Mac OS X 10.3.5 Update

The new Mac OS X 10.3.5 Update looks to have a bunch of fixes. Here are some of our favorites:

    Bluetooth enhancements
  • Resolves an issue in which an application that's performing an asynchronous Bluetooth operation could quit unexpectedly, if the computer went to sleep before the data transfer was complete and the "Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer" preference setting was disabled.
  • Addresses an issue in which Bluetooth File Exchange could unexpectedly quit if you tried to copy several files but one or more of them already existed at the target location.
    Networking, Internet enhancements
  • Improves the way Safari handles certain kinds of GIFs, including ones that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly.
  • Reintroduces shorter server pathnames; the overall limit remains 89 characters, but now only 24 characters (instead of 39 with Mac OS X 10.3 through 10.3.4) are reserved for the beginning of the pathname.

    Other enhancements
  • Image Capture can now import MPEG-4 movies (.MP4) from compatible digital cameras.
  • Resolves a potential data loss issue after renaming a Mail mailbox file.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.3.4 in which Installer might unexpectedly quit when installing software that has a Japanese name.
  • Corrects an issue in which analog speakers connected to a PowerBook or iBook during sleep sometimes didn't produce sound after waking the computer.
  • Allows the "Attach" button of Eudora version 6.0 and 6.0.1 to work as expected.
  • Improves support for NTFS-formatted volumes.
  • Updates the libpng (Portable Network Graphics) component.
  • Includes recent Security Updates.


4G iPod Static Issues

Chris Breen, iPodlounge and MacFixit have all reported that the new 4G iPod has static issues.

Jon Seff, writing on the Macworld Editor's Weblog, gets to the bottom of the problem via a call to Apple tech support.

The answer he's given: If it sounds fine with the Apple-supplied headphones, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the iPod."

Apparently, if you want to use another manufacturers' headphones, expect some static whenever the disc spins up. Fortunately, Seff tells you how to fix it. Even if Apple won't.


Linux on More Machines than Mac OS

Industry research firm IDC in Framingham, Mass., said it believes that this has already happened. "Linux captured the No. 2 spot as desktop operating system in 2003," said IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky in a recent interview.

Yes, but.

Which one do more humans use?


Apple Fans Pull for Jobs

Leander Kahney has a heart-warming piece in today's Wired News on the Mac community's reaction to Steve Jobs' cancer surgery, with quotes from Jim Dalrymple and others, as well as links to sources where you can send Steve get-well-soon messages.


Steve Jobs Has Cancer Surgery

Steve Jobs had successful cancer surgery today.

Read the text of his email message to Apple employees.


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