New game released for the Apple II — Genius

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A new Apple II game, Genius, has been released by Daniele Liverani.  The game was primarily written for performance with emulators but has been optimized to run on the original hardware as well. You can try the game out on the Virtual Apple II website at:

Genius is currently available for free download from:

The source code for the game has also been released and is available in an RTF format document at:

For a visual introduction to the game, check out the Youtube video below:

The author is asking for feedback on the program and for any reports of anomalies with the game play.  Reports can be submitted to:

Another Apple-1 Goes On The Auction Block

A fully operational Apple computer that Steve Jobs sold is seen in this undated handout picture courtesy of Christie's

REuters is reporting that an Aple-1 computer originally owned by Charles Ricketts is going on the auction block at Christies Auction House.  The Apple-1 is fully functional and comes complete with the cancelled check from the purchase in July 1976.  Estimated to go at about 600,000 USD, this particular Apple-1 has been owned by three people including Bruce Waldack and its current owner Luther Roberts.

While other auction houses have had better luck with selling Apple-1 computers, Christies has only been able to get 133,000 YSD from one in 2010 and another in 2012 did not sell and was sold to a private collector.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/03/us-auction-apple-idUSKBN0IN0ZX20141103

A.P.P.L.E. User Group Director Mike Pfaiffer Passes Away

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We learned today that one of our directors, Mike Pfaiffer, has passed away.   Michael was a programmer, editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. and The Digital Civilization, as well as A.P.P.L.E. President.   He passed away at his home in Manitoba Canada.  Mike was a driving force behind the rejuvenation of A.P.P.L.E. in the early 2000’s and will be sorely missed by all of us.

The Northern Spy — iScream for iScreens

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by Rick Sutcliffe
November 2014

