoneDev Team has released a note addressing the issue reported regarding the problem with activating the DFU (device firmware update) mode for the iPhone, after the Mac has been upgraded to Mac OS 10.5.6. The next release of the iPhoneDev Team's Pwnage Tool is not expected until Christmas Eve (Dec. 31.2008), but there is no mention if this upcoming release will resolve the DFU problem.

[Update: December 19, 2008] Finally an Automator script that will perform the fix suggested by the iPhoneDev Team. This method will not require a layman to jump into Terminal and fuzz with the inner workings of the Mac.

I have yet to try this so will report when I have.

[Update: December 20, 2008] Now there are two solutions: one is to connect the iPhone to the Mac via an USB hub. The other is to replace the IOUSBFamily.kext with the version from 10.5. Someone had created an AppleScript to do this for you as explained in the iPhoneWiki forum thread.

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After 5 months of testing, back and forth with Mozy support and eventually being assigned a Mozy Macintosh developer to resolve my issues encountered I was finally able to backup my selected files to the Mozy server automatically.

This was all accomplished with version 0.6.2.4 of Mozy Client for Macintosh.

Today Mozy informs me that there is a new version (0.6.4.0 (24503)). Strangely my Mozy client did not know there was a newer version, even though the Mozy Preference "Install updates automatically" was set. I guess and hope this is because Mozy Client for Macintosh is still in Beta.

I downloaded the new Mozy Client for Macintosh and uninstalled my copy of Mozy deleting all configuration files. This is because I want to make sure I am experiencing the new Mozy Client like all other users would.

The following is what I noticed and issues encountered:

  1. It appears that Mozy have added a few more standard set of files to backup in their Configuration window. Given that Mozy Home (free version) only has 2GB of storage available, I do not believe Mozy should select the kind of files by default in the Configuration window.
  2. Also in the Configuration window some of the file types did not have the correct number of files and total size calculated properly. By this I mean that some of the file type were showing -8,xxx,xxx files and ridiculous size. This cleared up after I saved the configuration, restarted the Mozy Client for Macintosh and re-enters the Configuration window.
  3. I then clicked on the "Start Backup" menu item from the Mozy Menu, nothing seem to happen. The Mozy icon in the Menu Bar did not change. I then selected the "Show Status Window" from the Mozy Menu and the following is what shown.Mozy Status Window
    This is very strange, as I cannot believe Mozy would allow this latest version to going backwards in quality. So I clicked on "View Log File..." from the Mozy Menu.

    The Console application opened showing the content of the Mozy.log file. Apparently the Mozy Client is doing something, and what it is doing appears to be related to performing a backup. So I again selected the "Show Status Window" menu item from the Mozy Menu and it still displays, "No Backup Yet"

  4. A welcome change is that Mozy reorganized the Mozy Menu by grouping related functions together using a divider to separate the different groups.

I will be passing these findings to my contact at Mozy immediately and hopefully these issues require just minor tweaking.

I was about to give Mozy for Macintosh a "5 Thumbs Up" after a whole month of use, with uneventful successful backups, but now with the latest version I am reluctant to do so.

Please see my original article "Problem with Mozy" for background.

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After being assigned a specific contact, Ben, from the Mozy Macintosh Support, the responses from Mozy has become much more efficient and specific. I hope this is something that Mozy has recognized and changed for future Mac users.

Anyway, on with my experience on this version of Mozy for Mac (0.6.2.2 (23015)) which Mozy released on August 24, but I was not able to try it out until this morning.

Since I just reinstalled the application, I have yet to confirm is my previous problems have been corrected as reported by Ben. The most noticeable difference with this latest version is that they had changed the icon for the application throughout: in Mozy Status, Mozy and MozyBackup (the latter is a background application).

Unfortunately, with this latest version some other issues with the configuration has creep up where I did not encounter in previous version.

  1. The setup wizard was stuck at trying to log me onto Mozy site. I had to quit and restart the Mozy application before I was able to try again. Then when I tried again it came up with the error message:

    Mozy could not log you in. Please try again or contact us at macsupport@mozy.com.

    (Error: (null))

    Which is a very useless message.

  2. During the attempt to configure Mozy, it keep displaying a error dialog stating that "... no backup had started.", and this dialog is modal but did not alert me at all. It appears to come from the Mozy Status application, and the dialog is hidden behind all my other active application window including Mozy.
  3. I was finally able to get pass the log in after 3 attempts, Mozy would not stop scanning my drive. The checkbox also started to jump around on the window after I clicked on the "Apple Mail" checkbox. So I quit the Mozy application and tried again. I then encounters the problem logging on again. After a few more attempts (quitting and restarting the Mozy application). It finally able to log in and successfully finish scanning the hard drive.I don't think the Mozy application should allow the user to click on any of the Checkboxes while it is still scanning the hard drive for the different categories of files and before it finishes "Loading Account Information".
  4. For some reason the controls (Throttle Slider, the Edit Fields for the Throttle Duration in the Performance pane of the Mozy application Preferences window is very sluggish. The first time I accessed the Performance pane of the Mozy application Preferences none of the other pane (General and Scheduling) were accessible. I had to restart the Mozy application, and I was not able to reproduce this.I do not think that one should be allow to make any changes to the Mozy configurations with the Mozy application when a backup is in progress.
  5. Using the Activity Monitor I see that the MozyBackup application is marked as (Not Responding). This usually happens when it is not being friendly to the other applications that are running on the Mac. This is with my Throttle settings set to 768Kb/s between 09:00 - 03:30 and the test were performed at 14:00 local time.Strangely during this time I see that the Mac does not have any network traffic, the backup is still in progress; with the status message "Communicating with server". Speaking of the Status window. There should be a preference to keep the Status Window above all other application windows or let it go behind when another application become active.

I had never figure out the answer to this question

Does the fact that the Apple Mail application is running and emails are coming in and out from various different accounts effect Mozy's current backup, when the Apple Mail Messages is chosen in the Configuration and one type of content to backup?

Why does the Mozy Status Window show "Backing up 258.3MB (14,677 files)"? When I chose the categories of files to back up, the "Apple Mail Messages" alone was over 2GB plus I also chose "Application Preferences" and "Keychains". The three categories together in the Configuration window shows 2.1GB (65,354 files). Is the Status Window only showing one category at a time?

I will report back when the backup is complete (hopefully).

Please see my original article "Problem with Mozy" for background.

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