Seeing unexpected error messages in your Console log is never a pleasant experience, and my stomach sank as I saw that the recently deleted GPGtools, from my MacBook Pro running Yosemite, was still trying to start up on my machine with each reboot, even though I just ran their official Uninstaller. Don’t worry, I’ll reinstall GPG soon enough, I’m just temporarily removing it to troubleshoot an anomaly with Mail.app. Continue reading Fix GPGtools Uninstaller goof
As I’ve said for decades, you are responsible for personally securing all your own digital devices, including laptops, desktops and mobile devices. Today’s security news is certain to have many users quaking in their boots and scrambling maniacally to try and protect themselves, so it seems a good moment to view today’s top two security failings headlines. Continue reading LastPass and Apple in the Security News
Starting with iOS9, which is now available as a developer Beta, Apple is requiring all new apps submitted to the App Store to be perfectly compatible with IPv6. Cellular data providers are already talking about building data networks that only support IPV6 so this makes a lot of sense. Considering that Asia has already run out of IPv4 addresses, and the US is now close to running out, it makes sense for someone to lead that way in pushing users into making the leap to IPV6. Apple has offered standardized support for IPv6 since 2000 but there has not been any impetus for users to actually bother using it. Continue reading IPV6 is here and Apple leads the way with iOS9
CNN must have pushed there head deep up their sphincter or maybe they have been drinking the Kool-Aid today. Here i other actual headline today: “Apple Music will sound worse but save on your data plan“, the problem with is that its just completely untrue. They allege that Spotify uses up to 320 kbps music streams whereas Apple Music only uses 256 kbps streams. On the surface that might look logical, but in reality its only one specification, of several, that impacts who digital music sounds to your ears. Continue reading CNN lies, tries to fool people that Apple Music is somehow “worse” than Spotify
OS X El Capitan
Millions of Mac users breathed a sign of relief yesterday when the hardware requirements for Apple’s newest version of its flagship operating system, OS X, was leaked and confirmed by the computer media. The newest version of the venerable operating system is named El Capitan (and its numbered OS X 10.11) will run on the same Macs as now run 2014’s Yosemite, 2013’s Mavericks, 2012’s Mountain Lion and 2011’s Lion, according to reports of the newest OS X’s system requirements. Continue reading El Capitan OS X 10.11 will run on most Macs
Square’s postage sized credit card reader has bee a popular success with small independent business, allowing anyone to sell to the public, accepting credit cards, by simply plugging the reader into an iPhone or iPad and swiping the card. It just couldn’t get any simpler. The only drawback is that Square, just like all other credit card service providers, does not provide any additional security to protect your card number or your identity. Even the new chip and PIN card readers aren’t eliminating credit card fraud (although it has reduced some fraud, somewhat, in Europe and China). It was only natural that a forward thinking company like Square would adopt the state of the art payment service, ApplePay, for all its customers. Continue reading Square announces new ApplePay service
World IP V6 launch
For years we have been told that the Internet was running out of IP addresses, a truly dire situation if it actually happens because we could then not add any more Websites or users to access the Internet. Fortunately, engineers have for years come up with and implemented a replacement for the old, nearly obsolete method of addressing computers on the internet, known as Internet Protocol Version 4 (IP V4) with a new addressing scene called IP V6. Continue reading IP V6, are you ready for the new Internet?
Most Blu-ray movies discs do not come with a digital copy, I wish they would because I can occasionally buy them cheaper than their digital (online) alternative but I have to extract them for my personal use on my laptop or Apple TV. Keep in mind that when you buy the disc you paid for the licensed right to watch the movie whenever you want to. Although there is still controversy about extracting a movie from a DVD or a Blu-ray disc (perpetuated by the movie industry), think about this: if I paid solely to watch movie then when the optical disc fails to play why don;t the movie studies give me a free replacement disc? I’ve already paid for a lifetime license fee so they in fact should always replace them for us. The fact is that they never replace discs, which by their very action means that we actually “own” the disc and its contents, that regardless of the fine print, what they movie studios do is to sell us that physical property. Continue reading Handbrake can use MakeMKV to automatically process Blu-ray discs, heres how
OS X Yosemite
Apple replace mDNSresponder in Yosemite for unknown reasons, however, the problems that it causes are becoming well known. Both of these networking components are critical every time you access any network, performing critical tasks such as DNS name lookups and others, this core software is what makes Internet access possible on your Mac. Apple’s mDNSresponder software had this privilege for many years and was so successful at its job that Apple released it as free open source software which is now in use in most networking appliances such as DSL and Cable modems, WiFi access points and more. Continue reading DiscoveryD is no more, long live mDNSresponder!
No Flash for you!
Adobe’s Flash player has been the bane of most users who watch online video. Its old, clunky, often fails to work properly and for the past few years, it has been riddled with very serious security issues that expose users to the criminal element. Users have been dumping Flash in droves, since most modern websites have already switched to H.264 (an international standard that all modern web browsers support) which plays video flawlessly for everyone without any of Flash’s problems, the problem is that most users don’t know how to uninstall Flash and those that do don’t know that they are actually leaving the most dangerous part of Flash on their hard drives. Continue reading Flash player: uninstall without leaving a trace