Episode 152 – Word Jail

We start the show answering a question about the LG Ultrafine 4K display. The end of the Windows Phone, finding older macOS installers, and updating your App Store pages are covered in the follow up. PayPal is now a payment option when purchasing apps on the App Store. Google is using AI to vet apps on the Play Store. 1Password is encouraging users to use their cloud based subscription service, which has created reactions about security and convenience. Microsoft Seeing AI app assists users with visually navigating the environments. We discuss the panicky headlines around iPhone 8 feature rumors. Picks: Safe Area Layout Guide, KFC’s iPhone killer has arrived, Fixing Autocompletion on Mixed Objective-C and Swift Projects, ARKit Tutorial in Swift 4 for Xcode 9 using SceneKit

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Introducing the new iMac. The ultimate all-in-one goes all out.

The new iMac features next-generation quad-core processors and the fastest graphics ever in an all-in-one computer. It also brings Thunderbolt I/O technology to the desktop for lightning-fast data transfer. And a new FaceTime HD camera lets you make full-screen HD video calls.* All from a beautiful widescreen LED-backlit display that takes up just a sliver of your desk. It’s everything you want in a desktop. Now more powerful, more advanced, and even more incredible than before.

*FaceTime requires a FaceTime-enabled iOS device with a Wi-Fi connection or a FaceTime-enabled Mac with an Internet connection and FaceTime for Mac software (may require separate purchase). Not available in all areas.

Key Features

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 processors across the line
  • All-new, next-generation AMD Radeon HD graphics processors
  • Thunderbolt port on every model (two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch model)
  • FaceTime HD camera

Why Mac

  • A Mac is better at the things you do every day, like surfing the web, checking email, and working with Microsoft Office files.
  • With a Mac you can do amazing things with photos, movies, and music—right out of the box.
  • Advanced technologies such as the latest processors, next-generation graphics, and high-resolution LED-backlit displays.
  • The operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, is tailor-made to help you get the most from your Mac.
  • The Mac App Store makes it easy to discover, download, and install new apps on your Mac, just as you can with the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

iPhoto, Drobo and Mac Mini media server with Plex

Q. The disk space on my Mac is almost full and I’d like to store our family photos on an external drive and store the family videos from my second MacBook on the storage device as well. How can we move the files if we get an external drive or Mac Mini Server?

A. To begin, both of your Mac computers use iPhoto to manage your photos and home movies. One of the key features of iPhoto is that it has a built in database and protects your photos by storing them with a special file called “iPhoto Library”.

Because of the way it is set up iPhoto can be tricky to manage. In order to maintain the integrity of the database Apple converts the iPhoto folders into a special folder type called a package. All of the photos and movies are stored inside to protect them.

You can use iPhoto to move files, as you can’t manually access photos or movies directly. iPhoto does have the ability to Export selected images to other locations such as folders, to a Mobile Me gallery, to the web or as QuickTime slideshows. You can also upload individual files to Flikr, FaceBook and email them. iPhoto will even resize the images to make them smaller for emailing and uploading.

Keep in mind that your images can be quite sizable and movie files are much larger, depending on your camera settings – up to several gigabytes in many cases.

You can manually manage images using export or by dragging them out the Desktop or you can download “iPhoto Library Manager” ($20). iPhoto Library Manager will let you manage your photos in more than one library. You can create a new Library on another drive and move or merge photos between libraries. You can also use iPhoto Library Manager to split larger libraries. The makers of iPhoto Library Manager (http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ ) also make PowerTunes which will help manage iTunes Libraries.

In second part of your question you mention a great idea – setting up a Mac Mini as a media centre for the entire family. It can also support larger drives as you storage needs increase. The Mac Mini Server includes a full, unlimited version of Mac OS X Server 10.6. As well as offering centralized storage for the family the Mac Mini Server can also be used as a Time Machine location for the Macs on your home network.

