Favored Freeware: Yasu

Yasu is a Cocoa application wrapper built with AppleScript Studio that allows system administrators, as well as standard users, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the various cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, first line of attack for a workstation that has started “acting up.” More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files of a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.

Pros: Yasu provides a convenient interface for running most system maintenance tasks.

Cons: None significant.

Note: As of v2.0, Yasu is no longer offered as freeware. It is now available under a shareware license and “the cost is a whopping $3.50.” Because of Yasu’s incredible value, it will remain part of my Favored Freeware list as an honorary entry.

Categorized as Freeware

Tiger Successfully Installed

I have successfully installed Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Currently, the only issue that I have to report is that the “Find and install new 3rd-party QuickTime software” link in the QuickTime pref pane goes nowhere (it goes to one of Apple’s custom 404 error pages). Out of my Blogroll: Tom has had issues with Spotlight, Dashboard, Firefox, Java, and Mail.app; Meng has found that his apache config file was overwritten by the upgrade to v10.4; and MacFixIt continues to report on new issues and work-arounds as they pop up.

Update: VersionTracker has posted a list of applications which have received compatibility updates for Mac OS X 10.4.

Categorized as Technology

Tiger Pouncing on Tiger

TigerDirect has filed a lawsuit against Apple, citing that Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” infringes “upon Tiger Direct’s trademarks surrounding the name Tiger.” The full story and legal documents are available in this MacMerc exclusive. The official hearing is set for Tuesday, May 3rd.

Update: After further reading, it looks like TigerDirect tried to legally halt tonight’s premiere release of Mac OS X 10.4. Their request was, of course, denied.

Categorized as Technology