Saturday, August 29, 2015

Can I install Mac OS X on an SD storage device and use it as a startup volume?

This question came up at the last NCC-Mac meeting. It had me stumped, and I don't have a sufficiently large spare SD card to experiment on. Fortunately Apple Support has me covered. Take a look at "About the SD and SDXC card slot" for the answer to this question, and many more. (Spoiler below.)

Can I install Mac OS X on an SD storage device and use it as a startup volume?

Yes. Change the default partition table to GUID using Disk Utility, and format the card to use the Mac OS Extended file format to do so.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Slideshow of August 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

The procedure for repartitioning a drive is probably more complicated than what one might expect from Mac software. Here is a link to this month's slideshow, which shows each step in the process.

Outline of August 2015 NCC-Mac Meeting

NCC-Mac August 2015 Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5722
This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers) you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 on your Mac.

For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems, click here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

• The download file is a .zip file. Double click it to uncompress it,  if it is not automatically uncompressed.
• Double-click the Boot Camp5 folder.
• Copy the entire contents of the .zip file to the root level of a USB flash drive or hard drive that is formatted with the FAT file system
• When running Windows, locate the Boot Camp folder on the USB media you created in Step 3 and double click to open it.
• Double click on setup to start installing the Boot Camp Support Software.
• When prompted to allow changes, click on Yes and follow the onscreen instructions.
• Installation can take a few minutes. Don't interrupt the installation process. When installation is complete, click Finish in the dialog that appears.
• A system restart dialog box appears.  Click Yes to complete the installation. 

For more information on Boot Camp, click here: www.apple.com/support/bootcamp

Post Date: Aug 12, 2015

File Size: 273.7 MB

System Requirements
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5722
iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5769
This download contains the Windows Support Software (Windows Drivers) you need to support 64 bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 on your Mac.

For more information on which operating systems are supported on different Mac systems, click here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634

• The download file is a .zip file. Double click it to uncompress it,  if it is not automatically uncompressed.
• Double-click the Boot Camp5 folder.
• Copy the entire contents of the .zip file to the root level of a USB flash drive or hard drive that is formatted with the FAT file system
• When running Windows, locate the Boot Camp folder on the USB media you created in Step 3 and double click to open it.
• Double click on setup to start installing the Boot Camp Support Software.
• When prompted to allow changes, click on Yes and follow the onscreen instructions.
• Installation can take a few minutes. Don't interrupt the installation process. When installation is complete, click Finish in the dialog that appears.
• A system restart dialog box appears.  Click Yes to complete the installation. 

For more information on Boot Camp, click here: www.apple.com/support/bootcamp

Post Date: Aug 12, 2015

File Size: 542.3 MB

System Requirements
Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5769
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)
Mac Mini (Late 2014)
Security Update 2015-006 Mountain Lion
Security Update 2015-006 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Aug 13, 2015

File Size: 206 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
Security Update 2015-006 Mavericks
Security Update 2015-006 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Aug 13, 2015

File Size: 257.2 MB

System Requirements
 OS X Mavericks 10.9
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 Update
The OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update:
Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail
Fixes an issue in Photos that prevented importing videos from GoPro cameras
Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT205004.
Security Content

For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5044 article for details on how to verify the authenticity of this download.

Post Date: Aug 13, 2015

File Size: 1.02 GB

System Requirements
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4
Safari 8.0.8, 7.1.8, and 6.2.8
Apple has released Safari 7.1.8 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.2.8 for 10.8 Mountain Lion, along with Safari 8.0.8 for 10.10 Yosemite (which is included in the just-released 10.10.5 update; see “OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and iOS 8.4.1 Address Numerous Security Holes,” 14 August 2015). All three versions receive numerous security fixes, including an improved method of displaying the origins of prompts for user information, multiple memory corruption patches in WebKit, improved cookie handling, and a fix for a problem with caching HTTP authentication (which could carry over credentials entered in private browsing to regular browsing). Safari 7.1.8 and Safari 6.2.8 are available as standalone downloads via Software Update, while Safari 8.0.8 is available only within the 10.10.5 Yosemite update. (Free)
iTunes 12.2.2
This update includes the following improvements:

• Click on the Beats 1 banner to see what’s currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show
• You can now view a list of the artists you’re following on Apple Music
• Resolved an issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music
• Addressed a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music
• Fixed a problem where playlists displayed in the action menu may not match the playlists in your library
• Artists can now share thoughts, photos, music, and videos to Connect, right from iTunes

This update also includes improvements to overall stability and performance.
  
Post Date: Aug 13, 2015

File Size: OS X (233.2 MB ) Windows (110 MB)

System Requirements
OS X version 10.7.5 or later
400MB of available disk space
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
iTunes Extras require OS X version 10.10.3 or later
Windows 7 or later
64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 require the iTunes 64-bit installer; for more information, visit www.itunes.com/download
400MB of available disk space
Screen reader support requires Window-Eyes 7.2 or later; for information about accessibility in iTunes, visit www.apple.com/accessibility 
iTunes is now a 64-bit application on 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and 7. Some third-party visualizers may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the developer for an updated visualizer that is compatible with iTunes 12.1 or later
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio availability may vary by country
Apple Music requires OS X version 10.9.5 or later
iOS 8.4.1
This release includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music.

Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from
Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn’t work as expected while listening to Beats 1

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

Post Date: Aug 13, 2015

System Requirements
iPhone 4s or later
iPad 2 or later
iPad mini or later
iPod touch (5th gen)
Available via OTA and iTunes
iPod nano (7th generation) Version 1.0.4
For feature descriptions, important safety and handling information, and complete instructions, see the iPod nano User Guide at:

For more information about iPod nano, go to:

To troubleshoot your iPod, go to:
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.06
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X Yosemite:

       • Canon PowerShot G3 X
       • Leica Q (Typ 116)
       • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8
       • Sony Alpha ILCE-7R II
       • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
       • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

For more information on supported RAW formats, see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203088.

Post Date: Aug 17, 2015

File Size: 7.8 MB

System Requirements
OS X 10.10 or later
Wednesday, September 9
Apple media event scheduled for September 9 in San Francisco

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Thu August 27, 2015

'Hey Siri, give us a hint' headlines the invitation

Apple has officially invited media to its September 9 event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The heading for the event is "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referencing Apple's voice recognition and interpretation technology that may extend itself past the iPhone and iPad at the event in either OS X or other hardware.

The event is in fact being held at the larger civic auditorium, instead of the customary centers Apple has chosen in the past. Expected are new iPhones, a revamp of the iPad line, and iOS 9. Rumored are a new Apple TV, the official launch of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and the iPad Pro.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
How to repartition a flash drive for Mac-only use
Using SanDisk Cruzer as an example
In Disk Utility, select (single-click) the device with SanDisk Cruzer in its name.
From the row of buttons to the right, click Partition.
Under the Partition Layout popup menu, select 1 Partition.
Near the bottom of the panel, click the Options… button.
From the new panel that appears, select GUID Partition Table; click OK.
Farther to the right, select Mac OS Extended (journaled) from the Format: popup menu.
In the Name: field, enter the name you want your new volume to be.
Click the Apply button at the lower right of the panel.
When a verification panel appears, click Partition.
Wait.
Done. Have fun with your new Mac-partitioned flash drive.

Q&A, General Discussion

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NCC-Mac August 2015 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, August 27, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month we have the answer to another question from the Peanut Gallery. Keep 'em coming.