Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.7.4 To Fix Security Bugs

Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update Image From Vinh Nguyen's MacBook Pro

Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update Image From Vinh Nguyen’s MacBook Pro

Last couple days, people have been reported that there has been a bug in Mac OS X 10.7.3’s system-wide debug log file, consequently allowing anyone or any malicious program that knows where to look and have access to a Mac OS X 10.7.3 machine to steal users’ passwords.  It appears that the passwords are saved in plain text in Mac OS X 10.7.3 as the bug prevents the system from encrypting the passwords.  As people are panicking and wondering when will this bug be patched by Apple, Apple has quickly released Mac OS X 10.7.4 to address this password security bug.

Furthermore, this new update to Mac OS X 10.7.4 will also address other security bugs within Safari web browser.  Of course there are few other enhancements to other features too by updating to Mac OS X 10.7.4, but you can easily whisk over to Cnet’s Apple releases Safari 5.1.7, Snow Leopard updates, and more article for an in-depth look into Mac OS X 10.7.4 update.  So, don’t you hesitate to update your Mac to OS X 10.7.4, because your Mac will be more secure than before with the newer update.  To update your Mac to Mac OS X 10.7.4, just use the Software Update feature within Mac.  You can find Software Update feature if you left click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the monitor/screen.


Hide Desktop Icons On Mac OS X Lion

Wanting to hide Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop icons?  I do, because I hate to have ugly Desktop!  Yes, Desktop supposes to be ugly, because the developers of the operating systems such as Mac OS X want users to be able to access whatever on Desktop within a click or two, replicating real life experience where people can get to things on their desk easily.  Then there are people like me who want to have a pretty Desktop!

Don’t listen to some people who advice you to install a kind of application that intends to hide Desktop icons, because it’s just so unnecessary.  In my honest opinion, having one more application that you may not trust to do something that Mac OS X itself allows users to do can be quite dangerous, don’t you think?  So, instead on relying on another application to hide Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop icons, we’re going to rely on command lines.

So, open up your terminal as a user that you want to hide the Dekstop icons for, and then type in the command:

  1. defaults write CreateDesktop -bool false
  2. killall Finder (This second command is to apply change to the Desktop right away and so you don’t have to reboot your Mac OS X Lion to see the immediate effect of having to hide Desktop icons.)

To allow Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop to show icons again, just replace the first command with -bool true.


New Updates From Apple In A Span Of Couple Days To Address Issues On Snow Leopard And iOS Devices

Snow Leopard is still getting some love by Apple, and so Apple had already released new update for it even though Lion is Apple’s main focus for now.  You should update your Snow Leopard using Software Update if you haven’t yet done so.

iPad 2 and various other iOS devices are now able to do an update to iOS 4.3.5.  Apple just releases iOS 4.3.5 to fix security vulnerability.  According to MSNBC’s technolog, this new update is addressing a vulnerability where hackers can capture users’ SSL/TLS sessions, consequently allowing hackers to be able to manipulate users’ various web accounts.  Perhaps?  Then again, hackers probably need to know how to decrypt users’ information since SSL/TLS encrypts its sessions.

MSNBC’s technolog also explains that hackers have to be able to compromise your network, whether that be your office or home network, before they can actually apply the man in the middle attack which exploits the SSL/TLS vulnerability that Apple is addressing with its newest update iOS 4.3.5.  Obviously, it’s somewhat harder for hackers to exploit your network if you have an active firewall which guards your router!

Anyhow, you should hook your iPad 2 to your Mac and fire up your iTunes and check to see if your iPad 2 indeed needs an update!  Ain’t it great to see Apple hard at work to make sure her users stay secure?  Now, Apple please, please fix Mac OS X Lion’s black screen for Macbook Pro 2010 and various other bugs that Lion seems to have so headaches and heartaches and hair pulling moments will stop for your loyal fans.


Installing Latest Version Of Rsync On Mac OS X Snow Leopard By Using MacPort

Did you notice that Rsync on Mac OS X Snow Leopard is version 2.6.9, but the latest version of Rsync is 3.0.8?  Since some people might want to use Rsync between Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Linux, but their Rsync program on Mac OS X Snow Leopard might stutter (i.e., hanging and stop working in the middle of transferring files).  This is why you need to upgrade/update your Rsync to the latest version, but Rsync program on Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a modified version, and so you won’t be able to upgrade/update it unless you use Macport.

