Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn



Mac OS X

“Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All


Members of Apple’s Mac Developer Program were given early access to a preview version of the new operating system, and Apple began accepting signups from the general public. That public beta (a slightly later version than Developer Preview 4, released earlier this week) is now available — and so is a new Take Control book about beta testing Yosemite!

I love it that Joe Kissell has written a book about beta software. If you’re messing with the beta, it would be a good idea to read this book.

via TidBITS: “Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite” Says It All.

No, Your App Isn’t Compatible with Yosemite


I got a press release in my inbox just now, telling me about an app that is compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. “This latest version of APPNAME adds support for Yosemite, OS X 10.10.” Sorry, you’re wrong. Your app may be compatible with the latest beta of Yosemite, but claiming that it’s compatible with […]

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive


If you do decide to participate in the Yosemite beta program, I recommend creating a bootable installer drive, on an external hard drive or a thumb drive (USB stick), for many of the same reasons I recommend making a bootable Mavericks installer drive: If you want to install the Yosemite beta on multiple Macs, using a bootable installer drive can be more convenient than downloading or copying the entire installer to each computer.

Naturally, if you have a developer account, and work with the betas, you may want to do this. It’s very useful if you run into problems and need to reinstall Yosemite, which I’ve had to do a couple of times since the first release.

via How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive | Macworld.


Why You Shouldn’t Install the OS X Yosemite Public Beta


Apple is letting non-developers download a public beta of OS X Yosemite to try it out. Should you do this? Later today, Apple will open the doors to one million users, allowing them to download the public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. This is the first public beta program of OS X that Apple […]

OS X Tip: Add an Eject Button in your Menu Bar


Ripping CDs today on my new Mac Pro, I realized that I no longer had the eject button in my menu bar. Since I did a clean install on the Mac Pro, it didn’t carry over a lot of my settings from my previous Mac. Having an eject button in the menu bar lets you […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses Tools of the Trade


On this week’s episode of The Committed Podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the apps we use, and why. We look at how many apps we use, how often we change apps, and how we use some of the tools we use most. We also discuss some of the news, and we discover […]

LaunchBar 6 Adds New Look, Lots of New Features


LaunchBar 6 was released today, with a plethora of new features and tweaks, and a stunning new interface. LaunchBar is not only the first third-party app I install on my Macs, but it’s the tool I rely on most to save time and stay productive. The LaunchBar interface has been prettified; the default bar is […]

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