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.
Continue reading macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta
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.domain.com but you want to ssh to
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
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
Mozilla has announced that Firefox 32 Beta 1 has been released, marking the start of another branch for the famous Internet browser.
Mozilla doesn’t waste any time when it comes to the development of the Firefox browser. The last stable release was on July 22 and now the Alpha version has been promoted to Beta, along with all the features and changes from that particular branch.
According to the changelog, HTTP caching (v2) is now enabled by default, the generational garbage collection has been integrated, public key pinning support has been added, login metadata is now viewable in the password manager, the number of found items is now shown in the find toolbar, code completion and inline documentation has been added to Scratchpad, it’s now possible to connect to an HTTP proxy over HTTPS, various improvements have been added to the Password Manager and Add-on Manager, the trust bit for some 1024-bit root certificates has been removed, and the vibration API has been updated to latest W3C spec.
The beta also implements a wide number of new HTML5 technologies and offers HiDPI support for developers when using the Developer Tools UI. Developers also gain a new Web Audio Editor tool, which needs to be enabled via the Developer Tool Settings.
Aurora’s updates include a new WebRTC-powered communications feature via the menu panel. It also adds OpenH264 support and promises an improved search experience through the location bar.
Read all the changes in the official changelog.
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.
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.
Mac OS X has only one background image for its Login Screen by default, but the commands below can be used to change this image.
Your new background image should be a 2560 × 1600 pixels JPEG image.
To change the Login Screen’s background image, open a new Terminal window and enter the following command (replacing “/path/to/backgroundimage.jpg” with the full path to your preferred background image):
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow
To revert the change, open a new Terminal window and enter the following command:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow
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:
So your file should look like this:
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
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