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Finally – Mac OS Update 10.5.2 is here

It’s been a long wait for Leopard users, but 10.5.2 is now available from software update or from the Downloads section of the Apple website.

The full list of fixes contained within the update is available here.

At 180MB the update isn’t as large as originally predicted.

Update: After downloading the 10.5.2 update, there’s another update available via Software Update – Leopard Graphics Update. The update is also available from Apple Downloads here.

Leopard Update 10.5.2 to be Released Friday

According to InsanelyMac, Apple have just released a new build of the 10.5.2 update to developers, with the public release due to be made on Friday 25th January.

I’ve been waiting for this release for quite a while now, and I’ll be hoping that SMB support is fixed, so I won’t have to go through a convoluted process to get Leopard to recognise my NAS drive.

Microsoft Update Breaks Windows – Again

Patch Tuesday has rolled around again, and once more the latest patches are causing problems. Last month the issue was with the Realtek HD Audio Control Panel, this month users have been reporting problems with system slow downs and CPU usage.

Apparently an update to Internet Explorer is causing issues with a file called svchost.exe. This file is in fact a generic name for any service that runs from a DLL instead of an EXE. At the moment, the exact cause is not known, but Outlook users have been hardest hit, while the issue also affects users of Windows Server Update Services.

No official fix has been released as of yet, but some people have reported that another hotfix available from Microsoft seems to resolve the problem, although it has not worked for everyone. The hotfix is available for download from Microsoft.

Protecting Your PC

As anyone who uses Windows on a regular basis will tell you, security is a problem. It’s a problem because Windows is the biggest target out there, and every script-kiddie, virus-writer with half a brain can write software to exploit it.

It takes time and effort to lock down a computer. More than time and effort than most end users are willing to dedicate to the issue. Securing your computer is more than preventing unauthorised access, it’s about protecting your private data, and ensuring that your computer continues to work the way you want it to. So here’s my basic guide to securing your home PC.

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Internet Explorer 6 CSS Support: Another Update

What’s the point in having standards if they are just going to be thrown out the window and ignored? I really feel for the guys out there who do web design on a full time basis. No wonder they hate IE so much. I hit just one major problem, and it wrecked my head trying to sort it out.Anyway, after a couple of days away, I finally got a chance to sit down and do some research about my “position:fixed” problem. I initially thought that I would have to create two CSS files and then use some scripting to do some browser recognition and redirection. Turns out the answer was easier than that. Instead I used a CSS child selector to fix the problem. Continue reading

Internet Explorer 6 CSS Support: Update

Just an update on the CSS Problem. After a quick search on Google, I discovered that IE6 does not support the “position: fixed” attribute of CSS. I was using this attribute for the navigation bar, the external links bar, and the copyright bar. So when rendering the page, IE6 just ignored this attribute and laid out the different div’s one after another, which caused the messed up layout.

My original intention was to have those three blocks visible on the page at all times so that navigation would be easier. They also helped frame the content.

In the meantime, I’ve changed the attribute to “position: absolute”. So now the layout is nearly what I want. But not quite. I’ll work on incorporating the two style sheets, so that the true layout is available to those with compliant browsers, and IE6 users get the updated CSS file. That way, the site looks the way I want it to, and not the way that Internet Explorer, thinks it should look. At least IE7 does recognise “position: fixed”, but only time will tell what other parts of the CSS standard Microsoft have decided to ignore.

Thanks to my sister Lena, for pointing out the rendering problem on IE6. Kudos!