With respect to storage options, you might want consider a Drobo – which is a robotic raid that can be expanded by adding successively larger drives. Using up to four SATA hard drives, the Drobo automagically formats and creates a storage space larger than any one drive. You can start with one or two 1 TB drives and add drives until it’s full… but it doesn’t end there. You can swap out the drives and put in larger drives to increase your storage without reformatting – mixing any number of different sized drives and manufacturers. The Drobo spreads the data across the drives and creates redundancy by using a small portion of the space for parity.

As the space fills up the Drobo will signal you with colored lights to put in a larger drive. If one of the drives fails, the Drobo lights will indicate that it needs to be replaced. The Drobo comes in 4 drive, 5 drive and 8 drive versions, so you can move up to a larger Drobo by moving the drives as a group. The Drobo will sort things out no matter what order you put the drives.

You can install the Plex Media Server to manage and play back your media on the Mac Mini (or any Mac) as a media server. Based on the popular open source Xbox Media Center, the Plex interface presents your media; music, movies, TV shows and photos. Using the Plex application, a wifi keyboard and an Apple Remote you can navigate and play your media on your Mac connected to your stereo system and HDMI TV. You can also stream media right off the Internet.

This document was created with Pages for the iPad, Air Sharing for the iPad, Drop Box and exported as Word via Mail on the iPad.

iMac – The ultimate all-in-one. Turbocharged.

The new iMac is the ultimate all-in-one computer. Its Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors feature an advanced architecture and set new benchmarks for iMac performance. And fast discrete graphics processors now come standard in every iMac. The 21.5-inch and 27-inch widescreen displays are perfect for HD video, and the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse keep your desktop tidy.

Key Features

  • 21.5-inch display with 1920-by-1080 resolution; 27-inch display with 2560-by-1440 resolution
  • Dual-core Intel Core i3 and i5 processors up to 3.6GHz
  • Available quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.93GHz (27-inch model only)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 5670, or ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics
  • Wireless Magic Mouse and Apple Wireless Keyboard (also available with Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad)
  • Built-in iSight camera, stereo speakers, and microphone
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Why Mac

  • A Mac is better at the things you do every day, like surfing the web, checking email, and working with Microsoft Office files.
  • With a Mac you can do amazing things with photos, movies, and music—right out of the box.
  • Advanced technologies such as the latest processors and next-generation graphics come standard.
  • The operating system, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, is tailor-made to help you get the most from your Mac.


  • 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 $1,299
  • 21.5-inch: 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 $1,599
  • 27-inch: 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 $1,799
  • 27-inch: Quad Core 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 $2,099

Adobe Automates Snow Leopard PDF

Q. Ever since I upgraded to Snow Leopard I have been unable to print Adobe PDFs. I print the file but I cannot find the PDF when it is done.

A. Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.6 aka Snow Leopard, is an upgrade for Intel based Macintosh computers that uses 64-bit processing, which allows for faster and wider data processing. As a result the computing experience is much faster and seemingly gives new life to all compatible Mac desktops and laptop computers. While the upgrade has negatively affected some printing services, the refinements in Snow Leopard make it a welcome improvement.

In the case of Adobe’s virtual printers, Adobe PDF 9.0 et al, the method used to print a PDF contravenes Apple’s security protocols. In the past when you chose to print a PDF from a program you were actually printing a PostScript file using the LaserWriter print spooler, which was then silently passed to Adobe’s Distiller application. Distiller would actually convert the PostScript into a PDF and save the file to the location you specified.

That is a simplified explanation and there are more applications under the hood involved. Apple’s CUPS or common unix printing system handles most printing tasks and there is some issues with the permissions set by software manufacturers that is prohibiting successful printing. You may see a notice in a print spooler that warns that you need to contact the manufacturer for an update.

