Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NCC-Mac October Meeting Update

Oops! I have just been informed that the last Thursday of October is already booked at the Langlois Library.

For this month only we're moving the NCC-Mac meeting up a week to Thursday the 22nd.

Next Meeting:
Langlois Library
Thursday October 22
6:00 PM

Friday, September 25, 2009

October and Future Meetings

After an informal vote of attendees, it was decided that future NCC-Mac meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM.

Next Meeting:

Langlois Library

Thursday October 29

6:00 PM

Outline of September 24 Meeting


Any newcomers to these meetings?

Please give us your email address so you'll be sure to get meeting announcements.

Apple software updated in September


ODBC Administrator Tool for Mac OS X

Various Printer Driver Updates for Mac OS X 10.6

Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2

SuperDrive Firmware Update 3.0

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 5

QuickTime 7.6.4

Security Update 2009-005 for both Tiger & Leopard

iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.2

Mac OS X 10.6.1 Update

iTunes 9.0.1

The October NCC-Mac meeting will be held at the Langlois Library.

Shall we go back to Tuesday or stay with Thursday?

Public Service Announcement: Flu Shots


September 25, 2009

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Ray's Food Place, Port Orford

September 26, 2009

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Ray's Food Place, Bandon

Q&A, General Discussion

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another way to run Mac OS 9

The last time I was at the NextStep Recycling ReUse Store in Eugene, they had old iMacs and eMacs as far as the eye could see.

Location: 2101 W. 10th, Eugene, OR 97402
Store Phone: (541) 868-0904

Monday, September 21, 2009

Followup #2 (& Hack): Snow Leopard Hates FireWire 400

Background: As some of you may already know, a small number of users (perhaps a tiny number of users) are reporting that their FireWire 400 disc burners stopped working properly after updating to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. I have one of those burners, a circa-2001 LaCie enclosure containing a fairly new Pioneer DVD burner.

I posted an initial message on September 4 describing what I had observed and what I had learned from Apple tech support . I posted a followup on September 11 stating that the Mac OS X 10.6.1 update did not fix anything. I copied the followup to several sites, and it propagated to several more.

Subsequently I called LaCie tech support and learned that they were aware that their old enclosures did not play well with Snow Leopard, but that some were "fixed" with the 10.6.1 update.

On Sunday I received an anonymous reply on my blog with THE SOLUTION. But first a warning: Kids, don't try this at home without adult supervision. This hack requires a file to be transplanted into your System folder hierarchy.. Going into your System folder is a BAD THING! In other words, be very careful. I am purposely not giving any more detailed information than the anonymous poster did. If you're not confident in what to do, step away from your Mac NOW!

Date: September 20, 2009 9:39:44 PM PDT

Subject: [North Curry County Macintosh Users] New comment on Followup: Snow Leopard Hates FireWire 400.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Followup: Snow Leopard Hates FireWire 400":

If you replace the extension


with the one from 10.5 you should have no problem. One caveat, you MUST repair permissions BEFORE restarting or you may have a problem with the replacement extension being recognized. This could be a problem even if you repair permissions after restarting.

Posted by Anonymous to North Curry County Macintosh Users at September 20, 2009 9:39 PM

Saturday, September 19, 2009

September Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that the September meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh users will be held Thursday the 24th at 6:00 PM in the Jayel Gibson Conference Room of the Port Orford Library. That is the small room on your right as you enter the main mart of the library.

At this time I have no formal presentation prepared, but I'll have a few things to say about Snow Leopard and the new iTunes 9.

Now, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere:
:ǝɹǝɥdsıɯǝɥ uɹǝɥʇnos ǝɥʇ uı noʎ ɟo ǝsoɥʇ ɹoɟ 'ʍou

˙9 sǝunʇı ʍǝu ǝɥʇ puɐ pɹɐdoǝl ʍous ʇnoqɐ ʎɐs oʇ sƃuıɥʇ ʍǝɟ ɐ ǝʌɐɥ ll,ı ʇnq 'pǝɹɐdǝɹd uoıʇɐʇuǝsǝɹd lɐɯɹoɟ ou ǝʌɐɥ ı ǝɯıʇ sıɥʇ ʇɐ

