macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta

macOS Public Beta is now active, however; there are many articles out there telling users how to signup then leaving them short of getting the actual update.

I have been checking for days now and the update would not show up.. So I dug around and found the installer.
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Fix for broken search domain resolution in OS X Yosemite

Ok folks, after many moons trying to fix this issue in Yosemite I finally got it… If you are running earlier versions of OSX, see here for the fix.

What am I talking about?

Append search domains for partially qualified domain names when performing DNS lookups. You know.. For example, you work in it and ssh to hosts regularly and your company uses hostname.sub.domain.com or hostname.domain.com but you want to ssh to hostname or hostname.sub to shave some time off your clock. With older versions you could apply a fix with mDNSResponder to work around whatever Apple decided to do there; around rolls Yosemite and they change the whole damn thing around. Continue reading Fix for broken search domain resolution in OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update

Apple released their most recent update to their flagship OS that addresses issues many people were having to the point where some, including myself had to revert to Mavericks (sorry, did not do a write-up on that, was super busy with school and work). Basically, I was having drastic wireless connectivity issues that severely hindered my production, both at school and work. Continue reading OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update

OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update released today

The OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users.

Updating your system

  1. You should back up your system before installation. To do this you can use Time Machine.
  2. Do not interrupt the installation process once you have started to update your system.
  3. You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modifications installed, or if you’ve modified the operating system through other means.
  4. Choose Apple menu () > Software Update to check for the latest Apple software using the Mac App Store, including this update.
  5. Other software updates available for your computer may appear, which you should install. Note that an update’s size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others.

You can also download the manual update installer. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computers, but only want to download the update once. Standalone installers are available from Apple Support Downloads.

About the update

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:

  • Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection
  • Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts
  • Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server
  • Improves reliability of network home directories
  • Improves stability when installing configuration profiles
  • Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups
  • Includes Safari 7.0.3

For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates.

Beta Testers needed for Next OS X Mavericks Update

Apple launched beta testing for OS X 10.9.3 a bit ago, giving interested people a chance to test drive the next update to the company’s Mac operating system. The OS X Beta Seed Program requires an Apple ID and is free to Mac users signing up to participate and prepared to adhere to a confidentiality agreement associated with the beta testing process. Apple did not reveal when OS X 10.9.3 will be released as a general update to Macs running OS X, currently updated at version 10.9.2, or Build 13C64.

Customers who download the beta seed of the OS X 10.9.3 update will be required to “provide feedback to Apple directly” via automated dialog boxes and other correspondence methods, Apple said. The OS X Beta Seed Program is distinct from Apple’s Mac Developer Program, which furnishes additional tools for developers of software for OS X, the company said.

Participants in the program won’t be compensated, Apple said in a OS X Beta Seed Program FAQ, and the confidentiality agreement serves up some pretty strict guidelines for how to use the 10.9.3 download for those choosing to register.

Apple also noted that installing the OS X 10.9.3 beta update won’t void hardware warranties and recommend that program participants back up their Macs via Time Machine, with the promise that AppleCare customer support specialists would be on hand to help beta testers with any problems that might arise.

Interested parties can visit Apple’s OS X Beta Seed Program landing page to begin the process of registering for the program and downloading the update.

CyanogenMod Installer Arrives on Mac OS X, Download Now

Android users may have more freedom than their iOS rivals, but even they have to jailbreak their devices to get what they want. Up until now, you could only install CyanogenMod using a Windows PC, but today brings the first-ever Mac-compatible installer to the OS X camp.

If you’re rubbing your eyes in disbelief, save yourself from temporary blindness and check out the CyanogenMod Installer Mac Beta, freely available for download at the supplied link.

The list of supported devices can be found on the CyanogenMod Installer wiki, along with some commonly answered questions.

The reason you might want to flash your Droid with CyanogenMod is fairly simple: remove bloatware installed by your carrier, get access to the most current versions of Android available, extra features not included in the stock version of the OS that came with your phone, etc.

There are also some cons, just as there are with jailbreaking iOS devices, so be sure the see the full list of disadvantages before doing anything.

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Fix for broken search domain resolution in OSX Lion

So it turns out all is not lost, you can still revert to the original behavior of apples resolver! They’ve added a parameter to mDNSResponder called -AlwaysAppendSearchDomains. Implying that this new behavior was very intentional. I had read that Windows apparently made a similar change in one of their past updates as well so I guess this is to help fight some phishing attacks maybe? Either way, it’s annoying!

Anyway the gist of how to fix it is this:

Open up /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist and add this following parameter to the list in the ProgramArguments block:

<string>-AlwaysAppendSearchDomains</string>

So your file should look like this:

        <key>ProgramArguments</key>
        <array>
                <string>/usr/sbin/mDNSResponder</string>
                <string>-AlwaysAppendSearchDomains</string>
        </array>

Then reload the launchd config for it, this should take care of restarting it as well:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist
launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist

OSX Mavericks Free Upgrade

For those of you with an Apple Laptop or Desktop, here is a deal you can’t refuse but it’s probably not going to last for long so hurry up…

Load up your App Store and click Updates

Apple is letting you upgrade to their latest OS and it’s free for those currently using Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard….

The new software includes iBooks, which allows users to sync the books they are reading on their iPhone and iPad with their Mac computer. It also includes Apple’s Maps app, which also will sync with iOS devices to easily transfer addresses from your laptop to your phone. Apple’s Safari Web browser has also been updated with some new features, including a shared links sidebar that surfaces the links your friends have shared on Twitter or LinkedIn. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, also revealed today that Mavericks will improve battery life, even on current Macs, allowing up to an hour’s worth of extra Web browsing time. Continue reading OSX Mavericks Free Upgrade