The method to print a PDF your self involves a few simple steps. You can print your file to PostScript which will result in saving a file ending with “.ps”. Next open Adobe Distiller and drag and drop the PostScript file onto the main window. Distiller will convert the PostScript file to a PDF and save it in the same folder as the PostScript file. In most cases you would choose “Standard” but if you want a PDF ready for press you can choose “High Quality Print” or “PDF-X1a” – check with the printer’s account manager. If you want the send the PDF by email choose “Smallest File Size” to create a compressed version.

The Acrobat Team has added an Apple Automator workflow to print PDFs. From the Print dialog you can choose “Save as Adobe PDF” from the PDF menu.

If you’re printing with the regular Mac OSX Print pane:
Choose Print from the File Menu.
This will open Mac OS X print dialog.
Choose the “PDF” button and select “Save as Adobe PDF”.
Click Print.
In a few seconds Automator will open and prompt you to choose what type of PDF
Choose Standard (see above).
On the next window, you will be asked where to save the PDF.
Automator will create the PDF.

Apple’s new Products

New iMacs HD
iMac – The ultimate all-in-one. Now with the ultimate display.

The new iMac features a brilliant 21.5-inch or 27-inch LED-backlit display with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio—perfect for watching HD video. The 21.5-inch display offers 1920-by-1080 HD resolution, and the 27-inch display goes beyond HD with 2560-by-1440 resolution. Dual-core Intel processors now start at 3.06GHz, available quad-core Intel processors boost performance up to 2x and advanced graphics make the most of every pixel. iMac declutters your desktop with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse: the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1799. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299
Standard Configurations are as follows :

21.5″ 21.5″ 27.5″ 27.5″
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
500GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics with 256MB
3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2560×1440 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics with 256MB
2.66GHz Intel Core i5 (Quad Core)
1920×1080 Resolution
4GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics with 512MB
All new iMacs include Snow Leopard and iLife ’09. iMacs can be further upgraded, with up to 3.33GHz Dual Core Processor, 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Memory up to 16GB and Hard Drives up to 2TB

The Magic Mouse

The same Multi-Touch technology introduced on the iPhone and Mac notebook trackpads now comes to the mouse. It’s called Magic Mouse, and it’s the world’s first Multi-Touch mouse. You can use it just like a normal point-and-click mouse and click anywhere on the surface. And you can use it for basic Multi-Touch gestures. Scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top case. Magic Mouse works wirelessly using Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about cables or adapters cluttering your workspace. The laser-tracking engine delivers responsive performance on many surfaces. And built-in software lets you configure Magic Mouse any way you want.
Magic Mouse is included with every new iMac. Or add it to your existing Mac for just $69. Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries (included).

Wireless Keyboard

wireless keyboard

The perfect companion piece.
There is nothing peripheral about it.

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a match for every new Mac. It features a slim and sleek aluminum enclosure, with low-profile keys that provide a crisp, responsive feel, and a compact design that leaves plenty of room for a mouse. Function keys enable one-touch access to a variety of Mac features. And thanks to its Bluetooth wireless capabilities, you can move it anywhere within range and type away. The keyboard has been redesigned for better battery efficiency—it uses just two AA batteries instead of three. Not only does the Apple Wireless Keyboard come standard with the new iMac, it’s perfect for any Bluetooth-enabled Mac. Now available for just $69.

A Redesigned MacBook


Introducing the completely redesigned, better-than-ever MacBook. It now features a durable unibody enclosure that slips easily into your bag or backpack. And its 13-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display makes your photos, videos, games, and websites come alive with vivid colour. The built-in battery lasts up to 7 hours on a single charge. The new glass Multi-Touch trackpad supports two-finger scroll, right-click, and Multi-Touch gestures that let you interact with your Mac in a whole new way. With a fast 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and advanced NVIDIA graphics, MacBook provides plenty of horsepower for most everything you do on a computer, from browsing the Internet to editing video to playing the latest 3D games. All for just $1099.

The new, mightier mini.

More memory. A faster processor. And still the world’s most energy-efficient desktop computer.

