Day One is an elegantly designed journaling application that runs on iOS and on OS X. It’s cloud integrated so that everything stays in sync and is accessible from anywhere. I use it and it’s an excellent tool. I highly recommend it.
Day One has been the App of the Week on the Mac App Store this week and today is the last day to get the OS X version (Mac) for 30% off ($6.99) and the iOS version (iPhone / iPad) for free.
Day One is made by Bloom Built, LLC and here’s their description.
Day One is a journaling app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.
More about Day One is available on their web site.
I use a Mac, and I’m thankful that the OS X platform has a history of fewer problems with malware than Windows. There are some ‘design’ reasons for that benefit to OS X users, but either way, it’s a good idea to keep the tools handy for protection against malware attacks.
ClamXav is a Mac port of the free and open source virus scanner called ClamAV. I have found it to be stable and reliable. It has been updated recently to version 2.6.4, and MacUpdate.com provides information about this latest release along with a description of the software provided by the developer.
Free virus checker, based on ClamAV
ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.
I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I’m providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the ‘More Information’ link above on this page.
- ClamAV engine updated 0.98.4
- ClamXav now supports going full screen on OS X 10.7 or later
- Fixed issue where ClamXav might incorrectly report a file being moved to quarantine
- Fixed issue where ClamXav would crash if the RunFreshclam tool was missing
- Fixed issue where clamdscan gets stuck in a loop using 100% CPU
- Improvements for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Transmission is my favourite BitTorrent client. It’s fast and efficient, has a very nice GUI, and it’s multi-platform. I enjoy using it to download free and open source software, especially Linux distributions.
Here’s the information from MacUpdate.com.
Transmission is a fast, easy and free multi-platform BitTorrent client.
Transmission sets initial preferences so things “Just Work”, while advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocking, and the Web interface can be configured with just a few clicks. Macworld put it this way: “It’s fast, it’s extremely lightweight, and – even though it’s available for a variety of platforms – it behaves just as you’d expect a Mac program to.”
Transmission supports full encryption, file selection, a web-based interface, groups, peer exchange, automatic port forwarding, webseeds, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more.
Its code is freely available online and is licensed under either the GNU Public License v2 or the MIT License. The development team welcomes anyone who is interested in contributing code, documentation, translations, or other help.
- Fix peer communication vulnerability (no known exploits) reported by Ben Hawkes
Apple updated the OS X and iOS operating systems yesterday. Of note in these updates is a new version of Apple’s native web browser, Safari, which addresses several security issues. From Apple, here’s the description and some relevant links.
The OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks
- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup
- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep
- Includes Safari 7.0.5
OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update
OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 Update (Combo)
This update contains bug fixes and security updates, including:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability
- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners
- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
Available via iTunes or OTA
iTunes appears to have a bug related to importing playlists (i.e., “.m3u” files). If you drag a playlist into iTunes, the music files are added to iTunes but will not show up in the iTunes Library. Consequently, the added files don’t show up in searches or Smart Playlists either. What’s especially confusing is that the imported playlist shows up in the left column with other playlists! And, when selecting the imported playlist, the imported files will display in the right pane and can be played from there. I’m guessing that the drag-and-drop method doesn’t result in the added files being indexed properly by iTunes.
The solution is to import the playlist via the “File » Library » Import Playlist…” menu item. This causes iTunes to index the files properly as it adds them to the Library. That in turn allows other features of iTunes to work correctly for these files.
[Wired.com][wired] has an interesting article on [the cognitive benefits of chewing gum][wired] of all things! 😀
> Why do people chew gum? If an anthropologist from Mars ever visited a typical supermarket, they’d be confounded by those shelves near the checkout aisle that display dozens of flavored gum options. Chewing without eating seems like such a ridiculous habit, the oral equivalent of running on a treadmill. And yet, people have been chewing gum for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Greeks began popping wads of mastic tree resin in their mouth to sweeten the breath. Socrates probably chewed gum.
> It turns out there’s an excellent rationale for this long-standing cultural habit: Gum is an effective booster of mental performance, conferring all sorts of benefits without any side effects.
An [interesting read][wired], to be sure!
Our family has a principle that we try to follow regarding medicine: Use intervention only when the body isn’t working the way God designed it to work. This has been the principle we’ve followed in childbirth, as well, and though it’s hard work there are clear benefits.
A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but some women are now electing to deliver two or three weeks early. Even though 37 weeks is still considered full term, studies show that babies born even a few weeks too early are at greater risk for health problems than those who are born later. That has some doctors campaigning to curb the trend of scheduled labor and delivery.
Pediatrician Ed Donovan of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says data collected over the past several decades show those babies have an increased risk of complications compared with waiting until the mother goes into labor spontaneously.
“It’s now really well-documented in national studies that the risk of the baby having to require intensive care in a neonatal intensive care unit — even the risk of infant death — is increased when the baby is born as little as two weeks before the due date,” says Donovan.
Read the whole article here.
After I upgraded to the latest version of VirtualBox, my virtual machines wouldn’t launch. The error reported did not seem very helpful — something like the following.
Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE).
Unknown error creating VM (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE)
Googling around, I found an entry in the VirtualBox.org forums from February 2011 that suggested removing world-writeable permissions from the OS X main Applications folder (/Applications). I checked, and sure enough, that folder on my system was world-writeable.
Wow! That’s troubling! That folder ought not be world-writeable! So, was the VirtualBox installer responsible for making it world-writeable? I don’t know, but making that change at the command line as follows resolved the problem.
#sudo chmod o-w /Applications
I didn’t realise that this bird of prey is the fastest living creature on Earth — fascinating information from today’s featured Wikipedia article.
The Peregrine Falcon is a cosmopolitan bird of prey in the family Falconidae. The Peregrine reaches speeds of over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop, making it the fastest extant member of the animal kingdom. The world’s most widespread bird of prey, it can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests; the only major ice-free landmass from which it is entirely absent is New Zealand. While its diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, the Peregrine Falcon will occasionally hunt small mammals, small reptiles or even insects.
This NASA video is fascinating and beautiful.
Most time lapse videos of the night sky show the stars and sky moving above a steady Earth. Here, however, the frames have been digitally rotated so that it is the stars that stay (approximately) steady, and the Earth that moves beneath them. The video dramatically shows the actual rotation of the Earth, called diurnal motion, in a clear and moving way, as if the camera were floating free in space.