The new iPhone six plus
is just about everything Apple has touted–sufficient screen real estate, speed, snazzy design, plus runnable iOS enhancements to last for…well, the next year or two for some folk, though the Spy will make his serve far longer. Delivery took over a month from the order date, and except for a last minute glitch where the truck returned it to the depot (quitting time apparently arrived before the UPS driver did) was near the beginning of the initially forecast range.
Setup took much of an afternoon. The Spy was partially prepared. He’d backed up his old iPod Touch (second generation: comments to be taken in said context) whose inability to run modern software was the driving force for an upgrade, and had obtained a nano SIM card (essential for initial setup). But he forgot the ivory basement is behind an Internet policy restriction that requires each device to be locally web-browser validated once per semester, and wasted some initial time being told his iCloud and AppleID password were invalid when the real problem was that he had no connection as yet. Ahem. Poor error messaging here. Fix needed.
Solution: hard wire connect to iTunes. After handing in the passwords and doing the initial setup, a restore was in order, followed by an update of some sixty apps, then a search and destroy for old apps whose names had been changed and so weren’t auto-updated. The latter had to have new settings applied as the old were not transferred. The old then had to be deleted from iTunes. In a few instances, even upgraded apps did not get their settings entirely carried over. After that, he got Safari up, validated with the WI-FI and continued in a more normal mode. ‘Course, the first time he went to use apps like Olive Tree, all the books in his account had to be re-downloaded, some with updates. Took a while.
The Spy remains paranoid about security in the cloud, and allowed it to store only contacts and calendars, not passwords. (He uses Thunderbolt, not Apple Mail. Indeed his only Apple App is Safari, and that merely part-time.) Files get backups from iOS to Mac, and from Mac to a portable physical drive, restored at home in the evening, backed up to a different drive partition in the morning, then restored at work–with rotation among three portable units for this task, two Time Machine backups at either end, and periodic dumps to glass disks and/or his server in Arizona. (Why the latter? Because the frozen North has the typical RO factor for both server and bandwidth. Cross that bump on the forty-ninth parallel, and many prices double, or the goods become entirely unavailable because of exclusive territorial agreements. See Amazon for some of the worst examples. It’s the Canadian way, apparently.) Data loss is rare, but not impossible under this regimen. But hey, when you deal in 300K-word books and detailed student records, lost data is far more serious even than lost time.
Once running, the extra real estate on the screen is the biggest Plus plus. The Olive Tree Bible reader has twenty-five percent more text on half the screen when in split English-Greek mode now than the old iTouch could manage on a full screen (not as much difference from an iPhone 4 or 5, but still substantial). The typical pictorial news reader program now displays two items per screen rather than one.
The OS has new modes of operation that may be old hat to the reader who’s kept it more up-to date than the Spy’s old Touch allowed. Chief among these is the way of handling “parked” apps–ones that have been run and whose icons are available with a double tap on the go button. These now have a miniaturized touchable representation of the last screen above the icon, but more important, retain their state far better than before, so no longer behave as if just starting up when the user switches in. This is important for apps with large data sets. For instance, starting Olive Tree either cold or from park mode (after some unspecified delay) could take nearly a minute before, but is now instantaneous. Starting iBooks has a comparable improvement–three or four seconds instead of over forty. [The latter two are a product of both OS and hardware improvements, but are not true multitasking as yet.] There are also navigational and operational changes, including the deployment of gestures in ways that take some getting used to.
Apps such as Yahoo Sports have been upgraded so much they no longer have either the dame name or recognizable behaviour, and have to be re-learned. Other, such as banking apps that take advantage of new iOS features can be loaded and run in iOS8 (some could in 7) but not earlier. After looking over the iOS8 underbelly at WWDC, the Spy anticipates many more apps will soon become non-backward compatible, making 8 a true watershed in Apple’s ecosystem.
Finally, having a camera facing each way is nice, but not likely to replace the Spy’s Canon SLR for real, though amateur photography. As note on this though–the Spy and wife were given a photo-shoot by our kids for a forty-fifth anniversary, and the spectacular results produced by a truly skilled professional photographer remind the Spy of his amateur status. Phone photos are another step down, though they are improving. If you live in or near the lower mainland of B.C., and need family or baby photos, contact Michelle at With Heart Photography. You won’t regret it.
The only downsides to the iPhone six plus are high cost, slow delivery, and lack of peripheral availability, the latter two of which will gradually be solved. Non-plus machines were delivered to acquaintances in half the time. The supply of cases is limited to a few online stores, and screen protection film was not yet available even in Apple stores. The Spy would have preferred a full six-inch screen, though. Plenty of room still in his pocket.
The Spy has seen claims that the plus is not a one-hand machine, but in all but the bottom opposite corner (he has no hand preference) his big mitts have no trouble navigating alone. He regards the case-bending affair as fraudulent. Even tighter-than-skin pants wouldn’t bend one of these puppies unless you sat on it, and if you did that to such a skinny-expensive device you’re not bright enough to be allowed to own one anyway. Dropping it in the bathtub is still in the same bad idea category, by the way.
The iPhone plus, even at 5.5 inches, is a tablet as much as it is a phone. The Spy needs a large desktop with at least two good-sized screens for his work, so has no conceivable use for anything in the larger iPad line, though he recognizes that for more casual users such a device could replace a laptop, which in turn could replace a run-of-the-mill desktop (why that business continues to decline). So, the market changes once again. Don’t be too surprised if the iPod line vanishes altogether, and the next unit announced as a Touch replacement is called the iPod micro. Next time, if not this one.
Bottom line: A worthy upgrade, considering how long it’s been for him, or for the person who’s finally realized how limited and clunky the competition is, but those happy with an iPhone5 running iOS8, might as well wait till their contract expires, for they gain only size, speed, and battery life for their bucks, and that may not be sufficient inducement unless “cool” rules. After all, technology is bought by the heart, not the head. How else can you explain enterprise choices?
“But”, you say. “Speaking of contracts, I thought your previous experience with Rogers was so bad you would never sign up with a cell provider again.” True, but the Spy hasn’t yet, and won’t with them. He’s got SIM cards for four other carriers (they range from cheap to free) but actually connecting to the cell net is either for summertime away from WI-FI coverage, or awaits negotiating a very low-cost pay-for-use and month-to-month occasional usage deal. OTOH, he doesn’t need a phone 99% of the time, and OTOH does not believe in financing a purchase with interest charges hidden away in a locked-in monthly contract where one isn’t even informed of the true rate of usury, or sometimes even of material one-sided changes to the terms. Is this an expensive iPad Touch/micro iPod? Yup. But it does enable the Spy to assign OS8 as a programming platform in his Comparative Languages class next semester (Assignment set: ten programs, eight languages, at least three platforms.)