So, what is MacPort?  I think Macport is a package manager outside of Apple’s realm, and MacPort tends to repackage Linux/Unix software and make these software available for Mac users.  Rsync is obviously tied to Linux/Unix.  Anyhow, installing MacPort can be really easy, because you can download the dmg file of MacPort and double click dmg file to install MacPort.  The hard part is that MacPort requires you to have XCode, but XCode 3 is available for free on Apple’s website.  XCode 3 is huge, and so you should expect your download will be around 4 GB or so.

I don’t know what version of Rsync that Mac OS X Lion is using, and so this blog post is specifically address Snow Leopard only!  In case Mac OS X Lion isn’t using the latest version of Rsync too, then you can follow this post and try install MacPort.  For your information though, you can use XCode 4 for Mac OS X Lion, because XCode 4 is a newer version of XCode and it’s freely available to download for Mac OS X Lion.  I wish XCode 4 would work with Snow Leopard, but that isn’t the case.  Anyhow, my apology for being digressed.

After you have MacPort installed, you need to do an update of your MacPort by trying this command inside terminal [port -v selfupdate].  Now, you should be able to install latest version of Rsync by trying this command in terminal [port install rsync].  Notice, do not type the square brackets inside the terminal when you execute the commands above.  I place the brackets to discern the commands from regular texts in this blog post.

You should restart your Mac OS X Snow Leopard after the installation of Rsync from MacPort has finished.  After re-logging into your Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can use the latest Rsync by trying this command [/opt/local/bin/rsync –version].  Notice, that command will show you what version your Rsync is and also the command itself reveals where your latest Rsync is found.  Mac OS X Snow Leopard’s Rsync is found in /usr/bin/rsync, and whenever you try to type [rsync] by itself inside your terminal — Mac OS X Snow Leopard will use the older version of Rsync which is located at /usr/bin/rsync.  Of course, that is not what you want, right?  So you should try to use Rsync from /opt/local/bin/rsync, OK?

Hope this blog post help some people who struggle with Rsync on Mac OS X Snow Leopard!  Enjoy!

Out Of Frustrations Of Mac OS X Lion Comes Solutions, Dual Boot Mac With Snow Leopard And Lion Then Transfer Information From Lion To Snow Leopard To Retain User Accounts’ Information

I’d been messing around with Mac OS X Lion, and I’ve to say that I’m very disappointing of this newer version of Mac OS X.  Just in the last two days, my MacBook Pro got crashed four times or so.  Last three times I’d to deal with MacBook Pro’s monitor turned black which consequently rendered the keyboard unresponsive.  I’d to power off through the physical power button on the MacBook Pro itself, and I figured if I keep on doing this, I’ll eventually allow my MacBook Pro’s hardware go bad.  This was why I’d installed Snow Leopard onto a newer partition which I’d resized specifically for it, and now I have dual boot option where I could boot into Lion whenever I want to play with it.  Nonetheless, I’m going to stick with Snow Leopard for now since Snow Leopard is bug free, and so far my system hums happily with Snow Leopard, without any trouble at all!  Snow Leopard is rock solid!  Lion will be as stable as Snow Leopard someday, but not today, this week, and this month I guess — unless Apple is going to look into Lion’s bugs evermore intensive and come out with fixes soon, and I mean really soon!

Let say, I’d done everything in trying to have Mac OS X Lion works the right way, but I failed terribly!  First, I’d done a hardware test, because my MacBook Pro crashed and monitor turned black.  Fortunately, the result of the hardware test came back and told me that my hardware are working perfectly — meaning everything is OK!  Breathed easier, I decided that the culprit of trashing my MacBook Pro had to be Mac OS X Lion.  So there is my answer!  I think earlier adopters of newer operating systems as me are suckers for suffering from the madness of having to fight against the operating systems just to be happy!

Out of frustration comes resolutions, and out of resolutions comes awesomeness — I’d uploaded two videos to YouTube that talk about dual boot Mac into Snow Leopard and Lion but yet users are going to be able to transfer information from Lion to Snow Leopard.  This way, Mac users won’t have to lose their data.  Nonetheless, make sure you back up your data anyway before you even try the dual boot method and transfer information, because you never know your system might act wonky at times and render the methods I’m talking of useless!  Check out the videos right after the break!

‪Dual boot Mac with Lion and Snow Leopard and Transfer Info‬

‪How to recreate user accounts on Snow Leopard right after t‬he installation