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Posted by pudge
from the that-was-fast dept.
Milanek writes "Mac OS X Update 10.3.1 is available via Software Update. It includes both security updates and it should also address problems with FireWire 800 drives." Apple recommends that you update your firmware updates for your FireWire / Oxford 922 / firmware 1.02 drives, even with the fixes in 10.3.1. The update also includes fixes for printing, WebDAV, and FileVault. TiVo writes "SecureMac is reporting that Panther's FileVault does not securely delete the files after encryption." Anyone know if this is fixed in 10.3.1?
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Mac OS X Update 10.3.1 Available

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  • Installed (Score:4, Interesting)

    by tehdely (690619) * <str8@chir.pn> on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:24PM (#7438740) Journal
    I don't have a FireWire 800 drive nor do I use FileVault, so I doubt I'll benefit much from any of the improvements, but it's just too much not to install the latest OS X update. :)

    Unfortunately, it hasn't fixed the one bug I've been experiencing so far, which is with certain pop-up menu widgets. If it has a text-entry box and a pop-up widget, the menu will pop up for a split second and then go away, even if I keep the mouse depressed. This does not happen with normal pop-up widgets.

    Odd.
    • Re:Installed (Score:4, Insightful)

      by lullabud (679893) on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:36PM (#7438855) Homepage
      you know, i used to install all the latest updates as soon as my mac found them. that all changed when i installed the 10.2.8 update and the ethernet card on my g4 tower quit working, and my dock went into a crash loop. from then on i have been waiting a few days.. no sense in rushing to upgrade when my software already works.
      • Re:Installed (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        the idea that Apple's update alone somehow caused your dock to continuously crash is very doubtful. network problems have been documented in several past updates - the general convention is, delete the network pref pane settings, reboot, and try again. you can watch your logs to figure out what you fucked up in the dock - probably some proprietary program / hack you installed.

        don't blame apple for being uninformed.
        • Re:Installed (Score:4, Informative)

          by Demolition (713476) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @04:39AM (#7442282)
          Well, in the case of lullabud's Ethernet issues, Apple may deserve blame. See the following Apple Knowledge Base article:

          Mac OS X 10.2.8: Can't Connect via Ethernet After Installing Update [apple.com]

          His other statement (about waiting a few days before installing an OS update) is good advice, echoed by Mac troubleshooting websites such as MacFixIt [macfixit.com] and MacInTouch [macintouch.com]. Both offer excellent coverage of (and cures for) issues brought about by Mac OS updates. Reading the troubleshooting reports before installing an update can prevent a lot of unnecessary grief.

          I'll also note that Apple's own Discussion Forums [apple.com]) provide a place to seek troubleshooting advice and/or a place to vent your frustrations. Since Apple employees monitor the discussion threads, it's possible that at least some of what's posted there is noted and acted upon.

          D.
        • Re:Installed (Score:2, Informative)

          by lullabud (679893)
          i never said that the update alone caused the problems. in fact, i know that the update along with transparent dock caused the problem, however, knowing that was no consolation when my dock was crashing before my eyes and i had to ssh into my box to fix things. that experience has given me hesitance to update, lest i end up in some other problematic situation, whether it's cause is purely apple's or not. placing blame or even finding the cause is still not a solution, so i choose to try to not have probl
  • FileVault (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nutcase (86887) on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:26PM (#7438763) Homepage Journal
    From my limited experience with FileVault, it securely deletes files... The problem is that it does it to files you need, when you don't ask it to. Or at least it did to me, when it nuked my entire keychain and nearly required a reinstall to repair. I have since turned it off.

    It is said that this update fixes bugs with Filevault, and I have installed it, but i am still /very/ hesitant to reenable filevault.