Yosemite
The Spy is less enthusiastic about upgrading MacOS, despite that apps are already appearing without backward compatibility. His bad experience with the beta trial at WWDC may have him spooked a little, but the defining reason is that on his production machine (the iOS one is for news, weather, mobile development, browsing, and monitoring his server) he cannot afford any down time. Yes, this release is likely more solid, given its extended public beta, but he’ll play it safe and wait till a few days after the first maintenance release. Only then will he be in a position to test handoff, for instance. Meanwhile, he’s cleaning up the old machines by removing obsolete or known incompatible software, getting ready for a better install than last time. Maybe next month. At least no more machines are being left behind. Anything that runs Mavericks will run Yosemite.

Other new Mac-ish items include
a brand new twenty-seven inch Apple Thunderbolt monitor/hub–overpriced for this panel, but does add the hub, reduce the wire clutter, bump down his other monitors and take a decade-old screen off the desk. What about TB drives? Well, not yet, though it seems the wave of the future. Let’s hope that as a drive interface it beats eSATA expansion interfaces, which on the Mac are unreliable and unpredictable dogs compared to the ultra-dependable Firewire 800 and USB. The Spy is inclined to buy a combo USB3, FW800, TB drive enclosure, for he has one desktop with TB and the other without. He has also contacted a few standalone  hub manufactures for possible review models as fodder for a future column. Let’s see if any deign to answer.
The Spy plans to take his twenty three-inch Cinema Display and convert it to VESA-100 (adapter for this size no longer sold by Apple, but  CDW Canada still had some) attach a desktop stand mount, then rotate it for editing large documents–all this to sit beside the newer monitor in landscape mode. More on this later when the gear arrives, but Apple should sell rotatable monitors. Not doing so is a big oversight in otherwise sterling products.
He also prefers a trackball to a trackpad. He’s tried hard to get used to the latter, and they do have some good points, but a large diameter trackball is still the most comfortable and fastest pointing device made. However, one of his had died a few months ago, the Logitech replacement’s small ball never felt right, and the other had an optical sensor starting to go blind, so he sprang for two of the new Kensington Super Mouse (wired) model. These have the large ball, a scrolling wheel around that, and four buttons around the perimeter, but not the six instant navigation buttons older models sported. Still sleek, smooth, and fast, plus the best user experience restored. Highly recommended.

Out with the old
This week also saw him discard an old and now dead G4 he’d been using as a house server/backup machine, and replace it with a spare single-processor G5 he picked up for peanuts. Hey, these still make good servers, even if they do only run Tiger. The future of his old G5 Quad is in doubt however–even when a production machine, it had too may heat issues that ended with the fan in high speed mode and a re-boot required–these the very reasons Apple abandoned the Power chips for Intel, despite the downgrade in architectural design that decision cost. IBM’s lack of interest in solving those heat problems was precursor to their now complete exit from the consumer and small server hardware market. Good theoretical engineering, but in the end, poor maintenance of the IP in practical implementations set the state of the art back a generation.
Pity to see the once mighty giant in steep decline, but these days when you discard even the potential for consumer mindshare, overall marketshare inevitably suffers as well–even in the enterprise. That this is true in converse is amply demonstrated at Cupertino, where marketshare continues to ramp up at the expense of sad, tired, old, inadequate, poor-imitation W*nd*ws. R.I.P. Microsoft, which has lost its way sufficiently that even a new CEO won’t find it again. Will IBM follow into oblivion?

Another Technological Adventure
has been provided this month by the introduction to the Spy’s bedroom of a CPAP machine to control sleep apnea. The idea is to detect when apnea takes place by monitoring breathing, and apply air pressure to re-open the airways and re-start breathing before oxygen levels fall or sleep is interrupted. Too soon to say if it will work, though the first three nights’ experiments were not very successful. More on this adventure and the technology involved another time–another maybe for next month.

