Update your Mac: Apple fixes major flaw in OS X Yosemite, but won’t patch Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks

Update your Mac: Apple fixes major flaw in OS X Yosemite, but won’t patch Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks.

This is why it’s a good idea to update your operating system to the latest version if it can run it.  If your current system can’t run the latest version, then it may be time to buy a new system.  If you have an app (program) which you’re not sure is supported by the latest operating system, then check with the company that wrote the program and they should be able to tell you if there is a newer version of that app which runs on the latest operating system.

It’s also a good idea to regularly check for any operating system or app updates.  This can be done by regularly going into the Mac App Store and also getting an app like MacUpdate.

If you are running OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or later you can upgrade to OS X Yosemite for free.  Check this page out to see if your computer qualifies.  If it does qualify, I strongly urge you to go to the Mac App Store and search for Yosemite.  If you have OS X Leopard (10.5) then you will first need to upgrade to OS X Snow Leopard and then upgrade to Yosemite.

Many people just continue to run the operating system the computer came with because that’s what they’re used to and they don’t want to change.

The problem with that logic though is that operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple stop supporting older versions after a while and so any security bugs which are found don’t get patched (fixed) any more.

If you have a Mac, click on the Apple symbol   in the upper left hand corner and then select About This Mac.

If you do upgrade to OS X Yosemite from an old version, I also suggest you make a backup of your system before upgrading.  I use Carbon Copy Cloner, which works on OS X 10.8 or later. There is another product called SuperDuper which works on OS X 10.6 or later, but I’ve not used it.

Before you back up your system you will need a portable hard drive for as little as $50 from Best Buy, Amazon, etc.  Buy a unit which will be able to connect to your computer.  If you have an older computer which only has USB 2.0 ports then don’t purchase a unit that only supports USB 3.0.

Here are the OS X version numbers and what they’re also known as:

VersionName
10.5Leopard
10.6Snow Leopard
10.7Lion
10.8Mountain Lion
10.9Mavericks
10.10Yosemite

 

If you have Windows, I would suggest upgrading to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, depending on what your hardware supports.  Again, I suggest backing up your system before upgrading to a portable hard drive.  Unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations as far a good programs to make a bootable (you could start your computer) backup for Windows.

Once you’ve done the upgrade and every thing seems to be running OK and you don’t need to go back to the old system, then you can use that portable hard drive you backed up to, to make regular backups of your system, which is an excellent thing to do anyways.

OS X comes with an app called Time Machine which once set up, sits quietly in the background and makes regular incremental backups of files that change.  Check this page to learn more about Time Machine.

You can also use Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner to make full bootable backups of your Mac.  Personally, I use both.  I have Time Machine always running and then at least once a month, I run a task to clone my Mac.

If you have fast Internet available, then I’d also suggest using an online backup service such as Carbonite (which I use) or BackBlaze.

Backing up your files is another key computing practice since you don’t want an accident or disaster to happen and you’ve lost your precious pictures, music, etc.

I know this article has been very Mac-centric and that is because that is what I regularly use.

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Devotion – April 9, 2015 | Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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Strength in Words – The Upper Room

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Self Control: I Could Never Give Up That! – FaithGateway

Self Control: I Could Never Give Up That! – FaithGateway.

A different perspective on “all things are possible”.  We can have self-control..

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Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast : Prisoner of Hope – Part 4

Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast : Prisoner of Hope – Part 4.

Another good message from Joyce Meyer on forgiveness and hope.

You can get past episodes of her 15-minute radio program here.

If you want past episodes of her 30-minute TV program, go here.

Daring Fireball: The Apple Watch

Daring Fireball: The Apple Watch.

A long, but seems to be very thorough review of the new Apple Watch.

Regardless of which model you get, the functionality will be identical.  The 42 mm does have a bigger screen.  Also, the Sport edition (starts at $349) doesn’t have the “sapphire” crystal which the regular (starting at $549) and Edition model (starting at $10,000) have..  Here is a link to the Apple site with all the info they want you to know about Apple Watch.

I’m not planning on getting one as I currently have the Pebble Steel (which I bought at Best Buy for $199) and in July will be getting the new Pebble Time Steel which I supported on Kickstarter for $250.

Pebble watches work with both Android and iOS and admittedly have more functionality when paired with an Android phone because iOS is more restrictive as to what they’ll allow devices to do.  Apple Watch will only work with iPhone 5 or later.

I will probably check it out once all of the buzz dies down for it if I go to an Apple Store, but I’ve heard they are encouraging people to order online.  While it looks very enticing from the ads, that’s exactly what ads are supposed to do, make you want the product.  I saw the demonstration at the March 9th event and it looks very good as well  Having an app on my iPhone which I don’t plan on using and can’t delete is kind of irksome though.

I love being able to get notifications from my phone on my watch.  It is so convenient to look at my watch to see the latest weather alert or temperature, when I get an e-mail or text who it is from and decide if I want to pull out my phone or iPad to read the e-mail or text, get Facebook status updates, sports score changes, and see the number of who is calling me.  I also love being able to control the podcast I am listening to right from my watch.  I can pause, fast-forward or back up from the watch.

The Pebble Steel I currently has can usually go for 5-7 days between charges, which is also very good.  The new Apple Watch is good for 18 hours of normal use.  The Pebble Time Steel I am getting in July is supposed to last for up to 10 days.  With the current Pebble Steel, I can charge it with it still on me since the charger connects on the side of the watch.  The new Pebble Time Steel will charge on the back, so I won’t be able to keep it on my wrist and charge it.

As far as the screen goes.  The Apple Watch looks very nice.  My current Pebble Steel is an e-ink black-and-white display with a backlight.  The new Pebble Time Steel will be an e-ink color display (able to display up to 256 colors) and will be always-on.

Here is an interesting article by Jim “The Beard” Dalrymple on the chance of Apple Watch’s success.

I think Apple is taking a risk, which I’ll be very interested to see how it turns out in a couple years or so.  Will I still be wearing a Pebble watch, or will Apple’s marketing work it’s magic and get me buying an Apple Watch.  Only time will tell.