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March 22nd, 2010

01:27 am - asLJ beta
asLJ 0.6.0-beta has just been released. asLJ is a client for OS X 10.5 and up for LiveJournal and sites like InsaneJournal that are based on LiveJournal's code. Release notes and link for downloading are in [info]aslj.

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August 23rd, 2009

11:43 pm - Firefox for Mac: Optimized has builds of Firefox optimized for specific processors (G3, G4, G5, and Intel). It at least feels substantially faster than stock Firefox, comparing 3.5.2 both on an iBook G4 and on an 8-core (intel) Mac Pro.

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January 29th, 2009

04:16 am - new mac LJ client
i'm toying around with writing a client in my (few) spare minutes here and there, and it's now at a point where it's reasonably functional--it posts with nearly all the standard options, it views/edits/deletes past entries, and it works with multiple servers/accounts--so i'm looking for feedback from a few more people.

if you're interested in trying it out, you can find release notes and a download link in [info]aslj.

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January 8th, 2009

07:10 pm - Touch and Go
I bought an iPod touch last fall, the 16-gig model, and was completely satisfied until I went to update to 2.1 software version. It froze, and then went into Recovery Boot Mode. Nothing I did brought it out, so I sent it in. They could not fix it, so they sent me a new one.

When I went to update to 2.2 last week, BAM! Exact same thing. Brand new iPod touch!! I'm sending it in for repairs again, or probably just a replacement. Sigh.

Anyone else having this problem with their iPod touch getting stuck in Recovery Boot Mode?
Current Mood: bitchy

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August 17th, 2008

08:25 pm - iPod halp!
I have an 80gb iPod classic and every time I plug it into my Macbook to sync it, the iPod itself crashes. I've checked the apple website and tried googling it but to no avail - the only things I can find are about iTunes crashing. Instead of it saying 'connected', it freezes on the last track I was playing and won't respond until you reset it by holding the centre and menu buttons. After I reset it, I can plug it in and it works fine - it just seems to be the first time that it happens which makes it more of an annoyance than anything else.

I got it for Christmas last year and it has been fine until now, I've only noticed this happening in the past week or so... was just wondering if anyone has any ideas of how to fix it? It's still under warranty, so is it worth taking it to the apple store for them to look at it?

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August 14th, 2008

12:25 am - Journal clients
I switched from Windows to Mac one year ago and the only real regret I have is having to give up Semagic for my journals.  Having the LJ Login add on for Firefox helps (allowing me to switch identities for RPG and such), but I still miss my client.

Does anyone here use a client to post?  If so, which one?

I've tried XJournal and didn't like it.  I've tried Deepest Sender (for Firefox) and didn't like that either.  Has anyone used Ecto?  If so, what is your opinion?

I would love for the makers of Semagic to make a version for Mac, but, barring that, I'm looking for a client as similar as I can get.

Thanks in advance.
Current Mood: curious

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April 17th, 2008

07:20 am - New Flash-Hack Endangers Most OSes and Browsers
As if Flash Player weren't annoying enough already -- owing only partly to the fact that it's virtually impossible to avoid -- it is now a potential conduit for some of the most lethal security breaches known to the net.

Yay. Thanks again, Adobe.

But sincere thanks to [info]dogemperor for this warning:


The reason this is a particularly nasty exploit:

a) It is apparently cross-OS and cross-browser (versions of Flash for IE, Firefox, and Opera are known to be vulnerable under at least Windows, and probably under Linux (include Mozilla-derived browsers like Galeon, Iceape, Iceweasel, etc. to the list as well as (probably) KMeleon) and MacOS X (include Safari in the list). There are in fact indications that this exploit may be usable with any operating system running under x86 processors (all PCs, and all Intel MacOS X boxen) with an Adobe Flash implementation.

b) This particular exploit is very similar to exploits that have been used to drop malware on systems--even worse, it can run arbitrary code at the permissions level associated with Flash. Even various "permissions levels" may not be a fine-grained enough protection (Windows Vista, which otherwise does generally require administrator access to install programs (and implements sudo in possibly the most broken manner ever devised in an operating system, but we won't get into *that* rant :D), is reportedly vulnerable).

c) There is a possibility (not yet fully explored) that some of the flash alternative programs may also have this vulnerability--and one area of research also includes FLV files. (The main programs of concern here would be FLV Player and VLC Media Player, both of which can play FLV "rips" from Youtube natively.)


This includes Macs running Safari, Firefox, IE, Opera, and more. It may be that PPC Macs (G3, G4, G5) are not affected, as dogemperor's post suggests, but I haven't verified that. Also, just to be safe, I wouldn't count on Flashblock (or equiv.) to protect completely. I'd recommend updating Flash Player anyway, especially if you have an Intel Mac.

From Adobe's April 8, 2008, bulletin:


Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits these potential vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system. A malicious SWF must be loaded in Flash Player by the user for an attacker to exploit these potential vulnerabilities. It is recommended users update to the most current version of Flash Player available for their operating system.

