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Securifi Almond, Part 1

July 28, 2014

Almond-Securifi

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Securifi Almond but I have never used one. Just this past week, I found one of the wireless router at the office need to be replaced. That is one good excuse to get one. I hesitated a little bit because we had recently upgraded the network to Gigabit Ethernet; Securifi Almond does not have Gigabit Ethernet support. The upcoming Securifi Almond+ will have Gigabit Ethernet support.

I should be getting the unit sometimes soon.

Firefox 32.0 Beta 1

July 27, 2014

Firefox 32.0 Beta 1 is now available for download.

Firefox 32.0 Beta 1

The latest build of Adobe Flash Player 14 Beta from July 23, 2014 is also available.

Random Pick: Flip Player for OS X

July 26, 2014

Flip4Mac

Flip Player supports WMV Playback.

Flip Player

Flip Player is available for OS X 10.7 and higher.

OS X Yosemite Beta 1: Troubleshooting Download Issue

July 25, 2014

Install OS X Yosemite Beta icon

I managed to download OS X Yosemite Beta 1 in the early Thursday morning before AppleSeed site went offline. Later that day I heard reports that some people were having trouble downloading the installer. I later confirmed that I also did have trouble downloading the installer on my other Mac.

OS X Yosemite Beta 1 failed to download

Sometimes on Friday Morning, I still had trouble downloading the installer on that Mac. Interestingly, at the same I could download the installer on my primary MacBook Pro.

There is a possibility that it has soothing to do with Mac App Store cache.

Should you have trouble downloading OS X Yosemite Beta 1, try clearing up your Mac App Store cache.

OS X Yosemite Beta 1: Known Issues

July 24, 2014

Get OS X Yosemite Beta

From OS X Beta Program:

Known Issues in OS X Yosemite Beta 1

Safari

  • Safari may hang when playing certain Netflix content.

iPhoto and Aperture

  • iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 3.5.1 are required on OS X Yosemite. Update to these versions from the Mac App Store.
  • When entering edit mode in iPhoto, a black screen may be displayed instead of the selected photo.
  • Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing may not function properly when both iPhoto and Aperture are installed.

iCloud

  • The shared purchase history page on the Mac App Store is disabled for Family Sharing accounts.
  • iCloud Drive may appear empty in the Finder after first time setup. Restart to resolve this problem.

AirDrop

  • AirDrop may not show nearby Macs.
  • Sending files to another Mac using AirDrop may not work.

OS X Yosemite Beta 1 carries build number 14A299l, which is newer than its Developer Preview 4 with carries build number 14A298i.

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 has a lot longer list of known issues.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta

July 24, 2014

Apple has officially kicked off OS X Yosemite Public Beta program. The first million who have registered for the Beta Program should be getting an email from Apple anytime now.

Before you install OS X Yosemite Beta 1, please consider the followings:

  • Do you really need to install OS X Yosemite Beta 1?
    OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 is a stable build, but not without bugs.
    Expect the same from OS X Yosemite Beta 1, bug-wise.
  • Should you insist that you still want to install OS X Yosemite Beta 1, please do not install it on your sole Mac. Unless you have a second drive to install it on. If not install it on a different partition.
  • Once again, there are bugs in this beta release. Be kind to report the bugs to Apple; after all, that’s the purpose of this public beta.
  • No, this Public Beta will never make you cooler than before. You will not gain any popularities. You will not suddenly become more desirable by the opposite or the same gender.

OS X Yosemite Beta Program The Wait

If you haven’t gotten the email and feeling impatient, head to https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ and log in using your Apple ID; the one you registered OS X Beta Program with.

Should you see the message below, DO NOT PANIC! It seems that Apple has cut-off access to the download temporarily.

OS X Beta Program Offline for Maintenance

Should you be one of the first million to register for OS X Yosemite Public Beta, you should see a welcome message.

OS X Yosemite Beta Program Now Live

At the bottom of the page, you will be able to request a redemption code of OS X Yosemite Public Beta.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Redemption

Phil Schiller confirms OS X Yosemite Public Beta is coming on July 24, 2014

July 23, 2014

The news broke and many sites reported that OS X Yosemite Public Beta is coming on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller tweeted:

OS X Yosemite. Beta Program. Tomorrow! :->
https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/
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OS X Yosemite Public Beta is limited to the first one million people who sign up. Should you be interested to sign up, you should have signed up back in June right after during WWDC 2014.

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 build 14A298i is quite stable, but not without some serious bugs. With that in mind, it is highly recommended to install OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac or on its own partition/drive.

Phil Schiller OS X Yosemite Beta