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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/

RE: Cloud Storage Price Comparison

A relative newcomer to the space that I recently became aware of via one of our Mac Geek Gab listeners is Bitcasa. I've basically used them to replace SugarSync since they terminated their free plan. Bitcasa offers synching, up to 20 GB of free space, but what I think makes them stand out is that if you really need a ton of space, they offer an Infinite plan for $99/month or $999/year.

RE: What Apple's Goto Fail Security Bug Means to You

Thanks, adamC, in that I've seen a lot of reports concerning this issue, and there's lots of hysteria, and just plain misinformation out there. This bug does NOT mean that your traffic is unencrypted, but if someone takes the right steps, they could inject their own private key into the equation, and with the corresponding public key, could then potentially decrypt your network traffic. This write from Sophos is the best detailed analysis of the exploit I've seen: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/02/24/anatomy-of-a-goto-fail-apples-ssl-bug-explained-plus-an-unofficial-patch/

RE: What Apple's Goto Fail Security Bug Means to You

For those that just can't wait, here's instructions on how to apply an unofficial patch: https://gist.github.com/uberbrady/9192980