˙ʎɹɐɹqıl ǝɥʇ ɟo ʇɹɐɯ uıɐɯ ǝɥʇ ɹǝʇuǝ noʎ sɐ ʇɥƃıɹ ɹnoʎ uo ɯooɹ llɐɯs ǝɥʇ sı ʇɐɥʇ ˙ʎɹɐɹqıl pɹoɟɹo ʇɹod ǝɥʇ ɟo ɯooɹ ǝɔuǝɹǝɟuoɔ uosqıƃ lǝʎɐɾ ǝɥʇ uı ɯd 00:6 ʇɐ ɥʇ42 ǝɥʇ ʎɐpsɹnɥʇ plǝɥ ǝq llıʍ sɹǝsn ɥsoʇuıɔɐɯ ʎʇunoɔ ʎɹɹnɔ ɥʇɹou ǝɥʇ ɟo ƃuıʇǝǝɯ ɹǝqɯǝʇdǝs ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʇ ɹǝpuıɯǝɹ ɐ sı sıɥʇ

a thank you and a question

thanks for the flash info

question for today
I keep getting error message when I am using facebook. Message says "Connection interruption"
I googled this and discovered that many people are getting the same message on other web sites as well. I'm downloading an upgrade for my Firefox and I also deleted nearly all of my apps and groups on facebook hoping that this would help

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

G4 Users: Downgrade Flash Player for better performance

If you have an older, slower Mac and have updated to Flash Player 10, you may have experienced some degradation of web browser performance after the update. You might be able to get some of that performance back by downgrading to version 9. Adobe wants you to use version 10 in Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, but version 9 is just as good. What's more, version 9 has kept up with all the security updates, so you'll be no less safe using it.

Go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ and select 'Macintosh OS X 10.1 - 10.3' from the popup menu. You can then proceed to download Flash Player 9.

You'll be downloading 'install_flash_player_9.dmg'. When the download completes, double-click the image file; a volume will be mounted and a window will open that looks something like this:

Quit your web browser. Drag the items on the left to the folder aliases on the right. You may be asked whether you wish to overwrite existing files. Yes you do. You may be asked for an Administrator password. Give it. That's all there is to it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Followup: Snow Leopard Hates FireWire 400

Background: As some of you may already know, a number of users are reporting that their FireWire 400 disc burners are failing to operate properly under Snow Leopard (10.6.x), though they still work flawlessly under Leopard (10.5.x). I, myself have such a problem with the external drive on my iMac, but when I tried to get some "support" from Apple Tech Support, I was informed that Snow Leopard no longer supports FireWire 400.

Since my FireWire 400 Time Machine drive still works just fine, I found this answer to be a bit, shall we say, oversimplified. Others chimed in that the tech support person didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

Fast forward to today: Hoping that this annoying bug had been squashed in one of those unspecified "compatibility" updates, I installed the Mac OS X 10.6.1 update shortly after it came out. The short answer is: no, they didn't fix the bug, but they may have made it worse. Mostly, Snow Leopard can see the FireWire interface, but can't see anything in the drive within. Sometimes a disc appears on my Desktop, but any application that tries to access it "beachballs."

I'm going to try to get this burner operational by connecting to a USB Universal Drive Adaptor. If that works I'll see if I can find a proper enclosure that's Snow Leopard certified.

I'm posting this message to comp.sys.mac.system, Apple Feedback and my user group blog . I'm also forwarding a copy to Joe Kissell, author of Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, whom I've been keeping in the loop regarding this problem.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Apple Computer Technical Support has confirmed that the new Snow Leopard operating system no longer provides driver software for the Gutenberg Model #1 Movable-Type Printing Press. I see a rich opportunity for the open-source community to step in and revitalize this technology, a mainstay of the publishing industry for the past 570 years.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Snow Leopard Hates FireWire 400?

After a long night of troubleshooting why my external FireWire 400 DVD drive was able to install Snow Leopard without a hitch, but suddenly became flaky to the extreme immediately afterward, I got it straight from Apple Tech Support that FireWire 400 is no longer supported. That does not explain why my FireWire Time Machine drive is still working like a champ.

There are a few message threads in Apple's support forums that suggest this has been a problem for a few other users besides me. The best I can tell people who rely on me for tech support is to not assume their FireWire 400 peripherals will still work properly after updating to Snow Leopard.

My DVD drive also has a USB interface which seems to work just fine. That's the way I'll be using the drive until I hear anything different from Apple.