Due to the possibility that these security enhancements and changes may impact existing Flash content, content developers are advised to review this March 2008 Adobe Developer Center article to determine if the changes will affect their content, and to begin implementing necessary changes immediately to help ensure a seamless transition.


Affected software versions

Adobe Flash Player and earlier, and and earlier.


Security bulletin: Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities

Check your current version of Flash Player here.
(best to check separately for each browser)

Developer's technical "white paper" [PDF}

We've all seen how well "abstinence only" works. Go get your protection today!

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April 1st, 2008

04:21 pm - Halp!
Entourage is downloading multiple copies of each e-mail -- not every e-mail, but sometimes 2, 3 or 4 copies of the same e-mail, within a few minutes of each other.

Any ideas? I recently had to reinstall it after a hard drive replacement, but I couldn't find anything in the settings that might be responsible.
Current Mood: confused

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March 20th, 2008

04:43 am - New Security Updates for Mac OS X

As of Tuesday, March 18th, Apple has released Security Update 2008-002 v1.0, for current versions of Leopard and Tiger, which would seem to cover quite an array of issues.

As always, you can use Software Update, or take your pick of standalone installers:

10.5.2: Universal (50 MB)

10.4.11: PPC (68 MB)

10.4.11: Universal (103 MB)

Server versions of the above, plus Safari 3.1 and other updates, are also available from Apple's Support Downloads page.

Now, if they could just keep those darned kids off my lawn ...

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March 14th, 2008

05:41 pm - Three-point-whaaaat?
On this most irrational of days, wishing you all magical math and merriment, full of fish and finger Pi in ... well, Springtime.


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February 28th, 2008

06:59 pm - Hot off the BoingFeed: "Security glitch exposes OS X account passwords"
Frankly, this looks like a pretty unlikely risk for the average user, but until Apple issues a Security Update that corrects it, it's something to keep in mind. The hacks require local access, but appears to apply to all versions of OS X.

Security glitch exposes OS X account passwords, by Declan McCullagh
Apple has confirmed a security glitch that, in many situations, will let someone with physical access to a Macintosh computer gain access to the password of the active user account...

The security glitch works like this: The OS X subsystem that asks for a username and password to log into an account is, reasonably enough, called In the default configuration, the account password unlocks the user's keychain and the encrypted FileVault volume (if one is in use).

But instead of immediately erasing the password from memory once the unlocking process is complete, OS X keeps it around. That means someone with physical access to the computer can use multiple methods to extract the contents of the computer's DRAM chips.

Last week's paper described some of those techniques. They include: plugging an iPod into a Firewire port to extract the contents of memory, rebooting the computer and running a memory-extractor over the network or from removable media, or physically ripping out the DRAM chips and inserting them into another computer...

More technical details here: and Mac OS X, by Jacob Appelbaum

Beware of strangers who furtively fondle their dongles.

Now, where on earth did I leave my foil hat ...

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February 13th, 2008

12:40 am - Mac OS X (Leopard) 10.5.2 Update [and others] Released
Mac OS X (Leopard) 10.5.2 Update Released

Monday February 11, 2008 04:12 PM EST
Written by Mudbug

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard update. The 180MB download is now available via Software Update, and a restart is required after installation:

The 10.5.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:
For detailed information on security updates, please visit this website:
A number of improvements are detailed, but some highlights are listed here:

- Airport: Improves connection reliability and stability
- Back to my Mac: Adds support for more third-party routers, as detailed in this article.
- Dock: Updates Stacks with a List view option, a Folder view option, and an updated background for Grid view.
- Desktop: Addresses legibility issues with the menu bar with an option to turn off transparency in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.
- Desktop: Adjusts menus to be slightly-less translucent overall.
- iSync: Adds support for Samsung D600E and D900i phones.
- RAW Image: Adds RAW image support for several cameras, as detailed in this article.
- Safari: Addresses issues with Safari reliably resolving certain domains.
- Time Machine: Adds a menu bar option for accessing Time Machine features (the menu extra can be enabled in Time Machine preferences).
- Time Machine: Improves backup reliability when computer name contains slash or non-ASCII characters.
- Time Machine: Addresses issues in which some external drives are not recognized by Time Machine.

The final build number of Mac OS X 10.5.2 is 9C31, the same as the last developer's build. Once you install Mac OS X 10.5.2, readers should recheck their software update, as the Leopard Graphics Update appears once 10.5.2 is installed.

Standalone Combo Updater (353MB) is also available.

Please add undocumented issues in the Mac OS X 10.5.2 Fixes, Bugs and Problems guide. For discussion, questions and issues, please post to our Mac OS X forum...

Several Security Updates, as well as updates for QuickTime and iLife, among others, have also been issued recently. Run Software Update, or see Apple Downloads for a list of all available updates:

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January 20th, 2008

10:06 pm
Hey folks,

What is the general consensus about the mac mini w/Superdrive?

