iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2 a whopping 4.8GB

Apple has updated the iOS 14 again (first it was 14 then 14.1 with important bug fixes, and now 14.2…all within less than 60 days).

14.2 security changes (note, you can’t download the update, but have to use over the air, or iTunes to install).

There are a host of new features like Intercom, new Emoji, Music Recognition, Optimization of AirPod Charging, improvement to new Ipad-Air camera features, Apple Watch App changes, Applecard update and new wallpapers…personally, I just want to know why my iPhone has to have Privacy off for wifi network at work (Aruba networks Access Points) as it was fine prior to iOS14 and now, is it Aruba needing patch or Apple making changes without notification…again.

One more thing, it took over 30 mins to update! Do NOT do an update unless you can spare 1/2hr or more…!

The last Mac OS update to Catalina? 10.15.7

round image of catalina island Mac OS 10.15
Image Apple © 2020

***Download the Combo Updater to 10.15.7 from Apple support weighing in at a hefty 4.82 GB.

Apple doesn’t say much about this update:

macOS Catalina 10.15.7 provides important security updates and bug fixes for your Mac.

• Resolves an issue where macOS would not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks
• Fixes an issue that could prevent files syncing through iCloud Drive
• Addresses a graphic issue that may occur on iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020) with Radeon Pro 5700 XT

I guess the next release will be MacOS 11 (X1) “Big Sur” …

*** I always recommend the Combo Updater when available. The Delta patches seem to be unreliable to leftover previous versions (aka band-aiding). The Combo will replace the OS changes throughout.

Fujitsu ScanSnap Manager now 64bit for Mac

scan snap s1100 portable document scanner

If you use or support users with Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners, you might visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads to see if your model is listed and update your software to support Catalina and newer OS for Mac.
Like most, anyone on High Sierra or Mojave, was warned that with Catalina, and likely Big Sur, will need to replace their 32bit apps with 64bit versions. Otherwise you shouldn’t upgrade to 10.15 (Catalina) or Big Sur (release coming in late 2020).

Some have contacted Fujitsu but without any confirmation of updating the old Scansnap Manager. Instead, Fujitsu had release ScanSnap Home, which lacked granular feature set that ScanSnap Manager has. Not only that, but Home had taken on a more “Icon” look than intuitive settings.

But if you visit the ScanSnap Manager downloads (7-2020 it was at V7), you will need to remove the ScanSnap home version.
(Mac) Drag the ScanSnap Home folder )in Applications) to the trash and empty. Then, open the ScanSnap Online Update folder, and then open the SUB folder and run the online uninstaller. Once it completes, it will remove the Update folder from Applications. Now you can install the Manager software.

Malwarebytes no longer free…its disabledware.


Well, the best tool for removing pups and malicious software, Malwarebytes, that was my goto and the first application for Windows that didn’t create problems, is no longer free. Well, the personal version is, but its kinda
Honestly, the person edition (home user) is supposed to be free to download, with a 14-day trial. But if you try to use the personal edition in a domain or workplace, the software will not only install, but will complete a malware scan. It is at the end of this scan, that it prompts you to purchase their Malware Team edition. You can’t quarantine, nor repair the infected volume scanned.
If you have a domain at home (some need domain controller for testing, other applications, running NAS, etc) then you will need to buy it.

Ok. I get it. Years of being free, and I am guilty of running it on some work machines (that are a non-profit owned) in a pinch. And that our IT dept doesn’t have very good malware protection aka McAfee (so many things get past it, we called it Crap-a-fee).

So, I know that unless I am helping a home user (and I do have them buy it if is solves/cleans their issue), but I’m kinda bummed as I have been recommending and marketing to home users to buy. And I even have a lifetime license. What I want is a bootable CD into Windows, that lets me scan all volumes. But it doesn’t work that way. Looks like I may buy some stand-alone versions for work (under $200 for 5 computers).

Bummer. Malware just got a little worse…

Apple adds new iPad Pro with LIDAR and more…

 The new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard

The new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard.

This month, Apple is releasing a new iPadPro with optional Magic Keyboard and trackpad support.

I read the reviews…and some make sense: why? This is expensive and the LIDAR for AR is before the cart, so to speak. I just know too many cool uses and also that fragility of Apple design for replacement costs… but hey, watch their pro-mo video on it!

You can read more about the technical specifications.
Apple keeps saying that iPads are not a computer but then they taunt this as your next “computer that is not a computer”. Honestly, I think many do not need a computer, and just a tablet and phone. But durability is not Apple. And reasonable cost is not Apple.

Read the pricing below, but I think that for the value, a loaded 13″ MacbookAir would do all you need (except the LIDAR and pencil). Think about the new MacbookAir at $1499 for 16GB ram, and 512GB storage vs a 12.5″ iPad ($1299 with 512GB), plus add ($349) for the Magic Keyboard and another ($129) for the Pencil. That is more than the MacbookAir. Oh, and if you are worried, AppleCare+ should be a no-brainer at $199-249.

Now the OUCH in Pricing:
The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. A starting configuration of 128GB offers pro customers more room for their apps and content, along with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $949 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,149 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Trackpad support will be available on any iPad running iPadOS 13.4, and work with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. Third-party mice connected over Bluetooth or USB are also supported.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for $299 (US) for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

The second-generation Apple Pencil for iPad Pro is available for $129 (US). The new Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available in space gray for $179 (US) for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $199 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

IpadPro profile from side with magic keyboard attached
Looks helluva lot like Surface Pro from Microsoft.