    Besides, It would be better to enable it by folder (any folder) instead of simply the home dir. I would love to just encrypt my documents dir and leave my music available. That would make more sense, and probably speed things up as well.
    • Re:FileVault (Score:3, Informative)

      by burns210 (572621)
      well, as long as you back things up, you should be able to have your laptop harddrive get nuked(or stolen, since it is suppose to be for security use) and not have a problem...

      it is sad though, that such a cool feature is having initial difficulty. hope everything gets ironed out completely by Apple.
    • Re:FileVault (Score:3, Informative)

      by NaugaHunter (639364)
      This is already possible. Use Disk Copy to make a Disk Image with encryption. You can then make this as paranoid as you want - either highly: manual opening, and don't save the password in Keychain. Or low, with Applescripts to automatically open and close it during login and logout. Used with aliases and/or links it could probably be made fairly transparent. However, I've had one of these get hosed when it was automatically ejected after clearing a screen-saver, so your milage may vary.
      • I used to use this with Jaguar - but actually, I'm still using it, because I don't trust FileVault. As it uses your login passwd I assume somebody (the one who just stole your laptop...) could circumvent it by booting single user mode and resetting your password. Does anyone here know whether this is possible or not?

        And no, OpenFW passwd does not protect against booting to single user mode - you can reset it by altering the amount of system RAM - easy, as you can't enforce physical security with a laptop -
        • Don't assume... (Score:5, Informative)

          by Cadre (11051) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @08:33AM (#7442917) Homepage

          It's not possible for someone to reset your password to circumvent FileVault.

          It's a symmetric encryption system and your password is being used as a key to encrypt your home directory. If somebody were to boot single user and change your user's password then login they'd just get an error because the new password couldn't unencrypt your home directory.

          This release looks like it cleaned up those nasty home-directory-gets-nuked bugs and is probably pretty solid.

          • It's a symmetric encryption system and your password is being used as a key to encrypt your home directory. If somebody were to boot single user and change your user's password then login they'd just get an error because the new password couldn't unencrypt your home directory.

            Well, that was exactly the information I was looking for! Thank you. :)
      • Filevault uses the same method. It creates a encrypted growable sparse disk image that is mounted upon logon as your home directory. diskutil can recover space in these images just as filevault does and i'm willing to bet that all filevault is doing is passing commands to diskutil to do the work.

    • just created a new user account, created a new testing text file directly saved into the home folder of the new account, copied it a couple of times for good measure, enabled filevault, ... booted off of the norton cd, and indeed those files where found and recovered... so, securemac is correct in its advisory.

      "From my limited experience with FileVault, it securely deletes files...Or at least it did to me, when it nuked my entire keychain and nearly required a reinstall to repair" the issue of files bein
      • I like my humor dry.

        I wasn't talking about the securemac article. I was talking about how filevault nuked my entire keychain quite securely. Part joke, Part discussion on the merits of the 10.3.1 update. If I had forseen the confusion with the SecureMac article, I would have elaborated a bit more.
    • Re:FileVault (Score:3, Informative)

      by Graff (532189)

      I would love to just encrypt my documents dir and leave my music available.

      That's easy enough to do, just make an encrypted disk image using Disk Utility (Disk Copy in pre-10.3). Copy everything you want encrypted to it. Then just open it when you need your stuff, it takes only a second to open. You can even make it a login item and save the password in your keychain so it automatically opens on login.

      The only difference is you'll have a documents volume instead of a documents folder, no big whoop th

  • My biggest complaint about what was promised but not delivered is the ability for Windows users to print to a Mac printer. I reinstalled my 950C on my eMac, made sure it was shared, and installed the proper drivers in WinXP. Nadda. My beef is that there is no error what so ever. It just sends the job and nothing happens. The printer center in X doesn't even start. Bah....
    • by austad (22163) on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:39PM (#7438889) Homepage
      This works, but it's not documented anywhere. Change your cupsd.conf to allow access from your other machines, not just localhost. Then when adding the printer on your windows box, for the location type in:
      http://:631/printer/printername

      It will force windows to use IPP when printing to the printer, and it works great on my network.
      • by austad (22163) on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:44PM (#7438937) Homepage
        oops, slashdot's filter took out the part before the :631, it should be the ip of your mac. I had it enclosed in less than/greater than signs.

        http://[ip of your mac]:631/printers/printername
        • Glad you discovered the crux of your frustrations.

