Not The End Of The World (12/21/01)
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Wouldn't you know it? Less than half an hour after we broadcast a scene yesterday about how Mac OS X 10.1.2 wasn't out yet, faithful viewer Michael Dunne wrote in to let us know that it had suddenly shown up in Software Update. Evidently the universe enjoys making us look bad-- which is perfectly fine with us, provided we get the goods to distract us from our hurt feelings. Unfortunately, when the cosmos smacks us down for saying something's not out yet, it's always just little stuff like a 10.1.2 update. Just once we'd like to say something like "that quad-processor 2 GHz Power Mac G5 with a 36-inch Cinema Display isn't out yet" only to find one sitting on our doorstep thirty minutes later. Yeah, that'd show us.

Anyway, while we're normally pretty cautious about such things, last night we were feeling a bit saucy, so we plunged forth and clicked "Update Now" without so much as a glance at MacFixIt to see if the updater had been causing widespread mayhem and laying waste to small villages. One day later, we're able to report that, at least in our experience, 10.1.2 is completely benign; all of our data is right where we left it, and the only noticeable problem was that our Internet prefs had been reset to default values, meaning that Internet Explorer fired up once until we got things pointing back to OmniWeb. A less eventful update we've yet to encounter.

Most other people appear to have gotten off similarly light, although there are definitely a few glitches cropping up here and there; 10.1.2 appears to have broken support for the Toshiba PDR-M70 digital camera, as well as for certain USB memory card readers. MacFixIt also mentions apparent issues with Virtual PC and Now Up-To-Date and Now Contact, but we assume that those products just need a minor tweak to get going again. Like we said, minor stuff. If you were hoping for widespread reports of Macs running 10.1.2 becoming self-aware, sprouting spiked metal tentacles, and bloodily taking over their households in a coordinated bid for world domination and a future in which humans are merely slaves to our mechanized overlords (and really, who wasn't?), sadly, this is not the update you've been waiting for.

In fact, despite the update's 30 MB worth of heft, we have to say, we don't notice any difference after having applied it. That's more of a testament to how little we actually do on our PowerBook, though, rather than a slight on 10.1.2 itself. After all, among other things, the update improves USB and FireWire device support (we don't connect any), adds support for PC Card storage devices and media readers (we don't own any), adds IrDA modem support (means nothing to us, but according to The Register it's a big deal overseas), improves networking (ours worked fine anyway) and printing (we don't print), and includes a newer version of the Apache web server (which we've never used). In short, the update is nifty-- but if you mostly use Mac OS X to check the TV Guide listings and confirm obscure actor sightings via IMDb without having to get up off the couch, then you can probably take it or leave it.


 
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The above scene was taken from the 12/21/01 episode:

December 21, 2001: Did we say Mac OS X 10.1.2 wasn't out yet? Apple proves us wrong. Meanwhile, the mothership makes it abundantly clear that some Macs that are only fifteen months old have graphics chips that Mac OS X will never fully support, and Mac OS Rumors floats the remote possibility that Uncle Steve's playing around with some seriously wacky enclosures for the G5...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3469: Kinda Sorta Supported (12/21/01)   Before now, we've never really bothered to address the issue of Mac OS X's lack of support for a whole slew of ATI graphics chipsets found in several "supported" Macs. For those of you who aren't aware, as of yet, while Mac OS X as a whole will run on Macs with those unsupported chips (such as tray-loading iMacs and "Lombard" G3 PowerBooks), graphics speed on those systems reportedly leaves a lot to be desired; QuickTime performance is abysmal compared to that under Mac OS 9 on the same hardware, and OpenGL on those Macs apparently lacks any sort of hardware acceleration whatsoever, so 3D applications limp along like a drunk sloth with three sketchy ankles...

  • 3470: What, No Icosahedron? (12/21/01)   Lastly, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a rumor so goofy, even Mac OS Rumors classifies it as "far-out"? Yes, as faithful viewer Echo Geometer Smythe informed us, that venerable clearing-house of Apple-flavored dirt is back-- and not just "back" like last Monday's "the server's alive but the content is lacking" back...

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