–The Northern Spy

Opinions expressed here are entirely the author’s own, and no endorsement is implied by any community or organization to which he may be attached. Rick Sutcliffe, (a.k.a. The Northern Spy) is professor of Computing Science and Mathematics at Canada’s Trinity Western University. He has been involved as a member or consultant with the boards of several community and organizations, and participated in developing industry standards at the national and international level. He is a co-author of the Modula-2 programming language R10 dialect. He is a long time technology author and has written two textbooks and nine novels, one named best ePublished SF novel for 2003. His columns have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers (paper and online), and he’s a regular speaker at churches, schools, academic meetings, and conferences. He and his wife Joyce have lived in the Aldergrove/Bradner area of BC since 1972.

Want to discuss this and other Northern Spy columns? Surf on over to ArjayBB.com. Participate and you could win free web hosting from the WebNameHost.net subsidiary of Arjay Web Services. Rick Sutcliffe’s fiction can be purchased in various eBook formats from Fictionwise, and in dead tree form from Amazon’s Booksurge.

URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Arjay Enterprises:
The Northern Spy Home Page: http://www.TheNorthernSpy.com
opundo : http://opundo.com
Sheaves Christian Resources : http://sheaves.org
WebNameHost : http://www.WebNameHost.net
WebNameSource : http://www.WebNameSource.net
nameman : http://nameman.net
General URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Books:
Author Site: http://www.arjay.ca
Publisher’s Site: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Richard-Sutcliffe.html
The Fourth Civilization–Ethics, Society, and Technology (4th 2003 ed.): http://www.arjay.bc.ca/EthTech/Text/index.html
URLs for items mentioned in this column
CDW Canada: https://www.cdw.ca
iPhone6: http://www.apple.com/iphone/
Kensington: http://www.kensington.com
With Heart: http://withheart.ca

Apple-1 Sells for World Record $905,000 USD at Bonhams

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A working Apple-1 computer recently listed by Bonhams Auction House has sold for a world record 905,000 USD.  This particular Apple-1, originally sold by the Byte Shop in Mountain View, Ca., was one of 50 hand built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in the famed Apple garage, is one of only 15 known to actually function.   This Apple-1 will reside at it’s new home, The Henry Ford Museum.

For more on the Bonham’s auction, check out the auction website at:

http://www.bonhams.com/press_release/17720/

3rd Anniversary of Steve Jobs’ Passing

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On this, the third anniversary of Steve Jobs passing, we take a look back at the man we knew or thought we knew.  Many of us had passing experiences with the one person who changed so much about the way we do business and run our personal lives.   Where would the world be without the iPhone or the iPad or the iPod.  These three items made our daily lives different in the way we enjoyed our music, our movies and our phone conversations and chats.  It also changed the way that social media pursued the end user.

For me personally, the last time I saw Steve was in December 2002 in person.  Even at that time, he looked a bit grey and ashen as he delivered his keynote for Mac Word Expo 2002 in Tokyo.   The introduction of the iMac received thunderous applause and the introduction of the iPod, iTunes and other goodies just really lit up the faces of the people who attended the conference.

But alas, 12 years later we are marking his passing and even those in charge of his now monolithic company pay homage, with CEO Tim Cook writing to Employees this past week; ”

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve’s life’s work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces.

Steve’s vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with us. Many of the ideas and projects we’re working on today got started after he died, but his influence on them — and on all of us — is unmistakeable.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for helping carry Steve’s legacy into the future.

- Tim

As I think of Steve and his hard driving attitudes which people both loved and loathed, it is with a fondness for his vision that I say, “I wish he were still here but appreciate the time he was with us!”

Gold Master Candidate Releases of Yosemite and XCode Bring Apple Asking for App Submissions

 

