Make Backup Before Ditching Mac OS X Mavericks For Yosemite

Are you using Mac OS?  If you are, you probably have heard all about how Apple just released the newest yet Mac OS X Yosemite.  I’d read some of the comments on various websites, and it seems that people are having mixed feeling about Apple’s newest OS.  Some people think Mac OS X Yosemite is ugly or just too plain.  In my opinion, I like it so far, because I like Apple’s simplicity design UI (User Interface) for Mac OS X.    With OS X Yosemite, things look to be simplified even further in term of the look of the OS.  Basically, Apple is trying to make Mac OS X to look like iOS, giving the users a feeling of unification between the two different systems.  Just like how Microsoft is trying to unify Windows Desktop and Windows Phone operating systems, Apple is doing the same thing.  I guess, by combining the ecosystems of the two systems together, thus Microsoft and Apple can provide same services for both systems (i.e., mobile devices and desktop computers).  Besides the point of providing the same services for both systems, these two companies are trying to create a togetherness feeling for applications and whatnot, thus providing a smooth service for different types of devices/systems.  I like this idea very much!

Although I like the idea of combining different ecosystems of different types of devices and systems together so the endusers can feel the applications that they work with become smoother in term of workflow and playflow (I made this word up), but to make the togetherness feeling happens Apple has to pool the services into the cloud.  This might be a good thing but also a bad thing!  For an example, iCloud is now becoming iCloud Drive — which is a good thing as endusers can now selectively browse the individual data within — and iCloud Drive will become evermore the focus point for hackers to try with hardy effort to hack into endusers’ data.  As Apple relies more on the cloud to provide essential services for endusers’ apps, it’s imperatively evermore for hackers to target Apple’s cloud services since endusers’ data are most likely pool abundantly into the cloud.  Instead of chasing different targets, hackers can just hack endusers’ cloud data to harvest whatever they need with less time wasting.  Cloud is good for endusers’ togetherness feeling, but it’s bad for endusers’ data security if Apple will ever provide the opportunity for hackers to loot endusers’ data.  In my opinion, Apple’s newest OS yet [cloudworries] me.  Recently, hackers were successfully hacked into banks and Home Depot, thus millions of endusers’ confidential data are at risks of being exposed to the blackmarket.

Besides of being dangerous but pretty and simplistic, you may find that it’s rather dangerously thrilling to upgrade Mavericks to Yosemite.  If you don’t do any backup for your Mavericks, you may not want to rush to upgrade to Yosemite.  I found out that once you upgrade to Yosemite, you cannot downgrade your Yosemite to Mavericks unless you wipe your hard drive cleanly and freshly install Mavericks.  Of course, others may have ways to downgrade Yosemite to Mavericks that I do not know of, but it’s for sure that Yosemite destroys the Mavericks’ built-in recovery partition and creates a Yosemite recovery partition.  This means that when you want to reinstall OS X through the fresh boot up or reboot gray screen using Command + R keys on the keyboard, Yosemite is the only built-in recovery you get to play with after you had upgraded the Mavericks to Yosemite.  Even if you have a USB thumb drive for Mavericks’ root installation files, Yosemite will complain how your Mavericks’ files are too old, consequently you cannot use the Mavericks’ files to downgrade Yosemite.

I’ve found this out the hard way as I had to wipe out my Mac HD just so to reinstall Yosemite fresh in order for Yosemite to work correctly on my Mac.   Luckily, I’d made backups of my essential data on my Mac before I said goodbye to all of my essential data.  Basically, the trouble was all about how Yosemite refused to let my Mac to have any Internet connectivity.  After I meddling with all network settings to be sure that the settings were right, Yosemite was even more steadfast in not allowing my Mac to have any Internet connectivity.  My only option left was to freshly reinstall Yosemite, because downgrading Yosemite to Mavericks might just be a lot harder.  Luckily, fresh installation of Yosemite was the solution.  Now, my Mac is connecting to the Internet just fine, and I’m having a blast of writing this blog post on Yosemite.  Like I said, please do many backups of your data before you even think about letting go of Mavericks or whatever OS X version you’re on, because Yosemite is that dangerously pretty and simplistic and cloudworried.

I found a pretty good YouTube video which explains Yosemite’s newest features in detail.  Enjoy the video right after the break!!!

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Apple Releases Video Update To Address Black Screen Of Death And More

Apple releases a new update to fix video problem for mid 2010 MacBook Pro models.  According to CNET, the new update specifically addresses OpenCL framework.  OpenCL framework helps switching between main processors and graphic card’s processors to speed up various computing tasks.  Graphic cards nowadays are come with powerful graphics processors, and OpenCL knows how to take advantage of graphics processors so the CPU won’t have to overwork.

So, if I’m correct, mid 2010 MacBook Pro models are using OpenCL framework which has a bug that throws Black Screen of Death whenever the switch between CPU and graphic processor occurs.  This new update is addressing this very problem, and so users of mid 2010 MacBook Pro models should not have BSOD problem any longer.  According to CNET, this new update also includes new graphic drivers for all of Apple’s supported GPUs.  This is why it’s also important for users who use different models than the mid 2010 MacBook Pro to install this new update.

Personally, my mid 2010 MacBook Pro seems to work better and run way cooler now since I had installed this new update!  It’s a relief to know it’s software and not hardware problem.  Now, I can begin to trust Apple more.  It was not a good feeling for me to have wait more than two months or so for this update to come out and address the BSOD problem for my mid 2010 MacBook Pro machine, but at long last Apple releases the update which affirms my belief that Apple does care!  Let just hope this time the fix will be for real, because I won’t know for sure until my machine runs for couple weeks more.

