High Dock CPU and Memory usage with Apple Lion 10.7.2 and VmWare Fusion 4.0.2

Recently after updating my Mid-2010 Macbook Pro to OSX Lion 10.7.2 I began to notice huge slowdowns and lag.  Upon inspecting the Activity Console I noticed the following heaving system resource usage with the Dock.

Killing the dock process relaunches but quickly returns to it’s previous state.

After a bit of research I stumbled onto a thread over on the VmWare Forums referencing the issue.  You can read it for yourself but in short it suggests a bug related to VmWare Fusion folder sharing and the new spotlight integration with the dock.  Current workaround is to disable sharing.  To do so go into your virtual machine settings – select “Sharing” and turn the Sharing selector “Off”.  It’s somewhat of an inconvenience so hopefully we’ll see Apple or VmWare release a fix soon.

Apple IPad Wireless and DHCP Issues

Being a new owner of an Apple IPad and having a few clients and friends with them I’ve noticed a trend of the device being unable to access the internet on certain routers.  While helping a recent client I came across a forum post that gave us an idea.  Early evidence seems to indicate that the device has difficulty getting DHCP settings from Routers with too small of a DHCP scope.  On the few we’ve encountered so far, increasing the DHCP scope to support 150 clients corrected the issue and allowed the IPad to obtain an address.  If you try this please post your results here.

Apple Mail Attachments Fail

I recently encountered a Leopard based IMac that would not attach files within Mail.app.  Both the attach button and dragging files failed without any visible error.  After a bit of research it appears that a bug exists in Mail that causes this issue when Edit > Attachments > Always Insert Attachments at End of Message is enabled in the application.  Disabling this feature corrected the problem.

Installing XP SP3 reports “There is not enough Disk space” on Apple

On an Apple Computer Microsoft XP SP3 Installer displays the error:

There is not enough disk space on C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$ to install Service Pack 3 Setup requires an additional 4 megabytes of free space or if you also want to archive the files for uninstallation,Setup requires 4 additional megabytes of free space. Free additional space on your hard disk and then try again

This is Caused by the EFI system used in modern Apple computer systems – EFI is unsupported by Windows XP – a simple registry fix corrects the issues.

Begin by Clicking Start then Run – Type “regedit” and press enter.

Navigate to:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

On the right side, Right-click and select New – String value

Set the Name to “BootDir” and set its value to “C:\”

Reboot and retry the SP3 Installation.

IPhone, Exchange, and RapidSSL Certificates

Today I setup my first IPhone on an Exchange Server with Mobile Activesync.  The Exchange setup was nothing special – I enabled HTTPS over RPC using a great article over at Petri.co.il – A Great website to checkout if you haven’t been there.  Next I completed the steps Found on this Apple Information Page for preparing for the IPhone – Again nothing special.  I was then able to test my Exchange setup and send the end user the setup information.  The connection tested fine in outlook but not on the IPhone.  I thought perhaps the IPhone did not have the Equifax certificate needed for the RapidSSL certificate used on the server and after a bit of research found out that correcting this is as easy as emailing the certificate to the phone.

First visit your exchange server using Internet Explorer.  Click the lock next to the address bar (if IE7) and select View Certificates.  Then click install certificate and walk through the wizard.

Next open Internet Options and click “Certificates” on the Content Tab.

Look Under “Other People” for the certificate and After selecting it click “Export”.  Name the certificate something relevant and accept all other defaults.

Once you have your certificate Email it to your Iphone.  This may require you setup a temporary IMAP or POP account with Gmail or elsewhere.  Once you have you email in hand simply open the attachment on the phone and you’ll be prompted to install it.  Once installed setup your Exchange sync as normal.

VMware Launches VMware Fusion 2.0 – The Second Generation of Its Award-Winning Windows-on-Mac Software

VMware Launches VMware Fusion 2.0 – the second generation release of it’s software made to allow windows to run in Mac OS X.  I have been a user of VMware fusion through the entire beta and it’s a great upgrade.  With added support for more 3D technologies and games, mirroring of key folders such as desktop and pictures, and an improved interface it’s a great upgrade.  VMware has also released 2.0 as a free upgrade for existing 1.0 users.  Check out the original news release here and give the product a try.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Available for Download Now

The following news, courtesy of Gizmodo showed up in my RSS Reader – original story here.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 update just hit Software update, and has a laundry list of fixes for not just the OS core, but apps like iCal and Mail, as well as the MobileMe and Time Machine services. TUAW got a heads up from it’s readers, and shortly after, it popped up in our Software Update. Check out the update list below. [Apple via TUAW]

What’s included?

