OS X Mavericks v10.9.3 Update

This new update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. The main features include are as follows.

  • Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection
  • Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Font Book from installing PostScript Type 1 fonts
  • Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server
  • Improves reliability of network home directories
  • Improves stability when installing configuration profiles
  • Improves login speed for users in Active Directory groups
  • Includes Safari 7.0.3

Apple Airport Extreme 7.6.3 Update

Updated to the newest 7.6.3 Firmware on my Airport Extreme base stations, nothing noticeable.  Here is the change log.

About AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.6.3

This update is for all 802.11n AirPort Express, 802.11n AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models. This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • The ability to extend the Guest Wi-Fi network on a network that is configured with multiple AirPort Base Stations
  • The ability to add a WPS-capable Wi-Fi printer
  • Improved international support

OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.1 update

Pretty quick for them to roll out and update since Mountain Lion was just released.  Here are the details of this update.

This update includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability and compatibility of your Mac, including fixes that:

  • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
  • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
  • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

Apple Notification Center Plugin for Growl

Like many of you I am sure you are annoyed with getting dual notifications from Growl + Notification center on Mountain Lion.  If so grab this handy plugin for Growl which routes all Growl requests to the Notification center instead – https://github.com/stigi/MountainGrowl/

I have been using it for a few days and it works as advertised with out any issues. Really wish Apple would let you configure the notification center like you can with Growl eg themes and such.

OS X Mountain Lion Preview 4 … and then some

I have been using OS X Mountain Lion Preview 4 for a while now, actually just upgraded to the GM build. Figured I should finally publish this post. The install was flawless much like installing Lion was directly from the App store.

Once installed it seemed to be a bit more snappy than Lion was, which is nice seeing that I personally feel on my Macbook Pro that Lion was a step up in speed from the previous OS as well.

A few things I noticed is that X11 is no longer included with this build, instead you have to use XQuartz which is no biggie.  Info on this can be found at their wiki and the newest XQuartz that was available when I did the install was X112.7.2 – XQuartz 2.7.2.

One thing that was not really clear during the install was getting my Twitter account setup within Mountain Lion.  I found the following information on how to set up my Twitter account within Mountain Lion here.

Once you have installed Mountain Lion you might notice installing 3rd party programs that were downloaded outside of the App store wont install.  Its a little annoying but it does help with the security of the operating system, especially for new users.  On the other hand for power users and others that need applications found outside of the apps store you need to disable Gatekeeper.  I came across the following article that detailed out the steps of doing so, its actually quite painless.

My only gripe so far with Mountain Lion is the notification center, while I love the idea of it I hate that its not very configurable.  I love Growl and have it themed just to my liking etc, you just dont have that ability with the Notification center.  The Notification centeris either just on or off, I hope that some tweaks come out to adjust the overall look of the popups or that Apple comes out with a Growl type preferences pane for the notification center.