          I think people get accustomed to the notion of 'ease-of-use' and forget that being a UNIX based Operating System the odds are something in the foundation communicating has been misconfigured.

          This is true for Linux as well, NeXTStep, Solaris, etc.,.

          For Systems Engineers or Systems Administrators in the Enterprise one is so accustomed to customizing deployed systems and testing the verbose outputs that such oversights are less common.

          On the downside it is
    • Speaking of printing, is it possible to do borderless prints out of a photo printer yet? My friend had a mac running OS 10.2 but sold it because it wasn't possible to print borderless photos on any of the three printers he tried it with (a kodak, an hp, and a sony, I believe).

      While I was very impressed with the OS in general (and I'm saving my lunch money for a G5 myself) I was very unimpressed with its printer support.
  • I Wonder ... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Mad_Fred (530564)
    Is it Apple who pushes restarts after updates just to be sure, or are other OSs much better at updating themselves without needing a restart? I even like how Windows lets me dismiss the prompts to restart until I decide to do so on my own better than Apple's approach. Sure, it may not make much practical difference, but the Windows way feels friendlier. Except when it reboots without warning of course ...
    • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:3, Informative)

      by bpbond (246836)
      This has been discussed previously on apple.slashdot. The short answer, as I remember, was yes, you can usually do one-by-one reloads of the appropriate libraries, drivers, etc., without a restart--but why would you go to that trouble? (Unless you're super-anal about your uptime.) Restarting is fast and easy.

      Also, the installer doesn't force you to restart that instant; just hide it, go on working, and restart at your convenience.
      • because you want to keep your programs open, for whatever reason(serving, some f******* long calculation, some very slow transfer)? i'm not anal about my uptime but usually i got some chats and other connections open that i don't want to take down.

        anyways, the gist could be in that they want you to restart(and not just dismiss it) because otherwise the secure updates wont really kick in.

        though, if it's possible to just (re)load up the libs inpendent of each other.. why they don't do that automatically bea
        • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:1, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          You don't HAVE to install the update 10 mins after it comes out. You could wait until you go to bed or you are done chatting.
          • * You don't HAVE to install the update 10 mins after it comes out. You could wait until you go to bed or you are done chatting.*

            the point is, that if it is an important security update, you shouldn't wait needlessly. and mentioned calculations and transfers that make it unfeasible to reboot could last for DAYS.

            having to reboot for updates sucks on both windows and macs, and anywhere else you need to do it. in windows it's super annnoying how some program installers hook some trivial things to the boot scr
        • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:3, Insightful)

          by TClevenger (252206)
          Interesting, I never had that problem. Just minimize Software Update until you're ready to reboot, then bring it back up and click "Restart." I've never had it force me to restart.
    • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:3, Insightful)

      by sporty (27564)
      Not all updates require restarts. Some which I suspect use kernel extensions, prolly do, just to ensure that they get unloaded and reloaded properly.
    • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:3, Informative)

      by segvio (540235)
      Command-Option-Escape. Force quit software update once it has done the install. You can also 'kill' the process the *nix way. You can now reboot when you want, with out the nagging dialog box.
    • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Nexum (516661) on Monday November 10, 2003 @08:15PM (#7439301)
      Yeah... like recently a friend with a brand new Windows XP notebook brought it round to use my DSL to download some files...

      I plugged it into the network, and loaded up IE... *nothing*, IE reports no internet connection.

      Hmm, that should'nt happen, I'll go take a look in the Internet configuration options...

      Ah, there's the problem, silly XP didn't/doesn't detect it has a network now, I'll just go to the LAN settings and change them... there we go, Accept>OK.

      Type in an address... ... ... Oh no, still no internet.

      Weird says I, that should have worked. Went and ran through the Internet Connection Wizard...

      Yes I want to connect to the internet via a network, Yes it's a home network, Yes I'd rather like you to find the settings automatically.

