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RE: Sensorwake Demonstrates Olfactory Alarm Clock

I made the exact same comment regarding their sad lack of a bacon scent. If they had this I think it'd sell like, um, bacon!

RE: I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

I was working on a Safe Boot issue recently and noticed that it can get real persnickety as far as the timing of when you hold down the Shift key. One option which we'll discuss in an upcoming show is how to set the boot mode via the Terminal and the nvram command. Also, once the initial progress bar is done, and you're on the login screen, you should see "Safe Boot" in red letters on the top of the screen, though sadly this goes away once you get into the OS proper.

RE: How to Upgrade to a New iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on Verizon

So I'm a Verizon customer with a iPhone 5s 32 GB I purchased from them nearly two years ago for $299, and was on the antiquated Americas Choice 450 plan (450 mins prime time voice, per text charge, 2 GB data). I did two thing today. One is upgrade to a 6s, and take advantage of a special offer they claim is only available at corporate stores until 10/15, they'll give me $300 Verizon bucks (credit) for my old phone, so it's almost like I got my 5s for free. I also switched to a new plan, from America's Choice…

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

Good news, everyone! Thought I'd provide a followup to this article and the piece of malware that was identified. First, it looks like our friend Donny eventually had his certificate revoked Second, if you now try to run this Installer, you'll get a warning, thanks to the XProtect mechanism in OS X, that you're trying to run "OSX.InstallImmitator.B" malware, and to not do that.

RE: Your iPhone is about to Become Your Sex Tracker

I'd suggest PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level, which isn't typically something a guy can do on their own, and would require a blood test, but could be a sign that something with your plumbing isn't quite right.

RE: Your iPhone is about to Become Your Sex Tracker

I can't help but try and stir the pot here, but when Apple only offered gender neutral measurements in HealthKit 1.0, some said they had a "Lady Problem." Now that they've listened, but only included mainly female-speficic metrics, could one say that Apple now has a Man Problem?

RE: OS X Yosemite: How to Find Non-Apple Extensions Lingering in Your Mac

I found an interesting exception to the Yosemite rule that .kext files must be signed in order to load. There's a file, AppleKextExcludeList.kext, in /System/Library/Extensions. Right click and Show Package Contents, then go into the Contents folder. Open the info.plist file, and you'll see some interesting keys. One is OSKextExcludeList, which I assume is .kext files that are knows to not work with Yosemite, and OSKextSigExceptionHashList, which as you can probably guess, is a list of kernel extensions that are allowed to load without a signature. I found this while I was messing with the kasbert/OS-X-SAT-SMART-Driver (which allows one to…

RE: Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS Devices

This may also be why my Tivo Series 3 recently said "No more YouTube for you."

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…