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New Feature: Downgrade your Airport’s firmware

Posted by on February 13, 2013 | Comments Off on New Feature: Downgrade your Airport’s firmware

New in the recently released Airport Utility 6.2 is the ability to downgrade your AirPort base station’s firmware quickly and easily from within the utility. This seems particularly fortunate in light of the reported bug in the latest firmware release (7.6.3), ¬†which breaks IPv6 tunneling according to reports.

If you hold down the “Option” key and click on the firmware version that shows up in the dialogue when you select a base station within the utility, you will be presented with a menu listing the available options, as well as the opportunity to use something “Other…”!

Illustration of the firmware downgrade menu in the AirPort Utility.

Hold the “Option” key to reveal the firmware downgrade menu.

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LinkedIn and iPhone / Android Calendar Security Issue

Posted by on June 6, 2012 | Comments Off on LinkedIn and iPhone / Android Calendar Security Issue

Hot on the heels of the LinkedIn password database leak, arstechnica today posted an article alerting users to a potential security vulnerability in the most recent versions of the LinkedIn app on Android and iOS devices. You can read more about the issue over at ars, and about LinkedIn’s response on the company’s blog.

The lastest advice for users of the service is to log in to the LinkedIn website and change your password as soon as possible, and to disable calendar syncing in the LinkedIn App on your phone or tablet, as well as making sure to update to the newly released version on Android through the Play store. Apparently an iOS update is pending Apple’s approval and will be available soon.

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Apple announces Mountain Lion

Posted by on February 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Apple announces Mountain Lion

Spending a lot of time at Apple’s (currently inaccessible) support forums over the last couple of days, this morning I noticed that Mac OS Mountain Lion has been announced. You can find more details of the iOS inspired update at Apple’s website, and even download a beta version of the new Messages app.

Text Replacement in Snow Leopard

Posted by on December 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Text Replacement in Snow Leopard

Finally having the grubby paws on Snow Leopard, Aryan told me about the new system-wide text replacement feature: boring!

But… I can see that for some people, it could definitely have it’s uses.

To turn on system-wide text replacement, open up the “Language & Text” pane in your System Preferences, and select the “Text” tab. Simply check or uncheck the boxes for each “abbreviation” you want to use. You can add your own abbreviations by clicking on the “+” button at the bottom of the list.
To check that the feature is working, go ahead and fire up Text Edit and test it out…
Now try it in Safari…

So: seems like Text Replacement needs to be enabled on a per-app basis. In Text Edit, you’ll find this setting in the Preferences (and enabled by default), as you would expect. In Safari, not so much. To turn on text replacement in text boxes on web pages in Safari, right-click within any text box, and select “Text Replacement” from the “Substitutions” section of the contextual menu. You will need to repeat the process in the search box at the top left of the Safari window, as well as the address bar, should you want the feature to work in those areas, too. Interesting.
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iTunes accounts being hacked

Posted by on July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on iTunes accounts being hacked

Thanks for the heads-up on this go to my old friend, Gavin:

According to a story on, there appears to be evidence of an ongoing hacking attempt / security breach at the Apple App Store, with some victims reporting charges of more than a hundred dollars being racked up on their account. Details seem to be pretty scarce right now, but Bad Apples Tech Support highly encourage any users of the App Store to keep a close eye on their accounts at the moment, and go ahead and change your password to something new: it can’t hurt, and could save you hours of fun, trying to get Apple to reverse any fraudulent charges.

Should you already have been affected, contact Apple’s Support team!

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Site overhaul, new features

Posted by on July 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Site overhaul, new features

Just in time for the holiday weekend, we’ve updated the BATS website, relaunched the blog, and added the Setster widget (the big red “Appointment” button on the right…) to help streamline the process of scheduling a visit.

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