      WINDOWS XP WIZARD: "Windows XP is setting up your internet configuration, please wait"
      (Window with animation of computer sliding down a wire toward another computer)

      Still waiting...

      Still waiting...

      Still waiting (now taken a few minutes

      WINDOWS XP WIZARD: "The Windows Internet Configuration Wizard has now successfully set up your internet settings (I'm ever so clever)."

      ME: "Joy! At last!"

      WINDOWS XP WIZARD: "But first of all, Windows XP needs to restart before these new settings take effect"

      FFS - this is the LATEST operating system from MS, and I am REBOOTING to get it to access the internet from a HOME NETWORK!?!?!?!?

      I couldn't believe it... My PowerBook on the other hand, I took it out of the box, it was already charged, and I powered it up, and it found the (wireless) network instantly, I had internet access straight away. (And the PC was connected with CAT 5 to the Router, so it didn't even need to bother with the added complexity of wireless). Sigh... I remember XP being bad... but I really actually gave it more credit than that.
      • Got a worse one - configuring girlfriend's laptop with an 802.11g PCMCIA card and Windows XP to see my Linksys (not a Belkin!) router. Incidentally, my G4 and my Linux box connected to it instantly.

        So, first put in the card. Found new hardware, install the drivers. Restart. Okay... Now run the connection wizard. Restart again. Didn't work - can't see the network... Oh, I see, it's still trying to use the Cat-5 port. Change that - whoops, restart again. Still can't see the network, have to run the wizard ag

      • Re:I Wonder ... (Score:3, Interesting)

        by valkraider (611225)
        Wow, I had this exact same problem! I have a regular home network, that I have 3 Macs (all now running 10.3.1) and two x86s running windows 2k.

        A relative comes to visit, plugs in their shiny new $2500 Dell with Windows XP, and it won't connect to the network at all. It has an internal 802.11b card that won't connect to my 802.11b network - no matter what I try. So I give up, disable the wireless and try hardwired to the internal Ethernet port. Nope, still won't see the network. It took almost three ho
    • I even like how Windows lets me dismiss the prompts to restart until I decide to do so on my own better than Apple's approach.

      Yeah I can see that. Of course there's situations where you basically want to make damned sure that people restart. Such as when applying security patches. When you have to restart for changes to take effect you don't want some boob clicking "later" and then rebooting the machine 12 days hence. And with the stability of today's operating systems that's easy to do. At least Ap
  • by babbage (61057) <cdevers@nOsPaM.cis.usouthal.edu> on Monday November 10, 2003 @08:33PM (#7439479) Homepage Journal
    For those that haven't seen it yet, updates can be done from the command line. The interface for the command has changed with Panther; it will accept a --help argument now, for example, and called with no arguments you get the help text (where under Jaguar this would have retrieved a list of current pending updates).

    The command for the 10.3.1 upgrade is

    sudo softwareupdate -i MacOSXUpdate10.3.1-10.3.1

    Now go upgrade your work machine from home, or your home machine from work... :-)

    • updates can be done from the command line.

      This works for me but not all the time. Sometimes it fails, as it is doing consistently with QuickTime 6.4 on a machine running 10.2.8 (I know this is a Panther-related main topic but bear with me). The update gets only to 50% installed and then hangs there, I have tried several times. I have succesfully updated this machine on the command line since failing to do QT 6.4. It's just this one update. Any advice for getting it to work remotely (I am 3500 mil

      • by usr122122121 (563560) <usr122122121@NOsPam.braxtech.com> on Monday November 10, 2003 @09:51PM (#7440237) Homepage
        I have succesfully updated this machine on the command line since failing to do QT 6.4. It's just this one update. Any advice for getting it to work remotely (I am 3500 miles away from it and unlikely to be near it any time soon)?
        If you're 3500 miles away from the computer, I can't imagine having the newest QuickTime on it is a high priority :-p
      • I went through the same troubles until I noticed a stange dialog box on the screen when I got home. The QuickTime 6.4 installer prompts for user input part way through. If you're doing the upgrade remotely over ssh, the dialog opens on the remote screen. You have to physically access the machine, or use a protocol like VNC, to access the GUI remotely. AFAIK, there is no was to do this install solely through the command line. You have to access the GUI one way or another.
  • by shlong (121504)
    I can't find the upgrade on the Apple site and I'm not near my PowerMac. So the big question for me is whether this fixes the NV17 problem. It's getting pretty painful to run my machine on reduced RAM.
  • window selection (Score:2, Interesting)

    by roninmagus (721889)
    My buddy at school showed me this on his mac notebook.