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Apple this week released the Gold Master Candidates for Mac OS X Yosemite and XCode 6.1 also put Apple in the position of asking developers to submit their Yosemite based Apps to the app store.  The latest version of Mac OS X and also the development environment XCode are in the final stages of work correctly bugs and are expected to be released within the next couple of weeks.  For more information, check out the Apple Developer news website at:

https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=09302014c

Making Apple II Software Now Easier with Xcode

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Jeremy Rand has released Apple2BuildPipeline to simplify and facilitate making Apple II software on OS X with Xcode. Based on a project by Quinn Dunki, Rand says, “The big change is that I have created an installer which adds a template in Xcode for Apple II projects…So, the next time you are thinking of starting some new project in Xcode, you can think ‘should I build something for iOS, Mac OS X or maybe the Apple II.’  When you select an Apple II project, Xcode prompts you for the name of your program and then creates a new project with the entire build pipeline ready to go.  This makes it very easy to create new 8-bit Apple II projects.  And the build pipeline grows with your project.  You can add as many C and assembly files as make sense.  They are automatically built and linked in to the final executable.  It detects and handles header file dependencies.  If you change a header file, the incremental build should do the right things automatically. It should work with all cc65 linker configurations, including DOS 3.3.  The disk image it creates is ProDOS or DOS 3.3 depending on the linker config you select in the Makefile.”

The Northern Spy — Bashing Apple –The Bad Hair Week

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by Rick Sutcliffe
October 2014

iOS8 was introduced at WWDC with much hoopla but actually arrived with some problems, and has needed two updates since, the current one being 8.0.2. Also many users find it is too large to install without deleting a great deal of material from their iPuds. Hint: Use iTunes for the update. Given the usual spit and polish Apple puts into new releases, this whole episode seems odd, even a little Microsoftish–as if something has slipped there. Heads may roll.

ShellShock
As if that weren’t bad enough, the world learned this week that good old reliable, well-hammered-upon UNIX in many flavours, including BSD (beneath OS X) and Linux has been harbouring a flaw in the Bash Shell most people use that would allow arbitrary code to be executed under some circumstances. It appears that some form of access would be needed to do this, but many systems are potentially vulnerable, including Macs not behind a firewall or acting as servers. On most systems, shell users can test for vulnerability by typing check='() { echo this system is vulnerable; }’ bash -c check.  If the system allows a function to be defined with executable code sneakily appended in this manner, executing the improperly defined function will print the message in braces. If a patch has already been applied to prevent this by correctly terminating function definitions, it will not. The good news is that most Linux cPanel systems (including the Spy’s own servers) are already patched, and that Apple has released OX updates patching Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks systems. Owners operating under previous OSs are on their own to obtain and apply a patch. But for once, Windows dodges this particular nasty bullet–and how few times have we been able to say that over the decades? Malware remains remarkably rare in the Mac world.

Around the Bend
And we also saw claims that the new iPhone 6 and 6+ were susceptible to bending in people’s pockets. As many have pointed out, the initial video documenting this appears to be fraudulent. Apple responded by inviting journalists to its testing lab to see what they actually do to deal with such potential problems and stated for the record that only a handful of complaints have been received from among the millions sold. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports has tested the phones and found the claims overblown. Bending the phone requires nearly. as much force as breaking it.  That said, one would tend to think that something that thin ought not to be sat on, or placed in a the pocket of pants tighter than one’s own skin. Still, the Spy sees a possible class action suit coming from someone with nothing better to do than throw sand in someone else’s gears.

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Apple will drop the lesser shoe on its product announcements in October, as suggested here last month. This time around, expect three or more of a twenty-seven inch retina iMac, iPad lineup changes, possibly another new monitor, and a significantly improved Mac Mini. Given the dropping of the iPod Classic, though, the Spy has to  wonder whether the iPhone IS the new iPod Touch, and there won’t be another.  After all, the iPhone lineup has models in the 16G, 64G and the new 128G capacities. The first is too small for anyone needing significant storage, and the last too rich for most, so the vast majority of people will opt for the 64G model. The only ones buying the 16G model will be those needing only phone functions and little or no storage for music or photos. Given that all these are now sold unlocked, it makes sense to the Spy that some people will buy an iPhone and not activate it except when out of country or in areas remote enough to lack w-fi, but still be in range of cell. This is in fact exactly what the Spy has decided to do, and his iPhone 6+ is on order for delivery next month sometime–a worthy replacement for his five-year old Touch.  Also on the way–a twenty-seven inch Thunderbolt monitor. He edits too many large documents these days and needs the real estate. He’ll let you know on both scores. Pity, though that he has to buy all new cables and cradles. Besides, the day is coming when cell, per se, will be replaced by ubiquitous wi-fi, something already happening in many cities, towns, coffee shops and fast food restaurants. Since it makes no sense to use a pone while driving, once all the locations a body is like to lite and set are covered, cell towers will be irrelevant.

