OS X Supplemental Update for 10.6.8

If you are running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, run Software update and claim your new upgrade, especially if you plan on ugrading to OS X Lion.


Apple Menu -> Software Update

Software update






As per Apple:

The Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and resolves issues with:


  • Transferring personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion
  • Certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete
  • System audio that stops working when using HDMI or optical audio out


For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

iOS 4.3 Released Early!

Apple released the latest edition of their portable device operating system, iOS 4.3. It brings minor updates and bug fixes compared to the 4.2 update, but you will certainly want to upgrade to it. They have not released it for the Verizon iPhone 4 yet, but I can only imagine that it will be coming out shortly. 

Highlights include enhanced 'Airplay' performance and features. You can now stream content from your iOS device to your Apple TV, and also stream videos from your photo app. 

Safari browsing should be sped up a little since it is now using the Nitro JavaScript engine, so interactive sites will appear much faster. 

The iTunes Home Sharing update allows you to play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it's on your Mac or PC, you can now watch or listen to it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. This has been missing for quite awhile and I'm glad to see it available. 

If you have the iPhone 4, you can now use the personal Wi-Fi hotspot if you choose to pay AT&T or Verizon the extra cost for it. It allows you to share your iPhone 4 internet connection with up to 3 wireless devices or 5 total devices if three are wireless and the other two can be USB or Bluetooth. 

Many of these features rely on you having the latest iTunes 10.2.1, so be sure you upgrade to it before you install iOS 4.3 so you can take advantage of all of the features.

iTunes 10.2.1 adds iOS 4.3 Compatibility

Seems just like it was last week we updated to iTunes 10.2. Oh wait, it was....

Check Software Update on your Mac for the latest update to iTunes, preferably before you update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 4.3 so you can get maximum compatibility. 

Straight from Apple -- 

Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

They ask, Why no Podcast? This is why.

It's been over six months since I have been able to justify taking the time to make some new episodes of Mac Tips Daily!. Well, I found out that as time passes, things change.

1. - Garage Band 11 came out. This is my tool of choice for creating a podcast, and sure enough, I updated it when iLife 11 came out. The editor totally changed and was implementing a new feature I didn't want. Flex Time editing.  On top of that, during the upgrade, it didn't transfer all of my preset equalization and enhancements I use for the show. You may notice it sounds different. 

The Flex Time editing was the biggest problem. Typically, when you want to edit a flub out of some audio, you mouse over the section and do Command-X.  This 'cuts' it out. When I tried this, it kept trying to force me into this 'flex time' editor that simply changed the pitch and was auto-tuning my voice. Hmm.. maybe that's how they 'auto-tune the news'. But anyway, it was annoying.  So, I found the solution, and that is what the new episode is all about. Editing audio the old GB 09' way!

2. My podcast host, Libsyn, changed their whole format since the last time I uploaded an episode. I used to use Podcast Maker to do all of the RSS for my show. It used to be a great solution, but over time, Libsyn has made it more and more difficult to do. Their FTP rules changed, and since I hosted my feed with Feedburner, that also threw some advanced configuration into the mix. I literally had to write myself a tutorial on how to post an episode. Posting a show has continued to be an arduous task since they started doing this. I think I have it figured out now.. how to post and get the feed working. But, the downside is that I can no longer use Podcast Maker to do it, at least with this new workflow. Perhaps one day I will look into it, but for now, I guess I am forced into using Libsyn's automated web interface. I'm not happy about it, and still since I use Feedburner, it's not as easy as upload, title, and publish.

3. I currently have no Podcast Advertising. Funny how lack of content makes them leave. But that's ok.  Also, lack of user donations and support clearly have an effect on when I publish. When I get donations, it obligates me to put some content out there. The first 300 episodes were a labor of love and hobby, but after awhile you like to see some compensation (even just the $10/mo. I have paid for all of these years to keep the shows online). I want to keep the show free, and that is what I am continuing to do. It still gets downloaded and people enjoy it, and I really love teaching about the Mac. But, at the same time, I still get emails of people saying I should change the name.... to "Mac Tips Occasionally". Those same people that love the show. Maybe I should change it. Just remember, a 2-3 minute show is about one hour to produce (if I'm lucky!). That's about 20 hours a month on a regular schedule.  

4. This isn't a complaint post. Just my thoughts, and answers to the email I get on a continual basis. 

5. Today's episode was a headache to do, but it is what I needed to do to get up to speed on all of these changes.  This show took 4 hours to produce and get uploaded. I hope you enjoy!

Mac Tips Daily! #403 - Enjoy!

iPhoto Update

Those of us running the latest iLife '11 may want to check Software Update for the latest iPhoto bug fix update. 

Here are the highlights, as per Apple:

This update adds new email options to iPhoto '11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. Specific fixes include:

  • Adds a preference allowing photos to be emailed using an external email application
  • Adds "Classic" and "Journal" themes to email.
  • Photos attached to an email can now be sized to Small, Medium or Large
  • Improves reliability when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto
  • iPhoto now correctly preserves the sort order of Events after upgrading a library
  • Event titles displayed in headers can now be edited in Photos view
  • Addresses a problem that could cause duplicate photos to be added to a MobileMe album
  • Scrolling overlay now correctly displays ratings when photos are sorted by rating
  • Photos are now sorted correctly when a rating is changed and photos are sorted by rating
  • Fixes a problem that could cause text formatting controls to become inaccessible when editing a calendar