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Patching the Patch: Trouble with the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard update

I was very pleased to see Apple’s new Mac OS X Snow Leopard patch this morning. It fixed numerous minor, but annoying problems with my Mac Mini and my wife’s MacBook Pro. It also cleaned up numerous security problems. That’s the good news. The bad news is it also introduced a serious security bug by including an old, and vulnerable, copy of Adobe Flash.

The good news is that it fixed several issues that I’ve had trouble with myself. In particular, I was glad to see that my Macs now work much better at copying, renaming, and deleting files on SMB (Simple Message Block) file servers, aka Windows, Linux, and most NAS (Network Attached Storage) servers. Since I keep my music and video libraries on servers this was a real plus. Also in the networking line, it fixed a problem with maintaining VPN (virtual private networking) connections.

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