To install the new update, you can click the Apple’s logo which locates on the topmost left corner of the screen, highlight Software Update and click on it to begin the installation process of the new update.  You will be asked to enter an administrator account’s password.  If you are using the administrator account to install the update, your Mac machine probably won’t ask you for your administrator account password.  When finishing the installation of the update, your Mac machine will ask you to restart it.  Just restart the machine to make sure the update is correctly applied.  Good luck!

Source:  http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20124925-263/apple-issues-update-to-address-macbook-pro-black-screen-bug/

Apple Releases Latest iTunes 10.5, Mac OS X Update, and iOS 5 Today

Good news for Mac users, at 1:00 PM today, I was able to update iTunes to 10.5 64 bit version.  Right after I had updated iTunes to 10.5 on my Macbook Pro, the software update allows me to update to the latest Mac OS X patch which I think it’s 10.7.2 patch.  Now, I’m in the process of updating my iPhone 4 to iOS 5.  Crossing my fingers for everything to turn out right!  You should check out new Apple’s updates for your Macs and iPhone today!  Good luck!

Update:  OK, now my iPhone 4 has been updated to iOS 5.  You should try to update your iPhone 4 to iOS 5, because iCloud is the coolest and newest feature of iOS 5.  When done update/upgrading your iPhone 4 to iOS 5, you should check out Settings > iCloud to configure your iCloud.  You get free 5GB iCloud storage right off the bat, but you can always buy more!

Inside iCloud settings, you will notice there is Find My iPhone feature.  This feature will alert you the location of your iPhone if you somehow has misplaced your iPhone somewhere.  To tell the truth, I don’t know about this feature much since I has not yet misplaced my iPhone; this feature is on at the moment, but it’s pretty quiet.  I’m unsure how it would actually work eventually!

Within iCloud settings, you can turn on or off for the mail, contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, notes, Photo Stream, and Documents & Data settings.  By turning these settings on inside iCloud, you are allowing your iPhone to be synched with all other Apple’s devices and iCloud’s cloud servers (i.e., online storage).  Especially, when you turn on Photo Stream setting, iCloud will automatically and wirelessly upload the photo that you take to other Apple’s devices and iCloud’s cloud servers (i.e., online storage).  This is cool!

iOS 5 adds Newsstand and Reminders apps onto your iPhone.  In Newsstand app, click on Store button to navigate the section where it displays magazines and the likes — you can purchase these.  Sort of like iBooks.  I’m not familiar with Reminders app, because this is the first time I’m seeing it.  Nonetheless, it looks like it’s for adding to do items.  When you add to do items, checkboxes will appear to the to do items, allowing you to check the items so the items will be listed in the completed list/screen.  Kind of cool.  You can also sort your to do items by list or date.

To summarize things up, you need newest/latest iTunes 10.5 before you can actually upgrade your iPhone 4 to iOS 5.  Also, it does seem that you need to install iTunes 10.5 first before you can install Mac OS X 10.7.2 patch for Mac.  Upgrading iOS 5 for iPhone 4 is pretty simple!  Just connect your iPhone 4 to your Mac using USB cable, and then iTunes will open up automatically.  Through iTunes, click on your device, and click on Update.  From here, I think you just have to click once or twice, I forgot the exact amount of mouse clicks at this point, to accept agreement and so on, and then the iOS 5 update/upgrade process should be automatic from this point till completion.

Lastly, don’t forget to enable and configure iCloud on your Mac!  This way not only your iPhone will have iCloud but your Mac (e.g., MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc…) will also have iCloud.  Here is the link (http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/mac.html) from Apple website which to show you how to set up iCloud on your Mac.

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.

Source:  http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/26/7170601-apple-releases-another-security-update-for-iphone-ipad

Apple Releases What Might Be Last Update Of Snow Leopard!

Kind of late for me to tell you this, but Apple has released what might be the very last update for Snow Leopard before Lion comes out in July.  Anyhow, you should check your software update by clicking on the Apple logo at the uppermost left corner of your computer screen.  Check the screenshot right after the break to see what software would be update this time around!

Source:  http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/apple-releases-mac-os-x-1068-203

Updating Mac Now To Combat MacDefender Malware

It’s so easy to be lazy and forgetful about updating Mac.  Especially, Mac doesn’t throw up a huge alert or anything close to let you know your system isn’t up-to-date.  Well, at the least that is my case.  Luckily, as I browsed through the tech news on the web as usual, a news alerted me that Apple had pushed out an update to combat the fake antivirus malware MacDefender.  After I had updated my Mac, I saw a process known as XProtectUpdater requested my firewall to be connected to Apple.  It was the first time I saw that process, and it probably is something of the new update that I had downloaded from Apple.

Anyway, this process can be called inside a terminal anytime by you by executing the command [/usr/libexec/XProtectUpdater].  I could be wrong, but you have to be either an administrator or root to allow the process to be updated with new signature meta plist.  Try executing /user/libexec/XProtectUpdater as a normal user, you probably see an error says:  Unable to write new signature meta plist.

Anyhow, if you haven’t yet updated your Mac, do it before something nasty might infect your Mac system.  Now we know Mac too is vulnerable to computer viruses and worms and so on!  Some online rumors also say that the fake antivirus malware creator(s) had come out with new methods to sidestep Apple’s effort in protecting Macs.