    One cool feature he pointed out was the ability to zoom out all the windows. You could then click on one you want, which is then zoomed into the foreground with focus.

    I thought that was the coolest thing under the sun, no more alt-tabbing craziness.

    Any idea if someone could implement this ability into X or the current top window managers?
    • Re:window selection (Score:3, Informative)

      by BitGeek (19506)

      You're talking about expose.

      If you have apple's X11 server installed (comes with panther, but not installed by default) the xwindows are just like regular windows and expose cleans them up and lets you pick the one you want-- along with all the other open windows. Or just among the open x windows if you choose the "pick from apps windows" version of expose.

      The x integration seems pretty well done, though I haven't used it much.

    • yes. http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/expose/ I love that you can set it to clicking the scroll wheel. uber efficiant (sp?)
    • With any current X11 server of which I know, no. Apple made the mixed decision to implement a windowing system which is largely vector based, and which uses opengl textures for compositing of ui elements. Which is completely different from the behaviour of extant X11 servers.

      I say "mixed" because Apple's approach has some fairly significant overhead for even the simplest of operations, but very complex operations (like Expose) are pretty much free beyond that.

      You also see with with the "genie effect" by w
      • With any current X11 server of which I know, no. Apple made the mixed decision to implement a windowing system which is largely vector based, and which uses opengl textures for compositing of ui elements. Which is completely different from the behaviour of extant X11 servers.

        I say "mixed" because Apple's approach has some fairly significant overhead for even the simplest of operations, but very complex operations (like Expose) are pretty much free beyond that.

        Instead of "mixed" I would say "forward-

        • So what Expose does for every window on the computer (or in the application) you can expect Safari to be able to do for every tab in your window.

          This functionality already exists with Expose, by default bound to F10. All you have to do is uncheck "Enable tabbed browsing" in Safari's preferences :P

          Why anyone would continue to use tabbed browsing given the existence of Expose is beyond me. Perhaps if Apple were to have the windows display their titles superimposed as soon as Expose is active, rather than o
          • Why anyone would continue to use tabbed browsing given the existence of Expose is beyond me. Perhaps if Apple were to have the windows display their titles superimposed as soon as Expose is active, rather than only when they are moused over?

            I would agree with you if I thought that tabbed browsing was only useful for having lots of windows without the clutter. As it turns out, I use tabs to *organize* my browsing experience. So there are many times when I have a set of tabs open for my teaching mater

            • Fair points.

              You're right that four collections of five is better than one collection of twenty. I still think that's better served by virtual desktops than some other paradigm, but I don't ever have twenty panes on the go so I've never really given tabbed browsing much time.

              And as far as "mousing over" the windows in Expose goes...please. What do you think keyboard navigation is for?

              I think it's for someone who would rather cover O(n) rather than O(sqrt(n)) distance to reach a given window ;P No, I'd r
  • Anyone else (Score:3, Insightful)

    by backlonthethird (470424) on Monday November 10, 2003 @09:19PM (#7439972)
    going to wait on this one? Just remembering 10.2.8 here..
    • Still waiting on 10.3, personally, indefinitely. I don't have a real great reason to upgrade from 10.2.8 at the moment, as my computer runs quite stably.
    • Re:Anyone else (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      10.2.8 was a notable anomaly in Apple update history. It unintentionally disabled Ethernet on some-not-all 3+ year old dual processor G4s, not a good thing and inexcusable, but not exactly widespread or havoc-wreaking either.

