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Heads-up: MacBook/MacBook Pro update September 25, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Apple Inc., Downloads, Hardware, Notebooks, Updates & Patches.
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Apple’s just issued MacBook/MacBook Pro Update 1.0 via Software Update.

This update enables file system journaling on MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers. Some MacBook and MacBook Pro systems were shipped with file system journaling turned off. Journaling is recommended on all Mac computers as a preventative measure against file corruption.

Eh? The 660KB download is explained further on the Apple Support Page here.

iPod Touch manual online September 14, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Documentation, Downloads, iPods.

Those of you itching to get your hands on an iPod Touch but can’t yet may well settle for the next best thing: an instruction manual.

A detailed, 85-page PDF file has been put online by Apple. Get the 6.8mb Features Guide PDF here.

Breaking news: Free software-based iPhone unlocker September 12, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Downloads, iPhone, Updates & Patches.
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A hundred bucks? iPhoneSIMFree be damned. Some guys from the iPhone Dev Team have created a free software unlocker, and the app and the source code are available on the net from their site and mirrored on Gizmodo. Get the unlock file source code here, and the unlock file itself here.

Heads-up: Keyboard update; QT compatibility September 12, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Downloads, Updates & Patches.
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Found a coupla updates through Software Update this morning.

There’s a Quicktime compatibility update for iLife (Version 1, 18.7mb), and a keyboard software update for users of the new aluminum version (Version 1.2, 22.9mb). For seemingly simple things, they sure are hefty.

I’m a bit interested in the last one, because it seems to promise more features for the keyboard, but I’m holding off installing it first on the remote chance it might hose the system (hey, it might happen; Apple‘s having it too good lately, the streak might end), but mainly because it requires me to restart the system and I’m in the middle of some serious torrenting. Will update you on exactly what this one does in a bit.

As usual, we are overwhelmed by the avalanche of details provided by Apple.

Yo! Get yer album art here… September 11, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, iPods.
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Those among us terminally obssessive-compulsive about getting album art for every song on your iPod, your solution is here – and hi-res at that!

Just visit Josh’s iTunes Album Art Grabber (…because album art is nice), a blog that …grabs you album art. It’s all free, which means it’s all good. And it’s all 1425 x 1425 pixels (if available). All you need do is type in the album and the artist name. So go get grabbing before the site is shut down. Things this good often are.

Doh! Bitter online irony September 8, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, Funnies, Pics, Piracy, Quicktime.
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iGot iWork to do August 9, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Downloads, New Stuff, Updates & Patches.

The Doodler is most excited about iWork ’08, because he’s a great fan of Keynote. The updates seem to be pretty substantial: more themes (35 more), exportability to YouTube, the iPhone and the iPod, more tools for alignment and drawing, Instant Alpha (a basic photo tool), a photo browser, voice-over recording features, the ability to make an auto-slideshow from within the program just by dragging in a set of photos, and the one I’d like to see the most – animation paths.

Pages ’08 is cool too, and a bit more fuller-featured, but I’d like to see the new kid on the block – Numbers ’08, which is an Excel-type app that should make number crunching a bit more fun for this mathematically-challenged Doodler.

iWork ’08 sells for US$79, and the family pack is US$99 on the Apple Store. Best part is you can try it out for 30 days for free by downloading from here.

Heads-up: Buncha updates August 2, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Downloads, Operating System, Support, Updates & Patches.
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Aside from the aforementioned iPhone Update 1.0.1, a few new ones have popped up that Software Update should’ve told you about by now.

One is Pro Application Support 4.0.1, which is this:

This update improves general user interface reliability for Apple’s professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express HD, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.

Another is the James Bond update, Security Update 2007-007 (which incorporates 006 as well), which improves security for the following components of OS X:

  • bzip2
    Core Audio
    Quartz Composer

Airport Extreme Update 2007-004, which is recommended for all Intel-based MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers and improves the reliability of AirPort connections.

And lastly, Safari Beta Update 3.0.3, which fixes security holes in both OS X and Windows versions. More information can be found here.

Fire up Software Download from the blue Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen, or go direct to the source here.

OS X on an IBM ThinkPad July 29, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, Hardware, Oddities, Operating System.
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Yes, it’s possible.

It’s also as buggy as hell, majorly complicated to do, needs a whole bunch of stuff and uses up a lot of geek brain coupons. Also, the wifi doesn’t work, plus it’s slow as molasses flowing down the side of your wall on a cold morning in December.

And it violates your EULA.

But it can be done. And has been. On a Thinkpad.

Tom Merritt of CNET and host of Buzz Out Loud shows us how he did it in detail on a post on his blog SuBBrilliant.

Some folk from the pearls-before-swine OSX86 Project have been at this for some time at osx86-project.org and they have a wiki on how to do it, plus a list of device compatibility. The legality and logic of actually doing something like this is pretty murky, and the only seeming motivation for doing it is similar to the one why canines will lick their privates – because they can.


Heads-up: Office update July 13, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, Microsoft, Notebooks, Updates & Patches.
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More updates, gang. Those nice Mac folk who run Microsoft apps in their computers might want to know that Microsoft’s released an update for Office 2004 yesterday, proving there is still some residual love, however small, for the Mac in Redmond. The Office 11.3.6 Update is largely a security fix, with some other little tweaks and fixes.

What this update is:

This update fixes a vulnerability that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. This update also addresses an issue with using public folders in Entourage, and it contains the latest postal code information for Japanese addresses.

What this update is for:

Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Word 2004, Excel 2004, PowerPoint 2004, Entourage 2004.

It’s a 15.6MB download, and you can get it here.