Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
Other articles in the series DNS Flaws Could Have Led to Disaster
The top news for this week is Apple's failure - despite plenty of notification - to fix a critical flaw in DNS that's already in the wild. Rich Mogull and Glenn Fleishman explain the problem and the possible workarounds for those running DNS servers; the full fix will require an update from Apple. Apple also comes in for criticism from Glenn on their handling of the MobileMe transition and on their response - a tepidly worded status page. Adam piles on with an examination of a bug that causes iTunes 7.7 to corrupt accented track and artist names, and some workarounds to prevent an updated iPod touch from beeping constantly. On a more positive note, we cover Apple's stellar financial results, Neale Monks reviews the watermarking and image prep tool iWatermark, and Adam passes on a link to a hilarious video about fonts (really - go watch it!). In the TidBITS Watchlist, we glance at updates to Firefox, Default Folder X, Typinator, PDFpen (and PDFpen Pro), Keyboard Maestro, Skype, iLife '08, and AirPort Extreme.
Check out this hilarious video of "fonts" at a conference. Show full article
Is your iPod touch beeping constantly after being upgraded to 2.0? Adam explains the problem and passes on two somewhat unsatisfactory solutions.Show full article
Apple posted a $1.07 billion profit on revenues of $7.46 billion, a significant improvement over last year's profit of $818 million on revenue of $5.41 billion.Show full article
iTunes 7.7 contains a subtle bug that can convert accented characters in artist and track names into other characters, rendering the names incorrect or even unreadable. Never fear, though, since there's a workaround.Show full article
Google at last enables always-on security for its Gmail service, while also revealing the locations from which your account has been accessed recently. Show full article
Apple's veil of secrecy remains largely intact in a non-apology that provides information for MobileMe users whose stored email is unavailable. Show full article
Looking for a tool that will put textual or graphical watermarks on your photos or other images? Check out Script Software's iWatermark, which provides useful watermarking tools along with a number of other image prep capabilities, such as resizing, thumbnail creation, and file conversion.Show full article
Apple has made its biggest security stumble ever by not releasing a necessary patch for a serious DNS exploit that allows any domain name to be redirected to any IP address. Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include Firefox 3.0.1, Default Folder X 4.0.7, Typinator 3.1, PDFpen (and PDFpen Pro) 3.5, Keyboard Maestro 3.3, Skype 220.127.116.110, minor changes to iLife '08, and AirPort Extreme Update 2008-002.Show full article
This week's discussions cover continued problems with MobileMe, how to cope with the theft of a laptop, synchronizing iPhones, and more.Show full article