Here are my thoughts of the Apple keynote in 5 points…
- Leopard: Agreed. Most successful OS X yet. Had to work on a machine with Tiger the other day, and it felt, well, ugly. I definitely like 10.5 way better, even with the remaining flaws (getting impatient for the 10.5.2 update).
- iPhone: Good for Apple, but I still don’t want one. I just don’t use my phone/iPod enough to justify what it would cost me. I admit, they are sleek though. Maybe one day.
- iTunes/AppleTV: Of absolutely no interest to me. I’m old-school when it comes to renting my movies. I actually like going to the local Blockbuster and browsing the aisles for something to watch. I don’t even do NetFlix or Blockbuster Online.
- MacBook Air: Innovative? Yeah, to a degree I guess. Serious work-horse? Not even close. At best, I see the MacBook Air as a toy for those with an extra $1800 (or $3100 for the SSD equipped model. Ouch!) burning a hole in their pocket. To me, it’s just another gadget that only does some of what my MacBook Pro already can. I’ll stick with what I’ve got, thanks.
- Time Capsule: This was the highlight to me. For the average user who is in the dark about backing up data, Apple has made that task much easier. Serving as a base station with a “server grade” hard drive (I guess that means it should be less likely to fail), it’s a simple set up. That’s good for a start. I’m still a huge proponent of having a fully cloned (two if possible) backup of the machines you really rely on. Disk drive quality isn’t what it used to be, so that means more of a chance to lose your data than ever. Backup often, and backup early I always say.
As a final note, I’ve already purchased my Worst Keynote Ever shirt from the MacMerc store…
Oh. A final, final note: There were software updates for QuickTime, iTunes, Front Row and iMovie today. Be sure to fire up Software Update to get yours…
So you just got a new iMac for Christmas, and now you need to know how to reset which machines are authorized to access your purchased iTunes media. Well, you’re in luck, because here’s the support article you’ve been looking for:
This is a follow up to the bit I posted last week about Mail.app hanging — usually at login/startup/wake, but then at other times for no reason in particular. My original post blamed the problem on iCal syncing To-Do’s with Mail (which I personally don’t like).
An update to that post later shifted the blame to GrowlMail. I can confirm — without a doubt — that GrowlMail has a problem with IMAP email accounts under Leopard, both on Intel and PPC based machines. While you could simply turn GrowlMail off in Mail preferences, my recommendation is to completely remove the bundle until it can be fully updated for compatibility. Note: a new version of GrowlMail was released a few days ago that supposedly addresses Leopard issues. However, my testing found it to still have lingering problems, so I promptly uninstalled it.
If you have GrowlMail installed, it can be uninstalled by removing the following files from your hard drive:
Since deleting those files, I’ve had no trouble with my IMAP account in Leopard Mail whatsoever. It should be noted you’ll probably have to authenticate as an administrator to remove the files.
From MacFixIt today…
Running DiskWarrior on startup volumes with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard installed can have a problematic effect on permissions. The problem, according to Alsoft, is that DiskWarrior includes a repair permissions routine similar the one performed by Apple’s Disk Utility, but has not yet been updated to be compatible with the changed repair permissions routine used by Mac OS X 10.5. In other words, running the repair permissions routine in DiskWarrior while booted from the DiskWarrior disk (or booted from any other startup volume) is akin to running the version of Disk Utility included with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) — a no-no if the target of the repair is a Mac OS X 10.5 volume.
And from the same article, Alsoft’s support site says…
You should not use any utility to repair permissions of a Leopard start up disk while started from Mac OS X 10.4.x or earlier. Permissions will either not be be repaired or will be repaired improperly. This is true whether you repair permissions with Apple’s Disk Utility, DiskWarrior, or any other third-party utility.
This makes total sense, but should still be noted for those who might think of trying it. Tiger and Leopard are as much two totally different cats as Panther and Tiger were. Don’t ever use one kitty to fix the other!
I just got to touch my first iPhone. Yeah, I know — where the heck have I been? The truth is, I’ve intentionally avoided going to the Apple store just so I wouldn’t wind up whipping out the plastic and taking one home. The boss (wife) would kill me if I did something impulsive like that.
As luck would have it, an upper-management co-worker who’s a huge Apple Fan-Boy (and a really cool guy) was kind enough to rub my nose in the fact that he snagged an iPhone as I passed him in the hall. I stopped and asked him if I could see it & he handed it over to me. I thought about bolting for just a split second, but then realized my job was at stake, and it’d be curtains if I did.
Well, I’ve got to admit — in the 30 or so seconds that I got to play with his iPhone, I definitely want one of my own. There I said it. iEnvy the iPhone. Now, all I’ve got to do is figure out how to get myself out of the 2 year Verizon family plan I just got locked into…