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Expiring Developer Certificates Causing Some Mac Apps to Refuse to Launch – Mac Rumors

A number of Mac apps failed to launch for users over the weekend because of a change to the way Apple certifies apps that have not been bought directly from the Mac App Store.

Uh, okay.

Victims of expired provisioning profiles over the weekend included users of 1Password for Mac who had bought the app from the developer’s website. AgileBits explained on Sunday that affected users would need to manually update to the latest version (6.5.5), noting that those who downloaded 1Password from the Mac App Store were unaffected. The developers’ surprise was explained in a blog post:

“We knew our developer certificate was going to expire on Saturday, but thought nothing of it because we believed those were only necessary when publishing a new version. Apparently that’s not the case. In reality it had the unexpected side effect of causing macOS to refuse to launch 1Password properly.”

Seriously? Come on guys, I think this is pretty easy to understand. It’s not like Apple doesn’t have a whole bunch of documentation for developers about these certificates.

Source: Expiring Developer Certificates Causing Some Mac Apps to Refuse to Launch – Mac Rumors

What’s Become of the Bettys? The Fate of the Long-Lost Grateful Dead Soundboards – Relix

In May 1986, a storage auction took place in California’s Marin County that would altogether change the nature of Grateful Dead tape trading, the group’s distribution of its live recordings and, ultimately, the Dead’s place in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. An advertisement in a local paper drew in a few dozen curious parties anticipating the range of memorabilia and household items that typically become available through the auction of lockers that had fallen into arrears due to lack of payments. While the popularity of such events has blossomed in recent years due to television shows such as Storage Wars, back in 1986, bidders’ expectations were often minimal and true windfalls were rare. As it turned out, however, on this spring afternoon, there was bounty to be had: Among the items up for auction that day were hundreds of reel-to-reel soundboard tapes of the Grateful Dead originally recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson during a golden age between 1971-80.

The Betty Boards, as copies of these recordings became known, eventually found their way into the collections of longstanding Deadheads and newbies alike, ending some aspects of a tape-trading hierarchy by which certain individuals lorded over their collections, denying access to those who were unfamiliar with the secret handshake.

The appearance and subsequent dissemination of these recordings became a source of fascination and speculation for Deadheads in 1986 and the questions have only compounded over the years: How did the tapes fall into the auction? Who won them? How and why were they initially distributed? Are there more recordings that have yet to make it into circulation? And jumping ahead to the present, where are those tapes today? Just what has become of the Bettys?

Amazing story.

Source: What’s Become of the Bettys? The Fate of the Long-Lost Grateful Dead Soundboards : Articles : Relix

How to Set Up iTunes as a Minimalist Music Player

Note: This article is an update of one I posted last year. Since the iTunes interface has changed considerably in the areas I mention in the previous article, I’ve decided to write a new article with updated screenshots.

iTunes is often criticized for having strayed from its initially intended use, that of playing music. Lots of people like to say that iTunes is bloated, but I disagree. If you’re not using the other features, they don’t get in your way.

But you may be irked by even seeing the features you don’t want to use. If you want to use iTunes just for playing music (and, perhaps, syncing iOS devices), then you can hide many of the unwanted features and turn it into a lean music-playing app. Here’s how.

Hide other media libraries

At the top left of the iTunes window, you see the Media Picker menu. You can choose a type of media to view in iTunes from this menu. If you only want to use music, click the menu, choose Edit Menu, and uncheck all the other media kinds. Click Done.

Media picker

Hide the iTunes Store and Apple Music

You can hide the iTunes Store and Apple Music, freeing up the navigation bar at the top center of the iTunes window. To do this, choose iTunes > Preferences, and then click Restrictions. Check iTunes Store, and then click OK. You’ll see that this also hides the Apple Music and Connect button.

Restrictions prefs

Hide iCloud Music Library and Apple Music

When you turn off access to the iTunes Store, you also hide Apple Music, even though it is technically still turned on. You can turn off Apple Music and iCloud Music Library if you wish. You may want to use either or both of these features; in that case, skip this step. If you use iTunes Match, you need iCloud Music Library to be active.

If you want to turn off iCloud Music Library, choose iTunes > Preferences, and then click General. Uncheck iCloud Music Library. You’ll note that if you hide the iTunes Store, then, even if Apple Music is checked in these preferences, it won’t display. So you can leave this checked or not; it won’t change the way iTunes looks.

If you want to retain access to the iTunes Store, but hide Apple Music, then don’t turn off the iTunes Store in the Restrictions pane, and uncheck Apple Music in the General pane.

General prefs

Edit the Sidebar

You may also not want as many sidebar entries. By default, there are entries for Recently Added, Albums, Artists, Genres, etc. If you only use a couple of these, hover over the word Library and click Edit, you can remove or add the views you want to use.


Click Done when you’ve checked on unchecked what you want.

What minimal iTunes looks like

After making the above changes, here’s what iTunes looks like (I’ve chosen to only keep the Recently Added, Albums, and Songs views):

Minimal itunes
As you can see, with the Music library selected, there’s only one button in the navigation bar: Library. The iTunes Store doesn’t get in the way, nor do the sidebar views or the entries in the Media Player.

So, if all you want to do is play music, and not have to worry about accidentally clicking any of the many buttons, this minimal iTunes layout may be exactly what you need.

Learn how to get the most out of iTunes with my ebook, Take Control of iTunes 12:

How to Customize and Secure Your Safari Web Browser

Apple’s Safari web browser is one of the most capable browsers available for macOS. It is fast, secure, and full-featured. But, like any modern web browser, Safari can be confusing; there are lots of settings and options. In this article, I want to show you some of the most useful ways you can customize Safari, and how you can ensure that your security and privacy are respected. If you use Safari, you’ll find many useful tips to make your browsing easier and more efficient.

Read the rest of the article on the Mac Security Blog.

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Writings about Macs, music, and more by Kirk McElhearn