a Tixi a Taxi
If all that weren’t bad enough, Apple is facing an EU probe into the legality of its having sheltered income from taxes in friendly Ireland. Should this go badly for the company, billions in taxes could be payable, not to mention fines. The U.S. government has also grown restive over the practice of parking profits overseas to avoid paying its taxes, and may consider changing its laws. The net potential: governments attache multi-ten-billion dollar siphons to Apple’s nest-egg bank account. The Spy’s never been one to knock success, but Cupertino ought to be paying its share, like we of hoi polloi.

iBM also reprised
The Spy notes with interest that iBM has now sold its server business to Lenovo, effectively removing it altogether from any semblance of being a small computer provider, and adding cachet to last months proclamation here that to be iBM compatible now means that you use a Mac. Hey, so-called PC sales are in serious decline while Apple continues to ramp up Mac production. True, it’s small potatoes now compared to the mobile business, but it’s the company’s heritage, and more profitable all the time with the slow but inevitable demise of the dated and inefficient W*nd*ws. But where is the “machine” in iBM, given that it now only makes the big iron? Perhaps a name change to iERC (for “enterprise research and consulting”) is in order.  Remember the day when IBM could have bought Apple from chump change? Now the foot is in the other shoe, though it would take more than mere change, and isn’t likely to happen, for reasons detailed here last month.

Mac World reprised–or not
It’s only in the geek stage of a new technology that it needs many magazines, not when it is mature. So, it isn’t too surprising that yet another magazine will no longer publish a paper edition, but go entirely digital. The Spy rations his online time, and is therefore likely to be lost as a reader in the transition Mac World is making. Too bad, but that’s life.

CONnections
Enough for this week’s ramblings. There is his tenth novel to work on, a book on the new programming language he’s partnered to design, material to ready for this weekend’s VCON panels (including a reading) and assorted administrivia for Church and the university to prepare for budget and board meetings. See y’all next month.

–The Northern Spy

Opinions expressed here are entirely the author’s own, and no endorsement is implied by any community or organization to which he may be attached. Rick Sutcliffe, (a.k.a. The Northern Spy) is professor of Computing Science and Mathematics at Canada’s Trinity Western University. He has been involved as a member or consultant with the boards of several community and organizations, and participated in developing industry standards at the national and international level. He is a co-author of the Modula-2 programming language R10 dialect. He is a long time technology author and has written two textbooks and nine novels, one named best ePublished SF novel for 2003. His columns have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers (paper and online), and he’s a regular speaker at churches, schools, academic meetings, and conferences. He and his wife Joyce have lived in the Aldergrove/Bradner area of BC since 1972.

Want to discuss this and other Northern Spy columns? Surf on over to ArjayBB.com. Participate and you could win free web hosting from the WebNameHost.net subsidiary of Arjay Web Services. Rick Sutcliffe’s fiction can be purchased in various eBook formats from Fictionwise, and in dead tree form from Amazon’s Booksurge.

URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Arjay Enterprises:
The Northern Spy Home Page: http://www.TheNorthernSpy.com
opundo : http://opundo.com
Sheaves Christian Resources : http://sheaves.org
WebNameHost : http://www.WebNameHost.net
WebNameSource : http://www.WebNameSource.net
nameman : http://nameman.net
General URLs for Rick Sutcliffe’s Books:
Author Site: http://www.arjay.ca
Publisher’s Site: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Richard-Sutcliffe.html
The Fourth Civilization–Ethics, Society, and Technology (4th 2003 ed.): http://www.arjay.bc.ca/EthTech/Text/index.html
URLs for items mentioned in this column
VCON: http://http://www.vcon.ca/

Apple Partially Patches Bash Vulnerability

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Apple released a patch for the bash UNIX shell to address two serious security vulnerabilities known as ‘shell shock.’  The updates don’t appear to be in Software Update and can be manually installed for OS 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9.

Two additional vulnerabilities have been discovered.  Those not wanting to wait for Apple, or needing to patch OS 10.6, can refer to articles on MacIssues or WonderHowTo.