On November 9th Apple released the second update for Snow Leopard, the latest installment of their Mac Operating System. The most notable inclusion in Mac OS X 10.6.2 is a patch that addresses the guest account bug, an issue that was permanently deleting user data when a specific series of events occurred. Several other bug fixes and improvements are also included in the update.

The guess account bug takes effect when someone logs in and out of a guest account on a machine running Snow Leopard. Once that individual logs back into their regular account, they'll notice that it's been cleared of all the data.

Other problems include a bug that caused users to be logged out unexpectedly, one that caused Mail to quit during certain processes, one that stopped users from logging in as an admin, and a glitch that prevented downloaded files from being opened. The update also solves several security issues that affected Quicktime, OpenLDAP, OpenSSH and Adaptive Firewall and others.

Since these problems were discovered, Apple has been working on a fix.

In addition to the critical patches, a number of other concerns have been redressed, the following list describing just what's been


* The deletion of data that would occur when using a guest account

* A problem that would see users randomly logged out of their account

* Exchange contacts omitting Spotlight search results

* Menu extras

* Compatibility with Hebrew and Dictionary

* The sound of a shutter when taking a screenshot

* The four-finger swipe gesture

* A problem preventing the addition of images to contacts in Address Book

* Performance issues with Front Row when watching movies

* Generating mobile accounts for Active Director users

* Stability of VPN connects

* Improved performance for iWork, iLife, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, MobileMe, and iDisk

* Performance issues with VoiceOver performance

* Video playback and performance issues for iMac (21.5-inch, Late

2009) and iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) computers that are known to arise when using AirPort.

Not everything in the new update is a major usability issue. Other slight fixes include such things as slight improvements to font displays, a few changes to printing options, file synchronization fixes and improvements to Safari as well.

There's much more to the 10.6.2 update than what we can cover in one article. You can check out the entire list of changes on Apple's site


Users should note that this update does not work with certain non-Apple hardware. Many industry experts believe this is part of an effort on Apple's part to crack down on “Hackintoshes:” machines illegally running OS X on non-Apple systems. If you have a Mac, this limitation will not affect the performance of the update.

This update for Snow Leopard is strongly recommended because of the patches to security and data loss issues. You can download the upgrade from Apple's site and follow the installation instructions there, or you can contact Apple or our techs for help with the process

Gregg Housh holds the position of Technician Manager at Geek Choice. At Geek Choice we solve computer problems such as: Slow computer, Virus Removal, Spyware Removal, Computer startup problems, Printer not printing, and much more.
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