Other Companies

Companies other than Apple which announce Macintosh or Apple related items.

Posting to Facebook from an Apple //e


Darren Crawford has managed to do what no one ever considered possible:  Post a Facebook posting from an Apple //e computer.   In what is a first ever event, Darren posted his message using a combination of Lynx and the mobile version of the  Facebook website.

It wasn’t just an instant success, but instead was a work of some trial and error.   In discussions in the A2C.Chat channel of A2Central’s IRC, much of the discussion was about issues with character loss and echoing characters.  However, after correcting an initially incorrect jumper setting, the posting was on.

You can check out the Facebook posting in the Apple II Enthusiasts group at:


Brother Mac OS X Printer Drivers Updated by Apple


Apple has released updated printer drivers for the Brother series of printers.  Version 2.10 of the Mac OS X printer driver was posted last night on the Apple Support website and is now available for download.   The driver coversMac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion and Leopard

You can download the new driver from the Apple support page for Brother printers at:


Apple Releases HP Printer Drivers Version 2.12


Apple has updated their printer drivers for the HP series printers.  Version 2.12 (listed as 2.13 on the apple support page) is now available for download and covers Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Lion, as well as Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6)

You can download the drivers from the Apple HP Printer support page at:


Cisco adds spying to their repertoire.

It seems that owners of Cisco and Linksys home routers got a rather invasive surprise this holiday season.  Cisco pushed out an update to their routers which requires users to use the Cisco Cloud service to log in to their routers.  According to Boing Boing, the routers lock the users out and only lets them have access back if they agree to the new terms of service permitting Cisco to essentially spy on them.

While many companies have monetized users as data and as a product, this push by Cisco to sell information out their personal router users seems to be a bit invasive and reminiscent of something we would hear of happening in China.  However, this is the US and the article goes on to mention that “The current policy also allows Cisco to discontinue your access to your router if you download pornography, or if someone complains about you, without a court order, evidence or a chance to state your case and face your accuser. ”

This type of policy is definitely unconstitutional and smacks of Big Brother in a direct and unfettered manner.  Last time we checked, we were protected from unreasonable search and seizure by the constitution.  Did Cisco, not get the memo on this, or have they become their own country suddenly?

In light of this, we here at A.P.P.L.E. have removed all Cisco and Linksys devices from our networks, exchanging them for routers from Planet Technology

Source:  BoingBoing


Mozilla Firefox Mobile OS on the way

Mozilla announced plans today to build a mobile operating system entirely based on the Web and HTML5, all powered by the popular Firefox web browser. Already, Mozilla has several mobile phone companies behind it, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and Telenor.

The Firefox OS will be built on Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko technology, which promises to eliminate several limitations of web development on mobile devices. One of the key features will be the privilege of HTML5 applications to access the underlying systems of the mobile phone.

The system will also be built with entry-level phones in mind, meaning that consumers having devices at different price points will all be able to enjoy a rich experience.

Fared Adib, Product Chief at Sprint said, “Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that enables choice for Sprint customers…. Firefox Mobile OS can help us drive an HTML 5-based platform for creating lower cost smartphone options….”

Google Chrome Browser Now Available for iPhone and iPad

Google, Inc announced today that it has developed an iPhone and iPad compatible version of its popular Chrome web browser. The browser, which is available now in the App Store, offers many of the same features from the desktop version of Chrome, including synchronization across devices of bookmarks and tabs, as well as private “incognito” browsing.

Google Chrome currently has over 310 million active users. The announcement was made on the second day of the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.

Google to Close Dedicated Mac Blog

Google has had a dedicated Mac Blog for the past five years  run by Scott Knaster, a programmer and writer since 1980.   While many places are ramping up their Mac based offerings, Google seems to be stepping off the platform in favor of pushing their own Chrome platform.  Scott announced the end of life for the Google Mac Blog in the latest posting to the blog.

Scott’s final post on the Google Mac Blog states that “Our Mac and iOS support has now become so mainstream that we realized we just don’t need to keep Mac news on its own blog, so we won’t be posting here any longer.

The end of life message for the blog was also the first posting to the Google Mac blog in nearly 9 months, making it almost a foregone conclusion that something was up.

Mac Backdoor Trojan embedded in Word Documents

For those users who use Microsoft products on their Macs, you need to be aware that there is a new version of the Backdoor Trojan embedded in a word document related to the Tibetan situation.  According to this article, it is possibly related to the Chinese effort to keep an eye on Tibetan sympathizers and any group banned by the Chinese goverment:


Make sure that you update all of your Microsoft products to the latest version set by the Microsoft Updater and do not open any Word documents from unknown sources.

Mint 13 available

This is of concern to people running Intel Macs, PCs, or Virtual Machines.

As of May 23, 2012 the official version of Mint 13 is available from http://linuxmint.com. If anyone has the RC version, it seems to have updated successfully to the official version. The release comes on a single layer 800MB DVD. There are two versions at the moment. Cinnamon (a Gnome 3 fork) and MATE (a Gnome 2 fork). I have installed the 64 bit RC of Cinnamon and found it acceptable after installing various bits of useful software. Also, this release is a Long Term Support (LTS) release. It will be supported with updates for five years.

After a little more than a week of use I find it is acceptable on my machine. I have not tried it on any older machines yet.

The major advantage I found going from Mint 10 to Mint 13 is there are newer programs available in the repositories. I dislike the lack of options for panel configuration, but it looks better than Mint 12.

Price: FREE

Is Microsoft Office Suite for the iPad Really Here?

A photo on the Daily, a news site covering a variety of topics, claims to be the next generation Microsoft Office Suite for the iPad.  While not all that far fetched since One Note was released for the iPad, the fact that Microsoft would want to go beyond the On Live concept with their iPad based application seems a bit preposterous.   With On Live, the control is all in the network, however, with an actual App, Microsoft loses all control except over the distribution of the App to the  iTunes Store.

The photo shows some familiar Microsoft logos as well as the standard settings and collaboration buttons on the screen but seems a bit unlike the normal Microsoft product.  Only time will tell if the photo is real, however, the user claims that the look and feel is much like that of One Note.

Source: The Daily