      I installed 10.3.1 with my customary (and statistically well-earned) Mac user confidence. No problems to report, as is the usual Mac custom.

      Funny how the many years worth of seamless Mac updates never make news.
      • Re:Anyone else (Score:3, Interesting)

        by stripes (3681)

        10.2.8 was a notable anomaly in Apple update history. It unintentionally disabled Ethernet on some-not-all 3+ year old dual processor G4s, not a good thing and inexcusable, but not exactly widespread or havoc-wreaking either.

        Er, and don't forget the other notable anomaly, one of the first iTunes updates forgot to handle spaces in file names (which are common on Macs) and could delete vast swaths of your stuff.

        Other then those two I can't think of any bad upgrade experiences from Apple.

    • i installed it immediately with no problems.

      one would think that it's pretty tough to screw up a 1.5mb patch.
  • New terminal how-to (Score:3, Informative)

    by djupedal (584558) on Monday November 10, 2003 @10:46PM (#7440638)
    [Mine:~] metoo% softwareupdate -l
    Software Update Tool
    Copyright 2002-2003 Apple Computer, Inc.

    Software Update found the following new or updated software:
    ! MacOSXUpdate10.3.1-10.3.1
    Mac OS X Update, 10.3.1, 1292K [required] [restart]

    ==========
    The 10.3.1 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for the following applications, services and technologies: FileVault, Printing, WebDav, and FireWire 800 drives. This update also includes the latest Security Updates.

    Important Note: Apple has identified an issue with external FireWire hard drives using the Oxford 922 bridge chip-set with firmware version 1.02 that can result in the loss of data stored on the disk drive. Even with the improvements available in this update, Apple recommends you update the firmware on your FireWire drive. Please contact your drive manufacturer for more information.
  • Just run
    cat /dev/urandom > /ahugefile
    until it fills up all available disk space on the directory on which your home directory used to reside. And of course you can run it three or four more times for good measure. Your swap files, however, are still written to disk in plain text, so it won't matter a week or two later, anyway.
    • It's about bringing system designed with security in mind at every step to all who want it, but such that it's done seamlessly in the background so an average user doesn't have to concern themselves about security because the system takes care of security for them. And it does matter because it's still too large of a statical chance for file recovery when viewed from the perspective that it would be so incredibly easy to implement a secure delete of the home directory after it has been copied to the disk i
  • by macmurph (622189) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @04:39AM (#7442283)
    Ever since installing Panther, I haven't been notified of any incoming calls while I am online. The feature is turned on in the System Preferences>Network>Modem Tab... but incoming calls to my v.92 PowerBook modem aren't triggering the proper "answer, ignore" dialog box.

    The 10.3.1 update did not fix this bug either.

    Anyone else having problems with this flakey feature?

    It used to work for me in Jaguar reasonably well.
  • after losing 212GB in the Panther Firewire fsckup, its going to take a great deal for me to have any confidence in Apple ever again.

    Anyone installed this update? with firewire drives attached?

    Anyone come across any problems?

    Once burned, now even more paranoid than usual
    • Of course the firmware update was unnecessary because it was all Apple's fault, right?

      Apparantly there was a problem with the firmware in those drives as well - and the actual problem required TWO things to be exactly right. A certain condition in Panther had to exist at the same time as a certain condition in the firewire.

      The simple fact of the matter is that no one party is at fault. Things like this happen, and it is impossible to protect against every possible variable that can exist!

      As is true wit
    • I and a bunch of folk have been burning coasters like crazy since 10.2.8 or Itunes 4 or Panther. part of Apples's new strategy to sell more iPods....Break CD and DVD writing
  • Since Installing 10.3.1 update, I've been unable to to use any logins that are taken from active directory. A bit of a problem since I use my windows login for my main account :/. I'm now having to login to my mac using the admin account.
    Anyone else having this problem?
  • by hexdcml (553714) <hexdcml.hotmail@com> on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @09:14AM (#7443089)
    Heh, silly mortal f00ls who paid for their copy of 10.3
    I'll just sneaky sneaky download and patch my 10.2.6 system with 10.3.1.