What do I need to be concerned about? What are the best monitors to get with it?


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January 17th, 2008

06:51 pm
Today I installed Microsoft Office '08 on my macbook pro, I'm running leopard if it matters, and I can not for the life of me get my .mac email account to sync up with Entourage. The error occurs with the outgoing mail server, - does anyone have ideas on how to remedy this situation?

Edit: I got it to work, there was something up with the auto-configuration that was not agreeing with my isp? at least, that's what I gathered. All I had to do was change the port number and that seemed to fix my issue.

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January 2nd, 2008

12:48 pm
I know there is a Migration Tool to tranfer LJ to IJ (or another clone LJ). But I'm wondering
if there's a tool that can transfer my posts from one username to another on Livejournal?
For instance, I have some posts ex_angeldove677 that I want to tranfer to angeldove in LJ.
Current Mood: curious

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December 23rd, 2007

11:54 pm - Security Update 2007-009 v1.oops!
An update of the latest update is now out for OSX 10.4.11 and 10.5.1, Intel and PPC.

They say this is only to correct a problem with Safari crashing on certain websites. However, it should be remembered that they do not report major security flaws to the public, "for the protection of our customers," they say. IOW, if there were a major flaw, and we don't do the security update, we likely won't know until our security has been compromised. So presumably, it's best to just bite the bullet and do as we're told (ugh!). Yeah, maybe it's just Safari like they say, in which case, I wouldn't care or even notice. Or maybe it's some enormous flaw just begging for hacker exploits. Or maybe they've got some hot new stealth nannyware lurking within the update. Who knows. We may love our 'puters, but Apple is still Corporate America, after all...

So, I'm customarily ambivalent, but I'll be updating, and you probably should too.

There had been some reports of the first update (2007-009) causing MacBook keyboard seizures, but I've seen a few reports that it's been fixed in this update-update. We'll see.

Use Software Update as usual, or download standalone installers from:

Security Update 2007-009 1.1 (10.4.11 Universal) - 27.4 MB
Security Update 2007-009 1.1 (10.4.11 PPC) - 15.9 MB
Security Update 2007-009 1.1 (10.5.1) - 35.6 MB

Oh, while browsing, I also noticed this recent addition:

"MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1 12/18/2007 979 KB
This update addresses a responsiveness issue on MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers."

Good luck...and Merry Whatever!


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December 16th, 2007

08:11 pm - Security flaw?
I haven't researched this, and I don't use .Mac, so this is offered without opinion. But it may be worth keeping in mind.

A Little .Mac Security Flaw
Posted by kdawson on Sunday December 16, @03:15AM
from the case-for-thumb-drives dept.
Security Apple
deleuth writes "The de facto online connectivity software sold along with many Apple computers, .Mac, has a Web interface through which users can check their 'iDisk' while away from their own computer. However, there is no Log-Out button in this Web interface, so most users just close the browser and walk away... not realizing that their iDisk has been cached by the browser and that anyone who wants to can open up the browser, go back to the link in History, and get into their iDisk completely logged in. From here, files can be downloaded and/or deleted. This seems like a minor security flaw via bad interface design, and podcaster Klaatu (of posted this on the site, only to have his post removed by Apple. Furthermore, feedback at has gone unanswered. The problem remains: there is no way for the average computer user to log-out of their iDisk on public computers. A quick review of any public terminal's browser history could bring up all kinds of interesting things."

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December 15th, 2007

09:50 pm - OH SNAP!
A bit off-topic, to be sure, but ... well, it's been a slow day!

From Coding Sanity:

I have finally decided to take the plunge. Last night I upgraded my Vista desktop machine to Windows XP, and this afternoon I will be doing the same to my laptop...

...there is only one conclusion to be made; Microsoft have really outdone themselves in delivering a brand new operating system that really excels in all the areas where Vista was sub-optimal. From my testing, discussions with friends and colleagues, and a review of the material out there on the web there seems to be no doubt whatsoever that that upgrade to XP is well worth the money. Microsoft can really pat themselves on the back for a job well done, delivering an operating system which is much faster and far more reliable than its predecessor. Anyone who thinks there are problems in the Microsoft Windows team need only point to this fantastic release and scoff loudly.

Well done Microsoft!

There are no words ... so have one of these:


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December 10th, 2007

02:26 am - Journal Migration Resources
These just in from [info]sherlock, via [info]worstangel at [info]07refugees:

Backup and migration tools

LJ-Migrate for Communities - How To

Not Mac-specific, but some of it may be of use, especially to those with Intel Macs running Windows.

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December 9th, 2007

11:24 pm - Cross-posting for Macs
Hi, I just joined this community, and I figured some of you would know more than I do what reliable cross-posting client software I could use for LJ and IJ. I plan on backing up LJ "just in case" as well...still, I'd like to have my cake and eat it too at this point. Anything you know of? Thanks.

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