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Mountain Lion: How to get the most out of iMessage

So, now that Mountain Lion has been released for everyone I thought I'd write a quick blog post on how to get the most out of iMessages (now called Messages) on your iOS device and your Desktop.

If you are an Apple Ecosystem person (iOS + OSX) you'll love it.  Messages is the replacement for iChat and it allows you to have the same conversation with anyone that is in the iOS ecosystem across all your devices all at the same time.

So here's how to get the most out of it.

Open Messages, the icon looks like the above picture.  In your preferences, you need to set up your iMessages account.  I use my iCloud account, (me.com), but you can use any email address I believe.  So, add your iMessages account.  Enter all your email addresses there on the bottom, it may ask you to verify them (at which point Apple will send you an email through the account that you entered to ensure you actually own that account):

The next setting to pay attention to is the "Caller ID".  Pay pa…

@Sparrow, I have a feature request

In the Gmail interface, if you are in the middle of a "conversation" there is a black arrow to the message you are currently working with.  That way you can put the arrow on a specific email and then hit enter to expand that message.  The current Sparrow interface doesn't have the black arrow to see where you are in the conversation.

That being said, if you are in the middle of a thread (where there are new messages appended to an already thick stack of messages in a conversation that is collapsed when you reopen it), the black arrow should be by default placed on the new (non collapsed message), as Gmail does.

This is all for consistency in between the two platforms, and the need for the keyboard shortcuts (the best feature of Sparrow IMO) to function exactly the same as Gmail's.

Please leave comments below.

Apple Hardens Security with Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Safari 5.1.7

TidBITS Safe Computing: Apple Hardens Security with Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Safari 5.1.7:

What a fantastic idea.

From the article:


Safari will now check the version of Flash you are running and disable it if it is not capable of updating itself to a current version. Flash versions 10.1.102.64 (yes, that’s a version number, not an IP address) and older don’t include the capability to update themselves to new releases, requiring users to update manually. Newer versions will self-update as Adobe releases fixes, which minimizes the chances a user will be exposed to Flash-related security issues.
It also fixes this error:

Mac OS X 10.7.4 fixes a security error introduced in 10.7.3 that exposed a user’s password if they upgraded to Lion while leaving the legacy version of FileVault enabled. The flaw was due to a developer leaving debugging code enabled, which logged the user’s password in plain text. This problem affected only the older version of FileVault that encrypted a user’s home directory,…

I believe this pcap to be bad.

Alerts (2.9.2.2, dump-1.pcap)
1:18275:9 FILE-IDENTIFY HyperText Markup Language file download request Alerts: 1
1:16425:15 FILE-IDENTIFY Portable Executable binary file download request Alerts: 3
1:21860:1 SPECIFIC-THREATS Phoenix exploit kit post-compromise behavior Alerts: 4
1:21042:4 BLACKLIST URI possible Blackhole post-compromise download attempt - .php?f= Alerts: 1
1:21492:12 SPECIFIC-THREATS Blackhole landing page with specific structure - prototype catch Alerts: 3
1:21347:3 BLACKLIST URI possible Blackhole URL - .php?page= Alerts: 1
1:13245:2 BACKDOOR troya 1.4 runtime detection - init connection Alerts: 2
1:21646:6 SPECIFIC-THREATS Blackhole landing page with specific structure - prototype catch Alerts: 2
1:11192:12 FILE-IDENTIFY download of executable content Alerts: 2
120:8:1 (http_inspect) INVALID CONTENT-LENGTH OR CHUNK SIZE Alerts:…

Safari 5.1.4 now available

Safari 5.1.4 now available, fixes issues and improves performance | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog:


Improve JavaScript performanceImprove responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connectionAddress an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windowsAddress issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFsPreserve links in PDFs saved from webpagesFix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zoomingFix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 videoImprove stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensionsAllow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private BrowsingFix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the "Remove All Website Data" button