Anyone else think this looks like A Surface Pro in this shot?

iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

iOS 13.4 is out… whopping 4GB

iphone screen showing about information
Image from Apple 2020.

Apple released this week their latest iOS update 13.4 (for iPhone and iPad), that allows iCloud Drive sharing, and numerous fixes.
Note: you need to update either OTA (over the air) or physically connect to your iTunes computer. (Preferred is to backup device via iTunes, then update)

Also, there is a new Security update along with Safari update.

AV Receivers and Integrated App Warning!

spotify logo

I’m not crazy. I’m not screaming the sky is falling. But I am sure of one thing: current AV Theater Receiver manufacturers are irresponsible to the IoT of products. Read on, and I explain why.

You let your friend, family or neighbor on your home wifi to access email or show you something from their FB or other account. Innocent enough. But months later, that same neighbor is going for a walk, and wants to listen to their Spotify. Launching the app on their phone, they see “Onkyo434b51…” and press that. Well, they hear nothing on their phone (duh! says I). But they can hear their music nearby. Its coming from, you guessed it, YOUR AV amp and its blaring country!
Well this neighbor was nice enough to call me and tell me the news. I go outside and sure enough, music is playing in my garage, where I have an Onkyo TX-NR656 receiver for playing my iTunes or future ATV and display (watch Youtube while making/repairing car…).
I can find nothing in the Onkyo PDF or manual to disable Spotify. I can unplug the power is all, for now. My neighbor comes over and laughs, “well, aren’t you glad its not 2am and I’m drunk, playing sad cowboy music?” Yes, I tell him. And now I worry. He was on LTE, not on my wifi. And my receiver is plugged into my LAN, not using wireless. So how did this happen?
Looking back, at one point, I think he was on my wifi as we could see it (he was a yard away) and couldn’t reach his network.
“Like a good neighbor, wifi is there!”
IIRC, I put my info in his phone to connect and allow him to put up stuff for all to watch. Well, that was last summer. I have since changed the wifi pwd. I don’t know how he connected.
Then I googled it and read that “once you use Spotify Connect to use a device it runs on, it remains in your Spotify account to connect to. Echo dot, AVreceiver, Speaker w/Spotify built in, phone, tablet. So somehow, it had the cable modem IP or MAC address and could connect from LTE to internet to my amp!
I search for how to block but came up that others, as far as 4 years ago, were having same issue without resolution. Some suggested to unplug the LAN (most connected for updating) but I needed it for internet radio, iTunes (remote and songs on home Mac) and BlueTooth for immediate audio from my iphone.
A solution!
Well, this was luck. Searching google with the obvious didn’t work with solution. But wording the search as “block Spotify connect tcp udp ports” resulting in a github page. But the page didn’t list this. The search did, however, and the ports you want to block TCP/UDP in and out are 57621 and 57622. There is a port 4070 mentioned, but I think that is the app (and it may also find 443 to get out). But that might be for Spotify users and not the Spotify Connect of the appliance set.
Also, I was able to turn off the NET feature (default on) of the Onkyo to disable internet power on when the receiver is in STANDBY mode. The caveat here is that I can’t just see the Onkyo from my home iTunes, and start playing. I need to actually turn the receiver on “physically” and then I can send music from my iTunes. (I Really wish that Apple didn’t discontinue The Airport Express and use that as I always did, or that they had a way for Home Pod to stream to a device). I could use an Apple TV but I need an HDMI cable(s) and display to do that. Optical out would suffice for audio. Saving this for Part 2.
No Port in a Spotify storm
I blocked those ports in my router (Orbi by Netgear…you can login with a browser and use the Advanced Security settings for ports. I selected ALL devices to test, but later will get the IP manually set for the receiver and only block that).
I had my neighbor over, and he could not see the device (and it was on). Success.

So I came to the conclusion, per the documents I had, that there is NO way to turn off the Spotify connect in the Onkyo Receiver. It also has Pandora, along with Google Chromecast and possibly another. I tried to contact Onkyo, as this could be done with a firmware patch to allow “enable/disable” of any of the internet apps. Ironically, it allows a password feature for Airplay! And Spotify’s only solution I could find was to get the user to reset their account of devices (not happening) or sign up for Spotify (DING! Pay? No!) Premium and take over the device (like a Block the Squatterfy!)
While I don’t understand how Spotify Connect works, I can see that someone could hack the service and get into ANY Spotify Connect device not associate with a premium account user. AV Receiver makers, wake up. IoT is here…and I can hear the lawsuits.

Same site, new look!

firewood shed
Simple Firewood shed!

New look. New year. New debt. New fear.

Hope 2020 is as clean as the look on this site!

See you soon with more comments on how Apple isn’t being a good company. How Apple products are still too expensive to own, fix and maintain. And let’s see if having Siri in my house is a good thing! Cheers to more pwd/account breaches and hoping other states follow in California Privacy laws.

MacOS Mojave update 10.14.6 Combo out…

…at a whopping 3.1 Gigabytes!

Ironically, my Mac with 10.14.5 indicated no updates available…

(per Apple’s download page)

(included in) This update:
• Makes downloaded issues available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, both online and offline
• Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed
• Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues in Apple News+ by selecting History > Clear > Clear All
• Addresses an issue which prevents creation of a new Boot Camp partition on iMac and Mac mini with Fusion Drive
• Resolves an issue that may cause a hang during a restart
• Resolves a graphics issue that may occur when waking from sleep
• Fixes an issue that may cause fullscreen video to appear black on Mac mini
• Improves file sharing reliability over SMB