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Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update Goes Smoothly

December 19, 2008 2 comments

The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk) and other sites such as Macfixit, Mac in touch and others are showing a number of problems.

I’d like to report updating five systems without problem:

  • Mac Mini (Intel 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo) – Mac OS 10.5 Server – 10 client edition
    • Server version of Mac OS X
    • External Firewire storage
    • USB Memory Card Reader
    Combo Update without issue. ~ 10 minutes
     
  • iMac 24″ (Intel 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo)
    • Vista under Boot Camp
    • Various large video and graphical editing packages.
    • MS Office
    • Firewire 800 RAID storage
    • USB Card Reader
    • Firewire Scanner
    • Graphical Pen Tablet 
    Software Update (Delta) without issue. ~ 5 minutes
     
  • 12″ Powerbook (PPC 1.5GHz)
    • MS Office
    Software Update (Delta) without issue. ~ 15 minutes
     
  • Power Mac G4 Cube (PPC 1.4GHz) 
    • MS Office
    • Zend Studio for Eclipse
    • Entropy PHP on Apache Package
    • Scanner
    • Printer
    • Graphical Tablet
    Combo Update without issue. ~ 15 minutes
     
  • iMac 15″ (PPC 700MHz, dome shaped effort)
    • MS Office

Combo Update without issue. ~25 minutes

 

Of course I have yet to use the systems in anger, so I will report if I notice any further developments.
I’ve been especially hacked off at 10.5 server which dispite having some of the finest administrative tools in the business has so many bugs that I really can’t recommend it over a standard linux server unless your company really DOESN’T have any IT knowledgeable staff.
It is without doubt the buggiest ¥40,000 I’ve ever spent.
Here’s looking at 10.5.6 server… (sigh)…
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How to fix the ARD toolbar buttons/functions missing from Screen Sharing under OS X 10.5.5

September 18, 2008 1 comment

I’d like to thank a couple of my readers for telling me how to remedy the problem of the ARD Screen Sharing toolbar function hack that can no longer be applied once one upgrades to OS X 10.5.5.

The solution is glaringly obvious and I’m a bit annoyed I didn’t spot it myself.

Just use Time Machine and search for the Screen Sharing application, located in /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.app and return to an older version of the app!

You gotta love Apple for handing you the solution on a plate.

Alternatively, dig out your Leopard DVD and pull it off there.

You’ll apparently get bugged by an upgrade screen.

I had read that Apple were trying to cut down on “Frankenbuilds” using software from different versions of the OS, but I guess this is still OK.

I’d like to try this, but since I have a nice, fully functional ARD 3.2 installed there’s not much point for me!

Still, I may try it one day. Let me know how you get on with these tips.

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After Mac OS X 10.5.5 – cannot reenable additional Screen Sharing (ARD) functions hack

September 17, 2008 10 comments

[EDIT: Solution Found to enable screen sharing full screen, here ]

I’d reported that a hack existed to enable Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) alike functionality in the humble built in Screen Sharing client in this post.  Unfortuantely, this hack no longer works to enable the ARD like client functions in Leopard 10.5.5, which means:

  • No more black and white or 256 colour (greyscale) quality for low bandwidth connections.
  • No more clipboard copying.
  • No more curtains for the remote screen.
  • And: NO MORE FULL SCREEN VNC!

Oh! Unless, that is, you splash out $299 for a TEN LICENCE ADMINISTRATOR’S PACK!

Jeezus H Kriste and his twelve frollicking followers! Leopard must now have the world’s only VNC client that costs $299 to enable full screen.

Kind of reminds me of when Apple used to charge $29 to enable the amzingly awesome

  • Quicktime “Pro” function:  playback video full screen…

Except that this costs more than 10 times the price!

As much as I still like Mac OS X, things like this are REALLY starting to get my goat.

Sorry, but I’m going to use large numbers of capital letters for a purpose other than acronyms. If you find them offensive, please stop reading, you have been warned.

APPLE: FULL SCREEN VNC IS *NOT* A PRO FEATURE FOR FROLICK’S SAKE!

It’s a feature required and wanted by practically anyone who uses an EFFING laptop to access their glorious BUT REMOTE computer at home with its Full High Definition screen. Or those need to access one Mac from another AT FULL SCREEN QUALITY WITHOUT GOLLYGOSHDARNITSTINKINGMUTHARUBBING SCALING!!!

IS IT SO FRICKIN’ MUCH TO ASK FOR BOUNCING BARNACLE’S SAKE?

Why is it on the PC I can have any resolution I choose, but with the Mac I’m stuck with a crappy frame grab of the whole fragging screen at full spiggotting resolution! For fume’s sake… (Can you tell I’m trying my best not to swear!)

Oh Blow it! I’m installing ARD… available for download from your nearest and dearest search engine.

Apple release Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update – Nothing to report

September 17, 2008 2 comments

We have a nice selection of Macs all now updated to 10.5.5 without fanfare.
Each machine is quite different and has a very different selection of software installed and hardware connected.

  • Mac Mini (Intel 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo) – Mac OS 10.5 Server
    • Server version of Mac OS X
    • External Firewire storage
    • USB Memory Card Reader
  • iMac 24″ (Intel 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo)
    • Vista under Boot Camp
    • Various large video and graphical editing packages.
    • MS Office
    • Firewire 800 RAID storage
    • USB Card Reader
    • Firewire Scanner
    • Graphical Pen Tablet 
  • 12″ Powerbook (PPC 1.5GHz)
    • MS Office
  • Power Mac G4 Cube (PPC 1.4GHz) 
    • MS Office
    • Zend Studio for Eclipse
    • Entropy PHP on Apache Package
    • Scanner
    • Printer
    • Graphical Tablet
  • iMac 15″ (PPC 700MHz, dome shaped effort)
    • MS Office
I have upgraded all to Mac OS X 10.5.5 from 10.5.4 without a hitch, directly from Apple Software Update.
Now, there are some seriously arcane steps recommended by MacFixIt Macintouch and a few other sites,
such as booting into Safe Mode, disconnecting everything but the mouse and keyboard, standing up and turning around thrice before touching your nose with a rose scented towel, etc.
But I’ve never, once bothered with them. If I ever encounter a problem, or I suspect that a problem has occurred I just run the complete Combo Update from Apple Downloads.
p.s. 10.5.5 Combo is about 700MB in size.
Anyway… the reboot process took longer than usual, with a what might once have been disconcerting restart half way through.
All came back to normal, fine. No apparent differences in day to day operations. Goodness knows what the “extensive graphical updates” were. Probably just bug/stability fixes.
Will see if crashes get less of a problem with this OS…
Just thought you might want to know, since everything you tend to read on line is about problems people are having. Well, luckily for me, this time (touch wood) there were no problems.
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