    :D Shhh! just don't tell Apple!

  • Has anyone checked to see if the automatic defragmentation of sub-20 MiB files performs secure erasures of the original sectors? The OS has the ability to empty the trash with secure erasure, but I don't see how that will find the portions of the disk where the file used to reside.

    I'm only just now ordering Panther.
  • by ThreeToe (411692) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @02:47PM (#7446416)
    This is strange. Ever since I installed 10.3.1, my powerbook's sleep light (y'know, the one on the button to open the screen) has been much, much dimmer. Either my PBG4 is about to explode or Apple decided to chill it out a bit.

    Anyone else seen this?

    • by SuperBanana (662181) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @05:26PM (#7448053)
      This is strange. Ever since I installed 10.3.1, my powerbook's sleep light (y'know, the one on the button to open the screen) has been much, much dimmer. Either my PBG4 is about to explode or Apple decided to chill it out a bit.

      Close the lid, instead of choosing sleep- or close the lid while it's asleep. Believe it or not, "lid open" sleep mode uses a much dimmer light.

      I suppose it's possible Apple got a lot of complaints about the brighter mode(I know it was annoying as hell at night in my bedroom, felt like I was about to be abducted by aliens) and just set it to dim all the time.

      • Interesting. I think the problem is that my latch is very loose and sometimes when the lid is in fact closed the PB thinks it is "open." I've always had a PB12 with a slightly warped screen but it seems to have gotten worse in the past few months. Wonder what to do about it.

        And yeah, the bright blue light drove me insane at night. I've taken to putting a towel over the machine while it is charging. Any Mac Haxors out there know how to modify this behavior?

  • by thatguywhoiam (524290) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @03:49PM (#7447017)
    INT. NIGHTTIME - HOME OFFICE

    We see THATGUY, sitting in front of his POWERBOOK. On screen, an ICON is hopping up and down like an overcaffeinated Chihuahua. THATGUY signs heavily.

    THATGUY
    Oh no... it's here. 10.3.1.

    (drums fingers on desk rapidly)

    THATGUY
    This probably fixes FileVault, and that FireWire bug.

    (drums fingers)

    THATGUY
    And other stuff. Fuck.

    In the BG, we hear audio of a CHORUS OF VOICES shouting negatives like NO DON'T DO IT, and ARE YOU INSANE and HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED YOUR LESSON? A single voice becomes louder in the din.

    THATGUY
    Must... update....

    His FINGER reaches for the pulsating UPDATE NOW button.

    ALL-POWERFUL SLASHDOT VOICE
    Are you seriously going to do that? Really?

    THATGUY
    But I must! It'll be better... Apple is almost always bet-

    APSV (BOOMING)
    YOU FOOL. DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE ITUNES BUG? THE 10.2.8 DEBACLE? THE VERY BUGS WE JUST ENCOUNTERED IN PANTHER?? You have got to be the STUPIDEST L0SER EVAR!!11!!1

    THATGUY
    but... the Panther, she is beautiful, and I must help fix the-

    APSV
    IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT IF YOU LOOSE YOUR DATA

    THATGUY
    I have backups!

    APSV (BOOMING again)
    THOSE CD-RS ONLY HAVE A SHELF LIFE OF 6 YEARS YOU KNOW, SURELY YOU HAVE A WEBDAV-

    As the voice is booming, THATGUY reaches and quickly clicks the UPDATE button. A stunned silence. He looks sheepish.

    APSV
    .....FOOL! YOUR IGNORANCE IS YOUR UNDOING. DON'T ASK ME FOR HELP WHEN YOUR DRIVE IS FSCK'D.

    THATGUY Well, you wouldn't help me before, now, would you?

    APSV
    True. FADE OUT

  • by pr0nbot (313417) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @08:44AM (#7452240)
    If you're running a Panther Beta, you'll see the 10.3.1 update in software updates. DON'T INSTALL IT. The kernel extensions it installs aren't compatible with the Beta kernel and your machine won't boot.

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