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RE: Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

I'll be there to heckle, I mean, offer support, for my colleague. If you're in the CT area, please stop by!

RE: Apple's OS X Gatekeeper Leaves Hole Open for Malware and Adware - Here's How to Protect Your Mac

Thanks, @vpndev, from what I can tell from Apple's own tech note on code signing, distributing a CRL (which I don't think is normal practice) or using an active CRL or OCSP is certainly possible, but of course introduces network traffic and whatnot. The thing is if you look at the cert that Apple issues to developers, the field that identifies the criteria for checking revocation, which points to an OCSP source, is listed as Critical : NO. So per their own guidance, they won't do an active check because their cert (perhaps along with Keychain Access settings) says not…

RE: Apple's OS X Gatekeeper Leaves Hole Open for Malware and Adware - Here's How to Protect Your Mac

Thanks for the comments and discussion to help others deal with adware and malware. The major point, which our friend "Scott B in DC" above, a frequent contributor to Mac Geek Gab who has pretty decent security chops IMHO, is that no matter the application that you apply a certificate to, be it a web site and SSL, or code signing for Gatekeeper, is that if one detects a bad player, but does nothing to revoke their cert or inform others that this has happened, this seriously puts into question the value of anyone having a certificate in the first…

RE: Editing Photos on Your Mac Without Breaking the Bank

I'll throw in my vote for GraphicConverter for basic editing tasks, as well as being able to understand nearly every graphic format on the planet. For a bit more power, I've used GIMP. Not quite as polished as Photoshop, and you'll probably have to delve into the world of package managers and compiling it yourself, but the price is right.

RE: Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Update

Oh well, time to open another support case with Apple, I suppose. Lost connection this AM and saw the same familiar error in the Console: 11/18/14 8:44:52.000 AM kernel[0]: wl0: Beacon Loss Event, last RSSI[-60] 11/18/14 8:44:52.000 AM kernel[0]: AirPort: Link Down on en1. Reason 4 (Disassociated due to inactivity). Looking at the Extensions, it does look like they fiddled with the AirPortBrcm4360 driver, whose version has been updated from 9.0 to 9.0.1, and the problem seem to come up less frequently, but is still there.

RE: Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Update

My Wi-Fi issue was very consistent, in that when I used the built-in Wi-Fi on my new (refurb) MacBook Pro 2012, I would lose my connection and see the following in the terminal, without fail: 11/5/14 9:28:57.000 AM kernel[0]: wl0: Beacon Loss Event, last RSSI[-57] 11/5/14 9:28:57.000 AM kernel[0]: AirPort: Link Down on en1. Reason 4 (Disassociated due to inactivity). So far so good, but the error would manifest itself in odd ways, I'd go for hours with no problem, then had the connection drop, restore, drop, restore, drop within the span of 5 minutes.

RE: Narrative Debuts World's Smallest Wearable Camera

It creates .jpeg files, according to their specifications, which I'll admit are buried on the site: https://support.getnarrative.com/hc/en-us/articles/201876383-Technical-Specifications-of-The-Narrative-Clip

RE: The Golden Age of Mac Upgrades is (Once Again) Upon Us

I'd like to add to what my esteemed colleague has stated and suggest that, while an SSD is certainly a worthy upgrade, considering what many refer to as a hybrid drive is another option. Right now I'm aware of two major players in this space, the first being Seagate, with their Momentus XT drive (of which I have the 750 MB first generation in my current MacBook Pro with a 1.5 Gbps SATA bus) and the second being Toshiba. While they are rotational drives, they incorporate an SSD-like cache which gives one performance better than a rotational drive, but not…

RE: Brendan Eich Steps Down as CEO of Mozilla Amidst LGBT Equality Controversy

To me the real question should be does Mr. Eich let his personal beliefs impact his ability to be an effective CEO? Based on what I've read, the answer is no, in that there were no policies at Mozilla that discriminated against people due to their sexual orientation. For example, their health coverage is offered to both married and same sex couples. He goes into more detail here, I'll let you read for yourself: https://brendaneich.com/2014/03/inclusiveness-at-mozilla/