Introducing the new Mac mini. Just connect this tiny 6.5-inch-square Mac to your own display, keyboard, and mouse and you’ve got an instant desktop computer loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. The new Mac mini features a faster processor—up to 2.53GHz—and twice as much memory as before. It also comes with up to 320GB of storage space and high-performance NVIDIA graphics. All that, and it uses less than 14 watts of power when idle. Starting at $649.

Standard Configurations are as follows:

Mac mini Mac mini
2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB Memory
160GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Mac OSX Snow Leopard
2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
320GB Hard Drive
8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Mac OSX Snow Leopard

A Special Mac mini : Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

Specifically designed for small business, retail shops, medical and law offices, the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is in a class all its own. Instead of a SuperDrive, this Mac mini features dual 500GB Hard Drives. It’s easy to set up. Easy to run. And even easy to afford. Just $1099

Ready, Set Snow Leopard

Q. Before we upgrade to Snow Leopard, I want to ask you if you have tried the system and if there are conflicts from the software I’m running?

A. Yes, I have tried Snow Leopard as I updated one of my primary Macs as soon as Apple sent me my copy. However before I upgraded I made sure that I had a good backup and I even “cloned” my hard drive. I have not upgraded all of my computers yet because there are still some conflicts.

You can clone your hard drive with “Carbon Copy Cloner” or “SuperDuper” software. Cloning makes an exact copy of very file on your hard drive on a second hard drive; including the System, Applications, all of your own data and most importantly the files critical to booting your Mac. Make sure you have “make bootable” checked and you should start the Mac from the clone to test that it works.

Snow Leopard is not only Apple’s latest upgrade to its Mac OS X operating system (also know as version10.6) but it is the next step in the Macintosh’s migration to Intel and 64-bit processing. The majority of the operating system has been written to take Advantage of the 64-bit capabilities in modern computers. In theory a 64-bit wide cpu can address up to 16.8 million terabytes of RAM – although today’s computers have an artificial memory limit.

You may have heard that some of the low end MacBooks cannot boot into 64-bit. In fact at this point in time it is not terribly important to boot into 64-bit since there is still a fair amount of 32-bit software in use. The Intel Mac’s can switch between 32-bit and 64-bit when it is required but if they boot in 64-bit mode they cannot run 32-bit code.

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro 13 with 2 GB or Ram and was a little disappointed with its initial performance. As soon as I upgraded it to Snow Leopard it came to life and is now snappier and much more responsive. So I would encourage you to seriously consider upgrading.

Before you do you should make a list of all the software you use regularly and pay close attention to items you depend on. You can find a growing list of software compatibility here: http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/ If you are in publishing, you may want to note that Extensis Fusion is reportedly not compatible at the time I am writing. You can also go to the manufacturer’s web sites where they will have published their Snow Leopard status. Users have also reported that while some titles are not officially supported they are running without too much fuss.

We recently tested Extensis Fusion 1.0 on Snow Leopard and it seemed to work fine. There have also been reports that Adobe CS3 works for the most part. So while we strongly recommend that you check with your software manufacturers about compatibility all is not lost. You can create a clone drive as mentioned above and test the upgrade on the cloned version of your system.

So do your homework, back up and/or clone your Mac, get a copy of Snow Leopard ($35 CDN) and enjoy!

Snow Leopard 10.6 Juniper Network Connect VPN

Here’e the fix:

Go to backup copy of OS. (you did make a backup copy before you upgraded!?!)

cd /Volumes/[backup]/usr/local/

sudo tar cvf juniper.tar juniper

sudo mv juniper.tar /usr/local/

cd /usr/local/

sudo tar xvf junpier.tar

sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/juniper/nc/[version number/
— this was not necessary for me (tar maintains permissions)

sudo mkdir /Applications/Network Connect.app/Contents/Frameworks
— this makes no sense since “Frameworks” is not required on 10.4 or 10.5