General

* Includes recent Apple security updates.
* Addresses stability issues with video playback, processor core idling, and remote disc sharing for MacBook Air.
* Addresses an issue in which some Macs could unexpectedly power on at the same time each day.
* Resolves a stability issue in TextEdit that could be found when accessing the color palette.
* Improves Spotlight indexing performance.
* Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.
* Improves iPhone sync reliability with iCal and Address Book.
* Includes improvements to Active Directory (see this article for more information).
* Improves Speech Dictionary.
* Fixes Kerberos authentication issues for Mac OS X 10.5 clients that connect to certain Samba servers, such as Mac OS X Server version 10.4.
* Includes extensive graphics enhancements.

Address Book

* Addresses stability issues that may occur when creating a Smart Group.
* Resolves a printing issue with address cards containing information that spans more than one page.

Disk Utility and Directory Utility

* Improves reliability when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume in Disk Utility.
* Improves reliability of server status displayed in Directory Utility.

iCal

* Updates iCal to more accurately handle repeating events.
* Improves performance when choosing meeting attendees.
* Resolves an issue in which the “Refresh All” option may be dimmed (“grayed out”) in the contextual menu for certain calendars.
* Fixes issues with read-only calendars.
* Addresses an issue that prevents an invitee from moving an event to a different calendar.
* Resolves an issue with syncing published calendars.

Mail

* Addresses performance issues related to displaying IMAP messages.
* Resolves an issue with SMTP settings for AIM, Compuserve, Hanmail, Yahoo!, and Time Warner Road Runner email accounts.
* Addresses stability issues that may occur when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
* Addresses an issue with the “Organized by Thread” view in which the date does not appear when the thread is collapsed.
* Resolves an issue in which RSS feeds could temporarily disappear from the sidebar.
* Improves Mail robustness when sending messages.
* Improves reliability when saving drafts that have attachments.

MobileMe

* Improves overall sync reliability.
* Improves Back to My Mac reliability.

Time Machine

* Improves Time Machine reliability with Time Capsule.
* Addresses performance issues that may affect initial and in-progress backups.
* Fixes an issue in which an incorrect alert message could appear stating that a backup volume does not have enough free space.
* Time Machine can now back up iPhone backups that are on your Mac, as well as other items in (~/Library/Application Support).

PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X Released!

I recieved the Email below in my inbox this Evening – Can’t wait to try it out!

The wait is over! PGP Corporation has released PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Mac OS X.

This much-anticipated application is part of a major release enhancing the award-winning PGP® Encryption Platform, which includes general availability of PGP® NetShare 9.9, PGP Universal™ Server 2.9, PGP® Whole Disk Encryption 9.9, and the all-new PGP® Whole Disk Encryption for
Mac OS X.

As we outlined in our June 2008 announcement, the latest release of PGP Whole Disk Encryption 9.9 adds pre-boot authentication to the proven PGP Corporation data encryption technology for Intel-based Macs. PGP Whole Disk Encryption is the only product available today for both Windows and Mac OS X that is also FIPS 140-2 validated for use by the U.S. government.

To learn more about this application, visit http://na.store.pgp.com/whole_disk_encryption_mac.html#

Turn any USB Flash drive into a USB Login Key for your Mac

Secure your mac using the new Rohos Logon Key.  This new software locks down your mac by enabling a flash drive to act as a security device.  It waits at your logon screen requiring you to insert the specified USB drive before allowing login.  Check it out at Here.

Synchronizing Apple Mail, ICal, and Address book with Exchange

I’ve been looking for a way to keep my Apple ICal, Address, Book and Mail in sync with my exchange for a while now.  I checked into stuff like Snerware’s GroupCal but that didn’t support Leopard.  Spanning Sync was a possiblity if I wanted to sync through Google Apps but that cost money and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that just yet.  Then I remembered Plaxo.  Plaxo started out as a service to keep your contacts in sync as people updated their personal information but has evolved into a full blows social media network similar to linkedin or Facebook.  One Very cool thing that has come out of their background is integration with most Address books which includes a Tool for Windows and Outlook and one for Apple.  You run a simple configuration wizard and It syncs Your Calendar and Contacts (Including Groups and Multiple Calendars) between your systems as well as others like Yahoo, Google, and more.  Configure Mail for Exchange Via IMAP and Your good to go.  Not perfect as it still requires my Outlook be running for the Calendar to be up to date but It’s close.

You can Find Plaxo at www.plaxo.com  Check it out.

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