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Thu, June 12th, 2014 by Graves and Allen

Not So Smart File Examiner

Some time ago I downloaded an Mac App from the App Store called “Smart File Examiner”.  It billed itself as a program to help you check out files. I thought it was a good idea at first, but after installing it, I had some second thoughts.  For reasons not yet determined, when I tried to open a file (not within the program), with some files, the program intercepted the opening of the file, prohibited it and send mer a message saying that it could not figure out that type of file.

That the program could not figure out some files did not trouble me.  What concerned me was that it appeared to be insinuating itself into all files I tried to open and not letting me open some files that I chose to open.  I found that somewhat curious as it was not listed in the files that open automatically on launch and I had not opened it.  When I tried to turn it off, I discovered that the computer did not seem to know it was open (it did not appear in the Dock or in the list of open files brought up by “Force Quit”.  My next idea was to throw the program out, but as it was open, the OS would not let me dispose of it.

Ultimately, I figured out that the way to dispose of it would be to reboot into “Safe” mode (hold the shift key down while you boot up).  That prevented the program from opening and allowed me to trash it.  So far, so good.  To my surprise, however, I was not done with the problems caused by the program.  When I rebooted the computer, the finder would repeatedly flash on and off, making it impossible to work.  I solved that problem by reinstalling OS X on the computer.  Just to make sure that it was not a computer specific problem, I booted another Mac up in Safe mode and tossed out the Smart File Examiner.  When I rebooted the second Mac, lo and behold, the finder would flash on and off, making it impossible to do any work.  After reinstalling the system on the second Mac, I decided to do a little research and found that I was not the only person having issues with this particular App.  Although I did not find anything about the Finder issue I experienced, I found  a number of people who had experienced the initial issues I had with Smart File Examiner.  Maybe they never got to the Finder problem because most of the posts I read were from people looking for ways to delete the program.

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Wed, June 10th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

Apple’s New Stuff… SDC Is the New Mac World!

OK, folks, you heard it here first. Apple’s SDC (Software Developers’ Conference) is Apple’s new MacWorld. For years Apple timed its new product announcements to come out at MacWorld. Since MacWorld takes place in January, that meant Apple missed the holiday season with its new announcements. Since Apple would not want to stack updates up so that it release some for the holiday season and held enough back for a significant showing at MacWorld, in reality, upgrades and new product announcements for the holiday season came out much earlier in the year, causing them to lose some luster by the time the holiday buying frenzy kicked into full gear. By opting out of MacWorld, Apple freed itself from that schedule.

Surprisingly, Apple chose its SDC as the venue to announce a number of new products. One would reasonably expect Apple to announce software products at its SDC; the hardware announcements came as something of a surprise. Be that as it may, the Apple fan club will now look to the SDC as the timing point for the release of new products.

On the software side, Apple gave us more information about OS 3.0 for the iPhone. Everyone knew Apple was going to release it in June, but most of us did not know when. We know now it will come out on June 17, 2009. As was the case with the last major update, the new system will cost iPhone owners nothing and iPod Touch owners $9.95. Look for it on a computer screen near you next week.

Apple’s web site gives detailed information about many of the new features that the new OS will bring to the iPhone; check it out at www.apple.com.

Also of note, the new Mac OS X v.10.6 (known as Snow Leopard) will come out around September at the most reasonable price of $29 ($49 for the family pack). Those of you who have been around for a while will recognize that as a substantial price reduction from prior iterations of the OS.

On the hardware side, Apple announced the release of a new MacBook Pro in 13”, and 17” screen sizes. That you get more computer for less money is not a surprise as that trend has applied for many years. The new computers follow the MacBook Air model of locking the battery up so that users cannot simply buy a second, keep it charged and pop it into place when they need it. While users may choose to void their warranty by opening the case and installing a replacement battery themselves, that is not the same thing as being able to change the battery on the fly. The good news is that Apple promises a usable battery life substantially longer per charge, so the inability to exchange batteries will not prove so debilitating as it otherwise might. Still it introduces a new and unnecessary level of inconvenience for the user in order to allow Apple to make more money by requiring users to bring their laptops in for a battery replacement.

Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.

The other big hardware news relates to the new iteration of the iPhone 3G S (the “S” supposedly stands for “Speed”) as the 3G S is reputed to be the fastest iPhone yet.

Most notably, the new iPhones come with 8, 16 or 32 GB memories. After discounts for new and renewal subscribers to AT&T, the iPhones cost $99 for 8GB, $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. If you bought the last iteration of the iPhone and are not yet eligible for an upgrade, you get to pay several hundred dollars more as a reward for your continuing loyalty to AT&T. The 32GB iPhone 3G S costs $499 without the discount.

Photographs Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Allen.  All rights reserved.

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